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The freshly-inaugurated Wales Coastal Path (opened 5 May 2012) winds an incredible 1,400km among dunes, beaches, marshes, fishing villages, and pine forests. It offers the possibility for outstanding wildlife viewing, including bottle-nose dolphins, Risso's dolphins, orca, blue sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, natterjack toads, snow bunting, pink-footed geese, silver-studded blue butterfly, little tern, guillemots, storm petrols, razorbills, puffins, common and arctic terns, Manx shearwater, common scoter duck, kittiwake, little ringed plover, black-tailed godwit, osprey, and extensive colonies of ravens and starlings, to name just some of the vertebrate residents and migrants.

Wales Coastal Path


The path is comprised of eight sections:

North Wales Coast and Dee Estuary: You will pass through beaches, towns and villages. There is a link on this portion of the Wales Coastal Path to Offa's Dyke Path.

Isle of Anglesey: You can access the island via Menai Suspension Bridge.

Menai, Llyn and Meirionnydd: This section is located near Snowdonia National Park. You will also be able to visit fishing villages, estuaries, and sandy beaches.

Ceredigion: This part of the Wales Coastal Path features dunes, the historic market town of Cardigan, and views of Cardigan Bay.

Pembrokeshire: The main draw here is Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. You can also visit UK's smallest city, St. Davids.

Carmarthenshire: This area is well-regarded for its marshes, dunes and pine forests. Visitors may also drop by Pembrey County Park.

Gower and Swansea Bay: This portion of the Wales Coastal Path will allow you to visit bustling Swansea City, as well as Gower Peninsula and a bounty of nature reserves.

South Wales Coast and Severn Estuary. This area is renowned for having the second highest tidal range in the world. There is an extensive amount of wildfowl and wader birds here. More than 100000 wading birds reside in Severn Estuary.

The popularity of two of the more established paths, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, provided motivation for the Welsh Government to construct the Wales Coastal Path.

The Wales Coastal Path can be accessed at any of these eight sections, and numerous pubs and cafes are scattered throughout the trail. Some portions will also be accessible to cyclists, people with restricted mobility, and horse riders.

For the hard-core trekking enthusiasts out there, if ambling the full length of the Wales Coastal Path still leaves you yearning for more, you'll be pleased to know that the thoughtful engineers have given you a further opportunity to wear out your hiking shoes: the new Wales Coastal Path links with Offa's Dyke Path National Trail at Prestatyn, in North Wales, and at Severn Estuary, in Sedbury, near Chepstow, to create a loop nearly 1,700km in length, spanning the entirety of Wales.


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