Walking the Wales Coast Path
Laura and I have decided to walk the Wales Coast Path over the next couple of years, inviting our friends to come and join us if they will. The total distance is about 897 miles or 1,400 kilometres. We think that it will take us about 3 years if we can walk 2 or 3 days each month.
Sometimes we will just go out to walk for a day but as the stages get further away from home we will try to walk for 2 or more days, overnighting en route.
If you would like to walk with us for part of the way please have a look at our stages page to see where we are planning to walk the Wales Coast Path and contact us to let us know when you would like to walk.
Although it is called the Wales Coast path you do not only walk along the beach. The path takes you along beaches, through fields, along roads and even up some hills!
The weather in Wales, as in the rest of the United Kingdom is very variable. At moments you can be cold and wet and then soon after hot and sticky. It is wise to be prepared for all eventualities.
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The Wales Coast Path
The Wales Coast Path, like its name suggests, follows the welsh coastline, as close as it is safe and practical, from the border with England in the north to Chepstow in the South. It includes the Isle of Anglesey. It is 870 miles or 1,396 kilometres long. It is broken down into 8 sections or regions.
Region A – North Wales Coast & Dee Estuary ……. Region E – Pembrokeshire
Region B – Isle of Anglesey ………………………………. Region F – Carmarthenshire
Region C – Menai, Llŷn & Meirionnydd ……………….. Region G – Gower & Swansea Bay
Region D – Ceredigion ………………………………………. Region H – South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary
Most of the Wales Coast Path was created between 2007 and 2014 to build on the economic success of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – both of which are major contributors to the visitor economy of Wales. It cost around £14.6 million pounds. About £4 million came from the European Regional Development Fund. From 2014 further funds were made available for quality maintenance and improvements to the Path.
While the Wales Coast Path is important for the Welsh economy, it is also seen as an important initiative in encouraging both locals and visitors to discover and enjoy Wales’ outdoor spaces and the health and welfare benefits it can provide.