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    Why we love the Wales Coast Path

    This isn’t just a walking trail – it’s the route to adventure, culture, wildlife and more. Encircling the entire shore of its namesake nation, the Wales Coast Path serves up 870 miles (1,400km) of breathtaking sea views, glorious beaches, wildflower-topped cliffs and charming harbour villages. From Snowdonia’s peaks and the south’s thriving cities, to Pembrokeshire’s wildlife-filled islands and Anglesey’s historic gems, each section has its own charms – and there are countless ways to explore.

    For most hikers, the whole trail takes around two months to complete (in either direction), but its shorter walks are just as rewarding. Use them as a starting point to discover the treasures of coastal Wales: from surfing, sailing and swimming, to horseriding on beaches and cycling through forests.

    You don’t have to be a long-distance hiker to enjoy the Wales Coast Path: wildlife lovers, thrill seekers, day trippers – this one’s for you.

    Things to do on the Wales Coast Path

    The UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this ecologically fascinating place boasts the drama of limestone cliffs that dip into miles of golden, sandy beaches.

    Find out more about Gower Peninsula
    Panoramic view over the coastline and the sandy beach
    Gower Peninsula

    Experience the thrill of the world’s fastest zip wire, try out surfing or steer a canoe through the crashing rapids at one of Britain’s adventure capitals.

    Discover Snowdonia National Park
    Couple hiking in the mountains on a cloudy day
    Snowdonia National Park

    Though it has 2,000 years of history to discover, Cardiff Castle is also bang up to date – hosting festivals and events galore.

    Plan your visit to Cardiff Castle
    Man looking out at the castle view
    Cardiff Castle

    With over 125 miles of unspoilt coastline, Anglesey is an outdoor playground for watersports.

    Find out more about Anglesey
    Mountain bikers on rocks on coastline looking at sunset.
    Anglesey

    Walkers, wakeboarders and wildlife lovers will love the unspoilt beauty of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    Discover Llŷn
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    Llŷn Peninsula

    The UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this ecologically fascinating place boasts the drama of limestone cliffs that dip into miles of golden, sandy beaches.

    Find out more about Gower Peninsula
    Panoramic view over the coastline and the sandy beach
    Gower Peninsula

    Experience the thrill of the world’s fastest zip wire, try out surfing or steer a canoe through the crashing rapids at one of Britain’s adventure capitals.

    Discover Snowdonia National Park
    Couple hiking in the mountains on a cloudy day
    Snowdonia National Park

    Though it has 2,000 years of history to discover, Cardiff Castle is also bang up to date – hosting festivals and events galore.

    Plan your visit to Cardiff Castle
    Man looking out at the castle view
    Cardiff Castle

    With over 125 miles of unspoilt coastline, Anglesey is an outdoor playground for watersports.

    Find out more about Anglesey
    Mountain bikers on rocks on coastline looking at sunset.
    Anglesey

    Walkers, wakeboarders and wildlife lovers will love the unspoilt beauty of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    Discover Llŷn
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    Llŷn Peninsula

    Places to stay on the Wales Coast Path

    Cardiff

    The Welsh capital sits right on the Coast Path, so you can walk a quick snippet – such as the circular route around Cardiff Bay – while enjoying a city break too.

    The North Coast

    With its train links to towns and villages all along the Wales Coast Path (plus Chester, Liverpool and Manchester), this region is a brilliant base.

    Anglesey

    As well as beautiful walks on the Wales Coast Path, this island is rich in wildlife, adventure and quaint places to stay – including B&Bs, hotels and campsites. 

    Explore nearby

    From The Beatles to Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Liverpool is a UNESCO City of Music with seriously cool credentials.

    Rooftop of Oh me oh my restaurant in Liverpool

    Cool creative Bristol is a must-see for art, culture and action-packed adventure.

    Firework in the evening, illuminated hot air balloons on the ground at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

    World-class football and a music scene that brought Oasis to centre stage – there’s lots to love about Manchester.

    Group of friends walking by the canal in Castlefield

    Looming peaks over thick forests, sheep-grazed valleys and open moors - adventure awaits in Wales.

    Crowd at the Green Man Festival in front of the stage

    Getting to the Wales Coast Path

    The Wales Coast Path stretches between Chester (in the north) and Chepstow (in the south) – both of which have good bus and train stations. If you want to walk from Chester, the closest international airport is in Liverpool (a 40-minute drive away); if you’re destined for Chepstow, Cardiff Airport is the most convenient (one hour). Various towns along the path also have direct rail links with the likes of Birmingham, Manchester and Cheltenham.

    Getting around

    Don’t fancy walking the entire Wales Coast Path? No problem: simply catch the train or bus to a spot within walking distance of your accommodation, and spend the day hiking ‘home’. Planning is essential, so ensure you have the latest OS map or guidebook for the trail, and follow the official safety guidance. If you’re hiking long-distance, book a luggage transfer company to carry your bags.

    By bus

    The Wales Coast Path is well connected by buses – even on remote stretches such as Anglesey and Pembrokeshire. Visit traveline.cymru for timetables.

    By train

    Trains serve the north and south coasts of Wales, as well as parts of Cardigan Bay (north of Aberystwyth), with stations along most of the Coast Path.

    By bike

    The Coast Path’s bike-friendly sections include those near Swansea, Gower, Llandudno and Caernarfon, and there are dedicated cycle routes nearby too.

    Want to know more?

    For more travel tips and exciting things to do, visit the official Wales Coast Path website.