Officially opening on 5th May 2012 the Wales Coast Path will make Wales the first country in the world to have a formal trail the whole way around its coast. Furthermore, the Wales Coast Path (which is 870 miles long) will join up with Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail to provide 1,030 miles of walking opportunities right around the Welsh border. The sheer size and brilliance of the Path have already received public recognition with Coastal Wales being acknowledged as the world’s top destination to visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet, the travel guide experts.
The Coast Path winds its way through towns and villages, across cliff tops and sandy beaches, sometimes darting inland before emerging once again at a sheltered cove or tiny hamlet that you would forever miss when travelling by car, bus or train. It will take you from the mouth of the River Dee, along the north Wales coast with its seaside towns, over the Menai Strait onto the Isle of Anglesey, from the Llyn Peninsula down the majestic sweep of Cardigan Bay, through Britain’s only coastal National Park in Pembrokeshire, along miles of golden sand, via Gower with its stunning scenery, along the waterfront of Cardiff Bay and Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, to the market town of Chepstow. The path encompasses two National Parks, 11 National Nature Reserves and dozens of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Although I have travelled most of the Wales Coast, my photography to date has been limited to the Gower, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and the Isle of Anglesey.
I am planning to return to Pembrokeshire shortly to capture more of the Coast National Park in its 60th anniversary year which will also allow me the opportunity to walk parts of the Wales Coast Path not yet covered, particularly the North coast of the Park. When I return from that trip further images will be added to the gallery but in the meantime why not make your own visit. Details of the various areas that the Path covers can be found on Wales Coast Path website.