With more Blue Flag beaches than anywhere else in the UK from where you can view blue whales, dolphins, puffins, and Atlantic seals, the Wales Coast Path is getting ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
Launched in May 2012, the 870-mile-long Coast Path is not just for dedicated walkers – with so much to do and see along the Welsh coast, the Wales Coast Path offers everything from a day out to a full-on adventure holiday.
Wales, with its own distinctive language, maybe a small country, but it is big on things to do. Although the Coast Path is a top attraction for walkers, the surrounding areas offer much more than just walking – everything from unspoilt countryside, bustling market towns and culture and history galore.
With sections of the path open to cyclists and horse riders and also accessible to wheelchair users, where the ground is flat and even, this spectacular coastline will appeal to clubs and walking groups, families, day-trippers and adventure seekers as well as those just looking for peace and tranquillity and the chance to get away from it all.
To mark the 10th anniversary a new calendar of celebratory events is being launched aimed at attracting walkers from across the world. Events will include walking festivals at several coastal Walkers are Welcome accredited towns. The Chepstow Walking Festival will take place between the 20 – 24th April and the Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Walking Festival will take place between the 20 – 22 May. ‘The Vale Trails – 10 Days in May’ walking festival which takes in Cowbridge will take place throughout May.
These trails provide huge scope for a wide variety of group visits, including the creation of long-distance walking holidays and destination breaks at some of the Walkers are Welcome accredited towns on the Welsh Coastline including Chepstow, St Dogmaels, Cowbridge, Cilgerran, Holywell and Prestatyn – all geared up to welcome walkers of all abilities and interests.
Celebrations will include the launch of a suite of new unique walking itineraries, created in partnership with the Welsh Government historic environment service, Cadw. The plan is to link a coastal visit to some of the country’s most iconic castles and historical landmarks.
Walkers will also be able to track their walking adventures on the official Wales Coast Path app. It is being updated to make the route as open and accessible for exploration for as many people as possible.
The Wales Coast Path contributes substantially to the Welsh economy and creates opportunities for holiday resorts, tourist attractions, historical monuments and towns and villages to welcome visitors from not just the UK, but from around the world.
When combined with the attractions along the three National Trails in Wales – Glyndŵr’s Way, Offa’s Dyke Path and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – the opportunities are endless.