Wales Coast Path opens on 5th May 2012
Published: Saturday 14th Apr 2012
Written by: Llion Pughe
Wales will officially become the first country in the world to have a formal trail the whole way around its coast when it is launched on the 5th of May.
Visitors will be able to join celebratory opening events at Flint Castle in North Wales, Aberystwyth Promenade in Mid Wales and South Wales’ event will be at Roald Dahl Plas, Cardiff Bay. Ramblers Cymru are also organising the Big Welsh Coastal Walk, with as many people as possible participating in a series of walks along the path during the May bank holiday weekend.
The 870 mile / 1,400km Wales Coast Path runs continuously from Chepstow in the south-east, towards Swansea & Gower, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire in the west. The path then heads north to Cardigan, through pretty coastal villages along Cardigan Bay such as New Quay and Aberaeron and on to the university town of Aberystwyth.
Following the Dyfi estuary either side of Machynlleth, the path reaches picturesque Aberdyfi and continues northwards towards Barmouth and Harlech, then around the Llyn Peninsula before following the coast of Anglesey and then east from Bangor to Queensferry.
Described by Lonely Planet as “the greatest region on Earth to visit in 2012”, the Welsh coastline is certainly not just about walking. There are numerous other activities such as watersports, golf courses, mountain biking centres etc, not to mention the endless attractions, historical landmarks and castles along the whole breadth of the country.
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