Wales Coast Path

The 870 mile Wales Coast Path was officially opened on May 5th 2012. The driving force behind it has been the Countryside Council For Wales (CCW), working with all the relevant local councils and the Ramblers Association. Unfortunately, the CCW “official” website for the path is not very good. There are “static” maps at a large scale in a PDF format but they are a nightmare to scroll through. The route is still continuing to evolve, though, so these maps are the most up-to-date if you want to check where it goes. The site also has a PDF of distances between 200 points on the path, which can help for planning a walk. Other than this there are the most basic of links for public transport and accommodation.
For some parts of the path, such practical and detailed information about the facilities on the route are already readily available on websites and in printed form. For instance, the Wales Coast Path’s route coincides with the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in that county. In other parts, though, information is scarce or nonexistent. I do know that printed guides have been commissioned which should plug these gaps in due course. In the meantime it is up to the community of bloggers about walking and hiking (and there are dozens if not hundreds of us), to write about their experiences of walking on the path and sharing useful information.
If I do walk the whole of the path I shall be doing so in what for me are reasonable day sections of usually around 10 -15 miles. And if I am not returning home at the end of the day, I shall be arranging a roof over my head at night, not the stars or nylon. If I am walking for several days in a row (which I will be from Pembrokeshire onwards) I might even try to have a bag transferred between accommodations. Sometimes I will be walking on my own and sometimes with friends. And I shall be taking lots of photographs and will be putting some effort into the making the blog a visual treat as well as an entertaining read. I hope you enjoy it.

Wales Coast Path: Beaumaris to Benllech

June 21, 2015
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 Date walked: April 11th 2015 Distance: around 15 miles Map used: OS Explorer 262- Anglesey West From today and for the following 4 days I had arranged for a bag to be transferred between overnight stops by Anglesey Walking Holidays. I had to pay for their minimum of two bags rate of £16 a day. I […]

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Wales Coast Path: Menai Bridge to Beaumaris

June 7, 2015
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Date walked: 10th April 2015 Distance: About 5 miles Map used: OS Explorer 263: Anglesey East ************* It felt like a long time since I had finished my last section of the Path at Menai Bridge. And it had been – over 7 months. So I was quite excited to be giving myself the best […]

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Wales Coast Path (Anglesey): Brynsiencyn to Menai Bridge

January 4, 2015
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Date walked: 1st August 2014 Distance: about 8 miles Map used: OS Explorer No.263: Anglesey East At the start of these walks on Anglesey I flew from Cardiff to Anglesey Airport near Holyhead on the excellent Citywing service. They have lost the contract since! ************* I had stayed last night at Ardudwy bed and breakfast on the far […]

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Wales Coast Path (Anglesey): Malltraeth to Brynsiencyn

December 28, 2014
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Distance: about 13 miles Map used: OS Explorer No.262: Anglesey West and 263: Anglesey East At the start of these walks on Anglesey I flew from Cardiff to Anglesey Airport near Holyhead on the excellent Citywing service.  ************** After a perfectly acceptable though fruitless breakfast at Syn y Mor  it was a most pleasant start […]

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Wales Coast Path (Anglesey): Rhosneigr to Malltraeth

December 21, 2014
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Date walked: 30th July 2014 Distance: about 12 miles Map used: OS Explorer No.262: Anglesey West At the start of these walks on Anglesey I flew from Cardiff to Anglesey Airport near Holyhead on the excellent Citywing service.  ******** A good nights sleep at my Bed and Breakfast (Ambleside) was followed by an intimate breakfast […]

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Wales Coast Path (Anglesey): Trearddur Bay to Rhosneigr

December 7, 2014
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Date walked: 29th July 2014 Distance: about 15 miles Map used: OS Explorer No.262: Anglesey West At the start of these walks on Anglesey I flew from Cardiff to Anglesey Airport near Holyhead on the excellent Citywing service.  ************** I  had a good nights sleep at Ingledene Bed and breakfast in Trearddur Bay. It was novel having my breakfast delivered […]

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Wales Coast Path (Anglesey): Holyhead to Trearddur Bay

November 23, 2014

 Date walked: 28th July 2014 Distance: about 12 miles Map used: OS Explorer No.262: Anglesey West ************* Having reached Bangor on my last walk I had a dilemma: how to deal with Anglesey. Clockwise? Anticlockwise? And starting from where? In the end my decision was made by my choice of how I got to the islands […]

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Wales Coast Path: Caernarfon to Bangor

November 2, 2014
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Possibly the least inspiring walk that I have completed over the whole of the Wales Coast Path – well something has to be at the bottom of the pile. Date walked: 26th June 2014 Distance walked : 12 miles Map required:  OS Explorer  OL 17 Snowdon I had two guide books to refer to for this […]

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Wales Coast Path: Near Trefor to Caernarfon

October 26, 2014
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Date walked: 25th June 2014 Distance walked : about 16 miles Map required:  OS Explorer  253: Lleyn Peninsula West and 254 Lleyn Peninsula East. I had three guide books to refer to for this walk: Llyn Peninsula – The Official Guide- by Carl Rogers and Tony Bowerman, published by Northern Eye Books (2014). The Wales Coast […]

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Wales Coast Path: Morfa Nefn to near Trefor (part two)

October 12, 2014
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This is a continuation of a day’s walk on The Wales Coast Path. Part one was posted last week. Date Walked: 24th June 2014 Distance walked: about 7 miles *************** The path from near Pistyll continued to climb gently. Out of sight, below me, was the disused quarry at Penrhyn Glas but ahead I saw […]

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