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: 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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Wales Coast Path: Morfa Nefyn to near Trefor (part one)

October 5, 2014
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Date walked:  24th  June 2014 As I was writing this day up I was finding more to say than on most days and many images that I was reluctant to leave out, so I have split the day into two. Part two will be published in a week’s time. Distance walked : about 6 miles Map required:  […]

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Wales Coast Path: Porth Colmon to Morfa Nefyn

September 21, 2014
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Date walked:  23rd June 2014 Distance walked : about 12 miles Distance: Map required:  OS Explorer  253: Lleyn Peninsula West. 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 Path- a practical Guide […]

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Wales Coast Path:Mynydd y Gwyddel to Porth Colmon

September 14, 2014
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Date walked:  22nd June 2014 Distance: about 11 miles, although by the official website it should have been about 8. Go figure. Map required:  OS Explorer  253: Lleyn Peninsula West. 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 […]

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Wales Coast Path: Aberdaron to Mynydd y Gwyddel

September 7, 2014
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Date walked:  21st June 2014 Distance: about 4 miles. Map required:  OS Explorer  253: Lleyn Peninsula West. *********************** For this and the next two walks I was based at a Bed and Breakfast just up the hill from the village called No 2 Dolfor. There are only two other B&Bs in the village (and two […]

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Wales Coast Path: Rhiw to Aberdaron

August 24, 2014
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Date walked: May 15th 2014 Distance: about 6 miles OS map required: Explorer 253- lleyn Peninsula West I had three guides that I referred to: The Lleyn Peninsula Coastal Path by John Cantrell ,published by Cicerone (2010) and Llyn Peninsula – The Official Guide- by Carl Rogers and Tony Bowerman, published by Northern Eye Books (2014), and A guide to the whole path […]

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Wales Coast Path: Abersoch to Rhiw

August 10, 2014
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Date walked: May 14th 2014 Distance: about 14 miles OS map required: Explorer 253- lleyn Peninsula West I had two guides that I referred to: The Lleyn Peninsula Coastal Path by John Cantrell and published by Cicerone (2010) and Llyn Peninsula – The Official Guide- by Carl Rogers and Tony Bowerman, published by Northern Eye Books (2014). The above guides assume that […]

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Wales Coast Path: Pwllheli to Abersoch

July 27, 2014
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Date walked: May 13th 2014 Distance: about 10 miles OS map required: Explorer 253- lleyn Peninsula West I had two guides that I referred to: The Lleyn Peninsula Coastal Path by John Cantrell and published by Cicerone (2010) and Llyn Peninsula – The Official Guide- by Carl Rogers and Tony Bowerman, published by Northern Eye Books (2014). Both of the […]

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Wales Coast Path: Criccieth to Pwllheli

July 13, 2014
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Date walked: 12th May 2014 Distance: 11 miles Cumulative “official” total of miles walked along The Wales Coast Path: 612 (A guide to the whole path published by St David’s Press in May 2014 claims that the route is 892 miles) The website of the Wales Coast Path is http://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/default.aspx OS map required:  Explorer 254- lleyn Peninsula […]

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