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: Flint to the end

December 13, 2015
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Date walked: 17th August 2015 Distance: about 12 miles Maps used: OS Explorer 265 – Clwydian Range (for 10 minutes), then OS Explorer 266- Wirral and Chester *************** After three and a bit years my last day of walking the coast path had arrived. As I am writing this up three months later I am […]

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Wales Coast Path: Ffynnongroyw to Flint

November 29, 2015
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Date walked: 16th August 2015 Map used: OS Explorer 265 – Clwydian Range Distance: 14 miles ************ Breakfast at the Linegar Inn was a mixture of self-service (from a very restricted range of cereals, no fresh fruit, no pastries and instant coffee) and a served-to-order cooked breakfast. The cooked bit was fine but not to […]

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Wales Coast Path: Pensarn to Ffynnongroyw

November 15, 2015
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Date walked: 15th August 2015 Distance: around 14 miles Map used: OS Explorer 264: Vale of Clwyd and OS Explorer 265 Clwydian Range *********** I had stayed last night at Gwesty Glyndawr. I won’t be staying there again. I thought the safest breakfast was a bacon butty, which was fine. It was a fresh morning, […]

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Wales Coast Path: Llandudno to Pensarn

November 1, 2015
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Date walked: August 14th 2015 Distance: around 14 miles Map used: OS Explorer OL 17- Snowdon/Conwy Valley, and OS Explorer 264: Vale of Clwyd ************* Paul and I had stayed last night at Lawton Court in Llandudno. We agreed that it was a nice place but probably neither of us would support its claim of being […]

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Wales Coast Path: Conwy to Llandudno

October 18, 2015
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Date walked: August 13th 2015 Distance: about 8 miles Map used: OS Explorer OL17 Snowdon/Conwy Valley ************ Paul and I had stayed last night at the Castle Hotel; I had been very comfortable in my 4 foot single bed, the room equipped with a shower and a bath. Paul had taken an Executive Decision that […]

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Wales Coast Path: Llanfairfechan to Conwy

October 4, 2015
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Date walked: 12th August 2015 Distance: around 11 miles Map used: OS Explorer OL 17: Snowdon and the Conwy valley ********** Paul was joining me today, driving up from his home near Swansea; another good excuse for a lie-in and a leisurely breakfast of  Elizabeth’s scrambled eggs. He was there when Ian and I arrived around […]

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Wales Coast Path: Tal-y-bont to Llanfairfechan

September 20, 2015
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Date walked: 11th August 2015 Distance: around 8 miles Map used: OS Explorer OL 17 – Snowdon/ Conwy Valley ******** I had had a great evening catching up with my friends Elizabeth and Ian who live in a beautiful spot in the Clywydian Range not far from  Caerwys. After a late start and a delicious breakfast […]

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Wales Coast Path: Bangor to Tal-y-bont

September 6, 2015
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Date walked: 10th August 2015 Distance: about three miles ( a stroll, I know, but you’ll understand why if you read on) Map used: OL17 –  Snowdonia ******** Having completed my circumnavigation of the Anglesey Coastal Path it was time to return to the mainland. Back in  June I had reached the pier at Bangor. […]

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Wales Coast Path:Church Bay to Holyhead

August 16, 2015
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Date Walked: 15th April 2015 Distance: about 15 miles: Map used: OS Explorer 262 – Anglesey West *************** I had stayed last night at The Loft at Pen-Y-Craig – one of the best places I have stayed on this entire walk. I am not the most sociable person first thing in the morning so I […]

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Wales Coast Path: Cemaes to Church Bay

August 9, 2015
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Date Walked: 14th April 2015 Distance: about 11 miles: Map used: OS Explorer 262 – Anglesey West A bag was being transferred between accommodations by Anglesey walking Holidays. They charged £16 a day to transfer one bag (their minimum charge, which would have covered two bags). *********** I had stayed last night at Bryn Padrig […]

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