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 […]
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.