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: Machynlleth to Aberdovey

January 19, 2014
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Date walked: 27th November 2013 Distance walked: about 12 miles Cumulative total of miles walked along The Wales Coast Path: 500 The official website of the Wales Coast path is http://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/default.aspx OS map required:  OL23 - Cadair Idris and Lyn Tegid.  I get all my maps from Dash4it. They are well discounted, and delivery is free and fast. Once […]

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Wales Coast Path: Eglwys Fach to Machynlleth

January 5, 2014
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Date walked: 26th November 2013 Distance walked: about 7 miles Cumulative total of miles walked along The Wales Coast Path: 488 The official website of the Wales Coast path is http://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/default.aspx OS map required:  OL23 - Cadair Idris and Lyn Tegid.  I get all my maps from Dash4it. They are well discounted, and delivery is free and fast. Most […]

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Wales Coast Path: Aberystwyth to Eglwys Fach

December 22, 2013
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Date walked: 25th November 2013 Distance walked: about 12 miles Cumulative total of miles walked along The Wales Coast Path: 478 OS map required: 213: Aberystwyth and Cwm Rheidol to Borth, then OL23 - Cadair Idris and Lyn Tegid.  I get all my maps from Dash4it. They are well discounted, and delivery is free and fast. This part of […]

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Wales Coast Path: Llanon to Aberystwyth

November 24, 2013
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Date walked: 12th October 2013 Distance walked: about 12 miles Cumulative total of miles walked along The Wales Coast Path:466 OS map required: Explorer 198: Cardigan and New Quay for a couple of miles, then 213: Aberystwyth and Cwm Rheidol. I get all my maps from Dash4it. They are well discounted, and delivery is free […]

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Wales Coast Path: New Quay to Llanon

November 17, 2013
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Date walked: 11th October 2013 Distance walked: 11.4 miles Cumulative total of miles walked along The Wales Coast Path: 452 OS map required: Explorer 198: Cardigan and New Quay This part of The Wales Coast Path comes within the Ceredigion Council’s area. Their Coastal Access Officers can be emailed at  countryside@ceredigion.gov.uk I had with me a […]

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Wales Coast Path: Penbryn to New Quay

November 10, 2013
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Date walked: 10th October 2013 Distance walked: about 11 miles Cumulative total of miles walked along The Wales Coast Path: 442 OS map required: Explorer 198: Cardigan and New Quay This part of The Wales Coast Path comes within the Ceredigion Council’s area. Their Coastal Access Officers can be emailed at  countryside@ceredigion.gov.uk I had with me […]

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Wales Coast Path: Penbryn to Cardigan

November 3, 2013
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Date walked: 9th October 2013 Distance walked: about 14 miles Cumulative total of miles walked along The Wales Coast Path:431 (almost exactly half way!) OS map required: Explorer 198: Cardigan and New Quay This is part of The Wales Coast Path but is also designated as the Ceredigion Coast Path and comes within the Ceredigion Council’s […]

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Wales Coast Path:Ceibwr Bay to St Dogmaels and Cardigan

October 27, 2013
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Date walked  4th   September 2013 Distance: about 9 miles Map required:  OL 35 -North Pembrokeshire Suggested walking guide-book: Pembrokeshire Coast Path by Jim Manthorpe The Pembrokeshire Coast Path Officer is Dave MacLachlan. His email is DaveMac@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk. The path starts (or ends in my case) at St Dogmaels. The Pembrokeshire Coast is also a National Park which is  responsible for planning […]

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Wales Coast path: Fishguard to Newport – and beyond!

October 20, 2013
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Date walked  3rd September 2013 Distance: 17 miles Map required:  OL 35 -North Pembrokeshire Suggested walking guide-book: Pembrokeshire Coast Path by Jim Manthorpe The Pembrokeshire Coast Path Officer is Dave MacLachlan. His email is DaveMac@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk The Pembrokeshire Coast is also a National Park which is  responsible for planning decisions. ************* Neil and I had stayed the night in Fishguard at The Manor […]

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Wales Coast Path: Pwll Deri Youth Hostel to Fishguard

October 13, 2013
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Date walked  2nd  September 2013 Distance: 11.1 miles Map required:  OL 35 -North Pembrokeshire Suggested walking guide-book: Pembrokeshire Coast Path by Jim Manthorpe The Pembrokeshire Coast Path Officer is Dave MacLachlan. His email is DaveMac@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk The Pembrokeshire Coast is also a National Park which is  responsible for planning decisions **************** The last time I had stayed in a Youth […]

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