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Hiking & Walking Vacations on the Wales Coast Path

Walkers, Hikers and Bicyclists Like the 870-Mile Wales Coast Path

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Walkers on a stretch of the Wales Coast Path in Mid Wales - Ceredigion.

Walkers on a stretch of the Wales Coast Path in Mid Wales - Ceredigion.

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Whether you decide to create your own walking vacation on the Wales Coast Path - an easy thing to do - or go on an organized hiking trip, leave time to explore and experience adventures from coasteering and surfing to sitting on beaches, as you hike along the 870-mile-long path. Wales is the only country in the world with a continuous coastal path that stretches from the Welsh border near Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south. If you're ready for a marathon hike, you can link to the Offa's Dyke National Trail, which extends the continuous walking routes to 1,030 miles around the whole of Wales.

The Wales Coast Path formally opens on May 5th, 2012, but you can already walk from village to village on many of the sections. The entire path will be accessible to walkers and, where practical, some sections will also be suitable for cyclists, families with pushchairs, people with restricted mobility and horse riders.

The Coast Path winds through villages and towns, flows along cliff tops then down to sandy beaches. At times, the path heads inland before reaching sheltered coves or tiny hamlets you'd probably never stop at if traveling in a car, on a bus or on a train.

Walkers Choose From The Wales Coast Path 8 Regions

To simplify navigation for locals and vacationers, Wales has split the path into eight regional areas. Each region has its own special feel, but there are lots of activities to try as you walk different parts of the path. The North Wales, Coast & Dee Estuary section has sandy beaches, friendly towns and access to Offa's Dyke Path National Trail. The Isle of Anglesey is rich in history (and home to Prince William and Kate, while he is at Anglesey Air Force Base). The Menai, Llyˆn and Meirionnydd section is a more remote region framed by Snowdonia National Park. In Ceredigion, hikers may catch glimpses of dolphins, porpoise and seals in Cardigan Bay.

Pembrokeshire has wonderful coasteering, surfing and other adventurous activities. In Carmarthenshire, walkers can soak up the region's culture and explore the estuaries of Tywi, Taf and Gwendraeth. Gower & Swansea Bay boast award-wining beaches. South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary deliver a mix of city life and wildlife watching opportunities.

Find More Information About the Wales Coast Path

Discussions about extending the existing coastal paths came up after seeing the economic success of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. On these coastal walks, there are so many things to do beyond hiking, including bicycling, coasteering, kayaking, and simply sitting on a beach.

For more information about the Wales Coast Path, go to Wales Coastal Path. For more information about visiting Wales, which is part of the United Kingdom, go to Visit Wales.

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