Walks on the Wales coastal path

Beaches, Coastal

A holiday in Wales would not be complete without at least a glimpse of the stunning and varied coastline.

The Wales Coast Path follows the contours of the country, meandering 870 miles alongside beautiful beaches, above towering cliffs, through protected landscapes and across open stretches backed by the picturesque mountains of Snowdonia.

Along many sections of the Wales coastal path you’ll be alone, surrounded by unspoilt scenery, fresh sea air and an overwhelming sense of freedom.

We’ve picked a few stretches to whet your whistle, but take a look at the Wales Coast Path website for up to date information on the route.

Kidwelly to Bynea: 18 miles

If you’d like to leave the walking boots at home for the day, there is an alternative. The stretch of the Wales Coast Path from Kidwelly to Bynea follows a mixture of tarmac and gravel paths, ideal for bikes. Starting from the pretty castle town of Kidwelly, you’ll descend to Kidwelly Quay where you can drink in the views out to Carmarthen Bay. After passing through Pembrey Forest and Country Park you’ll end up in the incredible Millennium Coastal Park.

You may have to hop off the bike for a while here as the amazing views of the Gower Peninsula are likely to take your mind off your pedalling!

Porth Oer to Aberdaron: 9 miles

Taking you along the westernmost extremity of the Llŷn Peninsula, this walk is a little strenuous, but definitely worth the effort if you’re up for a little challenge! It begins at Porth Oer, often known as Whistling Sands due to the fact it’s one of the only places in Europe where the sand ‘squeaks’ beneath your feet.

The undulating path takes you up hill and down dale, past a sea cave, above an old harbour and ends on Aberdaron beach. As you approach Aberdaron you’ll see Bardsey Island, a major medieval centre of pilgrimage.

Dale, St Ann’s Head and Westdale Bay: 7 mile circular walk

A lovely, picturesque walk around a peninsula on the Pembrokeshire coast, this route offers beautiful sea views and has the added bonus of bringing you back to your starting point. It makes a great dog walk with some dog-friendly beaches en route to let them have a bit of a run around.

Westdale Bay is usually quiet thanks to a lack of road access and is a wonderful example of Pembrokeshire’s incredible beaches. Marvel at the views at the entrance to Milford Haven and pass Watwick Bay on your way back, another stunning golden cove which is dog-friendly all year round!

Rotherslade to Caswell Bay: 2 miles

This is a nice short walk, perfect for an afternoon stroll or an early morning wander to blow away the cobwebs. Once you’ve reached Caswell Bay you can retrace your steps, bringing the total distance to 4 miles. Taking you past Langland Bay, this walk follows a mainly surfaced path with a handrail along sloping cliffs around to sandy Caswell Bay.

Rhossili to Port Eynon: 6.4 miles

This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Wales Coast Path, and subsequently, one of the most popular.

Take in the rugged scenery walking along the cliff tops from where there are wonderful views towards Rhossili and Worm’s Head, a peninsula which is cut off by the tide. It earnt its name due to its sea serpent-like appearance, known as a ‘wurm’ by Viking invaders.

Rhossili is a great place to stop for a drink and a bite to eat before you make your way back, either on foot if you’re still feeling energetic, or by bus if not!

Aberporth Inclusive Access Cliff Top Trail: 0.6 miles

This wheelchair and pushchair friendly path runs along the cliff top from Headland Place and affords breathtaking views of Ceredigion coastline and Cardigan Bay.

The path is surfaced and has gentle gradients suitable for wheelchairs. Why not stop for a picnic en route, with wheelchair-friendly picnic benches situated in scenic locations to take in the impressive views out over the bay?

After enjoying the coastline, the easily accessible beach at Aberporth is the perfect place to stop for a rest and, more importantly, an ice cream!

Posted by Clare on 17th April 2017