Monday, 30 April 2012

Wales Coast Path

These boots are made for walking.....

Fancy a walk this weekend? Well why not try the brand new Wales Coast Path?
On May 5th, the Wales Coast Path will be officially opened, making Wales the first country in the world to have a walking route that follows every inch of its coastline. It'll be possible to meander, wander, walk and explore an incredible 870 miles of some of the most beautiful coast in the world.

From the outskirts of Chester in the north, the path follows the coast all the way to Chepstow in the South. The project has been co-ordinated by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), along with sixteen local councils and two National Park Authorities, as well as the Ramblers and the Welsh Government, so it has been a huge collaboration and a long-running project.

Some parts of the Wales Coast Path are already well promoted walking routes. The Pembrokeshire Coast path has been officially opened since the 1970s and is one of the most popular Long Distance Trails in Britain.

However, there are some parts of the Wales Coast Path that are not yet open to walkers and the opening of the Wales Coast Path will mean that entirely new sections of coastline will open up to walkers and visitors. The sections between Porthmadog and Machynlleth and most sections between Swansea and the end of the route at Chepstow will all be new sections of path.

And last year, travel guide publishers LonelyPlanet selected the coastline of Wales as one of the “must-see” regions of 2012", alongside world locations such as Croatia, India, Kenya and Central America.

What more of a recommendation do you need? With 870 miles to explore where will you start?

The Oakeley Arms is only a couple of miles from the Coast Path at Portmeirion and Porthmadog, so there's plenty to explore. Check back soon for some details of walks along the coast.

See you on the coast!!

Image ©VisitBritain/ James McCormick

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