Wales Coast Path circular walks

Unbroken coastal walking

Wales is the only country in the world with a continuous path around its entire coast. The long-distance Wales Coast Path offers 870 miles/1400 kilometres of unbroken coastal walking, from the outskirts of the walled city of Chester in the north to the market town of Chepstow in the south.

The path heads along the North Wales Coast with its traditional seaside towns, headlands and piers, circles the Isle of Anglesey and visits the Welsh cultural heartland of the Llyn peninsula, before running down the long sweep of Cardigan Bay to Pembrokeshire and its offshore islands, and on past Carmarthenshire to the Gower, Swansea, Cardiff and the South Wales Coast to the Welsh/English border. In places, it runs along and joins up already established coast paths: the Anglesey Coast Path, the Lleyn Coastal Path, the Ceredigion Coast Path, and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Along the way, there’s something new around every corner. Visually stunning and rich in both history and wildlife, the Wales Coast Path promises ever-changing views, wildflowers and seabirds, as well as castles, coves and coastal pubs.  In fact, the Wales Coast Path runs through 1 Marine Nature Reserve, 2 National Parks, 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 11 National Nature Reserves, 14 Heritage Coasts, and 23 Historic Landscapes. And, to cap it all, the Wales Coast Path links up with the long-distance Offa’s Dyke path at either end: creating a complete, 1,030 mile circuit of the whole of Wales. Don’t miss it!

Best circular walks along the Wales Coast Path

The Top 10 Walks: Wales Coast Path books are a series of small, A6, pocket size books of short, easy, circular walks along the Wales Coast Path. Each walk takes in part of the coast path and at least one special place — a castle, hillfort, nature reserve, panoramic view, important wildlife site or whatever — before circling back to the start. There will eventually be ten books in the complete series, stretching along the whole 870-mile Wales Coast Path.

Existing and proposed Wales Coast Path ‘Top Ten Walks’ books will include: Top 10 North Wales Coast walks, Top 10 Isle of Anglesey walks, Top 10 Llyn Peninsula walks, Top 10 Cardigan Bay North walks and Top 10 Cardigan Bay South walks, Top 10 North and Top 10 South Pembrokeshire walks, Top 10 Carmarthenshire and Gower walks, and Top 10 South Wales Coast walks, as well as a ‘best of the Wales Coast Path’ title that will select readers’ top, Top Ten walks.

Top ten circular walks

‘Top 10 Walks: Wales Coast Path: Llyn Peninsula’ gives walkers the ten best circular walks on the Llyn section of the Wales Coast Path in a handy, pocket size book. The ten easy circular walks will take you to the most beautiful and interesting places on the Llyn including: an Iron Age hillfort at Dinas Dinlle, the hidden valley and Welsh Language Centre at Nant Gwrtheryn, Porth Dinllaen and the famous Ty Coch ‘pub on the beach’, beautiful Whistling Sands, Aberdaron, mysterious Mynydd Rhiw and Mynydd Cilan common, Criccieth and Borth y Gest.

‘Top 10 Walks: Wales Coast Path: Cardigan Bay North’ explores, among others,  the hills above Porthmadog, the Italianate village of Portmeiron, Harlech Castle, lost churches and prehistoric burial chambers, Shell Island and the Panorama Walk at Barmouth.

‘Top 10 Walks: Wales Coast Path: Carmarthen Bay and Gower’ will take you to the loveliest places on this outstanding coast, from the vast sandy beaches at Pendine, Pembrey and Whiteford, to Dylan Thomas’ Laugharne Castle and Llansteffan Castle, Rhossili Bay and Down, Oxwich, Caswell and Pwlldu Bay.

Other titles in the series are already written and will be published over the coming months.