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Walk the Wales Coast Path with a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of The Wales Coast Path
13 Apr 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 2.3cm
1st Published
28 Jan 2015
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The Wales Coast Path

Llwybr Arfordir Cymru

by Paddy Dillon
Book published by Cicerone Press

A single guidebook to walking the whole Wales Coast Path - 1400km (870 miles) the length of Wales from Chester to Chepstow, including Anglesey, described in 57 stages. The route passes through the Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire National Parks and many AONBs and can be linked with the Offa's Dyke Path for a complete circuit of Wales.

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This guidebook explores the Welsh Coast Path which, at 1408km, is the longest trail in Britain, as it traces the coastline from Chester to Chepstow. This guide divides the Path into 9 geographical areas and 57 stages, ranging between 15 to 32km in length. The names of Anglesey, the Llyn Peninsula, Cardigan Bay, Pembrokeshire, and the Gower conjour ideas of spectacular scenery, world-famous geology, seabirds and wildlife, all of which can be explored with this guide.

Opened in 2012, the entire coast is now accessible and waymarked; a true adventure along some of the best coastline in the British Isles. Full of variety; from cities and castles to sandy beaches, tiny harbours to the crash of waves against rugged cliffs, the Path offers new sights at every point. Never straying far from the sea, or climbing higher than 300m, the Path can nevertheless offer strenuous walking as well as gentle rambles.

Alongside detailed route descriptions and maps for each stage, the guidebook provides a range of practical information, whether you plan to walk the Path in full, or as a series of day-walks. Travel information, advice on accommodation and planning, as well as details on the history, wildlife and geology of the coast ensure that this is an ideal companion to uncovering the Welsh coast on foot.

  • Seasons
    in summer you'll get the best weather, with all services open; it's possible in spring and autumn, with cooler and wetter weather, but some places will be closed; not recommended in winter
  • Centres
    Chester, Llandudno, Bangor, Holyhead, Caernarfon, Pwllheli, Barmouth, Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Fishguard, St David's, Pembroke, Tenby, Carmarthen, Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Chepstow
  • Difficulty
    walkers need to be careful to cover comfortable distances, and not over-extend themselves; occasionally rugged and sometimes featuring short, steep ascents and descents; some remote stretches with few facilities; need to be aware of the weather forecast and tides
  • Must See
    the entire coastline of Wales; the historic 'Ring of Steel' castles; holiday resort towns, wild cliffs, parts of the Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire National Parks, numerous AONBs and Heritage Coast

Stage 22 - the long-delayed construction of Pont Briwet - a bridge between Penrhyndeudraeth and Llandecwyn - was finally completed on July 13th 2015. The stage described in the book can now be shortened by 16km (10 miles), simply by avoiding the lengthy detour inland to Maentwrog. As a result, this is now a very short stage, so it is best to continue walking beyond Harlech, with a view to shortening the distance covered the following day to Barmouth.


Brief history of Wales
Trees and flowers
Nature reserves
Transport to and from the route
Transport along the route
When to walk
Food and drink
Money matters
Planning your schedule
Time and tide wait for no man!
What to pack
Waymarking and access
Maps of the route
Using this guide
1 North Wales
Stage 1 Chester to Flint
Stage 2 Flint to Prestatyn
Stage 3 Prestatyn to Colwyn Bay
Stage 4 Colwyn Bay to Conwy
Stage 5 Conwy to Bangor
2 Isle of Anglesey
Stage 6 Bangor to Glan-yr-afon
Stage 7 Glan-yr-afon to City Dulas
Stage 8 City Dulas to Cemaes
Stage 9 Cemaes to Llanfachraeth
Stage 10 Llanfachraeth to South Stack
Stage 11 South Stack to Fourmilebridge
Stage 12 Fourmilebridge to Aberffraw
Stage 13 Aberffraw to Dwyran
Stage 14 Dwyran to Menai Bridge
3 Llŷn Peninsula
Stage 15 Menai Bridge to Dinas Dinlle
Stage 16 Dinas Dinlle to Nefyn
Stage 17 Nefyn to Methlem
Stage 18 Methlem to Rhiw
Stage 19 Rhiw to Abersoch
Stage 20 Abersoch to Llanystumdwy
Stage 21 Llanystumdwy to Penrhyndeudraeth
4 Meirionnydd
Stage 22 Penrhyndeudraeth to Llandanwg
Stage 23 Llandanwg to Barmouth
Stage 24 Barmouth to Tywyn
Stage 25 Tywyn to Machynlleth
5 Ceredigion
Stage 26 Machynlleth to Borth
Stage 27 Borth to Llanrhystud
Stage 28 Llanrhystud to New Quay
Stage 29 New Quay to Aberporth
Stage 30 Aberporth to St Dogmaels
6 Pembrokeshire
Stage 31 St Dogmaels to Newport
Stage 32 Newport to Goodwick
Stage 33 Goodwick to Abercastle
Stage 34 Abercastle to St Justinian
Stage 35 St Justinian to Newgale
Stage 36 Newgale to Martin’s Haven
Stage 37 Martin’s Haven to Sandy Haven
Stage 38 Sandy Haven to Pembroke
Stage 39 Pembroke to Freshwater West
Stage 40 Freshwater West to Freshwater East
Stage 41 Freshwater East to Saundersfoot
7 Carmarthenshire
Stage 42 Saundersfoot to Laugharne
Stage 43 Laugharne to Llansteffan
Stage 44 Llansteffan to Ferryside
Stage 45 Ferryside to Burry Port
8 The Gower
Stage 46 Burry Port to Pen-clawdd
Stage 47 Pen-clawdd to Rhossili
Stage 48 Rhossili to Penmaen
Stage 49 Penmaen to Swansea
9 South Wales
Stage 50 Swansea to Margam
Stage 51 Margam to Ogmore
Stage 52 Ogmore to Limpert Bay
Stage 53 Limpert Bay to Cadoxton
Stage 54 Cadoxton to Pengam Green
Stage 55 Pengam Green to Newport
Stage 56 Newport to Rogiet
Stage 57 Rogiet to Chepstow
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Facilities along the route
Appendix C Topographical glossary
Appendix D Useful contacts
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