The Wales Coast Path, the subject of Paddy Dillon's new Cicerone guide, seems to be in the news a lot and has caught the nation's attention. This well-waymarked 870 mile route is adaptable for all levels of walkers and features glorious parts of the country including beaches, wild cliffs and historic castles - so we think it is deserving of the hype.
Where else can you circumnavigate an entire country? (During his research Paddy Dillon did this by combining the Wales Coast Path and Offa's Dyke.) Rhossili Bay, on the Gower Peninsula has, once again, been voted one of the best beaches in Europe, and the Chinese name for the path is Wei Bu Shi Tu, the Romantic Wales Coast Path. If you need further persuasion then how about the opportunity to walk through two National Parks, several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and numerous sections of Heritage Coast?
The new path links together many previously identified walking routes such as the Anglesey Coast Path (out Dec 2015), Lleyn Coast Path, Ceredigion Coast Path and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Guidebooks to these routes can be purchased separately if you'd like more detail about each individual route. However, the Wales Coast Path guidebook offers enough detail to really enjoy this walk as a whole so you don't need to carry a whole bookshelf! They are also available as ebooks, should you wish to carry an ereader instead.
The well way-marked route is indicated using this 'dragon-shell' emblem
Paddy Dillon's guide breaks the stage into 57 daily stages so you can choose to walk day by day, for a week or so or complete the whole trail in two to three months. But one thing is certain - you need to try this trek for yourself and discover your own reasons to walk the Wales Coast Path.
Llwybr Arfordir Cymru
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.