The world’s first footpath to trace an entire country's coastline, The Wales Coast Path offers walkers an epic 870 mile journey through Wales, past beautiful beaches, charming villages and some stunning scenery that you may not have thought existed in this corner of the UK. Watch the video for the Rough Guide to the Wales Coast Path.
From Chepstow in the south, right up to Queensferry in the north, the Wales Coast Path weaves through 11 National Nature Reserves, dozens of protected areas and conservation sites, 14 Heritage Coasts and three World Heritage Sites. With more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe, you will spoiled for historic architectural treasures, too.
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Highlights along the Wales Coast Path
At almost 900 miles, it's unlikely you'll be tackling the whole of the Wales Coast Path in one go. The good news is that it's easy enough to split out into sections. Wherever you decide to go first along the Wales Coast Path, you'll no doubt come away with your eyes on the next section.
The Gower Peninsula
In the south, you have the Gower Peninsula – or just The Gower to locals – which was the first place in the UK to be designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty (in 1956), which gives you a clue as to how stunning this place is. Only a short drive from Swansea, highlights are Three Cliffs Bay, Worms Head, Oxwich Bay and Caswell Bay.
Then there's Pembrokeshire, home to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, with sandy beaches, rugged coves, ocean walks and views to rival the best in the world. It's also famous for Pembroke Castle, the medieval castle where Henry VII was born that's well worth a visit.
Cardigan Bay, a large inlet of the Irish Sea and the largest bay in Wales, should definitely be on the list when planning out your Wales Coast Path adventure. As well as vast stretches of beach, this area is also well known for its towns and villages, such as Aberaeron, Aberporth and Aberystwyth.
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