A detailed colour guide to the full 890-mile long distance trail of the Wales Coast Path from Chester to Chepstow. 2nd edition published December 2020.
The Wales Coast Path
The Wales Coast Path is an 870-mile route around the whole coast of Wales that officially opened in 2012. It was the first country in the world with a path around its entire coastline and the routes takes in two National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, eleven National Nature Reserves and numerous other Sites of Specific Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserves. The route is undoubtedly a triumph, linking the already successful coastal paths of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Anglesey with some of the lesser known parts of the Welsh coast. In North and South Wales, where towns and cities dominate large parts of the coast, the route has in the main avoided too much road tramping and found quiet corners of these otherwise busy parts of Wales. And, in the cliffs that make up a large proportion of the coastline between Great Orme’s Head and Barry Island, Wales has a natural resource that needs very little introduction.
The Wales Coast Path: A Practical Guide for Walkers by Christopher Goddard and Katharine Evans was first published in March 2014 by St David’s Press, with an updated 2nd edition following in 2021, and was the first guidebook to cover the whole of the route of the newly-opened Wales Coast Path. It is an essential companion for both the serious long-distance walker and for day-trippers who wish to tackle the Coast Path one stage at a time.
Temporary Route Diversions
An updated list of temporary diversions is available on the official Wales Coast Path page. All other route changes have been incorporated into the new edition of our guidebook.
The following is a full listing of all accommodation along the Wales Coast Path, included by section of the route. It includes updates to those in the book and others not included in the larger towns/cities and in places where the route isn’t split in the book.
- Part 1 – The North Wales Coast (Chester to Caernarfon)
- Part 2 – The Isle of Anglesey (Menai Bridge to Menai Bridge)
- Part 3 – The Llŷn Peninsula (Caernarfon to Penrhyndeudraeth)
- Part 4 – The Meirionnydd Coast (Penrhyndeudraeth to Machynlleth)
- Part 5 – The Ceredigion Coast (Machynlleth to St Dogmaels)
- Part 6 – The Pembrokeshire Coast (St Dogmaels to Amroth)
- Part 7 – The Carmarthenshire Coast & Gower (Amroth to Swansea)
- Part 8 – The South Wales Coast (Swansea to Chepstow)
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