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Wales Coastal Path

One of the best ways to enjoy the very best sights of Wales’ seaside is to head out and find the nearest Wales Coast Path trail.

Covering the entire county – yes, really! – this footpath provides easy access to some of the most picturesque corners of the region. From the stunning sunsets of South Stack on the Isle of Anglesey to the dramatic sea cliffs of St Davids, there are so many incredible landmarks to discover along the way.

For those planning a visit to Wales soon, we’ve put together a handy guide to the Wales Coast Path…


Quick facts about the Wales Coast Path

Want to find out more about this impressive footpath? Here are some quick facts!

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How long is the Wales Coastal Path?

The path spans a whopping 870 miles (1,400 km), running from Queensferry in the county of Flintshire all the way around to Chepstow in Monmouthshire. It was first launched in 2012, after the success of both the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path.

How long would it take to walk the entire length of the path?

It’s estimated that a walk around the entire Welsh Coast Path would take around six to seven weeks, and that’s if you’re averaging at least 20 miles a day. We’d bet that even some of the locals haven’t had the chance to walk every section of the trail! You could always try a new route every time you visit if you don’t fancy a full walking holiday.

What sign do I need to look for when walking the Wales Coast Path?

Wales Coast Path trails are waymarked by posts with a yellow and blue logo with a shell in the center. Many of the posts will also tell you exactly how many kilometres are left until you reach the next landmark, so be sure to plan accordingly.

What are the different Wales Coast Path sections?

The path is separated into eight sections, which all connect up with each other. These are:

  • North Wales Coast & Dee Estuary
  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Menai, Llŷn & Meirionnydd
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Gower & Swansea Bay
  • South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary

Most popular walks along the Wales Coast Path

Get your walking boots on and make the most of your surroundings with these delightful walking routes along the Wales Coast Path. We’ve chosen three of our favourites, from easy strolls to all-day hikes.

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1. Marloes Sands to Martin’s Haven, Pembrokeshire

Distance: Two miles
Difficulty: Easy

The Marloes Sands to Martin’s Haven, Pembrokeshire trail takes you along dramatic sea cliffs, with incredible views across the islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Gateholm. If you’re visiting during late summer, keep an eye out along the coast for the grey seals and their incredibly cute pups. The wildflowers along the clifftops are absolutely beautiful during the spring and summer months, although you’ll still find plenty to look at if you’ll be visiting in the autumn!

2. Aberporth to Tresaith, Ceredigion

Distance: Two miles
Difficulty: Easy

A nice and easy walking route, the Aberporth to Tresaith, Ceredigion trail takes you along the clifftops that connect these two lovely coastal villages. Half of this walk is completely flat and wheelchair-friendly, making it an excellent choice for those with mobility issues or parents with buggies. There’s also picnic benches along the way, as well as the chance to stop and enjoy two sandy beaches.

3. Carmarthenshire Bay and the Gower (Multi-day walk)

Distance: Varied
Difficulty: Difficult

Discover all the best sights of Carmarthenshire Bay and the Gower with this multi-day walking route. Ideal for those who are planning a weekend of scenic walks, this lovely route covers over 25 miles of stunning coastline. The ten-mile Swansea to Southgate section takes you out of the city and along the stunning sea cliffs of Swansea Bay – great for a morning walk.

For an extra dose of hiking inspiration, be sure to check out our 10 favourite walks in Pembrokeshire.


Places to Stay Along the Wales Coast Path

We’ve got a whole host of lovely cottages, close to the coastal path. Here are just a few of our most popular homes within easy reach of the Wales Coastal Path, from cosy retreats to spacious cottages for the whole family to enjoy.

1. Sea View (Ref. 1069927) Newport, Pembrokeshire

Sea View

Sea View is a detached four-bedroom cottage set on the outskirts of Newport. Just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of the town yet offering plenty of peace and quiet, it’s the perfect choice for relaxing family holiday. Boasting delightful sea views and spacious garden, you can sit out and soak up those lovely vistas every evening. The coastal path is just a short drive away, as well as the scenic town of Cardigan.

2. The Lookout – Nantmawr (Ref. 1035559) Mwnt, Cardigan

The Lookout

The Lookout – Nantmawr is a unique stone lookout at  Nantmawr Farm in Ceredigion. Sleeping up to two guests, it’s a great choice for couples looking for something a little more quirky than the rest! With exceptional views across the Cardigan Bay, it’s set in such a lovely location. What’s more, the coastal path is just a field away from you. If you feel like having a chilled out beach day, the golden sands of Mwnt Beach are just a 20-minute walk away.

3. Maes yr Awel (Ref. 1035606) Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire

Maes yr Awel

Maes yr Awel is a four-bedroom dormer bungalow in Kidwelly, ideal for family holidays by the coast. Just a five-minute drive from the pretty seaside village of Ferryside and only ten-minutes from the picturesque Pembrey Country Park. We absolutely love the Japanese cedar wood soaking tub in the bathroom – just what you need to unwind after a busy day exploring the coastal path!


Can’t wait to explore the stunning Wales Coast Path? You can find our delightful Welsh cottages all across the country. From cosy Pembrokeshire cottages to lovely homes in Carmarthenshire, we’ve got something for everyone.