Wales Coast Path
The Wales Coast Path was opened in 2012; the world's first continuous path around an entire national coastline. The total distance, including the circuit of Anglesey, is 861 miles (1,386kms)
In 2018 Footpath Holidays will be offering two further sections of the Wales Coast Path. The first section will be Oxwich to Barry Island from a base in Swansea and the second section will be Barry lsland to Chepstow using Chepstow as the base. Taken together the two holidays will provide 136 miles (219kms) of excellent walking, but either section is a worthwhile walk in its own right.
The dates in early June should see the coastal flora at its very best, with carpets of pink thrift on the clifftops and orchids in the sand dunes and marshes.
Wales Coast Path (Oxwich to Barry Island)
Total distance covered; 76 miles (121kms)
6 days walking, based in Swansea
This 76 mile (121km) section of the Wales Coast Path starts in the village of Oxwich on the beautiful Gower Peninsula (Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and finishes in the bustling seaside resort of Barry Island, venue for many a family seaside holiday, and best known nowadays as the filming location for the iconic sitcom, 'Gavin and Stacey'. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast lies wholly within this section.
Highlights of the holiday include Oxwich Nature Reserve and Kenfig National Nature Reserve with their displays of orchids, the views over Three Cliffs Bay, Mumbles Lighthouse in its rocky setting, the regenerated waterfront at Swansea, the birdlife on Crymlyn Bog, the expanse of Aberavon Sands, Merthyr-Mawr sand dunes, the towering cliffs at Nash Point, St Donat's Castle and fish and chips on the beach at Barry Island!
Wales Coast Path (Barry Island to Chepstow)
Total distance covered; 61 miles (97kms)
5 days walking, based in Chepstow
This 60 mile (98km) section of the Wales Coast Path starts on Barry Island and finishes at the old bridge across the River Wye below Chepstow Castle. For those of our guests who have walked all the way from Chester it will be 'mission accomplished'.
Highlights of the holiday include Penarth's Victorian pier, Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve, Cardiff waterfront and the Millennium Centre, birds, dragonflies and wild flowers on the Wentlooge Levels, Newport Transporter Bridge, the graceful sweep of the Severn Bridge, Chepstow's Norman castle and the Old Wye Bridge where decorative ironwork on the centre span marks the crossing from Wales into England, and the end of the Wales Coast Path.
Day 1: Oxwich to Mumbles 12 mls (19kms)
Day 2: Mumbles to Crymlyn Bridge 10 mls (16kms)
Day 3: Crymlyn Bridge to Margam Country Park 14 mls (22kms)
Day 4: Margam Country Park to Ogmore 15 mls (24kms)
Day 5: Ogmore to Cwm Col-huw Nature Reserve 12 mls (19kms)
Day 6: Cwm Col-huw Nature Reserve to Barry Island 13 mls (21kms)
Day 1: Barry Island to Penarth 12 mls (19kms)
Day 2: Penarth to Peterstone Wentlooge 12 mls (19kms)
Day 3: Peterstone Wentlooge to Newport Transporter Bridge 8 mls (13kms)
Day 4: Newport Transporter Bridge to Redick 14 mls (23kms)
Day 5: Redick to Chepstow 15 mls (24kms)
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