Wales Coast Path / Llwybr Arfordir Cymru

The Wales Coast Path is an 870-mile route to/from Chepstow to/from Chester.  There is an excellent website at www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

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I have now completed the walk and solved my blister problems 😀

I have written about the experience in 4 blogs posts and will update this page later with more practical advice in the coming weeks. 

Part 1 – Chepstow to Carmarthen

Part 2 – Carmarthen to New Quay

Part 3 – New Quay to Caernarfon 

Part 4 – Caernarfon to Chester (inc. Anglesey)

The diversity of landscape and seascape is remarkable, but more than anything, the people I have met have been fantastic – it really is a friendly, life affirming path to walk.

Highlights so far:

  • Wildlife – dolphins, porpoises, skylarks, gannets, kingfishers, harriers, kestrels and choughs and a dawn chorus that made sure I never slept in
  • Long beach walks – up to 4-miles avoiding beached jellyfish
  • Rugged coastal scenery, hard walking at times, but very rewarding
  • A contrast between industrial Wales and unspoilt coastline, one minute a power station or steel works, the next glorious dunes and gently breaking waves
  • So many people who walked with me and chatted
  • Wild weather that makes you feel insignificant and exposed

Lowlights:

  • Huge static caravan parks – empty out of season
  • Villages which are now blighted by second homes, look for the Masterkey boxes
  • High tides meaning awkward inland routes to follow
  • Blisters until that problem was solved!!!

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