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 made it as far as Ferryside, near Carmarthen (but the ferry wasn’t running)!  I am plagued by blisters – I think I need new footbeds or I am walking too far each day (~22 miles per day average) over the hard pavement, which I hate.  I shall return in May if work allows.

Highlights so far:

  • Kenfig Sands – dozens and dozens of Skylarks
  • Merthyr Mawr Warren
  • Oxwich Bay – 3-mile beach walk
  • Port Eynon to Rhossili – tough cliff walk
  • I thought Rhossili Bay was huge until I turned the corner and walked Whiteford Sands – another 3-mile beach to the Iron Lighthouse
  • Cefn Sidan Sands – a beach littered with wrecks
  • View from Llansaint
  • So many people who walked with me and chatted away
  • Marsh Harrier (or juvenile Hen Harriers) on Berges Island
  • Deafening dawn chorus

Lowlights:

  • Too many campsites closed or will not take tents (on Gower particularly) < Easter
  • Cwm Ivy Seawall closed – perhaps indefinitely
  • Highest tides of the year during walking hours mean long detours
  • Blisters!!!

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