Since it opened two years ago, the 820 miles of the Wales Coast Path has tempted millions of walkers to the Welsh shores.
Now, a book has been launched to help turn the 820 miles of coastal splendour into manageable walks for the explorers amongst us.
In The Wales Coast Path: A Practical Guide for Walkers, the path has been broken down into 73 walks of nine to 15 miles each. Written by surveyors Katharine Evans and Christopher Goddard, the two keen hikers carried out an official survey of the route for the Welsh Government before it opened on May 5, 2012.
In honour of this new guidebook, we’ve chosen five of the best walks for you to experience along the South Wales section of the Wales Coast Path.
You may be surprised to see that the Bay features on the Coast Path at all, but for tourists and locals alike, this is one must-see part of the route. While the rest of the Coast Path focuses on the majestic Welsh countryside, this will give you a real taste of modern culture. From the Norwegian Church and Victorian Pier, to the Wales Millennium Centre and the Senedd, this melting pot of architecture, food and atmosphere offers a brief insight into Welsh city life.
St Clears to Laugharne
Following the River Taf, you will find your feet taking you from the delightful St Clears through farmland and down country paths to the pretty town of Laugharne. This 4.3 mile section of the path will take you straight past Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse, where he lived until his death in 1953. Ambling along this stretch couldn’t be more fitting this year, as we celebrate Dylan Thomas’s 100th birthday. If you fancy a little diversion from the path itself, take some time to follow the two mile long Dylan Thomas birthday walk, which promises magnificent views of the estuary, over to North Devon.
Dale to Martins Haven
This gentle walk promises views over to the rugged shores of Skomer, Stokholm and Grassholm islands, from a path which winds down treeless coast, up valleys cut by Ice Age melt-water and into sheltered woods. The 10 mile long stretch is close to accommodation, pubs and cafes, and is served by a regular bus service.
Port Eynon to Oxwich
This list would not be complete without a mention of the Gower. We all know very well that the Gower Peninsula was designated the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1952. But while the crowds may flock to Caswell and Langland, the 400 miles of right of ways that the land has to offer go somewhat untouched by the masses.
Although Port Eynon and Oxwich are still both popular destinations, this 4.5 mile route between the two will take you away from heaving destinations, through woodland and across open cliffs.