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The Best Region on Earth

Rest BayWell, after much build up and anticipation, Wales last week became the first country in the world to have a walking route going right around the coast.

The path runs for 870 from the outskirts of Chester in the North, through the Snowdonia National Park, down the West coast, around the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and through South Wales taking in the cities of Swansea and Cardiff before finally ending in the border town of Chepstow.

Well I say ending, but if you haven't had enough you can take the Offa's Dyke Trail North from here along the Wales/England border for another 160 miles back to your starting point.

There's been lots of coverage of the path in the press with the Guardian saying "Wales has surely set a standard in coastal path designation" and Lonely Planet said that Coastal Wales was the best place in the world to visit in 2012.

Leave a comment to tell us what you think of the path and which section is your favourite and don't forget to share the beauty of the coast with us by adding an image to our flickr group.

The Welsh Coast - "the best region on Earth"

Ogmore by Sea, BridgendGreat excitement here last week when the Lonely Planet travel guide confirmed what we had known all along - that the Welsh coast is the "best region on Earth" to visit in 2012

It described the coast as being an ideal way to truly appreciate the shape and soul of the nation.  It also looks forward to the opening of the All Wales Coast Path next May, when it will be possible to walk the entire length of the coastline from Chepstow in South, right around to Queensferry in the North, a distance of 1377km.

With such a spectacular coastline we had a lively debate in the office about which was the best stretch.  Unable to come to a conclusion, there was only one way to resolve the debate - open it up to our Twitter followers

We got loads of responses and almost each one suggested a different stretch of coast.  I suppose that goes to show how varied and spectacular it is.

@mi_shmash couldn't make up their mind, suggesting Pendine, Saundersfoot and Tenby in Pembrokeshire as well as the Ceredigion coast between Aberporth and Aberystwyth.  More nominations for Tenby came from @claresheehy and @gcsportstours

Gower was a favourite with @mountainacts, @thatbirdsuzie @santes_dwynwen and @dimyanbooks with the latter specifically mentioning Rhosili. @greer80 also went for Gower but this time it was Oxwich Bay and 3 Cliffs Bay was mentioned by @visitwyevalley.

In the North there were suggestions from @santes_dwynwen for Ynys Llanddwyn and @welshsport nominated both Harlech and Barmouth while @typenfro went for Nefyn.  Harlech and Ynys Llanddwyn were also favourites of @pengwernbyc who also liked Porth Neigwl.

@santes_dwynwen also suggested Dunraven Bay near Bridgend while @countryteers nominated Southerndown, which despite the different names are in fact the same place.  Nearby Ogmore by Sea got a mention from @bridgendtowncc.

A relatively unknown stretch of coast, the Gwent Levels is a favourite of @landdodger and Aberavon got a mention from @h_mann01.  The small town of Laugharne, famous for being home to Dylan Thomas was a favourite of @suall

But it was The Ceredigion coast that proved to be most popular with nominations from @gcsportstours, @benurigallery, @quaysurf, @nick_bourne and @theharpcentre and @queensnewquay amongst others.  Favourites were New Quay, Aberaeron, Mwnt, and Aberporth but it was Llangrannog with seemed to be the most popular.

But the best answer to our question was provided by @dimyanbooks who suggested all 870 miles of it.  I think we agree with that.

Have we missed anywhere out.  Leave a comment to let us know or share with us the beauty of your favourite stretch by adding an image to our flickr group.