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