At 870 miles (1440 km) the Wales Coast Path is the longest continuous Trail in Great Britain. The pathway closely follows the Welsh coastline from Chester to Chepstow, where it joins up with the Offa's Dyke Pathway, creating a total route which extends to over 1,000 miles.

Coastal Path at Rhossili © HEF Benney

The footpath is well sign posted and easy to follow, as winds its way through coastal towns and villages, along the cliff tops and down along sandy beaches. Much of the pathway is inaccessible by road so walkers can reach areas that would not be possible by car.

The path covers such long distance (870 miles (1440 km)) that it would take weeks, even months, to complete it in a single journey. Very few people will want to walk the route in one go and most walkers will enjoy negotiating short sections of the path, taking time to enjoy the spectacular scenery. It's likely that thousands of people will have walked parts of the pathway during visits to Wales without even knowing it. The pathway passes through (or nearby) many Welsh coastal towns and villages, so there is ample of opportunity to take advantage of the plentiful accommodation in Wales for overnight stays or short breaks.

A series of handy booklets on the Wales Coast Path are available from Northern Eye Books, plus a number of their popular 'Top10Walks' books of short circular walks along the Wales Coast Path, with more publications planned within the next couple of years.

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