Explore the All Wales Path

The All Wales Coastal Path has received fabulous reviews worldwide, due in no small part to its glorious coastline and fabulous beaches. However, our website concerns not only the Wales Coast Path but also the land locked Offa’s Dyke Path that winds its way from the Severn Estuary in the south to the Irish Sea in the north.

Our journey takes an anti clockwise direction starting the walk close to Chester on the Welsh / English border. Heading in a westerly direction along the North Wales coast the path passes the wide-open stretches of golden sands at Talacre, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, and Rhos-on Sea.

A short climb over the Little Orme headland leads us to Llandudno, a popular holiday resort, before again climbing, this time the Great Orme, and then down to the picturesque Conwy Estuary at West Shore, set against a backdrop of the Carneddau mountains.

Passing through the medieval walled town of Conwy we take the upland route, by passing Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan, until we reach the crossing to the Isle of Anglesey.

Leaving the North Wales Coast Path at Bangor it is just a short walk across the Menai Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey and the Anglesey section of the Wales Coast Path. The south coast of Anglesey borders the marvellous Menai Strait, famed for its beautiful waters and marine-life.

Taking the anti clockwise direction again, we soon reach Penmon point and the East coast. The east coast boasts family friendly beaches at Benllech and Lligwy, the massive expanse of sands at Red Wharf Bay, and an abundance of historic monuments alongside the route.

At Point Lynas we head west along the north coast. The pride of the North Coast must be the beaches at Cemaes Bay, while nature lovers and bird watchers favour the lagoon and pebble beach at Cemlyn Bay.

Rounding Carmel Head to the west coast of Anglesey we find the popular beaches of Church Bay, Trearddur Bay and Rhosneigr, before we reach Aberffraw, Newborough Forest and Llanddwyn Island. Llanddwyn Island with its tiny cove beaches is a little piece of heaven dropped to earth!

Crossing back to the Welsh mainland we head west to the Llyn Peninsula, sometimes known as the ‘edge of Wales’. The northern Llyn coast is home to two of Wales’s most picturesque beaches, with both Nefyn and Porth Dinllaen being ‘wonders to behold’.

Heading in a westerly direction, we arrive at Porth Iago, where you could be forgiven for believing you had arrived on the shores of a Mediterranean island.

A few miles south of Porth Iago is another of Wales’ wonders – Porth Oer – or as it is more commonly known – Whistling Sands beach – so named after the squeaks emanating from the golden sands.

Rounding the headland, close to Bardsey Island, we soon pass the small harbour of Porth Meudwy and the first of the south Llyn beaches – Aberdaron beach – a beautiful beach yet just yards from the centre of the village.

Heading east we pass rocky inlets before reaching the fine beaches of Abersoch and Llanbedrog. Pwllheli and Criccieth (with its medieval Castle) are next along the way, before the wide stretch of Black Rock Sands at the mouth of the Glaslyn Estuary, where the mountains of Snowdonia meet the waters of Cardigan Bay.

Heading south from the Glaslyn Estuary we leave the Llyn Peninsula behind and join the crescent shaped Bay of Cardigan proper. From Harlech to Barmouth, some 14 miles, there are golden sands, clear blue seas, and all set against fabulous sand dunes and the mountains of Snowdonia National Park.

At Barmouth we cross the Mawddach estuary and follow the sandy coastline past Fairbourne and Tywyn beaches and on to the estuary of the Dyfi, where the beaches follow the curve of the estuary inviting exploration inland. We cross the river Dyfi and follow the coastline as far as Borth where the beaches tail off until we reach New Quay, a seaside resort with both a picturesque harbour and tales to tell of Dylan Thomas, the great Welsh poet.

Heading south this section of the Cardigan Bay coastline dips sharply into the sea, with fewer beaches, but the cliff top views and the sandy coves of Llangrannog and Aberporth are splendid to behold. And you should keep your eyes open for the dolphins and porpoises that swim in the waters of Cardigan Bay.

Leaving Ceredigion at Cardigan we reach the rugged coastline of Pembrokeshire, a National Park in its own right, with fantastic beaches at Newport / Parrog.

The North Pembrokeshire coast has a number of rocky coves before we reach the beautiful bay at Whitesands on the west coast.

Rounding the headland at Ramsey Sound, we follow the coastal path circumventing the huge sweep of St Bride’s Bay with the popular beaches of Newgale Sands and Broadhaven Sands.

As its name suggests Milford Haven is a popular haven for sea farers and also offers several fine beaches including Dale, Angle Bay and Freshwater West. Heading south the All Wales Path reaches the popular resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot.

From Saundersfoot the path stretches around the Bay of Carmarthen, passing both Pendine Sands and the Cefn Sidan Sands.

Leaving Carmarthen Bay we reach the Gower Peninsula and Swansea Bay with the Gowers’ world famous coastline including the beaches of Rhossilli Bay, Oxwich Bay, Three Cliffs Bay and Langland Bay, leading to Swansea Bay and the beaches of Margam Burrows, Porthcawl and Ogmore.

The beaches of the Gower give way to the Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast before we reach the popular beach of Whitesands Bay at the seaside resort of Barry Island (widely publicised in the popular TV programme Gavin and Stacey).

Passing by the shoreline of Cardiff, the capital city, and the Newport wetlands, the coastal path reaches its end close to Chepstow, from where the Offa’s Dyke Path stretches north through the historic towns of the border country. On reaching the north coast at Prestatyn you will have covered over a thousand miles. Phew!