South Wales Coast and Severn Estuary Coastal Path

The South Wales Coast and Severn Estuary Path, part of the All Wales Coast Path, offers tiny secluded coves, breathtaking views and plunging cliffs, making the path a must for walkers with a love of the countryside. The path joins the Carmarthenshire Coastal Path to the Offa’s Dyke Path at Chepstow – where the path heads north alongside the Anglo Welsh border.

The path takes in village life, magnificent views of the Severn estuary and big city landscapes. Starting close to Port Talbot and passing by Porthcawl, the path travels the route of the well established Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast Path, with small villages in a rural landscape, before reaching the bustling seaside resort of Barry and the more sophisticated Penarth.

On reaching Cardiff Bay, the walk skirts the waters of the huge Cardiff Bay Barrage and the Waterfront, home to the Welsh Government or Senedd. Looking on a brighter side there is also the option for a bit of City culture and nightlife.

Leaving Cardiff the walk continues along the coastline to the River Usk where it is forced inland to the City of Newport – with the option of crossing the River Usk via the historic Transporter Bridge (a very strange object indeed).

At the Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve, on the banks of the Severn Estuary, you can share your walk with the numerous wildfowl and waders that can be spotted along the way. Plover and curlew are common and, at peak times, the Severn estuary is one of only a handful of British estuaries to hold more than 100,000 wading birds.

The Severn estuary has the second highest tidal range in the world at 49 feet and is home to the world famous Severn bore – a head of water that at certain times of the year drives huge waves – and all else before it. Remember to pack your wetsuit and surf board!

Both this section of our walk and the Wales Coast Path finish at Chepstow with its famous Castle on the River Wye. But the All Wales Path continues for another 177 miles along the Offa’s Dyke Path that links the Severn estuary near Chepstow with the Irish sea at Prestatyn.