Wales Coast Path - North Wales

Mid & North Wales, Aberystwyth, Powys, SY20 8TG, Wales

Our Wales Coast Path North Wales trail integrates with the Llyn Coastal Path - a waymarked 146-kilometre (91 miles) long-distance footpath running along the coast of the Llyn Peninsula from Porthmadog to Caernarfon, winding its way through towns and villages, across cliff tops and sandy beaches, sometimes darting inland before emerging once again at a sheltered cove or tiny hamlet.

From Porthmadog the path takes you onwards to Criccieth with its prominent castle, passing through the quaint village of Borth-y-Gest and picturesque Black Rock Sands. It then heads inland towards Llanystumdwy before meandering back towards the coast to Pwllheli and around Pen Llyn passing through Abersoch, Aberdaron, Nefyn and Trefor towards Caernarfon.

The World Heritage Site of Caernarfon Castle is truly worthy of a visit before continuing along Caernarfon Bay and alongside the Menai Strait to the University town of Bangor.

The last section of the Wales Coast Path winds for 60 miles along the coast from Bangor to Prestatyn, mostly along public footpaths. It takes you to traditional seaside resorts which you can reach from the path, and also gives you stunning mountain and coastal views.

Near Prestatyn the route follows the Prestatyn Dyserth Way, a 2 2/3 mile former railway. Between the Prestatyn Dyserth and the Offas Dyke Path National Trail, Bishopswood is an SSSi, and the limestone hill Graig Fawr is owned by the National Trust.

Some of the most stunning views on the path come from Little Ormes Head, where you can look over Snowdonia, and the top of the cliffs of Great Ormes Head - 680 feet high and popular with climbers.