Wales Coast Path - South East Wales

South Wales Coast, Chepstow, Powys, SY20 8TG, Wales

Starting in Chepstow, one of the oldest towns in Wales, the South East Wales section of the Wales Coast Path takes in the South Wales cities of Newport, Cardiff and Swansea.

With its magnificent views of the Severn estuary, the whole of the Newport coastal area is part of the Gwent Levels. Explore the Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve which run directly along the Coastal Path and cover 1000 acres of unspoilt wildlife habitat - ideal for families, with events, walks & activities throughout the year.

You can branch off the coast path to visit Newport city centre and history buffs can follow the Trail of the Chartists around the city. This is also a good point to head off towards the ancient Roman town of Caerleon.

The circuit around Cardiff Bay has history, nature and action. There's art in the Norwegian church, architecture in the striking Y Senedd (Welsh parliament building), waterbirds in a reserve, and whoops from the Cardiff White Water Centre.

Vale of Glamorgan boasts spectacular views along routes such as Southerndown to Llantwit Major, which takes in Nash Point Lighthouse, St Donats Castle and amazing rock formations. The dramatic coastline of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast lies between Porthcawl and Gileston Beach. It gained Heritage Coast status in 1972 and has soaring cliffs, golden beaches and romantic coves.

The length of the coast path within the Neath Port Talbot area forms part of the broad sweep of Swansea Bay. There are two sections of Coast Path have been created through Neath Port Talbot and although quite a short section, there is much interest and variety along the two routes, offering wildlife, seaside cafes, history and striking views.

Both sections are very different in character, difficulty and in their features of interest. The upland route crosses the historic sea cliffs of Neath Port Talbot. On the East, it drops down towards Margam Park where it crosses the M4 and skirts around Margam Moors before crossing over the River Kenfig into Bridgend's Kenfig National Nature Reserve. The lowland route follows the seafront is very easy, with sections such as Aberavon promenade is suitable for cyclists and all abilities of walkers.

The Swansea & The Gower stretch of the Path is an area of contrasts - from the busy seaside city of Swansea to the stunning coastline of the Gower Peninsula with its award winning golden beaches. The area is home to 10 nature reserves, 24 Wildlife Trust reserves, 32 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and five Special Areas of Conservation.

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