About Wales Coast Path - South Wales Coast
This southerly coastline takes in city landscapes, quiet villages, major sand dune systems, the spectacular Glamorgan Heritage Coast and magnificent views of the Severn Estuary (the Estuary has the second highest tidal range in the world at 49 feet and is home to the Severn bore). Share your walk with the numerous wildfowl and waders that can be spotted along the way, particularly throughout the winter.
Please note that distances are one way unless otherwise specified. Where public transport is shown, this means that the
start and finish points are linked (timetable dependent). The use of www.traveline-cymru.info to plan your journey is recommended.
1. KENFIG VISITOR CENTRE to PORTHCAWL (7km / 4.5miles)
Kenfig National Nature Reserve is home to wild orchids, insects and other wildlife and is a great start to this enjoyable walk
which takes in some of the best surfing and watersports beaches in Wales. On the way, you will pass near the historic and, some say, haunted Sker house, used as the basis of R D Blackmore’s novel, The Maid of Sker. (Bus)
2. PORTHCAWL to OGMORE CASTLE (11km / 7miles)
A walk which includes Traeth yr Afon Beach, the National Nature Reserve at Merthyr Mawr, and ends near the Castle and
stepping stones at Ogmore. (Bus)
3. OGMORE BY SEA to NASH POINT (10k / 6.2miles)
This walk follows the Glamorgan Heritage Coast towards Nash Point. Explore this spectacular and dramatic coastline (and callinto the visitor centre at Dunraven Bay to find out more). You’ll discover some stunning beaches along the way.
4. CARDIFF BAY TRAIL (10km / 6.2miles)
Enjoy Cardiff’s rich heritage; the legacy of a buoyant and successful docks. See historic landmarks, on this circular walk
around the Bay, like the Norwegian Church (where Roald Dahl was christened) and iconic buildings such as the world renowned Wales Millennium Centre.
5. GWENT LEVELS CIRCULAR WALK from Newport Wetlands (12km / 7.5miles)
An exhilarating, mostly level walk on hard surface paths around Newport Wetlands Reserve, a nationally important haven for
wildlife and a National Nature Reserve.
6. CALDICOT to SUDBROOK and BLACKROCK (5km / 3miles)
Enjoy some fantastic views over the Severn Estuary while
exploring this section of the coast. Blackrock is the site of the old crossing point to England and, as well as a great view point,
is a lovely spot for a picnic. (Bus from Sudbrook - Caldicot)
A coastal walk should always be a safe and enjoyable experience and you should leave the environment as you found it.
• Stay on the Path and away from cliff edges.
• Wear boots and warm, waterproof clothing.
• Take extra care in windy and/or wet conditions.
• Always supervise children.
• Remember that mobile signal can be patchy in some coastal destinations.
• If you have restricted mobility, visit:www.walescoastpath.gov.uk for suggestions on suitable walks.
Please follow the Countryside Code:
• Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs.
• Leave gates and property as you find them.
• Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home.
• Keep dogs under close control.