A few hours on the Wales Coast Path is enough for a true voyage of discovery. 

Ynys Gybi, Anglesey

Thousands of seabirds wheel above the cliffs at South Stack, the sea churns beneath – who’d have guessed you were only two miles from Holyhead? South Stack RSPB Reserve on this popular route gets you close to the locals – razorbills, guillemots, perhaps a peregrine falcon – and serves a cuppa before the return.

lighthouse on grassy outcrop.

South Stack lighthouse, Holy Island, Anglesey, North Wales

Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey

Pilgrims came to this south-eastern corner of Anglesey to venerate the holy well of St Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers, whose 16th century church is a ruin on the island. What makes this the most romantic walk in Wales, however,  are views to give butterflies. Stay at Llanddwyn Island until sunset and prepare to swoon.

Llanddwyn Island and Newborough

Llanddwyn Island, North Wales

Morfa Nefyn to Porthdinllaen

One parliamentary vote prevented postcard-pretty Porthdinllaen from becoming a ferry terminal. Now owned by the National Trust, its peninsula offers one of the loveliest ambles on the Llŷn Peninsula: views of sea and mountains, wildlife, a beach and rockpools for the kids and a drink in the Ty Coch Inn for you. Park in Morfa Nefyn.

Couple sitting on a wall enjoying a drink outside the Ty Coch Inn.
Couple walking on beach at Porthdinllaen.
backs of two people sat on wall, with view of the sea.

Porthdinllaen, North Wales

Tresaith to Llangrannog, Ceredigion

The last car you’ll see is the one you leave at pretty Tresaith on this clifftop walk. On one side glitters Cardigan Bay. Ahead rise the mountains of Eryri (Snowdonia). Conveniently located midway between them is National Trust-listed Penbryn beach for a paddle. The Cardi Bach bus runs back; check the timetable first. Head to the CardiganBay.com website for walk details.

An aerial shot of Llangrannog beach, sea and surrounding buildings.

Llangrannog, Ceredigion, Mid Wales

St Davids Head, Pembrokeshire

If you only do one short walk in Pembrokeshire, make it this one. Though popular, this circuit feels as wild as anywhere in Wales, tracking a shoreline which teems with wildlife. The locals have known that the St Davids Head coastal walk was special for at least 6,000 years, if the Coetan Arthur burial chamber is any guide.

Two people with fishing rods walking on a cliff.

St Davids Head, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Deer Park to Marloes, Pembrokeshire

A peninsula walk with a sense of island escapism. The Martins Haven walk showcases seascapes spread almost 360 degrees, and seabirds soar off the nature islands of Skomer and Skokholm. Superb Marloes Sands are worth the extra half-mile walk and if you can stay till dusk you won’t find a better sunset in Wales.

Beach at Marloes Sands.
Beach at Marloes Sands with dark clouds.

Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire

Not as well-known as Dylan Thomas’ Laugharne across the bay, but this seaside walk has its own poetry, when the ruins of Llansteffan Castle appear. Beyond it at Wharley Point is a seascape to Devon, plus St Anthony’s Well. This mindfulness circular Llansteffan walk heals lovesickness, they say. Alternatively try a pint in the Castle Inn.

Aerial view of castle overlooking sea.

Llansteffan Castle, Carmarthenshire, West Wales

Penmaen to Three Cliffs Bay, Gower

Numerous competitions say this easy walk from Penmaen to Three Cliffs Bay offers one of the best views in Britain. We say it is Wales in miniature. You’ll swish down the sand dunes at Penmaen, explore a castle (ruined by fairies, according to legend) then walk across a fabulous beach towards a rock spur like a dragon’s back. Magic.

Tide out at Three Cliffs Bay with rivulets of sea water left on the sandy beach.

Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, West Wales

Cardiff Bay

The coastal path celebrates cities as much as wild coasts and this 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.

People walking at Cardiff Bay with the St David's Spa Hotel in the distance
Historic red brick building with clock tower and copper coloured roof building.

Cardiff Bay, South Wales

Great Orme Nature Trail, Llandudno

The coastal path celebrates towns as much as wild coasts and this walk loops around the Orme’s 200m knobble from Llandudno’s Victorian pier. The sea views are wonderful, of course. The surprise is the wildlife: rare silver-studded blue butterflies and Kashmir goats descended from a herd given to George IV. 

Read more: 10 great reasons to walk the Wales Coast Path

Edge of the Great Orme and sea

Great Orme, North Wales

Wales Coast Path walks by train

You can easily reach many coastal path walks by train. The Rail to Trail website has several great suggestions using the Cambrian Coast line, the North Wales Coast Railway and the South and West Wales railway networks. 

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