North Wales

Prestatyn to Rhyl

The Wales Coast Path and the National Cycle Route 5 share the same route along this stretch. It's around 6 miles (9km) from Prestatyn to Rhyl. The path is smooth tarmac or concrete all the way and mostly flat with just a few small slopes and ramps. The views out to sea are huge - wide expanses of sand with the vast windmills of the North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm in the shimmering distance. There are toilets on the promenade at Prestatyn and Rhyl and cafés and ice cream kiosks en route. If you get your timings right, you can catch the train back.

Distance: Around 6 miles (9km) one way

Surface: Smooth tarmac and concrete.

Allow: 4 to 5 hours

Read more: Easy access walks on the Wales Coast Path

Views of wind turbines in the sea with sunset skies behind

Sunset views of the North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm, Prestatyn

Conwy to Deganwy

There are pavements and a short stretch of road to navigate on this one. From Beacons car park at Conwy Marina, follow the footpath around its tranquil waters. Then use the smooth pavements on Ellis Way and Morfa Drive until you pick up the path through tranquil Bodlondeb Woods Nature Reserve.

At Conwy Quay you pass the smallest house in Britain and then reach mighty Conwy castle. You need to use a quiet side street here as the pavement has steps. Cross the river bridge on the pavement and follow the smooth path by the river to Deganwy Marina with views right down the estuary. Toilets at Conwy Quay and Deganwy Marina and several places for a bite to eat.

Distance: Around 3 miles (4km) one way

Surface: Pavement and tarmac, short sections on the road

Allow: 2 to 3 hours

Read more: The two marina walk

Looking across water to Conwy castle, with boats in the harbour.
View of a marina with a stone breakwater and houses behind

Views of Conwy castle and Conway Marina.

Abergele to Llanddulas

This is ideal, as it's almost completely flat and the surface is smooth tarmac all the way. It's shared with the cycle path so keep an eye out for cyclists and pedestrians. You have leafy hedgerows and hillsides to one side and breakwaters and the wide open beach and sea to the other. Tides Café just at the caravan park, makes a good stop off point about two thirds of the way. As you reach Llandulas, the tarmac path winds gently through grasslands and across a bridge over the Dulas river.

Distance: About 3 miles (5km) one way

Surface: Smooth tarmac

Allow: 2 to 3 hours

Read more: Accessible holidays in North Wales

Mid Wales

Aberporth to Tresaith

There are sparkling views over Cardigan Bay here and you might see dolphins among the waves. Start at Brynseiol Chapel car park off Heol y Graig, east of Aberporth Bay. The path takes you along the clifftop eastwards towards Tresaith, past rocky coves as far as a small waterfall. Then, retrace your route back.

The bird life is abundant. Look out for stonechats, meadow pipits and even rare choughs. There are picnic benches along the way. Accessible toilets are back down on Aberporth beach at Glanmordy and Cwtch is a friendly café with views across the beach.

Distance: About 1 mile (1.6km) return journey

Surface: Smooth tarmac

Allow: 2.5 hours

Read more: Discover Mid Wales' accessible attractions

Wooden boat skeleton sculpture alongside the coast path with sandy beach in the background

Sculpture and sandy views overlooking Aberporth beach

West Wales

St Govan's Head

A tarmac path leads from the car park half a mile or so to the coastguard lookout where there are awesome sea views. There's a cattle grid at one point but you can avoid it by going through a wide kissing gate.

Fancy a full on adventure? The Wales Coast Path runs along the clifftop. Heading west out of the car park along it, the surface is loose stone, navigable for trikes and mobility scooters. Keep on the path passing smugglers' coves and craggy rock formations, all the way to the two massive pillars of limestone at Stack Rocks, often thronging with seabirds. There are some gradients and gates to deal with on this section.

This area is part of a live firing range and regularly closed to the public. Check before you set off by calling 01646 662367 or see the UK Government Castlemartin firing information page.

Distance: 1.1 miles (1.8 km) coastguard lookout return journey

7 miles (11km) Stack Rocks return journey

Surface: Tarmac/loose stones

Allow: 90 minutes for the viewpoint

5 to 6 hours for Stack Rocks

Read more: Access for all on the Pembrokeshire coast

Swansea Bay to Mumbles Pier

The coast path around Swansea Bay is smooth and flat - easy wheeling for over 7miles (11km). Start in Swansea harbour where there are lots of parking and eating options. The long promenade stretches right around the bay. Clumps of sand dunes and the wide open sandy beach disappear off into the distance. There's leafy park on the inland side with cafés and kiosks for a cuppa or an ice cream. Further on, cross Blackpill bridge over the Clyne to reach the prom at Mumbles. You can continue all the way to the pier. There's an accessible toilet at Mumbles lifeboat station (radar key required).

For a much shorter trip start in Mumbles at Swansea View or Knabb Rock car parks and head to the pier and back.

Distance: 7 miles (11km) one way

Surface: Smooth tarmac and concrete

Allow: 4 to 5 hours

Read more: An epic journey along the Wales Coast Path

Woman on a recumbent trike on a seafront

Exporing the accessible section between Swansea Bay and Mumbles by trike.

Millennium Coastal Path

Start at Millennium Quay car park at North Dock, Llanelli. St. Elli's Bay bistro and the Discovery Centre here have toilets and a café. The smooth flat promenade offers great views across the beach and sculptures along the route. Continue over the landscaped railway bridge to the fantastic viewpoint at the Needle Sculpture. Sandy Water Park here has a lake with ducks and swans. On to Pwll, with more landscape sculptures to admire. Passing the Pavilion Café you reach Burry Port with its harbour, marina and lighthouse. If you keep going you pass the old Pembrey Harbour with sand dunes and the estuary packed with wildlife, arriving at Pembrey Country Park. The visitor centre has disabled toilets and a café.

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) one way

Surface: Smooth tarmac and concrete

Allow: 2 to 3 hours one way

Read more: Accessible attractions in West Wales

Aerial shot of sea, beach and path
aerial view of coastal path and coast.

The Milliennium Coastal Path bewteen Llanelli and Burry Port is smooth and flat with spectacular sea views

Aberavon beach

The long stretch of golden sand at Aberavon beach is delightful in almost any weather. It's around 3 miles (5km) from one end to the other. The promenade has a smooth tarmac pathway and it's completely flat. There are car parks in several locations and disabled toilets too. You'll likely see surfers and kite surfers cresting the waves, whilst the sands are a magnet for sandcastle builders. On the shoreside you'll see sculptures, gardens, a kids' playground, skate park and aqua park in summer. There are cafés and kiosks for a bite to eat or an ice cream in the sunshine.

Distance: About 3 miles (5km) one way

Surface: Smooth tarmac

Allow: 2.5 hours

Read more: Great Welsh beaches with easy access

South Wales

Newport Wetlands Centre Nature Walk

If you like the idea of combining birdwatching with your trip, the RSPB Newport Wetlands Centre offers the best of both worlds. A 3 mile (4.5km) accessible trail leads from the visitor centre taking in woodlands and grasslands where you may see orchids in late spring, down to a section of the Wales Coast Path. You pass the 120-year-old East Usk lighthouse, with views across the mudflats and opportunities to see wading birds like egrets and dunlins. There's also a sculpture trail through the reedbeds and over a floating bridge. The visitor centre has accessible toilets and a café. You can hire binoculars too.

Distance: 3 miles (4.5km) return journey

Surface: Hard stone

Allow: 2 to 4 hours

Read more: Explore accessible attractions in South Wales

Girl in wheelchair with parents on a path in front of a lighthouse
Two children in wheelchairs with their parents on a path with reeds on either side

A family day out at Newport Wetlands Centre.

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