Short walks on the Wales Coast Path Just because we created the first trail around a national coastline doesn’t mean that we expect you to walk its entire 870 miles. A few hours on the Wales Coast Path is also enough for a voyage of discovery. Ynys Gybi, Anglesey South Stack, 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? An 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. Search for walking operators in Anglesey Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey Llanddwynwen Priory, Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey by TopSausageLobber 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 till the sunset and prepare to swoon. Search for walking operators in Anglesey Morfa Nefyn to Porth Dinllaen Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula One parliamentary vote prevented postcard-pretty Porth Dinllaen 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. Search for walking operators in Snowdonia Tresaith to Llangrannog, Ceredigion Beach at Tresaith, Ceredigion The last car you’ll see is the one you leave at pretty Tresaith on this cliffop walk. On one side glitters Cardigan Bay. Ahead rise the mountains of Snowdonia. Conviently located midway between them is National Trust-listed Penbryn beach for a paddle. The Cardi Bach bus runs back; check the timetable first. Search for more walking operators in Ceredigion St Davids Head, Pembrokeshire St David's Head near St Davids, Pembrokeshire by Paula J James 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 it was special for at least 6,000 years if the Coetan Arthur burial chamber is any guide. Search for walking operators in Pembrokeshire Deer Park to Marloes, Pembrokeshire Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire by Carnachenwen Mathry A peninsula walk with a sense of island escapism. 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. Search for walking operators in Pembrokeshire Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire Llansteffan Beach, Carmarthenshire by discover carmarthenshire Not as well-known as Dylan Thomas’ Laugharne across the bay, but a seaside walk with 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. It heals lovesickness, they say. Alternatively try a pint in the Castle Hotel. Search for walking operators in Carmarthenshire Penmaen to Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Numerous competitions say this easy walk 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. Search for walking operators in Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower Cardiff Bay Pierhead Building and The Senedd, Cardiff Bay by Just Ard 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. Search for walking operators in Cardiff Great Orme Nature Trail, Llandudno Cliffs at Great Orme, 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. Search for walking operators in Llandudno Enjoy this? 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