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May Marks the Third Anniversary of the Wales Coast Path

Destination & Tourism | Visit Wales | May 31, 2015

May Marks the Third Anniversary of the Wales Coast Path

PHOTO: Wales Coast Path. Courtesy Visit Wales.

Three years ago this month, the Wales Coast Path opened to the public as the first landmark of its kind. This distinctive walking trail traverses the entire Welsh coast and links with the Offa’s Dyke Path on the border of England and Wales to make the country’s perimeter completely walkable.

With each turn of the path travelers will encounter new adventures to become immersed in the culture of Wales. According to’s Travel Trends for 2015, travelers want to engage in local experiences; this includes connecting with experts and dining in the home of a local family. The 870-mile long Wales Coast Path allows visitors to do just that.

Below are five ways to live like a local on a Wales Coast Path vacation:

Dine with a Welsh family: Some of the most beloved Welsh recipes were created in country kitchens. Dine in the home of a Welsh family to try local delicacies and learn about the country’s customs – you may even hear some Welsh! This experience is available for groups of six or more. Contact Turnstone Tours to arrange a hosted home dinner.  

Take a stroll: The Wales Coast Path was made for walking. Take a leisurely stroll or a rigorous hike along this one-of-a-kind trail. For a walk with award-winning scenery visit the Gower Peninsula – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales and voted the number one beach in the UK by TripAdvisor users. 

Plan a picnic: Head to North Wales for a trip to the medieval walled town of Conwy. Here, you can visit Edward’s of Conwy, voted Britain’s Best Butcher 2014 – 2015, to pick up some authentic meat pies for a seaside picnic.   

Stay in a farm: Wake up to the smell of fresh eggs picked straight from the farm’s hens before venturing out to explore the coast. Many farms in Wales are family run and travelers will get a true taste of agricultural life in the country when they stay in one. There are a variety of farm-accommodation options in the award-winning coastal region of Pembrokeshire.

Have a pint: Meet locals at a pub – try a pint of Welsh cider or, if you fancy something stronger, Penderyn Welsh Whisky. For a pub with straight-from-the-sea fare try the Sloop Inn in Pembrokeshire where the crab is sourced from the harbor beside the restaurant.

The Wales Coast Path is an 870-mile walking path around the entire coast of Wales. It stretches from Chepstow in the South to Queensferry in the North. A significant portion of the path is also bike and wheelchair friendly. It is the longest coastal walking path around a country in the world. 

Source: Visit Wales press release

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