Walking the Coastal Path in North Wales
Whether you want to enjoy a walking holiday in Anglesey, Snowdonia or the Lleyn Peninsula, you'll want to spend some of your time taking in the stunning coastal footpath.
We were more than a little excited when the Wales Coast Path opened in 2012 – and positively glowing with pride about the fact that Wales has the world’s first continuous coastal footpath. We reckon the world chose well: there really is no better coast to walk.
The Wales Coast Path covers a distance of 870 miles, around 325 of which wind their way around North Wales via Snowdonia, the Lleyn Peninsula and Anglesey. Here the coastal path takes in some truly outstanding and varied scenery, from soaring cliffs to rugged rock formations and offshore stacks and islands, as well as golden sandy bays, hidden coves, beautiful estuaries, coastal woods and forests.
The Snowdonia, Lleyn and Anglesey sections of the coastal path also encompass a whole host of wildlife and historic features on their way, including three National Nature Reserves (Newborough Warren and Ynys Llandwyn on Anglesey and Morfa Harlech & Morfa Dyffryn in Snowdonia), as well as several Heritage Coast sites and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You might happen upon pre-historic burial sites or a Bronze Age copper mine, and all this is before we’ve got to the bustling harbour towns or friendly fishing villages where you can buy your fish supper direct from the fishermen!
Oh, and if we look out to sea the things we might see! Choughs, puffins, razorbills and guillemots up above and seals, porpoises and sometimes even dolphins down below. It pays to keep your eyes peeled when you walk the coastal path.
With around 325 miles of coastal path between Snowdonia, Lleyn and Anglesey it’s unlikely that you’ll cover all of it in one holiday (though please do let us know if you do!) but many people find great pleasure in coming back to the region time after time to explore a new section.
It’s easy to break your walk on the coastal path into bite-size chunks. Why not take a look at the links below to see how you might start to explore?
Exploring the Coastal Path
It ticks all our ‘stimulating-the-senses’ boxes - from the taste of the salty sea on our lips to the pull of the breeze in our hair. The noise of the gulls, the waders and the waves is the soundtrack of freedom and possibility. And as if that weren’t good enough already, often it’s the soundtrack of picnics and ice cream too.
Every stretch of the coast has something unique to offer.
Anglesey Coast Path
The Anglesey Coastal Path is 125 miles long and takes on average 12 days to complete. The official start is at St Cybi’s church in Holyhead, but it’s a circular walk so you can start it anywhere.
Lleyn Coast Path
The magnificent Lleyn Coastal Path is 95 miles long and will take the average walker 7 days to complete. The official start is close to the majestic World Heritage Site at Caernarfon.