On Thursday 5 May 2022, the Wales Coast Path celebrated its 10-year anniversary since it was officially launched in 2012.

From sunset picnics on the Gower Peninsula to stargazing in Snowdonia’s international Dark-Sky reserve, the 870-mile long Path already offers hundreds of unique walking experiences across the country — but after a decade of adventure, 2022 is set to be its most memorable year yet.

To mark the milestone occasion, the Wales Coast Path has launched a calendar of celebratory events, filled with opportunities for people from across the world to join the festivities and discover the Path.

A series of guided tours along Wales’ coastline are also planned, as well as the release of fresh walking itineraries and educational resources, among other coast-side surprises.

This includes the launch of a suite of 20 new unique walking itineraries, created in partnership with the Welsh Government historic environment service, Cadw. Combining the Path’s offering with visits to some of the country’s most iconic castles and historical landmarks.

It’s all part of a special 10-year anniversary marketing campaign.

Sioned Humphries talks about the Wales Coast Path

What’s more, research by Ramblers UK shows that 89% of people find that walking amongst nature helps them to unwind and relax improving health, wellbeing and feelings of positivity.

Therefore, 2022 will not only act as a celebration of the iconic walking route, but as an opportunity for the people of Wales — and beyond — to share their positive experiences and memories of the Path over the last ten years.

Finally, for the first time ever, walkers will be able to track their walking adventures on the official Wales Coast Path app — which is being updated to make the route as open and accessible for exploration during its 10th anniversary year — for as many people as possible.

Since its official opening in 2012, the Wales Coast Path has established itself as a beacon of Wales’s natural beauty. And, during its tenth year, we’re inviting everybody to join us in celebrating everything that the Path has to offer, not just for people living in Wales, but all over the world”.

The Wales Coast Path five fast facts:

  • Spanning 870 miles of Welsh coastline — Wales is one of a few countries in the world to have a continuous coastal path stretching it’s entire length.
  • Wales has more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in the UK.
  • There are more than 100 beaches dotted along the Wales Coast Path.
  • Over 43 million visits are made to the Welsh coastline of which walking was the most popular activity.
  • Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula, south Wales, has been voted among the top 10 beaches in the world.

The National Trails in Wales has launched a new Travel Trade toolkit. The walking paths include the Wales Coast Path, incorporating Pembrokeshire Coast Path and Glyndwrs Way. It includes walking itineraries, coach parking, places to eat and drink and did you know facts.

People walking on stepping stones over an estuary toward a castle.

Ogmore Castle, South East Wales and Porth y Nant, Anglesey

Wales Coast Path 10 year anniversary banner

Republished 5 May 2022

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