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Originally published Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 7:03 AM

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Walking the Wales coast on long-distance trail

Take a short stroll or days-long trek on the 870-mile Wales Coast Path.


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The Wales Coast Path is something every visitor to Wales should experience.

Completed in May 2012, the 870-mile footpath follows Wales’ winding coastline and takes hikers through some of the most beautiful areas, letting them get a workout, enjoy nature and sample culture and history on a short walk or a days-long trek.

“You go through Swansea, Cardiff, Port Talbot, obviously industrial areas,” said Quentin Grimley of Natural Resources Wales.

“But most of Wales isn’t like that. It’s like this.” He nodded toward Langland Bay, j on the Gower Peninsula in southern Wales with green hills, beaches and splashing waves as far as the eye can see.

The path ranges from asphalt in urban areas to rock and dirt away from cities, and from flat to hilly.

There are campsites, B & Bs and hotels along the way (and travel companies that will book accommodations for you each night along the trail and ferry your bags).

Get details at walescoastpath.gov.uk/



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