Happy birthday, Wales Coast Path! Celebrate this 870-mile trail’s seventh anniversary

Happy birthday, Wales Coast Path! Take a hike to celebrate this 870-mile trail’s seventh anniversary

  • Visit Dunraven Bay or Dylan Thomas’ boathouse as part of the celebrations 
  • Llantwit Major is a great starting point, bursting with history 
  • Cabins at Hide at St Donats from £109 a night. Visit walescoastpath.gov.uk 

Over stones and through rock pools, I’m shown up by my rambler companions, some 40 years older than me. I’m not a hiker. Yet, as I view the waterfalls tumbling down Dunraven Bay cliffs, I vow to become one.

Trekking four miles along Monknash Coast, Glamorgan, I jaunt through the remains of Dunraven Castle.

This is just a small part of the Wales Coast Path Walking Festival, which marks the seventh anniversary of the 870-mile coastal path. More than 40 guided walks (mainly free) have been organised that are suitable for hikers of any age.

Natural beauty: Dunraven Bay was made famous as ‘Bad Wolf Bay’ in Doctor Who. It was the site of David Tennant and Billie Piper’s final farewell

Llantwit Major is a great starting point, bursting with history, from its maze of medieval streets, Iron Age hill forts and fine Tudor buildings, to a religious history dating back to 500AD. 

Known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of Wales’, St Illtud’s Church and Galilee Chapel house carved Celtic stones.

I make an overnight glamping stop at Hide at St Donats, which takes up to 12 guests. Couples are put up in the Walden Lodge, Bugail Hut or one of three wooden cabins — all spacious.

Literary history: Dylan Thomas' boathouse in Laugharne

Literary history: Dylan Thomas’ boathouse in Laugharne

Morning beckons. 

And after poached eggs, this time I’m off through Laugharne, Carmarthen — famous for poets Dylan Thomas and Richard Hughes. 

Trudging uphill, you’ll see the Taf estuary, Dylan’s boathouse, the Gower, Devon, Caldey Island and Tenby. Nothing quite beats it. 



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