Posted on 30/08/2016 by David
When you think of walks with a view, we’re pretty sure that North Wales would spring to mind. From beaches, to rivers, to lakes, to mountains, there’s a range of different scenery to explore. Some of the unrivalled spots have to be the various coastal path walks, where you can walk with the sea air blowing in your hair, or watch as your dog runs wild on the sand dunes!
Of course, there are lots of routes you can take, but here are some of the best coastal path walks that we can almost guarantee provide breathtaking scenery…
Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path
The Isle of Anglesey is full of beautiful little spots, and this path is a great way to see much of the island. Although the path is still in progress, the route follows much of the island’s coastline. This route is suitable for walkers, but certain parts of the path are also great for cyclists and horse riders. This path actually falls within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so you can be sure to be taken aback with the view – from farmland, dines, salt-marsh, cliffs and woodlands, the Anglesey coastal path is a real gem of North Wales.
Wales Coast Path
The main coastal path within North Wales is the Wales Coast Path, which runs along the entirety of the Welsh coastline, including down to the likes of Swansea and Cardiff in south Wales. Each part of the route offers different views and terrain, so it is a great path to walk and explore. Regions A, B, C can be found in North Wales including the Dee Estuary, Anglesey and Menai Llyn. The Wales Coast Path is an important feature throughout Wales, and if you’re looking to explore be sure to look here for your free maps!
The whole Wales Coast Path is not an easy walk but we’ve picked out some of the most picturesque routes for you to try out:
Morfa Nefyn to Porth Dinllaen
This is undoubtedly one of the prettiest walks along the coast. Ending at Porth Dinllaen, an inlet which avoided becoming a ferry terminal through a parliamentary vote, this is an easy walk which sees both mountains and seaside – the best of both worlds! Stop for lunch at Ty Coch Inn, voted one of the best beach bars in the world, or relax with a picnic, watching the world go by, on the golden sands and have a paddle in the crystal sea.
Great Orme Nature Trail
The Great Orme is well-known and loved by walkers, but this route is a little different to the path normally taken. Loop around the edge of the Orme, starting at the pier for views far over the bay. There’s a lot to see here, including beautiful silver-stunned blue butterflies and Kashmir goats (make sure you put your dog on a lead if you’re taking this route), and due to it being an easy and relatively short walk, this is a great afternoon stroll in the sunshine!
This is a long route, spanning around 14 miles, and begins at the Sea Life Centre. You can take a number of walks around Rhyl; however, walking towards Prestatyn will lead you to some landscapes with unparalleled views over to Anglesey and Snowdonia. Head along the coast, over Prestatyn’s three glorious beaches – Frrith, Barkby and Central., until you reach Melidan, then head inland to the waterfalls near Dyserth – a truly breathtaking walk.
Without a doubt, North Wales offers some of the best walks within the UK. Why not spend a week exploring, taking different walks along the North Wales coast?
What’s your favourite coastal walk? Let us know in the comments below…