Walking the new Wales coastal path
The Wales Coast Path website also details the difficulty level of any leg of the hike. Some portions of the path are wheelchair-accessible, while others are intended for practiced long-distance hikers. The full route is open to walkers, but only selected, smoothly surfaced parts are open to cyclists, such as the pretty 12-mile portion shared by cyclists and walkers along the Millennium Coast near Carmarthenshire. To find routes, search for Wales on the online bike-route map from Sustrans, a charity promoting alternatives to driving.
Joining a group walk is straightforward. Best regarded in the hiking community are walks organised by the volunteer group Ramblers, which runs outings along slices of the path throughout the UK. Most outings are in the summer.
Holiday companies also lead hikes. Dragon Trails has a weeklong vacation package that includes guided walks along the Cardigan and Pembrokeshire stretches of the path, as well as packed lunches and B&B stays, from £362 per person between 26 May and 9 June.
Lodging is plentiful along the coast, and listings can be found at the official tourism website Visit Wales. For instance, the companies Pembrokeshire Coastal Cottages and Hoseasons provide self-catering accommodation. Rhodiad Mill, a converted mill with four bedrooms (giving children and parents plenty of privacy) outside the coastal village of St David’s, recently advertised weeklong rentals in late spring from £406.
Getting to the Welsh coast is a doable journey. London is less than five hours’ drive from Tenby and Haverfordwest, towns that are around the midpoint of the coastal path. National Rail and Virgin Trains run frequently from London to Tenby and Haverfordwest. If you prefer to hire a car for the last leg of the journey, try Station Self Drive, with car rentals for pick up at the train station in Haverfordwest. Vintage campervans can be rented, too, from companies like Celtic Camper.