Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Wales Coast Path in Gower

Did you know that there is a path which runs as close to the coast as possible, all the way around Wales? Here is a map of the Gower section:

Gower Coast Path

There is a website devoted to it, with beautiful pictures, maps and all sorts of information. The website says, “The Wales Coast Path has been developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with Natural Resources Wales (incorporating the former Countryside Council for Wales), sixteen local authorities and two National Parks...

Improvements to the quality and alignment of the route will continue during 2012 and 2013 to ensure that the path follows the Welsh coastline as close as it is safe and practical. Over time, the Wales Coast Path is expected to lead to the creation of circular coastal routes as links to the inland towns and villages are improved...

While the Coast Path is important for the Welsh economy, it is also seen as an important initiative in encouraging both locals and visitors to discover and enjoy Wales’ outdoor spaces and the health and welfare benefits it can provide.

The Path has been split into eight geographical areas:North Wales Coast & Dee Estuary
Isle of Anglesey
Menai, Llŷn & Meirionnydd
Ceredigion
Pembrokeshire
Carmarthenshire
Gower & Swansea Bay
South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary”


The website has this to say about the seventh section, Gower & Swansea Bay: “This stretch of the Path is an area of contrasts - from the busy seaside city of Swansea to the stunning coastline of the Gower Peninsula with its award winning golden beaches. The area is home to 10 nature reserves, 24 Wildlife Trust reserves, 32 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and five Special Areas of Conservation.”

If you go here you can see a photo montage of scenes from Gower. You might like to check out the rest of Gower Writer's website while you're there.

There is lots to see and do in Swansea and Gower, but many people who love to walk are drawn here by the challenge of walking the whole length of the Coast Path. The Gower section is 53 miles or 86 kilometers. The whole Coast Path is 870 miles or 1400 kilometers. It's quite a challenge, but you don't have to do it all at once!

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