WELSH VALENTINE'S DAY GIVES COUPLES CHANCE TO EXPLORE WELSH COAST
Tuesday 24 January 2012
A notable date for Welsh couples is January 25, St Dwynwen’s Day or ‘Dydd Santes Dwynwen’ in Welsh, the day that commemorates the patron saint of friendship and love. What better way to enjoy some quality time with your loved one than to enjoy a romantic walk along a part of the breathtaking Welsh coastline?
The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is a natural location for celebrating St Dwynwen’s Day as it takes in her spiritual home: the stunning Llanddwyn Island. Wrap up warm, grab a picnic as it is a wonderful spot to explore. If you fancy stretching your legs a bit more, why not try the walk from Llyn Rhos Ddu to Aberffraw: at 13 miles it’s a bit of a hike but worth it! The walk passes through a National Nature Reserve, dunes, conifer forest and along huge expanses of beach and takes in Llanddwyn Island. www.visitanglesey.co.uk/en-GB/llyn_rhos_ddu_-_aberffraw-171.aspx
The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path has been open since 2006 and now takes its place as one of the Wales Coast Path gems. The Wales Coast Path, which opens officially in its entirety on 5 May 2012, will become the longest continual path covering the whole of a country’s coastline – a World first. At over 870 miles long, the Wales Coast Path when linked with Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail creates a 1030 mile opportunity to walk the entire circuit of Wales – but that’s just for the those who seek the ultimate challenge!
You don’t of course need to visit Anglesey for a romantic celebration on the coast path this St Dwynwen’s Day. There are other stretches of the Wales Coast Path that are now open and ready to be explored in advance of the official opening on May 5th. Why not try:
Llanfairfechan to Morfa Madryn (3 miles)
This circular walk takes you along the Llanfairfechan promenade towards the Local Nature Reserve of Morfa Madryn. This is a great spot to watch for oystercatchers, curlew and other wildfowl and waders.
Porth Ysgaden to Porth Widlin (4.6 miles)
This section of the path winds its way through the coves of Porth Ysgaden to Porth Colmon and on to the small cove at Porth Widlin. The cliffs above are home to rare and interesting wildlife.
Llangrannog to Cwm Tydu (5.5 miles)
Arguably the most spectacular part of the Ceredigion Coast Path, this section is Heritage Coast and includes the iconic Ynys Lochtyn.
Deer Park to Marloes (3-4 miles)
Explore the Deer Park with its views across the Jack Sound to Skomer Island and continue along this dramatic coast. A small extension to this coast path walk will take you to the strikingly beautiful Marloes beach.
Coygen to Delacourse (5 miles)
A walk around the flatlands of the Ginst area and northwards to the attractive town of Laugharne, with an option to add a `loop` past Dylan Thomas` Boathouse and his `heron-priested shore`.
Penmaen to Three Cliffs Bay (2.5 miles)
A relatively easy walk with open stretches of sandy beaches and great views of Three Cliffs Bay, a spot noted for its beauty. There are a few rock scrambles if you wish to take them.
Glamorgan Heritage Coast (14 miles)
Follow the Glamorgan Heritage Coast from Newton Burrows to Gileston. The walk offers great views of spectacular and dramatic coastline.
The Wales Coast Path has been developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), sixteen local authorities and two National Parks. In addition to funding from the Welsh Government and the coastal local authorities of approximately £2 million per year, the European Regional Development Fund has allocated nearly £4 million over four years in support of the project.
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Llanddwyn Island, looking across to Snowdonia
NOTE: For further information on the Wales Coast Path and for extra inspiration take a look at the Media Pack at www.ccw.gov.uk/enjoying-the-country/wales-coast-path.aspx and click on the media pack link