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Walkers set for Welsh coastal party

Posted 4 May 2012
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Walkers set for Welsh coastal party
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Tomorrow (May 5th) sees the opening of the Welsh coastal path, offering people the chance to put on their walking boots and enjoy 870 miles of seaside scenery between the Dee Estuary and Chepstow.

A series of events are being staged by the Welsh Assembly government and Ramblers Cymru, from the official opening party to over 100 hikes around various parts of the coast organised by the walking charity.

The three full-scale launch events will be held in Cardiff Bay in the south, in the mid-Wales resort of Aberystwyth and Flint Castle in north Wales.

Director of Ramblers Cymru Angela Charlton said: "The launch of this Coast Path is a milestone for access to our countryside and coast and to celebrate it we're calling for everyone who can to join us to walk along the Wales coastline to appreciate the magnificent opportunities that this path will make available."

Ms Charlton suggested this weekend will be a great one for people to bring their family and friends for a walk by the sea.  

The route includes everything from wild, rugged clifftops to sandy beaches, areas of rural calm and cities, with the entrance to Cardiff Bay as much a part of it as the Gower Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Walkers can also circumnavigate Barry Island and also the much larger island of Anglesey, which already has its won coastal path and which links to the mainland part of the route via Thomas Telford's Menai suspension Bridge.

The Pembroke Coast path is another pre-existing route included in the national path, while other locations walkers might enjoy include the Great Orme, a rocky, hilly peninsula rising out of the town of Llandudno.

With the Welsh path in the news, the Ramblers and the British Mountaineering Council are circulating a petition urging the government not to renege on previous commitments to the creation of an English coastal path.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801356918-ADNFCR