Coast

Celebrating the Welsh Coast

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What's on?

We will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Coastline Campaign by celebrating our coast through an exciting programme of activities and events starting this May with a series of Big Welsh Walks.

Walk the Wales Coast Path

Cottages on the Llyn Peninsula © Joe Cornish

The National Trust owns and cares for more than one-fifth of the Wales coastline. Many of its great coast walks help to make up the new Wales Coast Path. This is a selection.

Bottlenose dolphins

Dolphin in the sea near Aberporth © Janet Baxter

Dolphin in the sea near Aberporth

The Welsh coast is home to one of only two semi-resident UK populations of bottlenose dolphins, most sightings of the 130 or so Cardigan Bay dolphins take place between April and September. Our dolphin hotspots are:
Mwnt, Penbryn, near Tresaith, Lochtyn, near Llangranog, Cwm Tydu, near New Quay, and Porth Ceiriad, near Abersoch.

 

Harbour porpoise

A porpoise in the crystal blue sea of Cardigan Bay © Janet Baxter

A porpoise in the crystal blue sea of Cardigan Bay

A smaller relative of the dolphins, porpoises are more often seen in shallower water closer to shore in small groups of up to 10. They are much less acrobatic than dolphins and do not leave the water, just breaking the surface with their dark fin and rolling back. Our hotspots are Cemlyn, Cemaes, Fedw Fawr on Anglesey, Uwchmynydd on the Llyn Peninsula, and Marloes Peninsula in Pembrokeshire.

Grey seals

A young female grey seal © NTPL/Joe Cornish

A young female grey seal

Approximately 5,000 grey seals live in the water around West Wales and can be seen year round. Pups can be seen between September to December.
One of the best places to catch a glimpse of seals is Morfa Bychan near Aberaeron. They are also often seen at Ynys Lochtyn, and Cwm Tydu near Llangranog in Cardigan Bay.

My first sighting of a porpoise

The beach near Trwyn Cemlyn, Anglesey © National Trust

Tracey will never forget the first time she saw a porpoise in the sea just off Cemlyn beach Anglesey.