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Coastal walks in Wales

A walker standing on the Pembrokeshire coast looking out at the sea.
Walking on the coast at Marloes, Pembrokeshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

You can walk the entire coastline of Wales from North to South and one step in every ten will be taken on land cared for by us. Grab your boots and enjoy our pick of the best walks, featuring picturesque peninsulas, rugged headlands, quaint hamlets and prehistoric monuments, all with a chance to see some outstanding wildlife.

North Wales

The Centenary Viewpoint, Dinas Oleu, Wales
The Centenary Viewpoint, Dinas Oleu, Wales | © National Trust Images/John Miller
Porthdinllaen walk, Llŷn Peninsula
Head to the old fishing village of Porthdinllaen, perched on the end of a thin ribbon of land stretching into the Irish Sea. Here you’ll find the famous Tŷ Coch Inn and stunning coastal views.Plan your Porthdinllaen walk
Porthor and the Whistling Sands walk, Llŷn Peninsula
Follow the rugged coastline along the northern side of the Llŷn Peninsula from Porthor and discover remnants of the past. Bring your binoculars as it’s a great place to spot birdlife as well as grey seals, dolphins and porpoises.Walk from Porthor
Porth Meudwy walk, Llŷn Peninsula
Starting in Aberdaron, this route passes through Porth Meudwy, a small fishing cove at the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula that was once the embarkation point for pilgrims making the journey to Bardsey Island. A great walk for absorbing some of the history and heritage of the area.Walk from Aberdaron to Porth Meudwy
Cemlyn shingle ridge walk, Anglesey
From this fantastic shingle ridge, you can watch a host of water birds on the lagoon, including Britain’s largest nesting populations of Sandwich terns during the summer months. Then walk back along the lane past the home of Captain Vivian Hewitt, the man who created the lagoon.Visit the lagoon at Cemlyn
Dinas Oleu walk, Barmouth
Wander through the winding old town up to the gorse-covered hillside of Dinas Oleu, which translates to Citadel of Light. It was the first piece of land donated to the National Trust and has spectacular views of Mawddach Estuary and Cardigan Bay.Enjoy the views from Dinas Oleu

Mid Wales

Aberystwyth to Mynachdy’r Graig walk, Ceredigion
Follow the Wales Coast Path from the historic seaside splendour of Aberystwyth, along the beautiful Cardigan Bay coast to the former monastic grange of Mynachdy’r Graig. Look out for interesting geological features, shipwrecks and pirates’ graves.Take in Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay

South Wales

The Gribin, a steep sided ridge overlooking Solva Harbour, Pembrokeshire
Solva Harbour from The Gribin | © National Trust Images/Joe Cornish
Marloes Peninsula coastal walk, Pembrokeshire
This beautiful heathland peninsula is nestled on the very western edge of Pembrokeshire overlooking Skomer Island. It's a great walk for wildlife spotting, being one of the best places in the county to see seals and birdlife.Explore the heathland peninsula
St David’s Head coastal walk, Pembrokeshire
Explore Pembrokeshire’s most spectacular coastal headland just a few miles from Wales’s smallest city, St David's, home of its patron saint. Look out for prehistoric monuments and a fantastic array of coastal wildlife.Walk the Pembrokeshire headland
Stackpole circular walk, Pembrokeshire
This walk takes you along Pembrokeshire’s award-winning sandy beaches of Barafundle Bay and Broadhaven Beach, through the tranquil wooded valleys and wildlife-rich lily ponds of Bosherston Lakes, and down to the quaint Stackpole Quay.Go on a wildlife walk
Rhosili headland walk, Gower
Set out along one of Wales's most iconic cliffs, with breathtaking views spanning the golden sand of Rhosili to the rugged limestone rocks of the south Gower coast. Visit the Old Coastguard Lookout, and if the tide is out, cross the rocky causeway to the tidal island of Worms Head.Walk an iconic Welsh cliff
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