Wales Coast Path

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Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast Path is the first trail in the world around an entire country's coastline. Officially opened in May 2012, it follows a 1,400km route from near Chester to Chepstow – including a circumnavigation of the island of Anglesey.

You can use HistoryPoints barcodes along the way to learn about the history of the places you pass. We’re also providing explanations of hill and town names – you can even click to hear the pronunciation of some of the trickier Welsh names!

 How to follow the HistoryPoints WCP tour:

It’s simple – as long as you keep in mind whether you’re following the path’s clockwise or anti-clockwise direction!

Clockwise = if you were walking all the way from Chepstow to Chester, you’d go clockwise around the Welsh coast. On the North Wales coast, this means going roughly west to east – but with lots of exceptions! We’ve also labelled this direction S-North, meaning South Wales to North Wales.   wcp tour clockwise icon

Anti-clockwise = if you were walking from Chester to Chepstow, you’d be going anti-clockwise around the Welsh coast. We’ve also labelled this direction N-South.  wales coast path tour anticlockwise icon

So look for the clockwise and anti-clockwise icons beside the Wales Coast Path logo on HistoryPoints.org – and just click the relevant icon to discover the next HiPoint in the direction you’re walking.

The official Wales Coast Path website includes downloadable maps of the entire route.

The photos on this page show just a few of the HiPoints along the WCP. Click on an image to read about that HiPoint.

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