Wales opens the first continuous coastal path in the world
The ‘Wales Coast Path’ was officially opened by the Welsh Environment Minister, John Griffiths on the 5th May 2012. The path stretches 870 miles which makes Wales the first country in the world to have a continuous path running along the length of its coastline.
The path is expected to attract 100,000 visitors a year giving them an extraordinary opportunity to walk from the outskirts of Chester, into the North of Wales and down to Chepstow in South Wales.
The path has been made as close to the coast as legally and physically possible whilst fully considering land management, conservation and the health and safety of its walkers.
The path was created under the Coastal Access Improvement Programme (CAIP) by the Welsh Assembly Government in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales. The project was funded £2 million per year by the CAIP and was backed by the European Regional Development Fund since 2009 which funded £3.9 million over three years to support the development.
Whilst walking along the newly opened coastline, visitors will see spectacular, breathtaking views over the mouth of the river Dee, soak in the sites of the Isle of Anglesey and look across the golden sands of Pembrokeshire. The coastal network also includes 2 national parks, 3 areas of outstanding beauty and 11 nature reserves.
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