Monday, 30 April 2012

Where are the Welsh Coast's 'Magnificent 7' Walks?

This post was published for an event in 2012.

For an up-to-date post on Wales' favourite coast walk, click here

Porthdinllaen, Llyn.  Just one of the stunning locations that you can visit this weekend
If you're like me, you're probably suffering from cabin fever after this weekend's abysmal weather.  And now I'm back to work, the sun's shining through my office window.

What I really need is a bracing walk along the coast...but duty calls, and this pleasure will have to wait until next weekend.

Now, as you probably know, next weekend is one of the most important in the history of the Welsh coast.  Forget the 'big shop', this weekend you simply must go to the coast to celebrate the opening of Wales Coast Path 

Better still, why not be one of the very first people to walk on it after its official launch on Saturday? 

To mark this special occasion, our coastal rangers would like to invite you to join them on one of our Magnificent 7 celebratory walks. 

Whether it’s listening to the dawn chorus on Gower or exploring the historic ‘crog-loft’ cottages of Llyn, we have the walk for you.

Fron Deg, Rhiw, Llyn.  This beautiful coastal 'crog-loft' cottage is a destination for one of our coastal walks this weekend.  Come to learn about its history and the project to restore it.

Organised in partnership with Ramblers Cymru as part of the Big Welsh Walk weekend, the Trust’s guided walks will kick-off a season of events linked to the opening of the coast path.

Here's some details about the walks...

1. Church Bay, Ynys Mon / Anglesey
  • Sunday 6th May 10.30am
  • 5 miles 2.5hrs
  • A National Trust walk around the Church Bay Meet at the Swtan car park with Warden Bryn Jones
  • Contact Number: 01407711178

2. Porthdinllaen, Llyn
  • Saturday May 5. 4pm-6pm
  • Start and finish at Porthdinllaen car park at Morfa Nefyn
  • Circular walk with Ranger. Learn about the fascinating maritime history and wildlife of the village and beach.
  • Contact: 01758 760533.

3. Mynydd Rhiw
  • Sunday May 6. 2pm – 5pm.
  • Start and finish at Mynydd Rhiw lay by at summit of road between Bryncroes and Rhiw. Circular walk visiting the cottages of the tyddynnwyr (smallholders) hear from the Ranger about our exciting restoration project.
  • Contact: 01758 760533.
4. Cwm Tydu, Ceredigion
  • Saturday May 5. Time 10am - 1pm 
  • Start and finish at the beach at Cwm Tydu - walk along the coast and through the woods at Ryslip to see early spring flowers, along with the possibility of chough and pearl bordered fritillary. 
  • Contact: 01545 573030 / 07917266367
5. Solva, Pembrokeshire
  • Sunday May 6. 2pm-4pm 
  • A 4 mile circular walk from Solva Harbour to Nine Wells and back with National Trust Area Warden Andrew Tuddenham.You'll see ship wrecks, coastal forts and plenty of birds along the way. Some moderate gradients. 
  •  Contact 01348 837860.
6. Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
  • Saturday 5th May 10am – 2.30pm 
  • Starting and Finishing at Broadhaven car park. Walk with Head Ranger Chris Oliver along the lime stone cliffs of Stackpole, with a chance to see a variety of birds including Chough, Guillemots, Razor Bills and Gannets! Pause at Boat House Stackpole Quay for a tea before winding your way back through dunes, woodland, farmland and the Bosherston Lakes back to Broadhaven. 
  • Contact National Trust at Stackpole on 01646 661359 for further details.

7. Cwm Ivy, Gower
  • Sunday May 6 4:30am. 
  • Dawn Chorus walk on Coast Path at Cwm Ivy. Listen to the countryside wake up, with experts on hand to identify the bird call. A magical experience. 
  • Contact 01792 390636 or email:



8.  Porthglain to Abereiddi, Pembrokeshire
  • Saturday 5 1:30pm 3 hr walk 
  • A 4 mile circular walk from Porthgain to Abereiddi and back, with National Trust Seasonal Assistant Ranger Stephen Merrill. See the dramatic remains of a quarrying industry that once exported roadstone all over the UK. Some steps and moderate gradients. Start at Porthgain outside The Shed restaurant
  • BOOKING (essential) National Trust North Pembrokeshire Estate Office, Mathry
    01348 837860.

Mwynhewch eich taith gerdded ar yr arfordir y penwythnos yma!

Enjoy your walk!

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