The Wales Coast Path has been developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with Natural Resources Wales (incorporating the former Countryside Council for Wales), sixteen local authorities and two National Parks.
From 2007 to 2014, approximately £14.6 million has been spent on establishing the Wales Coast Path route - this has been made up of Welsh Government and the coastal local authorities contributions. As part of this funding, the European Regional Development Fund also allocated nearly £4 million over four years in support of the project.
From 2014 onwards, further funds will be made available for quality maintenance and improvements to the Path. Where possible, the route will follow the Welsh coastline as close as it is safe and practical. Over time, the Wales Coast Path is expected to lead to the creation of circular coastal routes as links to the inland towns and villages are improved.
The idea was developed out of a desire to build on the economic success of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – both of which are major contributors to the visitor economy of Wales. While the Coast Path is important for the Welsh economy, it is also seen as an important initiative in encouraging both locals and visitors to discover and enjoy Wales’ outdoor spaces and the health and welfare benefits it can provide.
The Path has been split into eight geographical areas: