Walk in the
footsteps of movie stars!
A walk along the Welsh coast is an opportunity to take in fresh
air, enjoy some gentle exercise and explore nature. Visitors will
be surprised to know, however, that when they walk along the Wales
Coast Path, they do sometimes tread the very same steps as some of
Hollywood’s elite, from Halle Berry to Russell Crowe and Harry
Potter to James Bond. Join us as we travel from the north of Wales
to the south on the 870-mile Wales Coast Path for a movie tour with
Backbeat (1994) starring Stephen
Dorff and Sheryl Lee
Scenes for the biopic detailing the early history of the Beatles
were filmed at Talacre Beach in Flintshire, with the Point of Ayr
lighthouse featuring heavily in the background.
Try this great nearby walk:
Explore the 4.5 mile walk between Talacre Beach and Prestatyn.
There’s a beautiful dune habitat along the way and, of course, the
traditional seaside delights of Prestatyn.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes
Alongside filming locations in Tenerife and Lanzarote,
additional scenes from the production of Clash of the Titans used
Newborough woods, Traeth Penrhos and Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey.
There were 300 crew members working on the feature at the height of
filming, and several local hotels in the region were used to
accommodate the cast and crew.
Try this great nearby walk: An epic movie deserves an
epic walk! Try the 13 mile hike between Llyn Rhos Ddu and
Half Light (2006) Starring Demi
Shot in 2006, ‘Half Light’ starred Demi Moore as a grieving
mother who relocated to a Scottish village to move on with her life
as an author after the tragic death of her son. Many of the beach
and lighthouse scenes were shot on the remote Llanddwyn Island and
the seaside village scenes were shot at Porth Dinllaen on the Llyn
Try this great nearby walk: Head to Llanddwyn Island –
it’s a beautiful place with a lovely sandy beach and, if the tide
is right, you can explore the island itself.
Retreat (2011) Starring Thandie
Newton and Cillian Murphy
A couple escape from personal tragedy by moving to a remote
island retreat. Although they are cut off from the outside world
their attempts to recover are disrupted when a stranger is washed
ashore. The cottage scenes were shot at Plas Llandecwyn and the
beach scenes were shot at Porth Ysgaden on the Llyn Peninsula.
Try this great nearby walk: A 4.6 mile walk between
Porth Ysgaden and Porth Widlin with great views and interesting
The Edge of Love (2008) Starring
Matthew Rhys, Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller Directed by John
Maybury, the film is based loosely on real events and the history
between Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Rhys) and lovers Vera Phillips
(Knightley) and Caitlin MacNamara. Locations in Lampeter, Tenby and
New Quay were used for filming as well as the Gwili Steam
Try this great nearby walk: Enjoy the lovely 6.25 mile
route between Aberaeron and New Quay – it’s a great adventure.
Die Another Day (2002) Starring
Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry Penbryn beach in Ceredigion was left
neither shaken nor stirred when it played host to James Bond. It
saw double the action: it was the backdrop to a love-scene between
the 007 agent (Brosnan) and Jinx (Berry) and was also used for the
Try this great nearby walk: Head up the coast from the
seaside village of Aberporth towards Penbryn Beach – remember to
stop and keep an eye out for dolphins on this stretch.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth
Filmed at Marloes Sands, one of the most beautiful beaches in
Wales, Snow White and the Huntsman is a modern take on a classic
fairy-tale. The stunning coastline provided the backdrop to the
epic battle scenes.
Try this great nearby walk: This magnificent beach is
best revealed on a 2-3 mile walk around from nearby Martin’s Haven
(though there is National Trust parking closer to the beach). This
section is great for spotting seals.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
Parts 1 and 2 (2010/2011) Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma
Watson, Rupert Grint and Helena Bonham Carter
For fans of the franchise, Freshwater West’s sand dunes shall
forever be the resting place of the house-elf Dobby. A shell house
was constructed on the beach as one of the sets for the film.
Try this great nearby walk: Head to Freshwater West and
enjoy a stroll on golden sands.
Robin Hood (2010) Starring Russell
Crowe and Cate Blanchett The stunning beach of Freshwater West can
be spotted a couple of times in this Ridley Scott-epic which sees
the beach become a battle field as Robin Hood fights to repel the
Try this great nearby walk: At just less than ten
miles, try a heroic walk from West Angle Bay round to Freshwater
West. The scenery is spectacular.
Twin Town (1997) Starring Rhys
& Llyr Ifans and Dougray Scott Made and set in South West
Wales, cult Welsh movie Twin Town was directed by Kevin Allen and
looks at the life of two brothers (Ifans) in Swansea. The majority
of filming took place in Swansea and in the coastal town of Port
Try this great nearby walk: The walk between Swansea
and Mumbles is lovely with plenty of places to stop for
Submarine (2010) Starring Noah
Taylor and Paddy Considine This coming-of-age comedy-drama film
adapted from the 2008 novel by Swansea-born Joe Dunthorne, was
filmed in and around south Wales. The film used locations in the
coastal areas of Barry, Swansea and Penarth.
Try this great nearby walk: Barry Island (also made
famous by TV’s Gavin & Stacy) has a lovely beach and is a
popular place to relax.