This section of the website contains information about permanent changes to the route of the Wales Coast Path.
Natural Resources Wales and the local authorities are continuing to work together to make improvements to the alignment of the Path. The following, in north to south order, are the major permanent changes to the route which have been made since the Path opened on 5 May 2012.
The route used for the Wales Coast Path upon opening on 5 May 2012 was a very unsatisfactory one, away from the coast and alongside the A55 dual carriageway. However, following the installation of a foot/cycle bridge across the railway line, the route now runs via small sand dunes and the mouth of the Conwy River, with excellent views of the Great Orme and Puffin Island. This route passes one of construction sites of the portable 'Mulberry' harbours, which were hauled by tugs across the English Channel to Normandy and used for offloading equipment during the D-Day landings of 1944.
Historically, the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path had a gap between these locations and, because the only realistic route for walkers was along the busy and potentially dangerous A5025, people were advised to catch the bus.
However, a new bridge, funded by the Welsh Government, European Regional Development Fund and Anglesey County Council, has now been installed across the River Alaw. Also, a new footpath has been created along the south side of the river to link up with it. So, you can now walk right around the island - the bus company’s loss is the walker’s gain!
A long standing 3 mile / 4.7 kilometre gap in access to the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula has been removed thanks to an agreement between Gwynedd Council and six landowners to create a Public Footpath between Porth Widlin and Porth Oer. The latter of these is better known to many as 'Whistling Sands' due to the noise made underfoot when walking on the beach.
This section of the Wales Coast Path, which is entirely in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, passes the popular beach at Porth Iago and provides spectacular views throughout. It is now available for use, although further improvements to the infrastructure, including the installation of steps and additional waymarking, are planned.
The route formerly ran along the foot of the inland side of Penarfynydd ‘mountain’. It has now been diverted onto National Trust land to take in the spectacular views along the coast from summit. (July 2014)
Following extensive negotiations between Gwynedd Council staff and local landowners, significant changes have been made to the route on the Mynydd Cilan headland to bring the route closer to the sea.
The biggest change is the opening of a spectacular 1.4 mile / 2.1 kilometre cliff-top route between Trwyn Llech-y-doll and Poth Ceiriad which replaces the former inland detour.
In addition a more coastal alignment has been opened between Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) and Trwyn y Ffosle.
Together with the new path created in 2012 around Trwyn y Wylfa, the changes mean that the Wales Coast Path between Hell’s Mouth and Abersoch offers fantastic walking with spectacular views of cliffs, beaches, offshore islands and, if you are lucky, the dolphins which are regularly sighted in the area. (August 2014)
The route has been diverted away from the main street in Fairbourne to include the coastal promenade south of the village, before cutting inland to join the original route at Friog. The shops and railway station (main line and Fairbourne Steam Railway) can still be accessed by walking along the main street. (July 2014)
When the Wales Coast Path opened it was necessary to undertake a 6.5 mile / 10 kiilometre inland detour between Tonfanau and Tywyn to reach the first bridging point of the Dysynni River at Bryncrug. However, the installation of a new bridge, using the abutments of a former army bailey bridge which was demolished around thirty years ago, means that walkers and cyclists no longer have to follow this circuitous route.
The bridge project was funded by Gwynedd Council, the Welsh Government, TRACC (the local transport consortium) and the European Regional Development Fund.
Parts of the originally promoted section of the Wales Coast Path between Trefenty and Llandilo-abercowin are unacceptably wet for the majority of the time. To avoid this, the official line of the WCP has been diverted to run along the lanes as shown on the map.
Due to serious winter flooding on the Wales Coast Path route through Pembrey Forest, the route has now been permanently diverted to run via the popular visitor attractions of Cefn Sidan beach and Pembrey Country Park. (July 2014)