Temporary Path Diversions

An up to date list of current temporary diversions along the path

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From time to time it is necessary to temporarily divert sections of the Wales Coast Path - mostly for reasons of public safety following severe weather, landslides or construction work. 

However, 'we never close' is our motto and an alternative route should always be available..

If there is something wrong on the Wales Coast Path, please let us know via our Report a Path Issue form.


Barmouth Viaduct upgrade 2020 to 2023 (Network Rail)

Major work to start upgrading the 150 year old viaduct starts in September 2020. It will affect the route of the path as it goes over the viaduct across the Mawddawch Estuary and continues south towards Fairbourne. During this upgrade the bridge will be closed temporarily on certain dates.

An alternative route is being looked into for walkers on the path and will be posted on this page. If you are planning to walk in this area, we suggest you also follow Network Rail social media for updates.

Pont yr Aber pedestrian swing bridge in Caernarfon

5th July 2022 - The Pont yr Aber bridge between Caernarfon castle and Caernarfon playground which allows a crossing over the Afon Seiont is sometimes closed. When this happens, please follow the diversion route on the map. You can report this closure to Gwynedd Council


16 June 2021 - Moelfre diversion: Walkers directed through Nant Bychan Estate and along the A5108 road into Moelfre.

Neath Port Talbot

12 May 2023 - The path is closed on the grounds of safety, due to the continuing formation of deep sinkholes along the tarmac path adjacent to the River Neath. Please note that the route is blocked off by the river bank on the north, at grid ref SS731931. Please follow the diversion signs on the map provided in the table below.

Local Authority Location Reason Diversion Map Date
Bridgend Merthyr Mawr footpath 23 Emergency footpath closure en Until further notice
Cardiff Central Cardiff Health and Safety en Until further notice
Carmarthenshire Laugharne Health and Safety en Until further notice
Ceredigion Aberarth Landslip en Until further notice
Conwy Old Colwyn Promenade Coastal defence work en 28-02-2023
Denbighshire Prestatyn (from 9th May 2023) Coastal defence work en 22-08-2023
Gwynedd Porth Colmon to Traeth Penllech Land slip en Until further notice
Gwynedd Barmouth Bridge Network Rail work en Until further notice
Gwynedd Hafan y Môr holiday park near Pwllheli Coastal Defence Work en 30-04-2024
Isle of Anglesey Moelfre Land instability en Until further notice
Neath Port Talbot The Quays Deep sinkholes en Until further notice
Newport Transporter Bridge Flood defence work en 30-06-2024
Pembrokeshire Amroth Landslip en Until further notice
Pembrokeshire Coppet Hall to Wiseman's Bridge near Saundersfoot Landslip en Until further notice
Swansea Oxwich Bay (east), Gower Bridge dislodged due to storm surge. To be relocated upstream in due course en Until further notice
Swansea Cwm Ivy Erosion en Until further notice

Last updated 28 Nov 2023