The first ever coastal path to cover the entire length of a country has now been opened in Wales. The All Wales Coast Path stretches a distance of 870 miles (1400km).
The magnificent coastline offers breathtaking scenery and a challenge to ramblers and hikers across the globe. The path has been several years in the making with many sections of it already completed but those paths had never been linked, until now. Whether you choose to begin in the north at its point near the mouth of the River Dee or begin in the south at Chepstow the network allows you to walk along designated National Trust routes.
Many of the walks are along cliff paths and woodland offering stunning views and areas of outstanding natural beauty. The walk itself even links to another famous hiker path, Offa's Dyke Path. This increases the length of the entire walk to 1,031 miles (1661 km) if incorporated into the marathon hike.
Opening events were held in the nation's capital Cardiff as well as Aberystwyth and Flint in the north. It marks the completion of a five-year project to link all the paths and has been sanctioned by the Welsh assembly, the Countryside Council for Wales and local councils. The path opens with less than three months to go until the start of the London Olympics and tourist board chiefs are hoping visitors will take some time to visit Wales while they are staying in the UK, reports BBC Wales.
The National Trust has earmarked seven sections it describes as magnificent walks being the best ones to tackle.