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article imageWorld's first coast path covering an entire country open in Wales Special

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By Kev Hedges     May 9, 2012 in Environment
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.
A babbling brook may occasionally help to cool your hot and tired feet on the All-Wales Coast Path
A babbling brook may occasionally help to cool your hot and tired feet on the All-Wales Coast Path
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Many of the paths  like this one in the Mumbles  south Wales can see you stumbling across historic c...
Many of the paths, like this one in the Mumbles, south Wales can see you stumbling across historic castle ruins.
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Rambling groups will cross wide sandy beaches like this one near Llanmadoc
Rambling groups will cross wide sandy beaches like this one near Llanmadoc
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Sand and grass give way to river on the paths of the All Wales Coast Path  near Port Eynon
Sand and grass give way to river on the paths of the All Wales Coast Path near Port Eynon
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The All Wales Coast Path includes designated areas of outstanding natural beauty
The All Wales Coast Path includes designated areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Worms Head  Rhossili Bay
Worms Head, Rhossili Bay
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You will be sure to pass plenty of wildlife when strolling on the All Wales Coastal Path.
You will be sure to pass plenty of wildlife when strolling on the All Wales Coastal Path.
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