Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast Path is due to officially open on 5th May 2012, it’s a continuous walking route around the whole of Wales – from the outskirts of Chester in the North to Chepstow in the South.

wcp-web21Now – my favourite type of running terrain is coastal trails, so a 870 mile stretch of ready-made trails through some of the most stunning scenery in the world right on my doorstep is amazing, (the Pembrokeshire Coast Path was recently voted the 2nd best coastal trail in the WORLD by National Geographic!)

Today I took the train to Pyle, (just west of Bridgend) and ran back to Barry – 36 miles of cliff-top running at its best – absolutely amazing views, the terrain varies from beaches, technical single track and grassy trail to the sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr – but it always keeps you guessing what’s coming next. Excellent facilities every few miles along the route which was good in the heat – lots of opportunities to replenish water supplies and pick up a 99 with a flake at Llantwit Major – it’s carbs right? And the best thing – it’s impossible to get lost, just keep the sea on your left/right as appropriate!

All too often we do the same old runs, week-in, week-out – for those of us in Cardiff this probably means heading up the Taff Trail to Castle Coch and back, or round the Bay / Penarth. There’s some amazing running to be had out there, all it takes is a bit of planning and a train timetable – I for one will be exploring the Wales Coast Path and am making it my goal to run the whole 870 miles over the next few years!

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