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The 870 Mile Wales Coastal Path (That isn't just coastal) 04 May 2012 12:57 #3225

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Wales Coastal Path

One for Guy primarily, has a foot race been suggested yet? If not I trademark it (indeed spray it) as "The EmilyCat Round Wales Challenge"
The first coast path to outline an entire country officially opens today: the Wales Coast Path. This 870-mile trail runs from the Welsh border near Chester all the way to Chepstow in south-east Wales. It connects certain existing coastal paths, such as those on the Anglesey coast and Pembrokeshire. The resulting continuous route forms and joins up the 177-mile Offa's Dyke Path national trail along the Welsh-English border to create a complete circuit of Wales.

To be accurate, today's official opening does not mean it is complete: some sections are a work in progress with more waymarking needed on the Llyn Peninsula and detours because of access disputes on Anglesey. But the majority of the path will be complete for the grand opening, celebrated by three ceremonies in North, South and Mid Wales.

To test it ahead of the official opening, I opted for a weekend walking sections of the lesser-explored Carmarthenshire path. The 68 miles from Amroth to Llanelli connect the walkers' hubs of Gower and Pembrokeshire but, given sections of treacherous salt marsh, include some deviation inland.
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Re: The 870 Mile Wales Coastal Path (That isn't just coastal) 04 May 2012 14:00 #3226

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Way ahead of you, I wrote a blog about it a few weeks ago ;) There was an article on the main BBC news last night about it too.

There's bound to be a multi-stage race in the next couple of years - like the Jogle, it wouldn't surprise me if ULTRArace did it now Rory Coleman and Jen Salter are based in Cardiff.

So many trails, so little time :( I've got Hadrian's Wall on my list of things to do as well.
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Re: The 870 Mile Wales Coastal Path (That isn't just coastal) 04 May 2012 14:53 #3227

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I really want to do the Hadrians Wall 2 dayer. Let me know if you plan on doing it and I may come too. Think I'll rest on my laurels for this year after Nepal though!

Re: The 870 Mile Wales Coastal Path (That isn't just coastal) 04 May 2012 15:22 #3228

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Any plans on doing the bob graham round guy?

Re: The 870 Mile Wales Coastal Path (That isn't just coastal) 04 May 2012 16:51 #3229

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The Bob Graham came up in conversation several times on the Fellsman, there's a thread over on the FRA Forums about it too.

My time on Fellsman seems to indicate I'd be in good standing for a sub-24 Bob Graham, especially considering the additional time on Fellsman due to shoe/weather issues ;)

The problem is I'm rubbish at navigation so would need to recce it extensively, and it's a bloody long way away. Hats-off to Richard "Feet In The Clouds" Askwith - but I just don't have that dedication and passion for the fells at the moment!
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