In June 2006, Rhodri Morgan announced that the Welsh Assembly Government wanted to make a Wales Coastal Path linking south east to north Wales, to be open by July 2012 to coincide with the Olympic Games.
The aim is to improve and create paths as close to the coast as possible for local communities and visitors to Wales. Mainly for walkers, there will be path sections suitable for cyclists, disabled people, families with pushchairs and horse riders.
Cardiff Coast Path
Cardiff Council is tasked with creating the Cardiff Coast Path, which covers 15.60km and will form a continuous link on the Wales Coast Path with Newport & Monmouth to the east and the Vale of Glamorgan (via Penarth), to the west.
One of the aims of the grant scheme, is to create links from the Coast Path to other networks of trails and walks, also to create circular routes. Maps will also show links to car parks, toilets, catering and visitor attractions. The Cardiff Coast Path will link to other Trails including the 3 river trails; the Taff Trail, Ely Trail and Rhymney River Trail. It will also have at least 2 Circular walks; around Cardiff Bay of approx 10km and around Lamby Way Landfill Site of about 5km. These will likely be popular as ‘event’ distances.
Cardiff Bay Barrage Coast Path
Already the grant scheme has funded the Cardiff Bay Barrage Coast Path; a key link from Cardiff Bay across the Barrage to the Vale of Glamorgan at Penarth, which opened in June 08. This popular and long awaited path with new bridge is just over 2km and the work was done by the Cardiff Harbour Authority.
12 months after opening, we have recorded over 150,000 path users (about 50% are cyclists) – that’s an average of just under 3,000 per week!
Progress on the Cardiff Coast Path
We are currently working on path sections in the east around Lamby Way and are aiming to make some progress shortly.
As new sections of the Cardiff Coast Path become available, this site will be updated.
Things to do
Delve behind the history of the Path and see who helped with its creation. Discover just how much of the Path runs through or close to some of Wales’ protected landscapes and habitats. Read about the adventures of the rare individuals who are taking it upon themselves to try to ‘end to end’. And, see for yourself in our photo and video gallery the appeal of the Wales Coast Path.