Temporary Path Diversions
An up to date list of current temporary diversions along the path
From time to time it is necessary to temporarily divert sections of the Wales Coast Path - mostly for reasons of public safety following severe weather, landslides or construction work.
However, 'we never close' is our motto and an alternative route should always be available..
If there is something wrong on the Wales Coast Path, please let us know via our Report a Path Issueform.
Barmouth Viaduct upgrade 2020 to 2023 (Network Rail)
Major work to start upgrading the 150 year old viaduct starts in September 2020. It will affect the route of the path as it goes over the viaduct across the Mawddawch Estuary and continues south towards Fairbourne. During this upgrade the bridge will be closed temporarily on certain dates.
An alternative route is being looked into for walkers on the path and will be posted on this page. If you are planning to walk in this area, we suggest you also follow Network Rail social media for updates.
- Follow Network Rail Wales and Border X account, (formerly Twitter) for updates on @NetworkRailWAL
- Read the latest information about Barmouth Viaduct upgrade.
Pont yr Aber pedestrian swing bridge in Caernarfon
5th July 2022 - The Pont yr Aber bridge between Caernarfon castle and Caernarfon playground which allows a crossing over the Afon Seiont is sometimes closed. When this happens, please follow the diversion route on the map. You can report this closure to Gwynedd Council
16 June 2021 - Moelfre diversion: Walkers directed through Nant Bychan Estate and along the A5108 road into Moelfre.
Neath Port Talbot
12 May 2023 - The path is closed on the grounds of safety, due to the continuing formation of deep sinkholes along the tarmac path adjacent to the River Neath. Please note that the route is blocked off by the river bank on the north, at grid ref SS731931. Please follow the diversion signs on the map provided in the table below.
|Local Authority||Location||Reason||Diversion Map||Date|
|Bridgend||Merthyr Mawr footpath 23||Emergency footpath closure||en||Until further notice|
|Cardiff||Central Cardiff||Health and Safety||en||Until further notice|
|Conwy||Old Colwyn Promenade||Coastal defence works||en||28-02-2023|
|Denbighshire||Prestatyn (from 9th May 2023)||Coastal defence||en||22-08-2023|
|Gwynedd||Porth Colmon to Traeth Penllech||Land slip||en||Until further notice|
|Gwynedd||Barmouth Bridge||Bridge upgrades||en||03-12-2023|
|Isle of Anglesey||Moelfre||Land instability||en||Until further notice|
|Neath Port Talbot||The Quays||Deep sinkholes||en||Until further notice|
|Newport||Transporter Bridge||Flood defence work||en||30-06-2024|
|Pembrokeshire||Amroth||Landslip||en||Until further notice|
|Swansea||Oxwich Bay (east), Gower||Bridge dislodged due to storm surge. To be relocated upstream in due course||en||Until further notice|
|Swansea||Cwm Ivy||Erosion||en||Until further notice|
Last updated 12 Sep 2023