Public Transport - North Wales Coast
The Wales Coast Path is easily accessible by public...
Walking is one of the best ways to experience the Welsh coastline with over 800 miles of path to explore, taking you over impressive cliff-tops and across beautiful beaches. Here are a few of our favourites and recommendations to show you the best of the coastline
Wales Coast Path
Flint Castle was the first castle to be built by King Edward I and he went on to become quite a property developer leaving behind a network of castles in Wales. This is a lovely spot to explore which also takes in a walk along the Dee Estuary, home to thousands of wading birds in the winter. Find out more about Flint Castle.
This moderate 8 mile linear walk is a mini adventure stepping back into Welsh history that’s full of industry, a castle and a towering steel dragon with a beacon on its back which is lit for special occasions. It has been poised to protect from enemies from the east whether they be across the river or across the world!
Bird lovers will love this section of the path. The Dee Estuary that spans the English Welsh border is one of Britain’s best hot spot for spotting thousands of wildfowl and waders making this a bird lover’s paradise.
Head over to Point of Ayr lighthouse on Talacre Beach to try and spot seasonal birds such as avocet (the RSPB’s emblem), oyster catchers and roosting waders. You may recognise the lighthouse which was featured in a paint advert showing the Dulux dog running across the beach.
King Edward I chose the location of his first Welsh castle very carefully in a mission to quell any Welsh uprising against the English.
Begun in 1277 and taking over nine years to complete, Flint Castle sits on a rocky promontory on the marshes of the Dee Estuary. Marvel at the impressive towers which are fantastic vantage points over the Dee Estuary and the top quality masonry work all around the castle.
A collection of our recommended walks up to 5 miles in length, they provide a great way to explore the area without needing to invest too much time.
A newly surfaced wheelchair access path. The path takes you out to Angel Bay which is great for bird and seal spotting. For more of a challenge, continue onwards over the Little Orme towards the town of Llandudno.
Scenic summit trails take in wonderful views over the elegant town of Llandudno and across to the Menai Strait and Anglesey. The paths are steep in places so if want you the view without the walk, you can reach the top by tram or cable car. The wide range of flowers on the Great Orme provides food for the clouds of butterflies that are seen in summer – and look out for the resident goats. Find out more about the Great Orme Summit Trails.
Conwy Mountain, on the Coast Path’s inland option, stands proud to the west of Conwy and is served by a good network of paths which you can explore at your leisure. In summer the hill turns purple with bell heather. The summit has fine views and is the site of an Iron Age hill fort.
This circular walk takes you along the Llanfairfechan promenade towards the Local Nature Reserve of Morfa Madryn. This is a great spot to watch for oystercatchers, curlew and other wildfowl and waders. Find out more about Llanfairfechan to Morfa Madryn walk (Route 1)
Explore this beautiful section of the coast which takes in the Point of Ayr lighthouse. You will travel along the popular Talacre Beach and through a rich dune habitat before arriving at Prestatyn with its wonderful beaches and traditional seaside delights. (Bus)
Enjoy the fun filled seaside town of Rhyl with its seemingly endless sands before continuing along the coast to Pensarn, near Abergele. You’ll travel through Kinmel Bay which is a popular spot for watersports enthusiasts. (Train or Bus)
If you’re looking to explore more of the coast path, or feel up to a more substantial challenge, take a look at our recommended longer walks over five miles in length. They’re a great way to immerse yourself in our incredible coastline.
A lively and popular seafront walk with great wildlife spotting opportunities at the Little Orme. Continue on towards Llandudno and discover the charms of this well preserved Victorian seaside holiday resort. (Train or Bus)
A magnificent walk along the Dee Estuary between the 13th century Flint Castle, the first to be built when King Edward I invaded Wales, and the 12th century Basingwerk Abbey (which lies approximately half a mile inland from the Coast Path at Greenfield). (Bus)
A walk in the foothills of the Carneddau mountains with stunning views across Snowdonia to the Great Orme and over the Menai Strait towards Anglesey.
A route around the Great Orme with fantastic views across the whole of the North Wales coastline. Takes in the ruin of Deganwy Castle. Find out more about other Great Orme Trails
Start at the Sea Life Centre in Rhyl and walk along the coast towards Prestatyn and its three beaches – Ffrith, Barkby and Central – with stunning views as far as Anglesey and Snowdonia. You turn inland to pass near Meliden and towards the waterfalls near Dyserth. You return to the coast and Rhyl via the bank of the Afon Clwyd.
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