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 Issue form

Network Rail Barmouth Viaduct upgrade 2020 to 2022 in Gwynedd

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.

Path closures in Gwynedd county

Last updated 5th March 2021

Here a list of the places along the path in Gwynedd county which have been closed due to storm damage earlier in the year: 

  • Ty Coch, Porthdinllaen - between Ty Coch and the lifeboat station.  Diversion in place (not signposted), advised to circumnavigate the village and re-join path.
  • Morfa Nefyn cliffs (behind public toilets) - Diversion in place (not signposted), advised to use the highway.
  • Penrhyn Mawr, Aberdaron - Diversion in place (not signposted).  Advised to use the old Wales Coast Path route from Morfa Mawr Farm to Cadlan. 
  • Porth Ysgo to Fferm Morfa Mawr, Aberdaron.
  • Porthmeduwy to Porth Cloch.
  • Porth Colmon to Traeth Penllech - this is a long term closure.

The path is open at Y drull Criccieth and Glan y Môr Isaf, Aberogwen and at Harlech "zig zags" however, please take extra care walking these sections.

Following the storms, not all sections of the path in Gwynedd have been monitored, therefore care should be taken at all times when walking on the path.

Local Authority Location Reason Diversion Map Date
Cardiff Central Cardiff Health and Safety en Until further notice
Denbighshire Rhyl, Splash Point Sea defence works en Until further notice
Isle of Anglesey Menai Bridge, Beach Road Maintenance works on overhead bridge en 24-03-2021
Swansea Oxwich Pill footbridge Health and Safety en Until further notice
Swansea Cwm Ivy Erosion en Until further notice

Last updated 05 Mar 2021

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