Piers and Promenades
Piers and Promenades: find your spring in winter
Here are some great options for an easy coastal walk, ideal for people with mobility issues and families with pushchairs
The seafront between Prestatyn and Conwy is a great family friendly stretch as well as being wheelchair friendly. It's almost entirely promenade with plenty of seaside delights that can be enjoyed along the way! The key stretches are between Prestatyn and Llandulas, Old Colwyn and Rhos-on-Sea, and Llandudno to Conwy Marina.
You can also explore a 7km section in Flintshire between Chester and Queensferry. Its suitable for wheelchairs, buggies and bikes.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone outlines some of the accessible options along the north coast:
The beautiful coastal terrain of Anglesey has dramatic views - especially those looking back onto the mainland and the Snowdonia mountain range.There are some noteworthy sections which offer easy access. Beaumaris has a short promenade and is in itself a wondeful place to explore. Visit Moelfre and find out about its maritime heritage and the bravery of its lifeboat crews
Visit Anglesey has a useful booklet offering some excellent ideas for walks along the coast path: Coastal Path.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone (Anglesey) offers some great ways to explore the island as well as highlighting accessibility issues on the island.
One of the loveliest walks along this section of the coastline is suitable for everyone, the Llwybr Mawddach Trail. Starting from Barmouth, you cross the estuary where you can enjoy superb views up towards Cadair Idris before exploring the southern edge of the estuary itself. There are plenty of picnic stops and opportunities for refreshments.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone (Menai) provides an excellent range of options and information sources.
Snowdonia National Park also has a great range of options.
Head to Aberporth and take the chance to try a bit of dolphin spotting. A wheelchair friendly route (to the east of Aberporth Bay) was created in 2009 and boasts wheelchair friendly picnic areas with stunning views.
Ceredigion Coast Path suggests some of the highlights which can be enjoyed by everyone.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone (Ceredigion) offers some great ways to explore.
Haroldston Chins (link opens as a pdf) sits in the middle of St Brides Bay and has magnificient coastal views towards Ramsey Island in the north and Skomer Island in the south. It's a breathtaking section of the coast and a purpose-built path means that everyone can enjoy the same views. A small disabled parking area can be found on the northerly road out of Broad Haven. Refreshments and facilities can be found in nearby Broad Haven, Little Haven and Druidston.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offers a wide range of walks with some fantastic viewpoints. Their Walks for All map gives a breakdown of these walks which you can also download or print out.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone (Pembrokeshire) provides a great range of options and information sources.
The Millennium Coastal Park is a deservedly popular option for an easy access experience. It offers twelve miles of purpose built and traffic free pathway. There are opportunities for stops and refreshments along the route and great transport links.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone (Carmarthenshire) has great ideas and information sources to help plan a great day out.
The promenade between Swansea and the Mumbles offers an enjoyable day out. It is a wide multi-use pathway which offers lovely views and plenty of refreshment options in Mumbles. You can also head out onto the famous Mumbles Pier for a bit of traditional seaside fun.
Or alternatively, why not head to Aberavon and explore the contemporary promenade. It's a busy, multi-use site with plenty to see and do.
Visit Swansea Bay has some great advice on accessible beaches. You can even hire a specially made beach wheelchair for a proper adventure.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone outlines some of the accessible options around Swansea and Neath Port Talbot:
The promenade in Porthcawl runs between Coney Beach to the east of the town, to Locks Common in the west, providing an enjoyable traffic free, wheelchair friendly route. There are plenty of opportunities for refreshments along the way and there are also links into Porthcawl Town Centre. From Locks Common you’ll find a shared footway and cycleway which continues on to the popular beach at Rest Bay. You can stay on the path towards the Royal Porthcawl golf club for great views up to Sker House (made famous as the basis of R.D Blackmore’s book The Maid of Sker).
A short section of wheelchair friendly access also exists around the perimeter of Trecco Bay Holiday Park. Here you can access the Park’s amenities along this stretch and also link into the neighbouring village of Newton for refreshments.
Head to Barry Island (home of Gavin & Stacey). It's great for the whole family and you can even borrow a beach wheelchair.
The Cardiff Bay Barrage is great for everyone. There's a short and a long option and you can even take a short cut using the local water bus service! As you would expect from a capital city, there's lots of restaurants and cafes and more than its fair share of landmarks.
The start/finish town of the Wales Coast Path, Chepstow, has a great route which takes in views of the castle.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone outlines some of the accessible options along the South Wales coast: