Events to mark opening of coast path

Friday, 16 March 2012
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Three special events are to be held to mark the opening of the Welsh Coast Path.

Flint Castle, Aberystwyth Promenade and Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay will host the events on Saturday, May 5 to highlight the importance of the path, and showcase local heritage and points of interest.
The day will also focus on the health, economic and social benefits associated with improved countryside access.
Welsh Government environment minister John Griffiths said it will be an exciting day for Wales.
“We will become the first country in the world to have a formal trail the whole way around our coast,” he said.
“The Path opens just before the world's eyes will be on the UK for the Olympics. We hope many of the extra visitors coming to London for the Games will take time to visit Wales and its coast.
"Since this project began in 2007 we have created over 130 miles of new path and improved more than 330 miles of existing pathway. When open, the Path will provide a real boost to local economies around Wales' coastline.”
Ramblers Cymru is organising the Big Welsh Coastal Walk to celebrate the official opening, which will see a series of led walks along the Coast Path over its opening weekend.
The aim is to get as many people as possible walking around the coast of Wales in the largest mass participation event Wales has ever seen.