A NEW walking festival celebrating seven years of the 870-mile Wales Coast Path will come to Saundersfoot this May. The festival aims to encourage people across Wales to get outdoors, meet with others and appreciate our beautiful landscapes.
On the 12th May during Wales Tourism Week a selection of new walks organised by the Wales Coast Path and Ramblers Cymru will showcase the fascinating landscape and unique wildlife along the Pembrokeshire stretch of the coastal path. The festival will promote the variety of walking routes on offer around the Pembrokeshire coast and give walkers the chance to experience breath taking views from coast to countryside.
From Saundersfoot’s industrial past to the area’s unique rock formations and edible finds along the coast, the festival brings together local experts and guides to give a unique insight into the area’s geography, wildlife and history.
The festival programme features six free walks including a Saundersfoot Beach Clean with Keep Wales Tidy and a historical look around the harbour.
12th May Festival Programme:
09:45 - Saundersfoot to Waterwynch Bay
09:45 - Saundersfoot - Coast and Countryside
09:45 - Saundersfoot Heritage Park and Grove Colliery
10:00 - Saundersfoot Beach Clean - Keep Wales Tidy
10:30 - Saundersfoot to Wiseman’s Bridge
14:00 - Saundersfoot: Colby Woods and Amroth
The festival not only aims to showcase Wales’ beautiful coastline and countless natural assets, the Wales Coast Path Walking Festival will also boost local tourism along the path whilst encouraging residents to come together to celebrate the country’s iconic coastline.
Taking place 4th to 19th May 2019, the festival will feature over 40 new guided walks specifically designed to suit all ages and abilities, with the majority of the walks free to join.
From fully accessible and short family walks to nature walks and more challenging hikes, the festival aims to encourage people to enjoy outdoor exercise while exploring Wales’ iconic coastline. All walks will be led by experienced guides offering insights into the unique wildlife, fascinating history and culture that can be found along the way.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “This festival is set to be an excellent addition to Wales’ Year of Discovery and a way for visitors and locals to discover more about our unique Wales Coast Path. I’m delighted that the guided walks will encourage people to find out more about the landscape, history and wildlife associated with the coastal path and will also be an excellent way to be active while discovering more of Wales.”
Local authorities for Wales’ coastal regions, which include Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen and South Wales, will help support the event, along with partners Natural Resources Wales, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and a number of charities including Keep Wales Tidy.
The festival, which coincides with Visit Wales’ Year of Discovery 2019, will follow a theme of discovery which will be prominent throughout. The Wales Coast Path is the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast and gives hikers access to undiscovered sections of the coast with stunning views, rugged landscapes and rare wildlife.
To learn more about the Wales Coast Path walking festival or book walks visit: www.walescoastpath.gov.uk
Admission free (additional charges for linear walks where transport is required). Register to attend the festival: www.eventbrite.co.uk/wales-coast-path-walking-festival