The South Wales and Severn Estuary Coastal Path stretches from Port Talbot through the counties of Neath-Port-Talbot and Bridgend County before joining the route of the well established Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast Path.
The Vale of Glamorgan Coastal Path offers breathtaking views, plunging cliffs and secluded coves, making the path a must for walkers with a love of the countryside.
Not only does it give casual walkers the chance to discover the pure relaxing pleasure of a coastal walk, but it also gives more serious walkers an invigorating experience as it overlooks 19 beaches and spectacular cliffs. The landscape varies from small villages in a rural landscape, to the bustling seaside resort of Barry and the more sophisticated Penarth.
At Cardiff Bay – Wales’ capital city – the path skirts the waters of the huge Cardiff Bay Barrage, and passes by the Waterfront home of the Welsh Government.
Leaving cosmopolitan Cardiff the path continues along the Severn Estuary to the River Usk where it is forced inland to the City of Newport – with the option of crossing the River Usk via the historic Transporter Bridge (a very strange object indeed).
Returning to the banks of the Severn Estuary at the Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve, you can share your walk with the numerous wildfowl and waders that can be viewed along the way. Plover and curlew are common and, at peak times, the Severn Estuary is one of only a handful of British estuaries to hold more than 100,000 wading birds.
The Severn estuary has the second highest tidal range in the world at 49 feet and is home to the world famous Severn bore – a head of water that at certain times of the year drives huge waves – and all else before it.
The Wales Coastal Path finishes at Chepstow with its famous castle on the River Wye…….