Wales is the only country in the world with a designated path that stretches around its entire coastline. Opened in 2012, the Wales Coast Path stretches for 870 miles from just outside Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south. Sean Fletcher goes on an epic journey to travel the length of the Wales Coast Path, meeting the people who live and work along its route and immersing himself in a range of coastal adventures.
Part 1: North Wales and Anglesey
This first leg of his journey takes Sean along the coast of North Wales and on to the island of Anglesey. His journey starts on the banks of the river Dee, just outside Chester at two stones that mark the beginning of the Wales Coast Path. From here Sean travels to Talacre Point at the mouth of the Dee estuary, home to Britain’s rarest amphibian, the Natterjack toad.
Part 2: Llyn Peninsula
The second leg of his journey takes Sean along the Llyn Peninsula in north west Wales. Sean starts his journey at Bangor where he joins the crew of 1930s sailing ship the Vilma to help steer her down the Menai Strait. This narrow stretch of water separates Anglesey from the rest of North Wales and has a reputation for being one of the world’s most treacherous passages to navigate, with the notorious ‘Swellies’, a maze of shallow rocks and whirlpools lurking under the surface.
Part 3: Cardigan Bay
This week Sean travels down beautiful Cardigan Bay, where he helps monitor the local dolphin population, discovers a four thousand year old sunken forest on a beach and takes part in a Celtic Longboat rowing race. He then visits Harlech castle on Owain Glyndŵr Day, the anniversary of the native Welsh leader being proclaimed Prince of Wales – and tries his hand at medieval sword fighting.
Part 4: Pembrokeshire
This time, in Pembrokeshire, Sean meets a family who have moved to the coast to live off-grid and takes part in an archeological dig to unearth the secrets of a medieval chapel. Then he joins members of a Blind Society to find out how they use sound to experience the coast and discovers baby seals at Castlemartin military firing range.
Part 5: Carmarthen Bay and Gower
Sean Fletcher’s walk around the Wales Coast path has reached Carmarthen Bay and the Gower Peninsula, with it’s peaceful estuaries, glorious sandy beaches and limestone cliffs. At Pendine sands Sean discovers the amazing story of Wales’ land speed record holder and witnesses his original car roar up the beach once more. Plus Sean attempts to beat the tide and reach the end of the epic Worms Head.
Part 6: South Wales/Merthyr Mawr
Sean Fletcher is on the final leg of his epic journey around the Wales Coast Path. South Wales may be the most densely populated section of the coast, but as Sean discovers, it has some of the most spectacular landscapes. He explores the mighty sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr on horseback, discovers how our sea cliffs breath in and out with the pounding of waves and re-creates Marconi’s first radio transmission over open water, from Lavernock Point to Flatholm island.