Coast Path maps
The choice is good. There are plenty of easy-to-use, up-to-date maps available for the Wales Coast Path. The problem is choosing the ones that are right for you. So, let’s look at what’s out there in the shops or online.
Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Explorer series maps (Orange covers)
Anglesey OS Explorer 262 – cover
The Explorer series are the walker’s maps of choice. The larger scale and additional information is ideal fo walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and provides clear information on the full range of Rights of Way (ROWs) from footpaths and bridleways to byways and National Trails. They also show field boundaries and other details not found on the smaller scale Landranger series.
The Explorer series is updated regularly and shows the route of the Wales Coast Path as a line of green diamonds. However, the route changes as new agreements are made with landowners and other stakeholders, or due to coastal erosion or ongoing work. So be sure to buy the most up-to-date versions, which even so may not reflect the current route.
The large folded sheets have maps on both sides, are cumbersome and often unwieldy in wet or windy weather.
The standard RRP is £8.99 or £14.99 for the weatherproof versions.
However, at this scale, you will need 22 maps with a total RRP of just under £200.
The list of Explorer maps for the whole of the Wales Coast Path are sheets: 154, OL14, 152, 151, 165, 164, 177, OL36, OL35, 198, 199, 213, OL23, OL18, 253, 254, OL17, 262, 263, 264, 265 and 266.
Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 scale Landranger series maps (Magenta covers)
The smaller scale Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps are ideal for route planning, cycling and more general use. They will help you get an overview of an area or stretch of coast. But they contain less information of use to the walker, with no field boundaries or other pertinent detail.
Like the Explorer series, the standard RRP is £8.99 or £14.99 for the weatherproof versions.
At this scale, the entire Welsh coast is covered by just 16 maps.
The list of Landranger maps for the whole of the Wales Coast Path are sheets:114, 115, 116, 117, 123, 124, 135, 145, 146, 157, 158, 159, 162, 170, 171, 172.
Again, the large sheets can be hard to sue in wet or windy weather.