Golden beauty:Cardiff’s iconic Millennium Centre glows in the summer sun

Swansea to Chepstow

115 miles/185 kilometres of memorable coastal walking split into nine day sections.

Day sections

  1. Swansea to Port Talbot
  2. Port Talbot to Porthcawl
  3. Porthcawl to Ogmore
  4. Ogmore to Llantwit Major
  5. Llantwit Major to Barry ISland
  6. Barry Island to Cardiff Barrage
  7. Cardiff Barrage to Newport (Transporter Bridge)
  8. Newport (Transporter Bridge) to Redwick
  9. Redwick to Chepstow

Best bits the South Wales Coast

Swansea Marina, Swansea Docks and the National Waterfront Museum, Aberavon Sands, Margam Abbey and Country Park, Kenfig Burrows, Merhyr-mawr Warren, Ogmore Castle and stepping stones, Candleston Castle ruins, Ewenny Priory, Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Nash Point lighthouses, Llantwit Major, Iron Age coastal forts, Roman remains, industrial lime kilns, Barry Island resort, Sully Island, Penarth Pier and Pavilion, Cardiff Bay, West Usk lighthouse, Newport transporter bridge, Usk RSPB reserve, Redwick church, Severn bridges, Chepstow

Industrial heritage, vast dune systems, lofty cliffs, Swansea, Cardiff Bay, and the Severn Estuary

Despite the long history of Welsh coal mining and steel manufacture, much of the South Wales Coast is still unspoilt and supports some unusual wildlife. Walkers will be stunned by its long sweeping beaches, vast dune systems, impressive cliffs, tidal marshes and reedbeds.

At its heart lies the 18-mile long Glamorgan Heritage Coast with its striking, layered limestone cliffs, wave cut platforms and iconic lighthouses.

The Wales Coast Path circles Cardiff Bay, the Millennium Centre, waterfront and Atlantic Wharf development before heading out across the Wentlooge Levels alongside the narrowing Severn Estuary. Beyond the Usk RSPB reserve, the path runs on past Redwick and the Severn Bridges to pretty Chepstow on the Welsh-English Border.

This final section of the Wales Coast Path holds several surprises and is not to be missed.

Books and maps for this part of the coast