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The Wales Coast Path is the longest continuous coastal path in the world. Along its 870 mile (1,400 km) length there are hundreds of harbours, coves, inlets – and, of course, beaches. Lots of them. And one of them will be your favourite. So which’ll it be? Here are ten to get you started.

 

 
  • Abersoch, Snowdonia
    There’s always a lively family feel to Abersoch, one of our best watersports centres. It’s at its most vibrant during the August Regatta which, apart from all the serious sailing stuff, features raft-racing, crab-catching and sandcastle-building contests. www.visitsnowdonia.info
     
  • Barafundle, Pembrokeshire
    It’s impossible to pick our prettiest beach, but this Pembrokeshire gem, backed by dunes and pine trees, always crops up. There’s something almost Caribbean about Barafundle, which is all the better for being a half-mile (0.8 km) walk from the nearest car park.
    www.visitpembrokeshire.com
     
  • Barmouth, Snowdonia
    Huge and picturesque, Barmouth beach is always popular but never overcrowded. Barmouth itself is a proper British seaside resort, complete with trampolines, ice creams, arcade games, donkey rides and a vintage railway. www.visitsnowdonia.info
     
  • Benllech, Isle of Anglesey
    This small holiday town is set on a crescent-shaped bay, with fine sand that stretches for miles. It’s also blissfully easy to get to, even for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
    visitanglesey.co.uk Benllech, Isle of Anglesey
    This small holiday town is set on a crescent-shaped bay, with fine sand that stretches for miles. It’s also blissfully easy to get to, even for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
    www.visitanglesey.co.uk
     
  • Llangrannog, Ceredigion
    There’s nothing flashy about the village – it’s just a cluster of houses wedged between two headlands, with waves lapping at their toes. The coastal footpath leads you through clouds of wild flowers that are alive with butterflies in summer.
    www.discoverceredigion.co.uk
     
 
 
  • Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire
    This whopping eight-mile (12 km) beach has plenty of room for everyone, and young nature detectives can climb the dunes to track down grasshoppers and other mini beasts. It’s all part of Pembrey Country Park, which has play areas and an equestrian centre, dry ski slope and toboggan run.
    www.discovercarmarthenshire.com
     
  • Porthdinllaen, Snowdonia
    Only locals are allowed to drive to this perfect little harbour hamlet. But never mind – it’s a lovely short walk along the beach, or through Nefyn’s famously beautiful golf course, to reach it. It’s an idyllic cove and natural harbour, with the added bonus of a cracking pub, the Ty Coch Inn, which has just been voted one of the world’s best beach bars.
    www.visitsnowdonia.info www.walescoastpath.gov.uk
     
  • Rhossili, Gower Peninsula
    Well, we had to mention our cover star, didn’t we? Rhossili’s three-mile (4.8 km) golden sands come with a genuine shipwreck, and if you time the tides right, there’s a fabulous walk out to the promontory known as Worm’s Head.
    www.visitswanseabay.com
     
  • Southerndown, Vale of Glamorgan
    The Glamorgan Heritage Coast’s multilayered cliffs occasionally drop down into sandy bays. This is a favourite with surfers and families, and there’s a great clifftop walk to the ruins of Dunraven Castle. www.visitthevale.com
     
  • Tenby, Pembrokeshire
    We’re cheating a bit here, since there’s not one fantastic beach in Tenby, but three. The Rough Guide to Wales describes this pretty little town as ‘everything a seaside resort should be’ and it was recently voted one of the UK’s top five beach destinations by Tripadvisor.
    www.visitpembrokeshire.com
     
 
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