As part of our wheelchair walks series I’d like to share a walk we did on the Wales Coast Path in North Wales.
Wales is blessed with 870 miles of stunning coastline and the best way to experience it is on foot.
Opened in May 2012 the Wales coastal path is a dedicated route spanning the full coast of Wales. Sadly, I won’t be able to push Bridget along the full length of it but I can walk the accessible sections so that’s what we’re doing.
Even though we need to avoid the more rugged sections of the Wales Coast Path we’ll still get to see plenty of quaint villages, the wild coastline and of course seaside towns.
We’re starting our assault on the path in the north, in Chester to be precise.
The path starts on the banks of the River Dee about a mile away from the main road; it’s a gentle walk to the start and very wheelchair friendly.
Start of the Wales Coast Path
On the eye, the start is a bit of a non-event. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t two lumps of rock, a bin, and a tatty old sign.
Personally I think Wales has missed a trick. This is an iconic path, a massive achievement and I can’t help thinking they’re underselling the importance of it, but that’s just my opinion.
On closer inspection the lumps of rock are actually Welsh slate standing proud either side of the path; they’re dressed with intricate carvings depicting a proud Welsh history.
The bin isn’t actually a bin, it’s an art piece boasting the Wales Coast Path shell logo and the “Welcome to Wales” sign basically needs updating.
Welcome to Wales
Bridget and I walked this section on a warm evening. Tranquil doesn’t really describe how peaceful this section is, the soothing sound of the flowing river only occasionally interrupted by the odd cyclist as they passed by.
I’m used to walking long distances and I guess the round trip from the main road in Chester to Queensferry and back is about 8 miles. Obviously you don’t need to walk this far just turn around when you’ve had enough!
When it opened in May 2012 the Wales Coast Path became the first continuous path in the world to cover the coastline of a country; when you link it up with Offa’s Dyke Path it circumnavigates the whole of Wales.
The route is helpfully marked out with the Wales Coast Path markers both on signposts and in the floor. The floor markers are coin-sized directions which are pretty cool, it’s a bit like a treasure hunt looking for them along the route.
Our walk finished at “The New Jubilee Bridge” in Queensferry. Known locally as the Blue Bridge it’s named to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.
The Wales Coast Path
The terrain on parts of the Wales Coast Path isn’t suitable for wheelchair users, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a large proportion of it.
** The official Wales Coast Path website is a fantastic resource covering the whole path including which sections are accessible, distance charts and information about what to do on the path. **
We’d also love to hear about your adventures on the Wales Coast Path so do let us know if you’ve walked any of it?