Royalty, Sheep, and Blood Sausage — the Wales Coast Path
The Wales Coast Path doesn’t lack for breathtaking scenery or history. (All photos: Bill Fink)
The Plan: Hike the entire coast of Wales along the recently created Wales Coast Path. Seek out the weird, woolly, and wonderful: everything from a fantasyland hotel village to herds of grazing sheep, and vistas from cliff-side castles. Walk in the footsteps of royalty and monks, of miners and fishermen. Wait, what? The path is 870 miles long? Perhaps I’ll just do a few segments.
The Route: Begin at the English border and follow the Coast Path around Northwest Wales on roads, trails, and beaches about 200 miles to Portmeirion.
The Ride: Even 200 miles is a long way to walk, so I’ve joined a combination bus-tour-and-hiking trip, stopping for daylong rambles along the coast.
Provisions: Before going on a hiking trip, it’s important to stock up on provisions like “monster sausage rolls.” So we stop at the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop near the beginning of the Coastal Path along the English border. With a bag full of local meats, cheeses, spicy mustard, and bread, and a stomach full of blood pudding, ham, and tomato, I ensure I won’t be too peckish along the trail, although I may not be moving too fast.
Hawarden provided us all the hearty food we’d need.