The new 870-mile Wales Coast Path knits coastal wilds with the northern highlands and the eastern hill country that borders England. Here are three standout sections:
The 30-mile Llyn Peninsula in northwest Wales (above) drew streams of pilgrims in the Middle Ages on their way to Bardsey Island, where Christian saints are buried. The outfitter Edge of Wales Walk arranges trips. edgeofwaleswalk.co.uk.
Ocean-bashed cliffs and sandy coves define southwest Wales’s Pembrokeshire County. With Dragon Trails, guests can visit Iron Age sites, then come home to a Georgian estate complete with a croquet lawn. dragontrails.com.
Even before Prince William and Duchess Kate moved in, Anglesey island held its own as a beach and cultural destination. Anglesey Walking Holidays can guide you to giant stone burial chambers. angleseywalkingholidays.com.
This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue.