Dragon Shell

The Wales Coast Path can be identified by its distinctive 'dragon shell' logo.

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However, local branding remains where individual Coast Paths such as the Ceredigion Coast Path retain their own identity.

Wales Coast Path

The Ceredigion Coast Path is now a part of the Wales Coast Path, an 870 mile trail which follows the Welsh coast line as close as is practical and runs from Queensferry and the Dee Estuary in Flintshire to Chepstow and the Severn Estuary in Bridgend. When combined with the Offa's Dyke National Trail it has now become possible to circumnavigate the entire country.

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In 2006 the Welsh Assembly Government announced proposals for the development of an ‘all Wales Coast Path’ by 2012. The idea was developed out of a desire to build on the economic success of the well-established Coast Paths in Wales at Pembrokeshire and Anglesey – both of which had proven to be major contributors to the tourist economies of their respective regions. This fact has also been borne out in Ceredigion were increased footfalls have been recorded year on year since the opening of the Ceredigion Coast Path.

In addition to giving an important boost for the Welsh economy, the Wales Coast Path is also seen as an important initiative in encouraging both locals and visitors to discover and enjoy Wales’ outdoor spaces while enjoying the health and welfare benefits this provides.

The path was officially opened on 5th May 2012 with three major events being held in Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Flint Castle as well as numerous local celebrations all along the path. The scheme was well received and the Wales Coast Path and its coastline became the Lonely Planet’s top region to visit in 2012 even before the path was launched.

The Wales Coast Path has been developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales, sixteen local authorities and two National Parks. In addition to funding from the Welsh Government and the coastal local authorities of approximately £2 million per year, the European Regional Development Fund has allocated nearly £4 million over four years in support of the project.