|The world's first ever continuous path to run the complete length of a country's coastline opened today (5th May 2012). This is the culmination of a project five years in the making and costing millions of pounds. The All Wales Coast Path skirts the entire coastline of Wales.
Traversing a full 870 miles of breathtaking beauty, the path offers spectacular coastal views and throws open the whole of the Welsh coastline for visitors to explore, from Chepstow to Queensferry in the north of the country.
Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths hailed the AWCP at an official celebration at Cardiff Bay today held to mark the event. Similar events also took place at locations along the path in Aberystwyth and Flint in the north.
"The path opens just before the world's eyes will be on the UK for the Olympics," Mr Griffiths said.
"We hope many visitors coming to London for the Games will take time to visit Wales and its coast. Since this project began in 2007 we have created over 130 miles of new path and improved more than 330 miles of existing pathway. The path will provide a real boost to local economies around our coastline.