Wales Woes

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks researching and plotting a route along the Wales Coast Path but I’m beginning to have second thoughts. Finding reasonably priced accommodation has been frustrating. I’ve looked up well over a hundred B&B’s and it would seem that accommodation, on average, is much pricier on the WCP then what I’m used to on long-distance footpaths in England and Scotland.

At first I thought the sticker shock might be the cost of inflation since 2010 but when I checked many of the B&B’s I stayed at on my LEJOG I found the majority had only increased their rates marginally, and in fact a couple had shaved a quid or two off their prices. Of course there are some reasonably priced B&B’s along the WCP, not to mention hostels, bunkhouses and camp sites, however I’m wondering if I’ll get better value for money elsewhere, for example, on the southern section of the SWCP and on Offa’s Dyke Path. What do you think?

I’m also wondering if a month and a half of coastal walking is too much of a good thing. I loved the SWCP but after 11 days I looked forward to a change of scenery.

Wales Coast Path blogs are as thin on the ground as cheap and cheerful B&B’s and so I’ve read very few opinions on the WCP. I suspect both of these will increase in the next few years. In the meantime if you have an opinion I’d love to hear it.

 

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3 thoughts on “Wales Woes

  1. Hi Steve,
    You ask a difficult question there as who wants to miss any of the welsh coast, having said that the built up and industry is at both ends so Carmarthen to Caernarfon would certainly shorten the route and take in a whole lot of fabulous coast.
    One idea if you wished to make it shorter and keep paths joined up would be to follow the river Wye from Chepstow dropping from it’s source to Aberystwyth or Machynlleth.
    Aberystwyth to Caernarfon is fabulous coast line and doe’s have the advantage of using the coast railway to return to accommodation if you found one good place to stay you liked.
    Just a couple of ideas there, i’m sure there are plenty of others, really hope you have a great time and sure look forward to reading about it.

    Cheers J.P.

    • Hi John,

      The Wye Valley option is an excellent suggestion. It avoids the industry along the south coast and although beginning at Aberystwyth would mean missing out on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path that walk could be saved for a future visit. The Llyn peninsula is one of the difficult sections from an accommodation point of view but I’ll have another crack at it. Thanks for your feedback!

      Cheers,
      Steve

  2. Hi steve, When i passed through Phwelli i noticed competition (cheap) places on the sea front and have heard of someone else using the coast bus service from there to walk the coast, apparently the coast service bus is good but i have not used it. The hostel in caernarfon was brilliant for the price.
    Must say that coast is remote and i had some great camping along there, basic, cheap and nice people, the llyn short version is as i did last July following the old railtrack bed from Criccieth to Caernarfon, a nice days walk.

    Cheers J.P.

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