From Rail to Trail, Explore the Wales Coast Path by train.
2022 marks 10 years of the Wales Coast Path, one of the few footpaths in the world to follow a nations coastline. Spanning 870 miles, there is more than enough to see, walk and enjoy, and did you know you can access the Wales Coast path by train? Several of our stations take you within a short walk of the path, so there’s never been a better time to explore the Wales Coast Path by train.
Not yet sure on where you’d like to visit? We’ve highlighted just some of our stations below which can be your gateway to the Wales Coast Path. You can also head to the Wales Coast Path website and use the interactive map to find out where you can start and finish your journey.
The uniquely designed Flint Castle marks the start of this walk. To reach Flint Castle from the station walk 0.1 miles / 0.2 kilometres down the aptly named ‘Castle Street’. From here you can enjoy the very flat path that runs along the banks of the Dee estuary, which is a protected site due to its importance for birds and other wildlife.
Walk straight ahead out of the railway station for 0.3 miles / 0.5 kilometres down Elwy Street, then Bodfor Street, then Queen Street to reach Rhyl promenade and the Wales Coast Path. On reaching the sea at Rhyl, a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand will now be your companion, whether you turn right toward Prestatyn or left toward Colwyn Bay.
Described by many as one of the finest on the Wales Coast, the walk from Holyhead towards Trearddur has a country park, rugged cliffs, ancient monuments, an iconic lighthouse and a nature reserve as some of its highlights. And it couldn’t be simpler to enjoy this route by train. Head our of Holyhead railway way station, towards to the town, and join on the Celtic Gateway bridge to join the Wales Coast Path.
Please note, there is currently a rail replacement bus service on the Cambrian Line.
The Wales Coast Path links up the closely spaced stations along the Cambrian line making it easy to travel by train one way and walk the other, stopping off at different towns and villages as well as other attractions along the way.
Barmouth to Fairbourne
With spectacular views up the Mawddach Estuary with Cadair Idris looming in the distance this is an unchallenging walk over the estuary and of course you can catch the train back.
Pwllheli to Penychain
From the market town of Pwllheli follow the beach to Morfa Abererch and onto the hamlet of Penychain.
From the station, head south to discover the remains of Tenby’s castle on the headland and South Beach and then on towards Penally, Lydstep and Manobier. If you don’t want to do the loop, you can jump on the train for your return from Penally or Manobier.
Get off the train here to spend a day exploring the rise and fall of these rural agricultural heartlands of Carmarthenshire. Be sure to check out the views across the Towy Estuary to Llansteffan with its beach and castle before leaving Ferryside. Join the Wales Coast Path on the road right in front of the railway station.
Join the Wales Coast Path here for an accessible flat walk from Swansea Marina around Swansea Bay to the lovely seaside village of Mumbles. Or head east through the ongoing redevelopment of the marina and university and along the disused Tennant Canal. To access the path, walk 0.9 miles / 1.5 kilometres straight out of Swansea station down the High Street, passing the remains of Swansea Castle on your left, continue down Wind Street, crossing over the busy A4067 and down Somerset Place to cross the River Tawe via the footbridge. Go straight ahead to join the Wales Coast Path at the pointed corner of the Prince of Wales Dock.
Cardiff Bay Station
Alight at Cardiff Bay and join the Wales Coast Path directly across the road on Lloyd George Avenue. From here you have the option to follow a popular section of the route past the Wales Millennium Centre, the Senedd and across the tidal barrage towards Penarth (where you can catch a train back to Cardiff Central). Or alternatively, cross over onto Hemingway Road to join the path towards the long, isolated sea wall to Newport.
The Wales Coast Path passes right in front of Barry and Barry Island railway stations. From Barry, turn left to discover the delights of Barry Island, or right to head towards Penarth. From Barry Island, walk down to the seafront and enjoy headland walks by either turning left or right.
Chepstow sits at the southern end of the Wales Coast Path, and Chepstow railway station couldn’t be more convenient as an access point to the path. Go straight down Station Road from the station to join the Wales Coast Path by the Tesco supermarket. A magnificent 600-year-old castle dominates the pretty market town of Chepstow , and you can get 2-for-1 entry to CADW sites with your train ticket, so why not enjoy both the castle and the Wales Coast Path in the same day?