Within South and West Wales many of our stations act as a gateway to the Wales Coast Path. We’ve noted some key routes below:
Wales Coast Path gateway stations
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.
Undulating field paths, rural tracks and mainly minor roads lead down the western side of the Towy Estuary to the quiet village of Llansteffan with it’s ruined castle and pretty beach. Meanwhile the eastern side of the estuary, once out of Carmarthen, explores the valleys and uplands of rural Carmarthenshire. Join the Wales Coast Path right in front of the station.
Fishguard and Goodwick
Spectacular clifftop walking is the order of the day on the Wales Coast Path here, whether you head north through Fishguard’s picturesque Lower Town towards Newport or west out onto the headland towards the magnificent, isolated lighthouse at Strumble Head.
Turn right out of the station down Station Hill. When you reach a roundabout turn left towards the sea and the Wales Coast Path. It’s only 0.1 miles / 0.2 kilometres from the 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?