This coming Saturday (5th May 2012) will see the culmination of 5 years of work with the official opening of the entire length of the Wales Coast Path (WCP). This new national trail will immediately become Britain’s longest at a continuous 870 mile of marked walking path (exceeding the previous record holder - the 630 mile SouthWest Coast Path). The path goes around the whole of Wales from the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south.
To celebrate the opening of Britain’s longest national trail, ViewRanger have launched OS Landranger map edition covering the area of the whole of the trail. Available via the ViewRanger webshop, or in-app at £7.99, a fraction of the cost of buying each paper map sheet to cover the route. Once purchased, this map can also be viewed online at My.ViewRanger for route planning.
These maps are going to get a good testing pretty soon, as we have provided them to support two Welsh charity fund raising expeditions:
The first of these starts on the opening day, Caerphilly based Dave Quarell (pictured left) hopes to raise at least £20,000 for Cancer Research Wales, in memory of his father, Gerry, who died this year from stomach cancer and was a key figure in the creation of the WCP. Dave will not only be walking the coast path, but circumnavigating the whole of Wales with a return leg along the Offa Dyke path making a total epic journey of 1027 miles. To find out more and donate go to Waleswalk1027
A little later, starting on 10th July Steve Webb will be heading ogff on his Dragonwalk 2012 with the aim of raising funds for a new Outdoor Education classroom and outside teaching area for St David’s College, St David’s, where he is a staff member. Find out more and donate via the St David’s College website.
Finally, if you are keen to get your boots on over the first weekend, then why not look to join one of the “Big Welsh Coastal Walks” being organised by Ramblers, visit their website for more information
For latest news on path signage & more information visit Official Countryside Council for Wales Website