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OXWICH Bay, Rhossili Bay, Whiteford Sands, Cefn Sidan - just some of Wale’s loveliest beaches that are right on our doorstep.


While we have known this for ages, travel bible Lonely Planet has now given coastal Wales the highest accolade by naming it number one region to visit in the world in its new guide Best in Travel 2012.


Its authors waxed lyrical about the Wales coast path which is due to be completed and opened on May 5 2012.


The project started in 2007 and has resulted in 130 miles of new path, with 330 miles of path improved. A big chunk of coastal path already existed.


Coastal Wales beat off competition including Northern Kenya, Hvar in Croatia, Sicily, and Queenstown and the Southern Lakes, New Zealand.


"This recognition of the Wales Coast Path from the Lonely Planet is fantastic news."said Environment Minister John Griffiths.


"When the path is officially opened. Wales will become the first country in the world to have a formal trail the whole way around its coast.


"Many people from around the world already visit Wales to enjoy its spectacular coastal scenery. We hope that this recognition from Lonely Planet will encourage many more to visit our coastal resorts and walk along our coast path."


THIS IS SWANSEA WALES camera team has been on the path all summer and offer this advise.


This path is steep, rugged and isolated in places and is exposed to the elements, so go well equipped, have a fully charged mobile phone with you, wear the appropriate footware and above all take something to drink!


In a few of the bays the RNLI Lifeguards are in attendance a source of help if anything goes wrong.


If you need help its 999 ask for coastguards and make sure you know where you are.


Take a camera with you and enjoy the stunning views.


Be safe.














Take a break at Rhossili. Get the camera out and take some stunning photos over

Worms Head.


Coastal Path WALES

Worms Head. Rhossili. Caswell Bay. Caswell Bay Bracelet Bay. Mumbles. The rugged coastline. Rugged coastline. Rhossili Bay.

Bracelet Bay Mumbles.

The path at the edge of the coast.

The path winds its way through Caswell Bay.

The path and the rugged  coast line.

The path very steep in places.

Its rough in places, don't get caught out, go well equiped.

The path passing Rhossili Bay.

170px-Royal_Badge_of_Wales_(2008) Rhossili Rhossili Worms Head. Rhossili.

Spectacular views with Worms Head in the distance.



Walking is fantastic exercise but there are a few things to remember:

* If you've never exercised before, go and be checked out by your doctor.

*Always do flexibilty exercises before you go to walk.

*You're not in a hurry. You won't see a change in days, but in weeks.

*After four weeks you'll see changes in your body and mental wellbeing.

*All you have to aim for is half an hour at a pace slightly above a stroll.

*To start with, walk on level ground and avoid hills.

*Walk "within your breath" so your heart beats at 60% of its maximum rate and you can have a conversation while moderately out of breath.

*Never push yourself further than you feel you want to go.

*Increase the distance or the time you spend walking, not the speed. As soon as you feel a strain, stop.

*Aim to be able to walk three miles without stopping in 45-55 minutes

*Good walking shoes are key, so make sure your feet are comfortable and wear good walking socks and layers of loose-fitting clothing.

*Keep tabs on yourself. Time how long it takes you to walk for a mile on level ground without getting short of breath. Most of us should be able to do this in about 20 minutes. Keeptrack of your increasing fitness.

*Keep to your regular exercise plan. Walk at least three times a week.

*Build exercise into your daily routine by walking a useful journey that you might otherwise do by car.