The Wales Coast Path was opened in May 2012. At 870 miles it became the longest continuous path along a nation's coastline. It is now possible, if Offa's Dyke Walk (the boundary with England) is included, to walk the entire outline of Wales - a distance of 1047 miles, hence the slogan on the Wales Coast Path publicity leaflets "Discover the shape of a Nation". Nearly ..... miles (300 km) of the Wales Coast Path is in Gwynedd - comprising Menai, Llyn and Meirionnydd.
From the A496 in Harlech the Wales Coast Path heads down Beach Road, past Ysgol Ardudwy, towards beautiful Harlech Beach, a National Nature Reserve and SSSI. (Public Toilets on A496 below Harlech Castle and at Car Park at the seaward end of Beach Road) The path passes through the dunes and Royal St David's Golf Course and leads down to the seashore, giving a superb view of Mount Snowdon to the north, the Rivals to the northwest and the Rhinog Mountain Range to the east. The Path heads south along Harlech Beach, and then ascends a set of winding steps to Allt y Mor , a National Trust viewpoint giving a panoramic view of Criccieth Castle, Tremadog Bay, the Llyn Peninsula and the Snowdon Range including Mount Snowdon itself.
From the Allt y Mor viewpoint the Wales Coast Path follows the A496 for just a few yards before heading back towards Llandanwg beach. The tiny, historic church of St Tanwg's is situated in the dunes here. (Public Toilets at Llandanwg Beach Car Park). Guided Wildlife Walks are conducted from here - see Wildlife-Wales. At the southern end of the Beach the Path heads inland to Pensarn Harbour, where there is an activity centre offering kayaking, sailing and other water sports and its sister site, 1mile away, rock-climbing, archery and orienteering - see CMC Pensarn Harbour. The Path then runs along the A496 for a short distance, before joining a footpath heading towards Llanbedr, passing the Standing Stones, and the old RAE Llanbedr airfield. This was where drone aircraft R&D was carried out for three decades. The path then passes along a tidal causeway towards Shell Island. (Check using the Barmouth 28 tide table to avoid waiting on the tide.)