Thursday 19 April 2012
Members of the public are invited to attend and celebrate this exciting, Welsh landmark project. The community celebration will see local business, food and drink producers, community groups and entertainers come together at Flint Castle to mark the opening of the 870 mile (1400km) coast path and promote what is on offer along Wales’s stunning coastline.
The Wales Coast Path will run from the Welsh border, in the north, to Chepstow in the south. Once opened, it will become the world’s first continuous coastal path around a country and will boast 24 fantastic Cadw sites for walkers to enjoy. From majestic Flint castle in the north to scenic Criccieth on the Llyn Peninsular to Oxwich, Ogmore and Chepstow on the southern section, the walk is full of hidden gems to discover at your leisure.
The event will start at approximately 11.00am and will see performers such as the Flint Male Voice Choir and the Moincoin Ceilidh Band take to the main stage. Children’s entertainment will include magic workshops and a story-teller telling tales of the coast.
Groups and organisations that provide services or facilities along the Wales Coast Path will promote and give an insight into their work in a special ‘Coast Showcase.’ Local food and drink producers will also provide visitors with a real ‘Taste of the Coast’ as they sample their goods and products.
As part of the celebrations Ramblers Cymru are organising the Big Welsh Coastal Walk. Walks across Wales will take place to coincide with the launch and members of the public are encouraged to take part to experience the delights of the Welsh coast. Details of the organised walks can be found on the Ramblers Cymru website (www.ramblers.org.uk).
The Wales Coast Path has been developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), 16 local authorities and two National Parks.
In addition to funding from the Welsh Government and the coastal local authorities of approximately £2 million per year, the European Regional Development Fund has allocated nearly £4 million over four years to support the project.