A crucial link path is to be opened in Pembrokeshire today as the Welsh Assembly Government moves a step closer to creating a continuous path along the coast.
Environment minister Jane Davidson will open the latest stretch of the Wales Coast Path – a 0.83km section that links the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail with the Ceredigion Coast Path.
The link ensures a 250-mile (400km) path runs from Amroth, east of Tenby in Pembrokeshire to Ynyslas, north of Aberystwyth in Ceredigion.
The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to establishing an unbroken 850-mile path that runs around the coastline of Wales by summer 2012. The project is on schedule, with sections opening regularly.
“I am delighted to open this important link path to enable people to enjoy 250 uninterrupted miles of beautiful scenery,” said Davidson.
“Last year National Geographic voted Pembrokeshire the second best coastal destination in the world and I encourage everyone to come and explore this wonderful part of Wales.
“I am confident that the Coast Path will attract more visitors to this stunning coastline and in doing so will provide a real boost to the local economy.
“However the Wales Coast Path is more than just a tourist attraction. I hope that local people will make the most of opportunities to enjoy the scenery while walking along the path and that it will encourage people to live more active and healthy lives, in line with the Assembly Government’s Change4Life programme.”
Ceredigion County Council leader, councillor Keith Evans said: “Ceredigion has a spectacular coastline and the opening of the Ceredigion Coast Path in 2008 has put the area firmly on the walking map.
“The number of walkers along the coast is increasing and the path is a major asset that is helping to sustain and regenerate the economy of Ceredigion.
“The development of the Cardigan and St Dogmaels path not only provides a link between these two communities but presents an important stage in the development of the Wales Coast Path.”