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Four years ago I started dat­ing my part­ner Steve, a keen walker. Not hav­ing walked long dis­tances my­self, he sug­gested we at­tempt a walk­ing project to­gether and came up with the Wales Coast Path. Slightly taken aback, the walk was over 800 miles, we set off from Ch­ester in the sum­mer of 2014. Be­ing tied to school hol­i­days, we would drive to Wales from Leeds, at first for two to three days and then for a week at a time. On 14th Au­gust this year, we fi­nally com­pleted the en­tire Wales Coast Path – 870 miles over a to­tal of 85 days. The photo shows us cel­e­brat­ing at the end of the path in Chep­stow.

I had only been to Wales once be­fore! Our jour­ney took us to some of the best and re­mote parts of Wales and I fell in love with An­gle­sey with its fab­u­lous beaches, light­house at South Stack and Holy­head Moun­tain with views for miles around. The high­light of our jour­ney was Pem­brokeshire – the beaches, some re­mote golden sands which we had to our­selves, watch­ing seals swim­ming be­low us whilst we ate lunch on a cliff­side and views that took your breath away. Car­marthen­shire and Gower didn’t dis­ap­point ei­ther, es­pe­cially the splen­did Rhos­sili Bay.

Our walks ranged in dis­tance from a short 7 miles to an aver­age 12, and over four years we stayed in some great B&Bs, lodges, ho­tels and cot­tages, met some won­der­fully friendly peo­ple along the way and we couldn’t have asked for bet­ter weather (it doesn’t al­ways rain in Wales!). We will have some very trea­sured mem­o­ries and I can hon­estly say that I am a walk­ing con­vert! He­len Robin­son, Aber­ford, West York­shire

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