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Saturday 5th May 2012 | 00:01
Welsh Government press release
The Wales Coast Path is officially opened today (Saturday 5 May) by Welsh Environment Minister, John Griffiths. Wales is the first country in the world to have a continuous path running along its coastline
The 870 mile (1400 km) Path is expected to attract an extra 100,000 visitors to Wales every year. As well as enjoying spectacular coastal scenery visitors will be able to visit 24 Cadw* managed historic monuments along the Path, including iconic Caernarfon Castle, Harlech Castle and St Non> '> s Chapel.
Last year Lonely Planet recommended the Welsh coastline as the no.1 region in the world to visit in 2012.
The Environment Minister will officially open the Path at a special celebratory event at Cardiff Bay. Similar events are also taking place at Aberystwyth and Flint.
John Griffiths said: "The Path opens just before the world's eyes will be on the UK for the Olympics. We hope many visitors coming to London for the Games will take time to visit Wales and its coast.
"Since this project began in 2007 we have created over 130 miles of new path and improved more than 330 miles of existing pathway. The Path will provide a real boost to local economies around our coastline.
"I am delighted to be opening the Path today. This has been a five year project and is an example of how sustainability is an underlying principle of everything we do. Wales enjoys some spectacular scenery and opening the Path is a wonderful opportunity for people to get out and explore some of it.
"The path has been developed in partnership with CCW, 16 local authorities and two National Parks and I want to thank all these organisations, as well as coastal landowners for all their help and support in helping us to realise our vision.
"Last month I cycled over 250 miles through Wales to raise awareness of cycling as a sustainable means of transport. I speak from experience when I say we can guarantee visitors some wonderful views and countryside."