We’ve got this incredible 870 mile long coast path and now the second of 7 walking guides; Bangor to Porthmadog, the Llŷn. This 110 mile section is chunked into 9 suggested days of walking. The other 760 miles of the path are chunked into 68 days making an epic 11 week ramble from Chester to Chepstow.
It looks good, both the path and the book, with a solid feel to it. Stiff covers with folds to tuck you into the relevant pages. There is nothing superficial and glossy about the book which is well researched and written without superfluous adjectives. Photos are stunning and taken at idyllic times just in case you don’t get to experience them in the finest of weather!
The content is well laid out with enough but not too much detail. Lots of pointers to where you can get further information about a story or on practical matters such as where to stay or how to book a boat to Bardsey. The maps are enhanced Ordnance Survey and there should be no excuses for getting lost.
The book is the creation of Carl Rogers and Tony Bowerman and is published by Northern Eye Books. The presence of a Natural Resources Wales logo suggests some degree of sponsorship from the government body that created the Wales Coast Path.
If you would like to know more about the creation of the Wales Coast Path there was a brilliant article in edition 45 of Natur Cymru written by Jane Davidson, the minister who conceived and delivered the project.
(*This review first appeared in Natur Cymru, a quarterly magazine about nature and the environment in Wales)