WCP at the movies

undefinedWalk in the footsteps of movie stars!

A walk along the Welsh coast is an opportunity to take in fresh air, enjoy some gentle exercise and explore nature. Visitors will be surprised to know, however, that when they walk along the Wales Coast Path, they do sometimes tread the very same steps as some of Hollywood’s elite, from Halle Berry to Russell Crowe and Harry Potter to James Bond. Join us as we travel from the north of Wales to the south on the 870-mile Wales Coast Path for a movie tour with a difference...

Backbeat (1994) starring Stephen Dorff and Sheryl Lee

Scenes for the biopic detailing the early history of the Beatles were filmed at Talacre Beach in Flintshire, with the Point of Ayr lighthouse featuring heavily in the background.

Try this great nearby walk: Explore the 4.5 mile walk between Talacre Beach and Prestatyn. There’s a beautiful dune habitat along the way and, of course, the traditional seaside delights of Prestatyn.

Clash of the Titans (2010) Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes

Alongside filming locations in Tenerife and Lanzarote, additional scenes from the production of Clash of the Titans used Newborough woods, Traeth Penrhos and Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey. There were 300 crew members working on the feature at the height of filming, and several local hotels in the region were used to accommodate the cast and crew.

Try this great nearby walk: An epic movie deserves an epic walk! Try the 13 mile hike between Llyn Rhos Ddu and Aberffraw.

Half Light (2006) Starring Demi Moore

Shot in 2006, ‘Half Light’ starred Demi Moore as a grieving mother who relocated to a Scottish village to move on with her life as an author after the tragic death of her son. Many of the beach and lighthouse scenes were shot on the remote Llanddwyn Island and the seaside village scenes were shot at Porth Dinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula.

Try this great nearby walk: Head to Llanddwyn Island – it’s a beautiful place with a lovely sandy beach and, if the tide is right, you can explore the island itself.

Retreat (2011) Starring Thandie Newton and Cillian Murphy

A couple escape from personal tragedy by moving to a remote island retreat. Although they are cut off from the outside world their attempts to recover are disrupted when a stranger is washed ashore. The cottage scenes were shot at Plas Llandecwyn and the beach scenes were shot at Porth Ysgaden on the Llyn Peninsula.

Try this great nearby walk: A 4.6 mile walk between Porth Ysgaden and Porth Widlin with great views and interesting wildlife.

The Edge of Love (2008) Starring Matthew Rhys, Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller Directed by John Maybury, the film is based loosely on real events and the history between Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Rhys) and lovers Vera Phillips (Knightley) and Caitlin MacNamara. Locations in Lampeter, Tenby and New Quay were used for filming as well as the Gwili Steam Railway.

Try this great nearby walk: Enjoy the lovely 6.25 mile route between Aberaeron and New Quay – it’s a great adventure.

Die Another Day (2002) Starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry Penbryn beach in Ceredigion was left neither shaken nor stirred when it played host to James Bond. It saw double the action: it was the backdrop to a love-scene between the 007 agent (Brosnan) and Jinx (Berry) and was also used for the final scenes.

Try this great nearby walk: Head up the coast from the seaside village of Aberporth towards Penbryn Beach – remember to stop and keep an eye out for dolphins on this stretch.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth

Filmed at Marloes Sands, one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales, Snow White and the Huntsman is a modern take on a classic fairy-tale. The stunning coastline provided the backdrop to the epic battle scenes.

Try this great nearby walk: This magnificent beach is best revealed on a 2-3 mile walk around from nearby Martin’s Haven (though there is National Trust parking closer to the beach). This section is great for spotting seals.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2 (2010/2011) Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Helena Bonham Carter

For fans of the franchise, Freshwater West’s sand dunes shall forever be the resting place of the house-elf Dobby. A shell house was constructed on the beach as one of the sets for the film.

Try this great nearby walk: Head to Freshwater West and enjoy a stroll on golden sands.

Robin Hood (2010) Starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett The stunning beach of Freshwater West can be spotted a couple of times in this Ridley Scott-epic which sees the beach become a battle field as Robin Hood fights to repel the French invaders.

Try this great nearby walk: At just less than ten miles, try a heroic walk from West Angle Bay round to Freshwater West. The scenery is spectacular.

Twin Town (1997) Starring Rhys & Llyr Ifans and Dougray Scott Made and set in South West Wales, cult Welsh movie Twin Town was directed by Kevin Allen and looks at the life of two brothers (Ifans) in Swansea. The majority of filming took place in Swansea and in the coastal town of Port Talbot.

Try this great nearby walk: The walk between Swansea and Mumbles is lovely with plenty of places to stop for refreshments.

Submarine (2010) Starring Noah Taylor and Paddy Considine This coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel by Swansea-born Joe Dunthorne, was filmed in and around south Wales. The film used locations in the coastal areas of Barry, Swansea and Penarth.

Try this great nearby walk: Barry Island (also made famous by TV’s Gavin & Stacy) has a lovely beach and is a popular place to relax.