With so many underfoot options to choose from and stunning views guaranteed the Wales Coast Path is the ideal place to run. Whether you’re just getting into running, training for your next marathon or simply jaded with your regular routes, head for the coast to get fit and refreshed. And discover how uniquely invigorating seaside runs can be.

Visit corners of Wales you’ve neglected for too long

Every coastline has long-lost and less obvious corners just waiting to be re-discovered. Planning some new runs gives you the perfect excuse to go exploring in the harder to reach or less-shouted about quarters of Wales like the most Northerly point on Anglesey, where shaggy fields tumble roughly into the sea; or the longest beach in Wales, Cefn Sidan, in Carmarthenshire with 8 stunning miles of sand and space.

Combine holiday and training

If you’re heading to Wales for a break don’t forget to pack the running kit and get some training miles in on the Wales Coast Path. Knock out some speed reps on the quiet lanes or notch up leisurely distance sessions on beach and track. There are plenty of beaches where you can set up camp for the day AND be in the perfect spot for a run. What better way to keep everybody happy!

Get off-road

It is no surprise that trail running is becoming more and more popular, getting off-road for some of your runs reduces the impact on your ankles, shins, knees and hips; it gives them a breather while you carry on training. Coastal paths are perfect for trail running; they are well-signed as well as scenic, and there’s always the promise of a dip once you are done.

New to running

Inspiring, scenic routes without too many hills are crucial for new runners. Sea views are the ideal way to help take your mind off the effort, so incorporating a stretch of the Wales Coast Path in your new routine will work like magic. Start by mixing running with walking and build gradually. Most runners give up because they try and do too much too soon. If you’re completely new to running get advice and ideas about how to get started here.

All at once

The 870 miles of the Wales Coast Path was first run non-stop, in it’s entirety by Arry Beresford-Web in 2012. And as if this wasn’t enough she linked it with the 177 mile Offa’s Dyke to get back home, all in a mere 41 days (that’s a marathon every day). A truly amazing accomplishment. You can read more here.

Loops, links and logistics 

Running the path in chunks you get the best of both worlds; a grand and satisfying objective but with time to stop and stare . Break it down into chunks to suit your fitness and time constraints. Do there ‘n backs so you see the view both ways; create loops with a little creative use of back - roads , or use public transport to run from A to B. Use the maps and travel planner for your area. Here are a few cool examples:

Fast and Flat

Prestatyn to Rhyl, North Wales

Start/finish at either end for a there ‘n back blast on scenic promenade. 5 km one way .

Porth Neigwl or Hell’s Mouth, Llyn 

A 4 - mile long beach renowned for it’s surf. Pound your way up and down to the beat of crashing waves .

Beach based runs

Rhoscolyn Head , Anglesey

Start and finish at the family - friendly sandy beach at Rhoscolyn ( Borthwen ) . A 5 - km clockwise loop that takes in craggy sea - cliff scenery with a return via the church and village.

St David’s Head , Pembrokeshire

A dramatic tour of this rugged peninsular riddled with ancient relics. A 5 - mile off - road loop starting and finishing from Whitesand’s Bay.

Classic Loops

Great Orme road, North Wales

The tour of the Great Orme via the quiet one - way toll road makes a scenic 9 km loop . Parking is easiest on the West Shore so start and finish here.

Holy Island Marathon, Anglesey

An island off an island makes a natural marathon distance loop, with approx 13 km on road and 38 off - road Start and finish at Holyhead or Treaddur if you want amenities on tap, or one of the eateries, like the White Eagle at Rhoscolyn, for a post - run re-fuel.

Thanks for the content of this running section to Libby Peter, a climber, mountain guide and keen runner, who is based in north Wales.