Seven things you didn’t know about the Welsh coast
Some amazing facts you might not know about the Wales Coast Path
Wales Coast Path top 10 walking present ideas
From guidebooks and passports to badges and bandanas, there are plenty of fun stocking fillers that will bring joy to all hiking enthusiasts.
1. Commemorate past achievements with the NEW passports, certificates and badges
Celebrate the past and future achievements of your loved one with the Wales Coast Paths’s newly launched passports, certificates and badges. Pick from the eight unique certificates and woven badges that represent the path’s different sections. For those that have completed the mammoth task of hiking the entire 870 mile length of the path, there is even an extra special certificate and badge to acknowledge their extraordinary achievement.
Alternatively: For those that are looking to start their walking adventures in the coming year, why not share the newly created passports? The free guides provide a comprehensive checklist to help hikers explore each section of the coast path. Passports can be downloaded for free. Sets of badges and certificates start from £7.99, available from The Trails Shop
2. Help them make the most out of the path pocket-sized guide books
There is one thing that hikers can never have enough of: Knowledge. Northern Eye’s series of official Wales Coast Path guide books will help your loved one discover the wealth of hidden coves, golden beaches, wildlife hotspots and honey-pot sites dotted along the coast path throughout all seven regions. Learn about local history, heritage whilst fully equipped with detailed maps, tidal information and safety regulations to keep you informed throughout your hike. Each guide book starts at £12.99. Available from the North Eye Books website
3. Come together this Christmas with the rambling community
Help your hiking enthusiast hit it off with other Wales Coast Path walkers with an annual membership to the Ramblers. Offering thousands of unique routes, hiking clubs, guided tours and special member discounts, being a Rambler is one of the best ways to discover the wonderful weaving routes that follow the Welsh Coast. Memberships start from £36 for an individual, available to buy from the Ramblers website
4. Fall in love with the flavours of the sea, Cafe Môr’s Vouchers & stocking fillers
Work up an appetite with a revitalising walk along the rugged cliff tops of Pembrokeshire’s coastline followed by a pit stop at the humble food truck, Cafe Môr. Serving butter drenched seaweed, grilled lobster and mackerel topped with ‘mermaid confetti’, Cafe Môr has established a reputation as one of the cult-classics of coastal dining here in Wales. Until then, tide over your seafoodie fanatics with stocking fillers sized jars of Welsh Man’s Caviar, Seaweed Pesto and Kelpchup. Vouchers and products can be bought online via their virtual store
5. Hideaway in a Welsh woodland along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast in St Donats
Plan the perfect post-Covid escape by whisking your loved one away to The Hide at St Donats. Located just outside the tiny village of St Donats, reconnect with nature at the tranquil seaside campsite. Stay in one of the three cabana, which each includes its own terrace, separate private bathroom, kitchenette and seaside views of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Walden Lodge stays from £280 for two nights, Cabans start from £180 for two nights. More details on The Hide website
6. Discover the creatures of the coast, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
If you know somebody who would go wild for a day spotting Europe’s largest pod of resident dolphins or learning about Skomer Island’s charming puffin population, then they’ll love an annual membership to The Wildlife Trusts Wales. It includes magazines, updates and discounted boat landings to the islands of Skokholm and Skomer throughout the year, meaning they will have everything they need to transform their Wales Coast Path hike into a seaside safari.
Alternatively: The Wildlife Trust’s series of guidebooks, including ‘Wildlife Walks’ and ‘Wild Places to Explore’ make great stocking fillers. Individual memberships start from the suggested price of £40, for more details visit The Wildlife Trust South and West Wales online shop
7. Buy Online or Book: Sip on seaweed gin at St David’s Gin & Kitchen
Treat your special someone to a gift voucher for St David’s Gin & Kitchen, a restaurant that champions farm to table dining. Enjoy a circular coastal hike along the Wales Coast Path before returning to dig into hearty dishes such as Surf and Turf made using St Davids Welsh Beef Steak and half a Solva Lobster paired with their homemade gin, infused with hand foraged seaweed.
Alternatively: Bring St David’s to them with the Gin Gift Pack which includes both St David’s Seaweed Gin and Ramsey Island Gin (infused with floral botanicals and sea mint). Gift Vouchers can be purchased via their website and range from £5-50.
8. Tis the season of giving: Help someone keep the coast clean this Christmas
Why not help someone keep the coast clean this Christmas with a gifted donation to Keep Wales Tidy on their behalf. Working with communities across Wales, they work tirelessly to protect the hundreds of beaches, marinas, and parks across the country. Make the most out of the clean coastal stretches and spot some of the wildlife which thrives here with the Wales Coast Path’s NEW mindfulness walks for 2021. Donate on behalf of a loved one on the Keep Wales Tidy website
9. Find treasures in the shoreline with foraging experiences in 2021
Sample the salty flavours of the sea by climbing over craggy rocks and searching the sands with foraging experiences along the Wales Coast Path with wild food expert Craig Evans. Hike through the mudflats and estuaries where you can find clams, cockles and oysters to cook over a campfire at the end of the day as you sit back and watch local birdlife in their natural habitat as the sun dips behind the horizon. Coastal Foraging courses gift vouchers start from £80 per person, Extreme Low Tide Courses start from £120 per person.
10. Prefer bikes over boots? Explore the Wales Coast Path with cycling adventures
Show your friends and family the beautiful Welsh coastline a little differently next year with cycling adventures along the Wales Coast Path. Rest Bay Bike Hire offers vouchers that can be used to rent mountain bikes and fat bikes which are perfect for exploring the varied terrains along the South Wales Coastline. The voucher allows your recipient to redeem their cycling adventure at a time that suits them, and is the perfect experience to add onto a summertime staycation. Gift vouchers are available from Rest Bay Bike Hire website.