Temporary Path Diversions

An up to date list of current temporary diversions along the path

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From time to time it is necessary to temporarily divert sections of the Wales Coast Path - mostly for reasons of public safety following severe weather, landslides or construction work. 

However, 'we never close' is our motto and an alternative route should always be available..

If there is something wrong on the Wales Coast Path, please let us know via our Report a Path Issue form.


Barmouth Viaduct upgrade 2020 to 2023 (Network Rail)

Major upgrade works to the Barmouth Viaduct between 2020 and 2023 were completed on 2 December 2023, it is now open,  including the walkway for pedestrians.

Pont yr Aber pedestrian swing bridge in Caernarfon

5th July 2022 - The Pont yr Aber bridge between Caernarfon castle and Caernarfon playground which allows a crossing over the Afon Seiont is sometimes closed. When this happens, please follow the diversion route on the map. You can report this closure to Gwynedd Council

Hafan y Môr holiday park, Pwllheli 

9 February 2024 - A section of the path is closed for health and safety reasons for 2 weeks unless otherise notified. The path is diverted inland, using the A497 road.  There are no signs on the path itself to show this temporary diversion. View the map showing the diversion - the orange line shows the closed section of the path and the yellow line is the diversion that is not sign posted on the ground.


16 June 2021 - Moelfre diversion: Walkers directed through Nant Bychan Estate and along the A5108 road into Moelfre.

Neath Port Talbot

12 May 2023 - The path is closed on the grounds of safety, due to the continuing formation of deep sinkholes along the tarmac path adjacent to the River Neath. Please note that the route is blocked off by the river bank on the north, at grid ref SS731931. Please follow the diversion signs on the map provided in the table below.

Local Authority Location Reason Diversion Map Date
Bridgend Merthyr Mawr footpath 23 Emergency footpath closure en Until further notice
Cardiff Central Cardiff Health and Safety en Until further notice
Ceredigion Aberarth Landslip en Until further notice
Conwy Old Colwyn Promenade Coastal defence work en 31-03-2024
Denbighshire Prestatyn (from 9th May 2023) Coastal defence work en 22-08-2023
Gwynedd Porth Colmon to Traeth Penllech Land slip en Until further notice
Gwynedd Hafan y Môr holiday park near Pwllheli Coastal Defence Work en 30-04-2024
Gwynedd Hafan y Mor holiday park near Pwllheli diversion 9 Feb 2024 Health and Safety en 23-02-2024
Isle of Anglesey Moelfre Land instability en Until further notice
Neath Port Talbot The Quays Deep sinkholes en Until further notice
Newport Transporter Bridge Flood defence work en 30-06-2024
Pembrokeshire Amroth Landslip en Until further notice
Pembrokeshire Coppet Hall to Wiseman's Bridge near Saundersfoot Landslip en Until further notice
Swansea Oxwich Bay (east), Gower Bridge dislodged due to storm surge. To be relocated upstream in due course en Until further notice
Swansea Cwm Ivy Erosion en Until further notice

Last updated 09 Feb 2024