‘Collecting’ trails is incredibly popular and we’ve bumped into numerous people on campsites who travel the coastline, adding each section of trail to their already impressive tally. It’s easy to see why as there’s no better feeling than really earning that pie and a pint.
Some of our best walks have been out of season. The paths are quieter, as are the sites, and the coastline changes its character to match the time of year. I’m not suggesting you keep the Coastguard on standby by tiptoeing along a windswept path, but chosen wisely with a degree of common sense, the off-season vista can be incredibly rewarding,
Although the coastal paths are geared towards walking, we’ve found cycle routes that run close to the coast paths and occasionally share the path for a distance, but navigation needs to be double-checked to avoid cycling on a designated footpath. The Sustrans website – www.sustrans.org.uk – offers cycling routes inland as well as close to the coast and should we fancy a spot of cycling instead of walking, finding a route is relatively painless. What’s more, it’s free! If you’re in Wales, the Wales Coast Path website has a great cycling section.