North Wales Coast Path

North Wales Coast Path

A self-guided walking holiday from Chester to Bangor along the Wales Coast Path.

6 to 9 nights
80 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £630 per person

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About this route

The first stage of the full Wales Coast Path, the North Wales Coast Path is an approachable section that winds from Chester to Bangor through a plethora of seaside towns and over golden beaches.

This holiday option explores the trail across 78 miles of fantastic coastal scenery, including world-famous sand dunes, impressive clifftops and sheltered coves, with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife and historic landmarks along the way.

By default, this holiday follows the North Wales Coast Path in its entirety, including the dense industrial area at the start of the trail. We include this less-beautiful stage mostly for the completionists striving to walk the full Wales Coast Path; if you’d like to omit this section from your holiday and jump straight to the stunning coastline, please get in touch and we can provide tailored options.

© Contours Walking Holidays North Wales Coast Path map
Chester to Bangor
80 miles (128 km)
2nd January to 23rd December

Holiday highlights

Passing through four counties as you wind your way around the coastline of North Wales.

Wandering through the famous dunes of Talacre and spotting the various creatures that make their home there.

Admiring the abundant birdlife in the salt marshes and dunes of the Dee Estuary.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
NWP1 From Chester to Bangor 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding£630
NWP2 From Chester to Bangor 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£735
NWP3 From Chester to Bangor 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£945

North Wales Coast Path 6 nights, 5 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Chester where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Chester to Flint(T). 13 miles (21km)

Day 2

Flint(T) to Prestatyn. 18 miles (29km)

Day 3

Prestatyn to Colwyn Bay. 14.5 miles (23.5km)

Day 4

Colwyn Bay to Conwy. 15 miles (24km)

Day 5

Conwy to Bangor. 19 miles (30.5km)


Depart from Bangor after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

One of the best-preserved walled cities in Britain, Chester offers strolls along medieval streets restored by the Victorians past the famous Chester Rows, gothic town hall and Chester Cathedral. With parks and Roman gardens to browse, there's plenty to do on a rest day here.

On the other side of the border, Conwy rivals Chester's numerous attractions with its sturdy town walls; Plas Mawr, an enormous and well-preserved Tudor merchant house; and the fantastic thirteenth-century Conwy Castle, a world heritage site.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 80 miles (128 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 19 miles (30.5 km)
Code: NWP1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 23rd December
Start of holiday: Chester
End of holiday: Bangor

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Liverpool John Lennon, Cardiff and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Chester) and also at the end of the trail (Bangor).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Chester and from Bangor.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Chester.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a train from Bangor to Chester.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Customer reviews from the North Wales Coast Path

“Excellent week walking, mainly tarmac/cycle paths but with stunning views. Very well organised and great accommodations.”
Mrs Parker, UK
“Thank you again for organising another successful trail walk – your organisation of these works very well. We had a lovely time walking and enjoyed the scenery, especially the sandy estuaries, cliff walks and beaches.”
Mrs Hackworth, UK
“An interesting walk from the Dee to the sea.”
Mr Gunn, UK
“The path was more enjoyable and interesting than I had expected. Very well organised, a variety of B&Bs each with their own attractive features, all well located or good transfers arranged. Well organised and reliable.”
Dr Duffell, UK
"Conwy Harbour" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021) "Conwy Harbour" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021)
"Flint Castle" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021) "Flint Castle" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021)
"Oystercatchers" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021) "Oystercatchers" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021)
"Flint Castle" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021) "Flint Castle" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021)
"Bagillt Dragon Beacon" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021) "Bagillt Dragon Beacon" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021)