North Wales Coast Path

North Wales Coast Path

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

3 to 9 nights
31-80 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £380 per person

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About the trail

The North Wales Coast Path forms the first stage of the Wales Coast Path, the longest continual coastal path around an entire country. From the border of Wales at Chester to Bangor at the start of the Menai Strait, the trail visits seaside towns, sandy beaches with world-famous dunes, and coastal landscapes where wildlife thrives.

The trail is an approachable one, with an optional inland alternative out of Conwy that clambers to the highest point on the Wales Coast Path, passing Fairy Glen and the Meini Hirion Bronze Age stone circle on the way, before converging with the low-level route at Llanfairfechan.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

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  • North Wales Coast Path
  • North Wales Coast Path Highlights

About this route

3 to 4 nights
31 miles
Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £380 per person

North Wales Coast Path Highlights

This Highlights option takes in the end section of the North Wales Coast Path and the start of the Llyn Coast Path, linking the world heritage castle of Conwy with its vast counterpart at Caernarfon.

The walk hugs the shoreline along various cycleways and low-level paths, with an optional high-level alternative to the highest point on the Wales Coast Path.

Beautiful views over the coastline, Anglesey and Snowdonia are a welcome constant across the route, which reaches its end beyond the Menai Strait. This short walking holiday is ideal for those with less time who still wish to explore the magnificent beauty found along this stretch of the Welsh coastline.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
NWCPH1 From Conwy to Caernarfon 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £380
NWCPH2 From Conwy to Caernarfon 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £505

North Wales Coast Path Highlights 3 nights, 2 days walking

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

Travel to Conwy where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Conwy to Bangor. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 2

Bangor to Caernarfon. 11.5 miles (18.5km)


Depart from Caernarfon 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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays North Wales Coast Path Highlights map
Conwy to Caernarfon
31 miles (49 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Visiting Conwy Castle, an enormous structure that has survived several wars since its construction in the 13th century.

Exploring ancient Bangor Cathedral and admiring its fascinating architecture.

Taking in the beautiful coastal views and mountain landscapes along the length of the walk.

What's included?

  • 3 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

Conwy's sturdy walls encircle an historic town, including the enormous and well-preserved Tudor merchant house at Plas Mawr and the stoic Conwy Castle, considered by UNESCO to be one of the finest pieces of thirteenth-century military architecture. The castle boasts the title of World Heritage Site and is best viewed from Conwy Suspension Bridge one of the first road suspension bridges in the world.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site can be found at Caernarfon: the monstrous fortress of King Edward I, built not only as a stronghold but as a seat of English government in Wales. With polygonal towers and sheer size on its side, this castle almost demands a day's exploration.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 30.5 miles (49 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Code: NWCPH1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Conwy
End of holiday: Caernarfon

Route Profile

North Wales Coast Path Highlights Route Profile

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 and Manchester.

By Rail

There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Conwy). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Caernarfon) is at Bangor (about 9.5 miles away).

By Bus

Various bus services run to Conwy. A bus runs from Caernarfon to Bangor.

From London

Trains run from London Euston station to Conwy.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to a taxi from Caernarfon to Conwy.

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.

Customer reviews from the North Wales Coast Path Highlights

“Weather was good. Accommodation was great.”
Mr Houghton, Australia
“Thanks Contours, another good walking holiday.”
Mr Dunn, UK
“It was very enjoyable. We enjoyed the variety in the walk and we were happy with all of the accommodation.”
Mrs Newton, UK
“Perfect weather helped!”
Mrs Robertson, UK
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