The three community events which are being held on Saturday 5th May in Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Flintshire, will mark the official opening of the Wales Coast Path. From the day of the celebrations Wales will officially become the first country to have a path that spans the entire length of its coast.
All three events will kick off from 11am and will feature local business, food and drink producers, community groups and entertainers in an effort to showcase the very best of the Welsh coast.
As part of the lead up to the official opening, the Environment Minister will be joining Keep Wales Tidy to help clear up the Newport section of the Wales Coast Path.
Speaking ahead of the clean up event, the Minister said:
“With just over one week to go until the Wales Coast Path officially opens, I am pleased to be part of the efforts to make sure it is looking as clean and beautiful as possible.
“There’s no doubt that the path will be a huge asset to Wales, attracting an expected 100,000 extra visitors to Wales each year.
“Indeed, as a direct result of the opening of the path, the Lonely Planet has named Wales as the top region to visit during 2012. This is great news for coastal business, great news for Welsh tourism and great news for our economy as a whole.
“However the Wales Coast Path is not just for tourists and I really hope the official opening will encourage more people across Wales to get out and explore their local coastline and make the most of the recreation opportunities it offers.
"The opening of the path really is big news for Wales as we will be the first country in the world to have a continuous path around our coast. The community events should result in a great day of celebrations and I would urge people to get involved in their local event.”
The Welsh Government has invested up to £2 million a year since 2007 to realise its ambition of creating an 870 mile path that runs right around the coast line of Wales. This has been supplemented by £4 million from the European Regional Development Fund over four years.
The path has been developed in partnership with CCW, 16 local authorities and two National Parks.
As part of the celebrations Ramblers Cymru are organising the Big Welsh Coastal Walk and are putting on one hundred separate walks to ensure that the entire length of the path is covered over the opening weekend.