A new Wales Coast Path App has been launched in time for family summer holidays, with the aim of encouraging families to go outdoors and enjoy the region’s fantastic views, glorious wildlife diversity and fascinating history.

The bilingual Wales Coast Path app brings together these unique elements using cutting edge technology to inspire you and your families to discover more about this coastal route, one of a few in the world to follow an entire nation’s coastline.

Bringing the path alive

This free, easy to use app is designed to work on mobile devices, like smart phones and tablet. It also has some fun child friendly activities, come rain or shine! Some aspects of the app are designed to work exclusively with information boards especially installed at the seven locations.

Locations and discoveries

In specific locations on the Great Orme, at Borth y Gest and Menai Bridge, the new App will allow walkers to use their mobile devices to enjoy exciting new experiences such as meeting the leatherback turtles of Borth y Gest and learning how the endangered species can be spotted during the summer months. Visitors can also discover the birthplace of adventurer Lawrence of Arabia in Tremadog and learn about the ancient druids of Anglesey on the shores of the Menai Strait.

In Bangor, families can head to the Treborth Botanic Garden, and take the circular route over the Menai Suspension Bridge, down to the Straits where they can unlock interactive features using a panel located on the Belgian promenade and stroll through native woodland.

On the Llŷn Peninsula, families can take a short scenic coastal walk from Borth y Gest car park, leading to the small tidal island of Ynys Cyngar and Black rock sands.

Easy to download & use

Simply download the app before you arrive and use your mobile phone to scan one of the specially created experience panels to unlock a range of interactive features and bespoke augmented reality animations. You can even share your experiences with your friends using the photo filter feature or by capturing images of you, your friends and family interacting with the fun augmented reality scenes.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said, “The Wales Coast Path is enjoyed by people from across Wales and further afield. The path is unique – no other country can boast a coastal path that stretches around its whole coastline. The 870-mile long path has much hidden history and fascinating wildlife. The new app will add to the pleasure of visiting our beautiful Welsh coast.”

Where to find it

The app is available for free via the Apple App Store (iOS devices) and Google Play (Android devices), searchable using ‘Wales Coast Path’. Download the app before arrival or whilst walking the path, to unlock content at chosen locations. The app uses GPS track location in real life and trigger bespoke augmented reality animations at different points along the Wales Coast Path.

Download for the app for free via the Apple App Store (iOS devices) or Google Play (Android devices), by searching ‘Wales Coast Path’.