So, here we are in Springtime eventually, although officially it should be summer! At this time of the year, it’s time here at Grassroutes to start chauffeur driving couples, families and small groups around our wonderful British Isles, visiting Stately Homes, Castles & Gardens.

This year we have more tours than ever from the South of England all the way up to North East Scotland, The Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles.

So, it all gets into full swing on Wednesday with a lovely group of American ladies taking a walk along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

Pembroke Coast

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path forms part of the new Wales Coast Path (which is 870 miles long) which when connected with Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail provides 1,030 miles of walking opportunities right around the Welsh border. The sheer size and brilliance of the Path has already received public recognition with Coastal Wales being acknowledged as the world’s top destination to visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet, the travel guide experts.

The Coast Path winds its way through towns and villages, across cliff tops and sandy beaches, sometimes darting inland before emerging once again at a sheltered cove or tiny hamlet that you would forever miss when travelling by car, bus or train. It will take you from the mouth of the River Dee, along the north Wales coast with its seaside towns, over the Menai Strait onto the Isle of Anglesey, from the Llyn Peninsula down the majestic sweep of Cardigan Bay, through Britain’s only coastal National Park in Pembrokeshire, along miles of golden sand, via Gower with its stunning scenery, along the waterfront of Cardiff Bay and Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, to the market town of Chepstow.

Skomer Puffins

The Wales Coast Path has been developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales, sixteen local authorities and two National Parks. In addition to funding from the Welsh Government and the coastal local authorities of approximately £2million per year, the European Regional Development Fund has allocated nearly £4 million over four years in support of the project. Improvements to the quality and alignment of the route will continue during 2012 and 2013 to ensure that the path follows the Welsh coastline as close as it is safe and practical. Over time, the Wales Coast Path is expected to lead to the creation of circular coastal routes as links to inland towns and villages are improved.

Watch this space for more news as we travel from Newport right through to Tenby, with lots of sightseeing along the way.