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First time authors Eirlys Thomas and Lucy O’Donnell mark the 10th anniversary in 2022  of the Wales Coast Path by recounting their experiences along this 870 mile coastal walk. The book is published by Candy Jar Books an award-winning independent book publisher. 

Their book Slow Walking the Wales Coast Path brings to life highlights of their coastal adventure with some 100 days of walking over an 18 month period. They take their time to absorb the character, essence and history of the landscape, while enjoying time with fellow walkers, the local people, savouring the food, accommodation and events. 

The tale is of friendship, and a walk that is often challenging but never boring. The book is based on daily journals and photographs taken in real time. The two women unhurriedly  make their way around the coast, and realise that every section of the path has its own story to tell.  

Wales is the first country in the world to have a continuous walking path around its coastline. Following a redundancy and retirement the authors set out to slowly discover and embrace the long distance walk. Initially short walks leading to longer hikes, building on their fitness levels as they traverse along the path.   

The journey takes Eirlys and Lucy from Chepstow in the South of Wales to Chester in Cheshire.  The authors are keen ambassadors for the coastal odyssey that is the Wales Coast Path, having gained a wider understanding and respect for the pioneer originators of the Wales Coast Path, the environmental changes which the path confronts, and the workforce which maintain the path from day to day. 

Review .. 5 star 

Jonathan Jones CBE FTS. Former Chief Executive Wales Tourist Board / Visit Wales

''Whilst guidebooks are there for instruction,  this book is all about inspiration in words and pictures. It is also a tale of friendship and tenacity;  two women who admit to being older and unfit, set out on a 870 mile journey around the coast of Wales. After 40 years working in the tourism industry in Wales I thought I was past learning. How wrong could I be!  It made me want to put on my walking boots and head outdoors. Yes to learn, but primarily to enjoy.”

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