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Landscape & wildlife Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

Heritage Coasts – Wales’ unspoilt coastline

Nearly half the coast of Wales has been identified as Heritage Coast.  This includes 14 different stretches of coastline and 11 of these are within National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

What are Heritage Coasts?

They are stretches of outstanding, undeveloped coast in England and Wales and were identified through agreement with local authorities. By 1992, 45 different stretches of coast had been chosen across the two countries.

How are they protected?

Heritage Coasts aren’t themselves protected by law, but where they are inside protected landscapes such as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty they are managed as part of that area. Outside these areas they are given special consideration by Local Authorities, in planning decisions, for example.

Where are they?

  • Six of the Welsh Heritage Coasts are in Pembrokeshire.
  • Three are on Anglesey.
  • There are Heritage Coasts too in the Vale of Glamorgan, on the Gower peninsula, the Llŷn peninsula, on the Great Orme near Llandudno and in Ceredigion.


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