Starting in Swansea and ending in Chepstow, the South Wales Coast section of the 870-mile long Wales Coast Path is an unexpected delight.

While both Swansea and Cardiff are dynamic, lively cities on the sea, it’s the areas outside that truly delight – like the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with its mighty limestone cliffs, the vast sand dune systems at Kenfig and Merthyr-Mawr with their priceless wildlife, and the spacious, open Severn Estuary.

Stunning walks include loops of the nature reserves at Kenfig Burrows and Merthyr-Mawr Warren, the limestone cliffs at Ogmore, Nash Point and Llantwit Major, and the vast reedbeds and pools on the RSPB Reserve at the Newport Wetlands. Unmissable.

The South Wales Coast really is a rare surprise.