In 2012, a list was compiled of the ten best walks in the world. In that list was included the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, a route that we have been offering for a few years now. It includes some of the most awe-inspiring coastal scenery in the whole of Britain. Pembrokeshire is the ancient ‘Land of Mystery and Enchantment’ (Gwlad Hud a Lledrith). What makes it so special? Well, I suppose it almost goes without saying that one of the best features is the sea - and what a sea, azure and crystal clear, washing against cliffs and glorious beaches. And apart from beaches the route covers most maritime landscapes from cliff tops and sheltered coves to winding estuaries.
And then there are the flowers and the fabulous bird life, and the seals and dolphins. Local history is there in the form of Neolithic cromlechs and Iron Age promontory forts to the churches and chapels of the seafaring early Celtic saints. The Normans built massive castles, such as those at Pembroke, Tenby and Manorbier, to assert their authority. Henry Tudor (who became King Henry VII) was born in Pembroke Castle and after his exile in France, landed at Mill Bay near Dale in 1485 on his way to capture the crown at the Battle of Bosworth. A stone on the path at Carreg Wastad marks the “Last Invasion of Britain”, when in 1797 a French force made a landing close to Fishguard only to be repelled by the local people and the Castlemartin Yeomanry. Quays, lime kilns and warehouses are reminders of an early industrial tradition.
Our route includes the very best of this wonderful walking route. Stay in excellent B & Bs and small inns, with upgrades possible in some places. See the full itinerary here.
This post was written by Christopher Knowles