The Pembrokeshire Coast Walk
Pembrokeshire has one of the most spectacular coastlines in the British Isles. This walking tour includes some of its most beautiful stretches, featuring magnificent cliffs, hidden beaches, varied birdlife and some interesting fishing villages and historic towns, including the cathedral town of St. Davids. The Coastal Bus makes possible a flexible Pembrokeshire walking tour programme.
Pembrokeshire Walking Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival Newport, Pembrokeshire, a small town at the mouth of the Afon Nyfer (River Nevern).
Day 2 Take the Bus to Moylgrove Coastal and then walk back to Newport in about 5.5 hours via the coastal path. You start from 150m high cliffs with spectacular views and finish on the flat Newport Sands at the mouth of the Afon Nyfer. Overnight in Newport
Day 3 A hike of about 6 hours to the larger town of Fishguard. Walk around beautiful Dinas Island, in fact a peninsula, enjoying the richly coloured moors on the coastal hills. Overnight in Fishguard
Day 4 Today you walk mostly along the rugged rocky coast, and around Strumble Head. The rocks of the hinterland of Pembrokeshire provided the building blocks for the magnificent stone circle at Stonehenge. After about 6.5 hours, you reach the hamlet of Tref Asser and then using the Coastal bus drive 25 minutes to the friendly village of Trefin, near the coast. Overnight in Trefin
Day 5 Return by bus to Tref Asser and continue along the coastal path from where you left it yesterday, passing some beautiful sandy coves in the lee of rocky cliffs. Hiking time: about 5.5 hours. Overnight in Trefin
Day 6 From Trefin walk to Porthgain where you see the remains of the slate industry in Wales and continue along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to White Sands Bay. Here you can take a bus for the short 2.5 km run to St. Davids, a pretty town hidden in the Alun Valley. Total walking time to St. David is approximately 6.5 hours. Overnight in St. Davids.
Day 7 Take the bus to White Sands Bay and the coastal path continues to the fishing village of Solva. Below the cliffs are inaccessible beaches, populated by seals in the autumn. In Solva, take the bus back to St. David's, walking time: 5.5 hours. You can also visit the bird-rich Ramsey Islands or do a Whale Safari (www.ramseyisland.co.uk). Overnight in St. David's.
Day 8 Departure after breakfast.
Practical Information On Our Pembrokeshire Walking Tour:
Seven nights in a B and B with private bathrooms. Luggage Transportation. Route notes and maps.
Meals other than breakfast. Transportation including bus pass for walks.
You will walk between 13 and 18 kilometres per day over beaches, cliffs, and (un)paved roads, with a height between 350 and 550 metres. There are some short, steep climbs, but these are very well maintained. Sometimes, you will walk inland from the coastal path to reach your accommodation or bus stop.
The nearest airports are Cardiff or Bristol
Cardiff is the closest, an approx. 4hr 35 min journey away from the starting point of Newport via train and bus.
Train: The nearest railway station to the start point is Goodwick, there are daily services there but they are not frequent. It is then a short bus journey from Goodwick to Newport on the T5 bus.
For return journeys from St.Davids, Haverford West is the closest railway station and reachable by bus services such as the 411.
Because the accommodation is a short distance from the coast, the coastal bus is essential. The Coastal Bus (eg Poppin Rocket and Puffin Shuttle) travels up and down the coast between villages. You usually overnight for two nights in each destination, and the walking programme is formulated to tie in with the bus schedule. The rides last 10-30 minutes. The advantage of this is that you can easily insert a day of rest, or walks can be shortened in case of bad weather. A weekly pass costs approx. £60 and can be used to get from Haverford West to the first B+B.
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of you having to cancel your holiday for any reason.