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Daily Walking Holiday Itineraries for the entire 186 Mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path

A daily walking itinerary is a written guide that not just tells you how to get from one location to another, it also illuminates your walk by informing you of  historical features, buildings and other interesting things you will encounter on your journey.  It also covers practical things that you may not have already thought of!

Walking Holiday Itineraries on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Here is a daily walking holiday itinerary for each day of walking required to complete the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path in a south to north direction of travel. You can print this off and refer to each day of your holiday along the way.

If you are more of a rambler or pleasure walker and don't wish to cover these distances each day, you can still print out the relevant days walking itinerary and just use the part of that day which covers your shorter walk. These itineraries are considered the easy paced ones for the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, so you should find these walks comfortable and achievable. We've highlighted all the villages, towns and other prominent places in the text so that you can easily navigate through it. 

For more information and maps, we recommend you go to our book store, where you can find guide books such as Jim Manthorpe's "Pembrokeshire Coast Path" and also "Harveys maps" of Pembrokeshire which are by far the best maps to use for walking purposes. You'll have to buy them of course, but you're welcome to use our guides for free and print them off.

Every attempt has been made to ensure that each itinerary is accurate, but if you find an error or would like to advise us of any changes, please tell us using the contact us form so that we can amend the relevant part. Thank you.

If you are intending to book your own walking holiday, which you probably are if you are looking at this, then we suggest you view our Book Your Own Trekking Holiday guide, but for now, here are your daily walking itineraries, across the entire 186 miles of stunning Pembrokeshire Coast Path :

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Day 1 - Amroth to Tenby

A varied path which undulates the duration of the walk. The total length of the walk is 7 miles (11km).

To leave Amroth, head towards the Western edge of the village to pick up a set of steps. Follow these through the trees, into the meadow situated above the cliffs before following along a track which leads to Wiseman’s Bridge.

 Facilities at Wiseman’s Bridge include: toilets, a shop and some accommodation. Transport links include buses back to Amroth and Kilgetty or onwards to Tenby.

 To leave Wiseman’s Bridge follow the old colliery railway, following along you will pass through a couple of tunnels and begin to notice the interesting rock formations that lie on the beach. There is an alternative route which leads through a wooded area situated above the beach, following the path along you will find yourself at Coppet Hall (public toilets are here if needed). Across the beach car park there is a third tunnel, take this and follow it through toSaundersfoot.

 Facilities at Saundersfoot include: a fair amount of accommodation, shops, places to eat and drink, toilets and ATMs. Transport links include buses back to Kilgetty andAmroth, or onwards to Tenby, Pembroke Dock, Carmarthen and Pendine. The Tourist Information Centre is located in a small building near the car park. The phone no is: 01834 813672.

 To leave Saundersfoot continue to Rhode Wood, situated south of the town and follow on. At Monkstone Point there is an option to take a detour that will add roughly ten minutes onto your journey. The detour would lead you to up to the headland. If you are looking for Trevayne Farm Camping then the entrance is located on the path to right after the steps. After passing by Monkstone and through the fields and wooded areas you will cross the track which leads toMeadow Farm Campsite. From here you enter Tenby by crossing above North Beach.

 Facilities at Tenby (Dinbych Y Psygod) include: a good amount of accommodation, places to eat and drink, ATMs, toilets and a museum. Transport links include: buses back to Kilgetty, Amroth and Saundersfoot, or onwards to Penally and Harverfordwest. There is also a train station in Tenby, trains head to Pembroke Dock or toSwansea and London. The Tourist Information Centre is located by the entrance to Sainsbury’s. The number for the Tourist Information Centre is: 01834 842402.

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Day 2 - Tenby to Manorbier Bay

The walk is fairly even and easy with not many long and steep ascents and descents. Refreshments and accommodation are available at Penally, Lydstep and of course, Manorbier Bay. The total distance for this walk is 10.5 miles (17km).

To leave Tenby head for the path at the Esplanade and follow it along, crossing South Beach before arriving at Giltar Point which is in the south. However, if there happens to be an exceptionally high tide or you are planning to stay in the small village of Penally then you will need to take an alternative route. This path is slightly longer and runs between the golf course and railway tracks. If following the normal route, then be aware that Giltar Point is an MoD firing range and can sometimes be closed to the public, this is an occasional happening, but if you would like to check then ring this number: 01834 845950.

If the range is open, then continue on by climbing a set of stairs through the dunes before emerging onto the cliff top. If the range is closed, then take the alternative route which runs from the beach, through the dunes and to Penally.

Facilities in Penally include: some accommodation, some places to eat and drink and toilets. Transport links include: the Tenby bus service which stops here, but also the train station which has services running back to Tenby, Saundersfoot and Kilgetty, or onwards to Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and Manorbier Bay.

To leave Penally head along the main road for a short section and then join a path which runs underneath the railway tracks before heading back onto the coastal path. Keep heading along this path which runs over the grass-covered cliff tops, noting the bay of Lydstep Haven on the way. At the village of Lydstep there is an option for refreshments and accommodation if wanted and also for a detour toLydstep Point, allowing views in both directions along the coastal path. The detour takes around twenty minutes.

FromLydstep begin to head up the cliffs to Skrinkle Haven, which has stunning views (in good weather!), however, the path begins to veer inland in order to avoid another MoD area. After the veer inland, the path rejoins the cliffs and hugs close the cliff edges which are on heather-covered downs.

Facilities in Manorbier (pronounced manor-bee-er) include: a decent amount of accommodation, places to eat and drink, toilets with the added interest of the Manorbier Castle available to see. Transport link includes: buses back to Kilgetty, Saundersfoot and Tenby, Penally and Lydstep or onwards to Pembroke Dock andPembroke. Note that there is also a train station in Manorbier, although the train station is situated inland somewhat, so possibly not the most convenient of public transport!

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Day 3 - Manorbier Bay to Bosherton / Broad Haven beach (not to be confused with the village called Broad Haven much further north!)

This section is difficult in parts - it's not to be underestimated! Total distance of the walk is 10.5 miles (17km).

This section is 10.5  miles (17km) long. However, that being said it should not be underestimated as it can be hard going with many steep ascents and descents. The first part of the day is 4 miles and takes you to Freshwater East. The walk consists of farmland, steep slopes and two headlands with Swanlake Bay (sandy beach) between those two headlands. This is roller-coaster coastal path and is strenuous!

 Facilities at Freshwater East include: some accommodation, a couple of places to eat and drink, a phonebox and toilets. Transport links include buses back to Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, or onwards to towns crossed further in the walk.

Begin to head west along the cliffs out of Freshwater East, the scenery isn’t much changed for the last walk as it continues to meander up and down. Follow along, passing by Trewent Point and Greenala Point, noting the scenery between these points before arriving at Stackpole Quay a little further on.

 Once past Stackpole Quay, the land gets a little easier to walk on and where if wanted, various refreshments are available, ranging from tea and cake to bacon rolls. There are also toilets and a small amount of buses which pass through this area.

 Further along the walk is Barafundle Bay, which in good weather has spectacular food. Keep following along, picking up the path which now runs through the Stackpole Warren Nature Reserve and follow onto the beach at Broad Haven.

 Facilities at Broad Haven include: Some accommodation and some places to eat and drink. If you are staying in Bosherton, you are best to be aware of the better facilities at Broad Haven.

 

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Day 4 - Bosherton / Broad Haven beach (not to be confused with the village called Broad Haven much further north!) to Merrion

This is a walking route that will need some advance planning. It is best to ring ahead and see if the firing range is open or not as this will determine your route. If it is open, then take food and drink with you. If it is closed then refreshments can be found in Bosherton, but it is still probably best to take refreshments with you. The route isn't too hard on the feet! Total distance if range is open: 8.5 miles (13.5 km). If the range is shut then there is a 5 mile (8km) detour.

The route from Broad Haven to Merrion is largely dependent on whether or not theCastlemartin MoD firing range is open to the public or not. This particularly firing range is rather large and important, so it is best to check whether or not it will be closed in advance. You can check by ringing this number: 01646-662367. If the firing range is closed, it will be closed near Broad Haven beach and St. Govan’s (indicated by red flags) and here a detour will be provided towards Bosherton. If the range is not closed then continue as normal via the following route.

Firing Range Open:

Begin to head out of Broad Haven and to Merrion by following the tracks along the top of the cliffs, the scenery around is spectacular but pay attention to the signs which warn you to stay to the paths within the firing range! As you continue along be sure to look out for St. Govan’s chapel – a tiny building set amongst the cliffs, it is well worth looking at.

Follow along and keep following the tracks which should lead you over the scrubland and grassy fields, before you arrive at Stack Rocks where there is a dead end road. Looking out to sea you can see the stacks. Also near this area, approximately a three minute detour is the Green Bridge of Wales which just a little past the car park and is an impressive sight. Now continue onwards and head onto a lane that will take you inland and towards the firing range before meeting the main road. Once you reach the road, make a right turn and then head on for one quarter of a mile if you plan in staying in Merrion.

Firing Range Closed:

The route is different if the firing range is closed and you must go via Bosherton. You will find yourselves skirting the perimeter of the firing range as you cross through farm tracks. From Broad Haven follow this route: head to where the main path crosses the stone bridge and then take the path that will lead you around the Eastern side of a lake. Then cross over the bridge and begin to head up the rocky and steep lane towards Bosherton.

Facilities at Bosherton includes: some accommodation, some places to eat and drink, a phone, shop and toilets. Transport links include: the 387 service back to many small towns and villages already passed or onwards to Pembroke.

AfterBosherton, follow along the road which runs past an abandoned quarry and then through farmland. Eventually you will hit the main road, keep heading along it until you meet the main walking route.

Facilities at Merrion include: some accommodation, very little in the way of food and drink and a phone box. It is best to book accommodation in advance for this section.

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Day 5 - Merrion to Angle

This walk is fairly strenuous. There are a lots of ups and downs, though if wanted there are some relatively large sections of the walk you could cut out if you're feeling too tired. It is best to bring refreshments as this is another section where there aren't a vast amount of resources. Total distance of the walk is 12 miles (19km).

Begin to head out of Merrion by heading up to the crossroads where you would have arrived into Merrion. Then head northwards up the lane.

As you turn up you will notice that there is a left hand turning almost immediately, take this and begin to walk through the fields. You should notice the control tower which sits atop the hill. Near this area there is a spectator area if you want to watch the army in practice, there is also the Gold Plover Art Gallery nearby. After this head along and sooner rather than later you will find yourself in Castlemartin. There aren’t a huge amount of facilities in terms of refreshments and transports here.

To head out from Castlemartin begin to walk along the track which branches out across the farmland, before the land turns to grassy dunes before revealing the huge beach at Freshwater West. However, it is not safe to swim (just in case the need takes you!). You may recognise the cottage that sits on the beach as the Harry Potter cast used it in the last film. Cross over the bridge and come just a little past the car park where there are toilets if needed. From this point there is a set of options.

You can either follow along the road, though at times it can seem as though it has been covered by the sand dunes! The second option is to make a left turn just after the bridge and this will lead you along the beach. However, both paths meet later on at the end of the beach. Afterwards, begin to head uphill, crossing over the heather and if wanted, then you could continue along the road and miss out Angle peninsula.

If not then, head west and note Guttle Hole (a natural archway), Sheep Island and the ruins of East Blockhouse. A little further along you will meet West AngleBay where if needed, there toilets and a few buses which stop here. Once again, at this point there is the option to take a shortcut to Angle village if you do not want to continue along the coastal path (though if you do the walk is much less strenuous from this point onwards).

A little further on you may find yourself cut off by the tide a little past Old Point House. In this case, it’s probably best to settle into Old Point House for a drink or two and wait for the tide to turn! After this, keep walking and the village of Angle is not far.

Facilities at Angle include: a shop, ATM, toilets, some accommodation and places to eat and drink. Transport links include: services 387 and 388 still serve this area. 

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Day 6 - Angle to Pembroke

11.5 miles (18.5km) This walk is disappointing and can be avoided unless you either wish to complete the whole Pembrokeshire Coast Path, or are otherwise a fan of heavy industry and oil refineries (some are!)

Sandy Haven is 30 miles away from Angle and sadly it is considered perfectly sensible to avoid that whole 30 miles unless you want to say you did the whole Pembrokeshire coast path. The scenery is industrial and lacks in the unspoilt beauty of the far past. If you decide to avoid it, then you can take the bus to Pembroke, then Haverfordwest, thenHerbrandston (for Sandy Haven)

Let's be positive and assume you've decided to carry on from Angle!!:

This walk begins pleasantly, hugging the shoreline of Angle Bay and through some woodland prior to Fort Popton (19th century) the first of 2 oil refineries comes into view and dependent on the wind direction, you may smell it before you see it!

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path planners have done well to take the walk through pretty woodland and farmland and thus avoid the site of heavy industry wherever possible, and after crossing some farmland you will come to a small lane before passing the churches at Pwllcrochan.

With the power station site behind you, you cross farmland, passing two streams at Goldborough mudflats (confusingly known locally as "pills") The path then joins Goldborough Road, which is a lane that rises to Hundleton village about a kilometre away.

Most walkers prefer to avoid Hundleton as Pembroke isn't much further away, that said that there is a bus stop and a couple of small hotels in the village where you can eat or stay the night.

The coastal path heads down a track a few hundred yards short of Hundleton, then across the fields to Quoits Mill before passing through a housing at Monkton. There is a small shop there selling snacks etc. also a fish and chip shop and a bus stop. The road then leads downhill to Pembroke and you will see Pembroke Castle on the way.

Pembroke

Henry V11  (1457 to 1509) was born here and Pembroke is a pleasant place with a long main street overlooking a river and with lots of pubs and accommodation. You can click on: Pembroke Castle to read more on this beautiful and well preserved landmark. For more information on Pembroke - before or on arrival - there is a tourist information and a number of other services.

 

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Day 7 - Pembroke to Milford Haven

12.5 miles (20km) to Milford Haven. This is not the best part of the otherwise stunning Pembrokeshire Coast Path, but there are some areas of interest and lots of places to stay/eat.

The coast path passes across woods and farmland before it drops down to Pembroke Dock, via Treowen Road and Pembroke Street.  Pembroke Dock came about in the 1800's after the navy came to the tiny hamlet of Paterchurch. It is not pretty, but does have a range of services and places to eat, bus stops etc. As you leave Pembroke dock you must cross Cleddau Toll Bridge (for free) and after half a mile you cross another smaller bridge, after which the coastal path doubles back and takes you along the top of a wooded hill. 

The path takes you onwards to Neyland where there are some shops and services including a bus stop. From there the walk is along the shoreline road, through Llanstadwell to Hazelbeach which is a small village. The coast path goes up a small lane and passes the Ferry House Inn, through fields and woodland. To the right of you is a 2nd Oil refinery which you will spot here and there, such as when you cross a red bridge of the pipeline and when you must walk through a tunnel above more pipelines. You will eventually come to Venn Farm, from where you continue along the farm track which takes you to the B4325 main road which twists and turns with blind bends and no pavement, and it goes without saying that you must take care. 

You will reach Milford Haven, named after the harbour there, which was founded by American whalers who provided oil for street lamps as far back as 1790. Milford Haven is still a fishing port but now the local heavy industry and tourism provides the bulk of this towns income. There are plenty of services, pubs and places to eat and stay here.

 

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Day 8 - Milford Haven to Dale

9.5 miles (15km) 3.5 to 5hrs of walking - Leaving the urban and industrial views behind, this route begins the improvement in terms of views and walking enjoyment versus the last couple of days.

The scenery begins to improve once you pass Gelliswick Bay and past the enormous LNG terminal along a concreted path and up the slopes. The path shields the poor views as much as possible but you will still enjoy coming to the beach of Sandy Haven. Look ahead to see the harbour opening out and the peninsula of Angle will be on the left, the peninsula of Dale on the right. At high tide there is a detour route which takes you to Herbrandston and is not far from the coast path at Sandy Haven.

Note: The inlets at Sandy Haven and also the estuary at The Gann near Dale (which is about 4 miles (6km) further west) are both crossable at low tide or near too, but not at high tide, at which point significant detours along roads have to be undertaken. You can get a tide timetable at almost any general store or view them on noticeboards of shops and cafes.

Assuming you've timed it right, you can cross the stepping stones at Sandy Haven Pill (low tide or close to) and if not, then you have a 4 mile (6km) detour to make. To do this follow the lane up the hill that leads from the campsite, and after the 2nd right hand bend go over the stile and across the field, over another stile and across the road, then follow the path which continues behind a row of houses. You will then find yourself in Herbrandston. Turn left and go past the Taberna Inn, walk down the hill, over Clay Bridge to Rickeston Bridge. Don't turn off right but follow the road to the left to the cottages at Sandyhill. Walk up the steep hill then take the next left. Pass Sandy Haven Farm and turn left towards Sandy Haven. Look to your right and take the coast path which leaves the road, up some steps and through woodland and back to Sandy Haven (on the otherside of the uncrossable inlet)

If you crossed the inlet using the stepping stones at Sandy haven, then the path takes you into some woodland and continues along the edge of fields and above low cliffs, passing the beacon at Butts Bay.

The views and scenery become spectacular around Lyndsway Bay which is a sandy beach between cliffs on each side. If you want to go to St Ishmael's, then look for the bench by the coast path which marks the trail to the village. There is a route to St Ishmael's from Monk Haven is slightly longer unless coming from Musselwick.

Otherwise, continue on the coast path, past Watch House Point with its military bunkers and lookout buildings. The coast path continues past an interesting Victorian watchtower, and on to Monk Haven with a pretty wooded valley and a large castle-like-wall guarding the bay. You can also get to St Ishmael's from here if you missed the earlier turn off.

Continue on the path which follows gentle slopes thick with gorse and shrubbery, on to some farm buildings at Musselwick. There is a small raised pond, from which the path cuts down through shady trees to a stony beach which is inaccessible at very high tide - if that is the case then:

detour up the farm track from the raised pond, following the fence line to the Gann. This detour which takes you around The Gann estuary near Dale, will add another 2.5 miles (4 km) to your journey. Turn off the trail at Musselwick and follow the signposted track east but turn north at the first opportunity for Slatehill Farm. Pass through the farm buildings and continue north. With Whiteholme's Farm on your left cross the farmland to the road at Mullock Farm, then continue down the lane and join the B4327 road just prior to Mullock Bridge. Now just walk along the road until you come to Dale and you will rejoin the coast path at the car park by the estuary.

If you crossed the stony beach then walk across the plank crossing of the stream at The Gann (once again this is only possible at low tide otherwise you would need to follow the above detour route. Once on the other side the path takes you across a shingle beach to the road which goes downwards to the village of Dale.

Dale overlooks a sheltered bay which is much used for water sports and is busy with tourists in the summer months.

 

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Day 9 - Dale to Marloes

12 miles (19km, about 5 to 6 hours walking) This is a beautiful section and although it is possible to miss out the Dale Peninsular but is not advisable as it is a beautiful part of this beautiful days walking.

To go around the Dale Peninsula, then continue on the official coast path and it will be about 5.5 miles of walking to Westdale Bay. The Atlantic and the weather batters the high rugged cliffs of the western side, leaving the protected eastern side to grow pretty wooded valleys and sheltered bays. The coast path leaves Dale Yacht Club at the southern end of Dale and follows a lane to Point House, then across farmland before coming across a pretty bay below, surrounded by woodland.

Walk past Watwick Point and the beacon there and you come to thepretty Watwick Bay, and then on to more farmland and low cliffs. You will come to Mill Bay, where a stone commemorates the landing of 55 ships and 4000 sailors of Henry Tudor from France, on 7th August 1485, following his 14 years of exile. Henry marched east from Mill Bay and won the battle of Bosworth against Richard the third. Henry became Henry the 7th and the founder of the Tudor dynasty.

You will walk pastSt Ann's lighthouse marking the northern edge of Milford Haven Harbour. North of here are high cliffs with a level coast path pass through scrubland. You will then drop steeply to the lovely Westdale Bay, popular with swimmers, but not advisable due to powerful unseen currents.

The coast runs along the side of an old aerodrome before coming to a place high above Marloes Sands, which is one of the best in all ofPembrokeshire. Look to the western horizon and on a reasonably clear day you will see the islands of Gateholm, Grassholm and Skomer

Carry on walking and the coast path continues on a level passing some spectacular scenery with rugged rocks. This part is a marine nature reserve and with important islands nearby for breeding, this is a great place for sea bird spotting. If you want a boat trip to Skomer, you can do so from Martins Haven and you can spot various breeding sea birds including puffins, dependent on time of year etc.

Continue on the coast path to Musselwick Sands, which is another excellent beach with sheer cliffs on each side. At the southern end of the bay there is a picnic bench, from which a path leads down to the beach and another heads inland to the village of Marloes, where you will find a post office, bus stop and other services, including places to stay and eat. 

 

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Day 10 - Marloes to Broad Haven

8.5 miles (14km or 5.5 to 4.5 hrs walking time) This day will begin easy and become harder, but has varied and beautiful scenery.

Beginning from the Link Path for Marloes village - from Mullelwick Sands - the path takes you with easy walking terrain to St Brides Haven (Sainffraid) which is a sheltered bay with toilets, a few houses and a church. You will see what looks like a castle across the fields but this is actually the home of the St Brides estate.

Continue walking along the cliff tops and you will pass Mill Haven before things the walking becomes more challenging. 

Now the cliffs grow taller and the coast path goes up and down, passing Brandy Bay sheltered by tall and sheer cliffs. The path continues to Ticklas Point and you can see the very large St Brides Bay in the distance, along with Ramsey Island further out.

The path goes past Boroughs Head and enters beautiful oak forest with pine and beech trees all clinging to the steep cliff side. You will join a road that goes down hill to the pretty village of Little Haven. Little Haven's bigger sister is Broad Haven which is the end of the days walk and you will come to it by continuing on the road uphill. Broad haven (AberLlydan)  is known for its excellent beach and you may well fancy cooling your feet in the beautiful waters here. There are a few places to stay here and various services including a small supermarket and a bus stop.

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Day 11 - Broad Haven to Solva

8 miles (12.5km) or 3 to 3.5hrs walking. This is quite and easy days walking following easy to walk ground and is a beautiful one too, with Newgale sands and the beautiful Solva to look forward to.

Heading North from Broad Haven, the cliffs rise steadily as you walk the path which runs through scrubland. There's a bench at the rocky outcrop known as Haroldston Chins which is dedicated to the first coast path warden and one of its founders.

The path then goes inland and joins a road around Druidstone Villa at Druidston Haven, where there are a couple of places to stay and eat, also a lovely beach which stays quiet as most head for the beaches at Newgale and Broadhaven. There's a bus stop too.

Stay on the coast path and it's a short walk to Nolton Haven where there is a pub called the Mariner's Inn that does food. From Nolton Haven the path rises and gives views of Newgale Sands ahead, which is a huge beach, at the southern end of which is a disused coal mine with a red brick chimney stack.

From the mine the path climbs onto a heather bound cliff top and shortly after you can either go down to the beach or go up to the road. Both options are as good as the other, dependent on whether you wish to look down on the beautiful beach or be walking on it. Newgale village is at the end of the beach, but the beach is about 3km of walking so prepare for a tiring walk, also at high tide you may need to be on the road due to a rocky outcrop along the beach.

Newgale is popular with surfers and there is a cafe, a pub and a bus stop.

From Newgale there is some strenuous terrain en-route to Solva. From Newgale, the path rises up a steep hillside and then drops down the other side into Cwm Mawr, which is a small but deep valley. The coast path then continues over some more cliffs which is more tough walking before settling down on a cliff top, then dropping into another valley and passing the rocky outcrop of Dinas-Fach.

The scenery is stunning here and you can take what is a short but rewarding detour to the headland for magnificent views of the coast. Ahead of you, you will be able to spot the southern end of Ramsey Island, and behind are the high cliffs where you've just walked and also Newgale Sands. Keep going along the cliff line and it will take you to Solva Harbour and Solva, probably the prettiest village of the entire walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

There are places to eat, pubs, services, a post office, bus stop etc.

 

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Day 12 - Solva to St David's

4 miles (6km) or 2 - 2.5 hrs walking - This is an easy route that finishes at Britain's smallest city for a well earned rest, allowing time to refuel and replenish.

From Solva the coast path follows an obvious path along the cliffs, which become smaller as you near Caerbwdi Bay and around a low headland before coming to Caerfai Bay.

Caerfai Bay is the best point to turn off for St David's, which is a mile from the coast path and is large enough to provide you with clothing, food, cashpoint etc. The next big place is Fishguard, about 40 miles from Caerfai Bay. In fact St David's is the smallest city in Britain and has city status due to its magnificent cathedral which is a must see. Most walkers make the diversion to St David's and it is recommended, but you don't have to and can keep on walking if you wish!

 

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Day 13 - St David's to Whitesands Bay

8.5 miles (14km) or 3-4 hrs walking - This is one of the most beautiful legs on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, finishing at another stunning sandy beach at Whitesands Bay. The path is getting further west and more windswept, rugged and more beautiful.

From Caerfai Bay, the coast path follows steep vegetated slopes to St Non's Bay which is named after St David's mother. From here, just off the coast path, lies the remains of St Non's Chapel which marks the birthplace of the patron saint of the Holy Healing Well. 

Further along the cliffs and you will come to the pretty harbour of Porthclais where there are fine examples of Lime Kilns. Further along, you will pass Porthclais, where there are a couple of campsites nearby. 

Continue on the coast path and the terrain becomes progressively more rugged as it passes the cove of Ogof Mrs Morgan and as you continue on you will have excellent views of Ramsey Island from above Ramsey Sound. Look out for seals both in the sea and basking on the shoreline, also pods of dolphins are common around this western area of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Continue on the path and you will pass the lifeboat station at St Justinian's, but take care as the coast path comes perilously close to the cliff edge on numerous occasions. Continue on around the headland and you'll see the sands of Whitesands Bay. You will also see the small rocky hills of Carn Llidi where lies a small neolithic burial chamber.

There's not a great deal at Whitesands Bay, but there are toilets, a drinking water tap and a phone box. There is also a camp site and a yha nearby.

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Day 14 - Whitesands Bay to Trefin

11 miles (18km) or 5 -6 hrs walking - This is a beautiful but demanding walk due to the rugged coastline of St David's peninsula.

Leave the car park at Whitesands Bay and head up above the cliffs and back down to Porthmelgan where you'll find a sandy bay. If you're staying at the youth hostel you don't need to go back down to the car park, you can instead re-join the coast path at the nearest point.

The path goes on to St David's Head after crossing pretty slopes of heather. Keep the sea to your left as you cross rocky heathland to some fields enclosed by rock walls. 

The path turns sharply right at Penllechwen Head, skirting the coves and bays until reaching Carn Penberry Hill which you have to walk over rather than around. Two miles past Carn Penberry the coast path drops into a small valley, and once on the other side you'll see the footpath and a sign leading to Celtic Camping at Pwll Caerog Farm. This is located about 500 metres from the coast path.

Keep walking to Abereiddy and you'll see the old quarrymen's houses which were destroyed by flooding in the 1920's. As you climb up above the bay you will see a flooded quarry to the left named The Blue Lagoon.

The coast path continues on a level cliff top to Traeth-Llywn beach, past some coves and arrives at some old quarry buildings where there is evidence of the old mine tramway over the cliffs above Porthgain Village.

Porthgain has a cafe, a pub and plenty of art galleries as well as other places to eat, services and a bus stop.

Leaving Porthgain, the path follows the coastline over gentle cliffline to the small bay of Aber Draw, where you can gain access to Trefin by walking up the steep road ahead, although, if you're staying anywhere other than Caerhafod Lodge, it is better to stay on the coast path until you see the YHA hostel signposted which is near Trwyn Llwyd cliffs. That footpath is the best rout to Trefin.

Trefin is a small villlage on a weather-beaten hill with a few places to stay but little in the way of services. there is a bus stop, from which services go back and forth between St David's and Fishguard.

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Day 15 - Trefin to Pwll Deri

9.5 miles (15km) or 3.5 to 4.5 hrs walking. Another beautiful walk, passing by the hamlet of Abercastle, detour for a 5,000 burial chamber and have a swim at the peacefull Pwllstodur Bay.

Your days walk begins by walking a beautiful series of cliffs to the village of Abercastle, before which keep an eye out for Careg Sampson marking a neolithic burial chamber which is 5,000 years old. This is a short detour from the main coast path but is the best of it's kind on the whole Pembrokeshire Coast Path route. There will be a signpost for it just before the path drops down the steps into the cove. 

There is very little at Abercastle, from which the path rises and climbs through cliff-top fields and beyond Pwllstrodur Bay which is a great place to swim, although not as pretty at high tide. To get to it you have to clamber down a steep section of cliff which has a rope to assist you. This is a good thing when considering that the obstacle keeps this beautiful beach quiet. Back to walking, and for a while now the path climbs to the ridge that leads to Pwll Deri

There's a YHA hostel at Pwll Deri but not much else.

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Day 16 - Pwll Deri to Fishguard

10.5 miles (17km) or 4-5 hrs walking - Plenty of bays and rocky coves make this hard going at times.

The Coast Path from Pwll Deri begins by crossing grass, heather and rocky ground, and you'll pass a barren headland with great 360 degree views. Parts of the path are very wet and boggy during poor weather. You will come to a car park at Strumble Head just after a narrow gap in the cliffs, here the white lighthouse which was built in 1908 can be seen out on the island from the headland. There is a bus stop from this car park.

Keep walking on the coast path and next up is Porthsychan Bay which is about 3 miles further east. From here you can take a path leading to Fferm Tresinwen for cheap camping, otherwise a road heads inland from Strumble Head for about a mile.  You'll come to Carreg Wastad Point, from which you can take a quick detour to the top of the heather covered hill and see the stone which marks the last invasion of mainland Britain.

Continue around the bay of Aber-Felin and the path goes through woodland before ascending over hillocks as the cliff line becomes less severe and tapers into gentle heather filled slopes at Penanglas. From here the coast path goes southwards through old fields before joining the residential road named New Hill. The road descends and a zig zagging path drops down to Quay Road which enters the centre of the town of Goodwick.

Goodwick is smaller than Fishguard which is virtually attached to it, still it has plenty of places to eat and stay, services and bus stops etc. 

As you pass the information centre the coast path follows a tarmac path called Marine Walk and is signposted as the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. This walk goes passed most of the residential town of Fishguard and you can continue onwards to Lower Fishguard or upwards and to the right where you will enter the centre and main part of Fishguard, overlooking it's harbour of the same name.

There's plenty of places to eat and stay at Fishguard, there's also a supermarket and pharmacy as well as other services and bus stops etc. 

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Day 17 - Fishguard to Newport

11 miles (18km) or 4.5 to 5hrs walking - this section can be reduced by removing the Dinas Peninsula walk and will reduce the walk by 2 miles if that is your choice. The rest of the walk is beautiful and rugged, passing beautiful coves with the coast path rising and falling en-route to Newport.

From the top of the steep hill up the main road the path passes through gorse bushes  to what remains Fishguard Fort. Continue for about another 2 miles and the path takes right into Fishguard Bay Caravan and Camping Park. The path continues over high and steep cliffs back to the very small and sheltered beach of Aber-Bach. Another 30 minutes of walking brings you to the tiny village / settlement of Pwllgwaelod. If you wish to go to Dinas Cross (where there is a general store, post office and a couple of places to stay and eat, then this is the access point.

At Pwllgwaelod you will have a decision to make, you can walk the peninsula of Dinas Island - or not. Not including it and taking the short cut will knock about 2 miles off your days walk. 

If you wish to take the short cut then take the straight path all the way through to Cwm-yr-eglwys.

If you wish to walk around the peninsula then stay on the path which rises gradually through heather/gorse etc. all the way up to Pen y Fan, which is the summit of Dinas Head, and from here you can see a breeding colony of seabirds on Needle Rock (dependent on the time of year)

The coast path continues around the peninsula above tall slopes before going through bushes and emerging at Cwm-yr-eglwys village (literally "Church Valley") and is named after the church which sadly is now in ruins nearby the beach. To escape this small and enclosed valley, walk up the steep lane leaving the village.

The coast path rises now for a difficult ten minutes of walking and in doing so the path goes between tall hedging next to a house. The coast path then reaches cliffs above Fforest cove

Be careful during this next section as the cliffs are steep, overhanging in places, and the coast path gets close to the edge. Keep walking and you'll come to a beautiful unspoilt cove with no roads or houses. Access to Tycanol Campsite is from here. Beyond the cove, the coast path carries on along steep cliffs to Parrog and with it, the edge of the town of Newport, where the path crosses a shingle, mud and sand seafront. The path passes a salt marsh and woodland, and here are two lanes, both of which access Newport, one goes via the national park information centre and the other to the hostel.

Newport (Trefdraeth)

There are plenty of places to stay and eat at Newport, there's a supermarket, post office and other services including bus stops etc. Behind Newport are the Preseli Hills, where the bluestone of stonehenge is said to be from. It is a beautiful area to walk and explore away from the coast. 

 

 

 

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Day 18 - Newport to Poppit Sands

12 miles (17km) or 4.5 to 5.5 hrs walking time - This is the most difficult section of the whole Pembrokeshire Coast Path and it's time to put that new-found fitness from the last 3 weeks to the test! There's nowhere to stay, eat or get more water apart from the village of Moylgrove so it's important to carry lots of water.

Should you wish for a shorter distance to walk, then one option is to walk to Moylgrove village and cash the bus from there to Cardigan or Newport and return to Moylgrove the day after in order to complete the walk to Poppit Sands or St Dogmaels.

Walking on the coast path, you will cross the iron bridge over Afon Nyfer, the path  continues along the northern side of the estuary. The path then crosses a golf course to a car park near to Newport Sands, where there's a drinking water tap, toilets and a seasonal cafe. 

The path ascends up onto high cliffs and passes pretty heathland (designated as a nature reserve and now walking will be hard going. The coast path just climbs higher and higher until the cliffs reach around 150 metres tall and Foel-Goch hill dives down to the sea.

Past some huge landslides, the coast path drops downwards, finally arriving at the Witch's Cauldron, which appears as a giant hole in the ground where the roof of an old sea cave collapsed. Further onwards is Ceibwr Bay and it's shingle beach. At this point you will be just over half way to Poppit Sands so you can stop for a rest.

Walk along the valley road and you will come to Moylgrove, with it's natural spring for filling your water bottles and a bus stop. The only accommodation for miles lies just beyond this village.

Continue on the coast path and you'll skirt around Foel Hendre, after which huge cliffs come into view with some stunning folding rock formations. Here the path begins rising and falling with the walking becoming very difficult - there are some very steep hills to walk indeed.  When you're finally passed the cliffs the path turns east and you'll reach the paths highest point at 175 metres above sea level. 

The coast path passes an old lookout building and then drops to broad Cemaes Head. The path then heads south to Allt-c-coed farm campsite at which point the track joins a country lane. Follow the lane and you will come to the car park at Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands

There are some places to stay at Poppit Sands, including a YHA hostel and there's a bus stop and a seasonal cafe too. Poppit Sands is otherwise vast sandy beach and a scattering of housing.

 

 

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Day 19 - Poppit Sands to St Dogmaels

2 miles (3km) or 1hrs walking - A very short walk that can be added onto the previous day to create an extremely difficult and long final day or otherwise you could end yesterdays walk at Moylgrove and add this day to Moylgrove to Poppit Sands, it is purely a matter of choice. Some walkers prefer to walk beyond St Dogmaels to Cardigan by crossing the Afon Teifi, making a longer days walking.

From Poppit Sands, simply follow the easy-to-follow coast path until you reach St Dogmaels, which is the official end to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. As above, some walkers like to cross the boarder by walking onwards to Cardigan, across the river Afon Teifi, which is the river that marks the borders of the two counties: Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion

You will note the official end of the coast path, which is marked by a small slate marker at the slipway at the northern side of St Dogmaels.

Wherever you decide to finish, congratulations of walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path!

St Dogmaels

There's some interesting ruins of the old Abbey here which is worth taking a look at, and there are some places to stay, a pub and tea rooms, as well as a post office, chip shop and services including a bus stop.