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Pembrokeshire Coast Highlights

Pembrokeshire Coast Path Highlights

Overview

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail follows 186 miles of rugged coastline along the western peninsula of Wales, providing some of Britain’s finest walking. This walking holiday includes some of the best sections of the path from Moylgrove near Newport to Solva at the Whitesands Bay. Take in numerous secluded beaches, castle ruins and charming fishing villages; follow the undulating cliff top trails and listen to the ocean waves crashing in the caves below; enjoy the diversity of wildlife and the amazing abundance of flowers covering the cliffs.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Newport

Newport is a small charming town at the mouth of the Afon Nyfer (River Nevern) in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Newport Castle, built by FitzMartin, is situated on a spur of Carn Ingli which overlooks Newport and much of the surrounding countryside. Though in ruins since at least the 17th century, it is impressive due to its situation; a house incorporating the castle walls, which faces west over the town, the bay and the Irish Sea, is still inhabited.

Day 2: Moylgrove to Newport | 13 km / 8 mi

Take the bus to Moylgrove (25 min, £1-3 pp, not included) and then walk back to Newport in about 5-6 hours via the Pembrokeshire 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.

  • Walking for the day: 8 miles / 13 km
  • Accommodation: The Golden Lion or similar

Day 3: Newport to Fishguard | 19 km / 12 mi

A hike of about 6 hours to the larger town of Fishguard. Walk around the beautiful Dinas Island, in fact, a peninsula, enjoying the richly coloured moors on the coastal hills and exploring some of the most unspoilt sections of the Path. Overnight in Fishguard.

  • Walking for the day: 12 miles / 19 km
  • Accommodation: Cartref Hotel or similar

Day 4: Fishguard to Tref Asser/Trefin | 18 km / 11 mi

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 6-7 hours, you will reach the hamlet of Tref Asser and then using the coastal bus line drive 20 minutes (£1-2 pp, not included) to the friendly village of Trefin, near the coast. Overnight in Trefin.

  • Walking for the day: 11 miles / 18 km
  • Accommodation: Cranog B&B or similar

Day 5: Tref Asser to Trefin | 14 km / 9 mi

Return by bus to Tref Asser (20 min, £1-2 pp, not included) 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 5-6 hours. Overnight in Trefin.

  • Walking for the day: 9 miles / 14 km
  • Accommodation: Cranog B&B or similar

Day 6: Trefin to Whitesands Bay/St David’s | 19 km / 12 mi

From Trefin walk to Porthgain where you see the remains of the slate industry in Wales and continue along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Whitesands Bay. Here you can take a bus for the short 2.5 km run to St David’s (5 min, £1 pp, not included), a pretty town, hidden in the Alun Valley. Total walking time to St David’s is approximately 6-7 hours. Overnight in St David’s.

  • Walking for the day: 12 miles / 19 km
  • Accommodation: Ty Boya or similar

Day 7: Whitesands Bay to Solva/St David’s | 19 km / 12 mi

Take the bus to White Sands Bay and the coastal path continues to the fishing village of Solva. Below the cliffs, there are inaccessible beaches, populated by seals in the autumn. In Solva, take the bus back to St David’s (10 min, £1-1.5 pp, not included). 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.

  • Walking for the day: 12 miles / 19 km
  • Accommodation: Ty Boya or similar

Day 8: Departure

Departure or an extra day on request.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodations on this tour include a mix of charming small hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere, cuisine and/or unique services. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at the guesthouse you are staying at or at the village pubs and restaurants.

Difficulty & terrain

While not too demanding, most days offer 5-6 hours of walking over beaches, cliffs, paved and unpaved roads, with a daily elevation gain between 350 and 550 metres. Some sections can be rocky and steep as you traverse the cliffs, and there are sometimes steps. Sometimes, you will walk inland from the coastal path to reach your accommodation or bus stop. You need to be reasonably fit to complete the walk (read more about difficulty grades). The trail follows well-maintained footpaths. The route is waymarked extensively with fingerposts and acorn symbols. A comprehensive guidebook and map are supplied. You can also call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to go

This trip is available from mid-April until mid-October.

The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season. If you are a seasoned and well-equipped hiker, we can eventually book you on off-season dates.

All 2022 departures are now fully booked, we do accept requests for 2023.

Getting there

Up-to-date travel advice on the United Kingdom is available here (for Canadian citizens) and here (for US citizens).

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By plane

Our recommended airports for this tour are Cardiff (CWL), Bristol (BRS) or any London airport.

By train or bus
  • Arrival in Newport is possible by rail to Fishguard, and then it is 20 minutes by local bus.
  • From St David’s, take the local bus to Haverfordwest (40 minutes) and then train to Cardiff. Please check the Traveline website for up-to-date timetables or use the Omio planner above.

Inclusions

Included

  • 7 nights in twin/double rooms, usually with an en-suite or a private bathroom (3-star hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses as listed in the itinerary)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer when changing hotels (one piece of luggage per person, max 20 kg)
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information: personalised trip notes and maps (emailed before departure and a hard copy provided at first hotel; one set per room)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Local bus transfers on walking days as listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request

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