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Best of Pembrokeshire Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Striding out along the empty clifftops high above the crashing Atlantic
  • The prolific bird and wildlife of Skomer and Ramsey Islands
  • Exploring St David’s Cathedral and city.
  • Relaxing over a beer in the pretty fishing villages of Little Haven and Solva
  • Enjoying the beauty and emptiness of this special corner of Wales

Walk the best of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in a week. Hidden away in the far south west corner of Wales, Pembrokeshire has rugged beauty, secluded coves, long sandy beaches, prolific birdlife and a rich history.

During a week of first class walking you will wander through flower- filled fields, enjoy warm hospitality in quaint fishing villages, stride out along high Atlantic cliffs and visit historic St David’s Cathedral.

Bird watchers and nature lovers will be thrilled by Skomer Island, the largest colony of seabirds in southern Britain is home to puffins, kittwakes, fulmars and 100,000 pairs of shearwaters.

Read travel blogger Heather's experience of walking the Best of Pembrokeshire, including tips for where to go for lunch!

Day 1 Arrive in Dale

Dale is a popular holiday village overlooking a white sandy beach, which boasts numerous water sports. The journey to Dale takes four hours from Cardiff and six from London by train and bus.


Overnight: Dale B&B


Day 2 Walk Dale to Marloes: 8 / 12 miles

Your walk through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park begins with a rugged section around Dale Head and then past two of Pembrokeshire’s vast golden beaches to the small village of Marloes. It is possible to shorten the walk to 8 miles by taking the shortcut across the neck of the Dale peninsula.


Overnight: Marloes B&B


Day 3 Walk on Skomer Island: 4 miles

The largest of the Pembrokeshire Islands is home to the largest colony of seabirds in southern Britain. At its best in spring and early summer thousands of puffins, Manx shearwaters, razorbills and kittiwakes breed on the island. Look out for seals and dolphins on the short boat trip to the island where you can enjoy an excellent 4 mile walk which explores the best of the fauna, flora and history of Skomer.


Overnight: Marloes B&B


Day 4 Walk to Little Haven / Broad Haven: 9 miles

Following the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which hugs the high coastal cliffs, you can look forward to panoramic sea views all day. Little Haven is a delightful little row of cottages tucked into the head of a sandy beach with several welcoming pubs. Just another 30 minutes takes you over the hill to the slightly larger town of Broad Haven.


Overnight: Little Haven / Broad Haven B&B


Day 5 Walk to Solva: 11 miles

The path continues north past secretive coves and wide open beaches, popular with surfers, to Newgale. Here the hard work starts with some steep ascents and descents but you can look forward to arriving in the village of Solva, probably the prettiest village in Pembrokeshire.


Overnight: Solva B&B


Day 6 Walk to St David’s: 6 miles

From Solva the path continues to follow the clifftops west, passing several small coves. The cliffs are dramatic and as always the views superb. You leave the coast at St Non’s, the birthplace of St David, patron saint of Wales. The path then heads inland to St David’s, the smallest city in Britain and home to 12th century St David’s Cathedral. The impressive cathedral was built on the site of St David’s monastery in 1181. Destroyed and restored over the centuries it is an important pilgrimage site and together with the Bishop’s Palace can be explored at length.


Overnight: St David’s B&B


Day 7 Walk to Whitesands Bay or visit Ramsey Island: 3 / 9 miles

The coast path from St Non’s Bay takes in a wild and savage section of the Pembrokeshire Coast. Enjoying great views of Ramsey Sound and Island your walk finishes at the lovely Whitesands Bay. Alternatively you can visit Ramsey Island, another important wildlife reserve with a large seabird and seal colony.


Overnight: St David’s B&B


Day 8 Onward Travel

Navigation

The route is way marked throughout with finger posts and acorn symbols. We also supply a detailed map and guidebook which describes the route. As always when walking you should be able to read a map and use a compass in case of bad weather. 


Accommodation

We take great pride in carefully selecting the accommodations we use on Pembrokeshire Coast Path to ensure you enjoy every minute of your stay. We
work with B&B’s, Guest Houses, country hotels and charming inns
which are normally of 3 or 4 star standard with en-suite bathrooms.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This holiday is available to solo walkers, although a solo supplement is payable.


If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to
accommodate your request, although it is not generally possible to
secure more than three single rooms in a party. A single supplement is
payable.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Most hotels and
B&B’s offer a continental and full cooked breakfast, which should
keep you going for hours.


Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the
available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy
to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival.
Alternatively your info pack includes details of local shops and
convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your
accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your info pack will of
course have details.


Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


Dogs

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers do not accept pets.

Availability

The Best of Pembrokeshire is available to start on any date during the season. Select your preferred start date on the calendar to book your trip.


Please note however that the boats to Skomer Island do not operate on Mondays. Therefore if wish to visit Skomer Island you should not start your trip on a Saturday.


Due to it being Puffin Season the whole of June is now full in Marloes, please avoid booking over this period if possible.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.  Please ensure that you do not bring more than one bag of 20kg, as if this occurs, the luggage transfer company will ask you to pay an additional fee (approx. £8.00 per day, per bag). This additional payment, should it be necessary, needs to be made locally to the driver and in cash. All luggage need to labelled as if they are not labelled we cannot guarantee that they will reach you at the next accommodation.


If you are travelling from far afield and do have more than one bag it is possible to arrange for the extra luggage to be stored whilst you are on the tour. (There maybe a small charge for this). These additional bags would be picked up at your accommodation at the start point and dropped off wherever you finish depending on the itinerary you choose to do. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.on.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


Useful Websites

There is a great wealth of information on the National Trail Website and this also has up to date diversions so it is worth a look before you set off on your walk.


Another good website is the Visit Pembrokeshire Website which has detailed information and may help with deciding on which part of the trail you are looking to walk.


Navigation

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is well waymarked with wooden posts and acorn symbols. The walk is on well maintained footpaths, clifftops, beaches and woodland trails. It does involve some steep ascent and descent especially in the Northern Sections of the Path.


Walking Direction

Our itineraries and guide book are written from South to North although the itineraries can be reversed if necessary.


Additional Nights and Extensions

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available on the Coast Path.


St Davids, Pembroke and Tenby are great choices for extra days.  Solva is a magical village tucked into the hillside and there are plenty of circular walks over the cliffs that can demand an extra day.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Getting to Dale

By Train - Regular trains run to Milford Haven from London (5h00), Cardiff (2h50), Bristol (3h50) and other UK destinations. (www.nationalrail.co.uk) for timetables and tickets). You can then take a bus (40 minutes/3 per day) or taxi (20 minutes/approx £20) to Dale.


By Car - You can leave your car in Dale and return at the end of your trip by bus (1h35).


By Air - Cardiff is the closest airport, Bristol is also as option as are the London airports. Getting from St David’s By Bus/Train - Catch the hourly bus to Haverfordwest (50 minutes) and train from Haverfordwest. Alternatively you can catch the bus to Fishguard and onward train.


Getting back from St David's 

By Bus - St Davids doesn't have a train station but you can travel by bus to your onward destination. To Swansea it takes approx 3 hrs.


A good source of reference for travel details is the travel line website: http://traveline.info/

Included

  • Accommodation in carefully selected B&B's, Guest Houses and Country Inn's.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • A detailed pre-departure information pack, guidebook and map per party.
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Extra night(s)

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.

How fit do I need to be?

This walk is graded moderate and has some steep ascents and descents so you will enjoy it more if you have a good level of walking fitness. That said you can skip sections or take rest days by using the local tourist bus service.If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as you know your plans as Pembrokeshire is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a day pack and hats/gloves etc. A full equipment list is included in your information pack. 

When is the best time of year?

This walking holiday is best enjoyed between April and October. Springtime weather can be changeable but usually is the driest time of year.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can the local tourist bus, which hugs the coast, public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. 

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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macs adventureThe Best of Pembrokeshire
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Well organised (9)
  • Great accommodations (7)
  • Fun (6)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Holiday (9)
  • Relaxation (5)
  • Trying something new (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Occasional traveller (3), World traveller (3)

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4.0

Springtime in Wales

By Mad dog and pack

from Vermont, USA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • scenic walk without hassles

    Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

    Luggage transfer is a wonderful thing! Long distance planning is made easy when working with the folks at Macs.

     
    5.0

    An easy walk in the best of weather: late May

    By Moo

    from New Zealand

    About Me World Traveller

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Plenty To See On The Way
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Nothing Negative

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation

    Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

    The trip to Skomer Island is a must. Take a warm hat. The puffins were superb .. The best time of year to see them. One aspect that didn't delight us was having to walk inland to Marloes .. Especially after the trip to Skomer.

     
    5.0

    Terrific trip - exceeded our expectations

    By Montana traveler

    from U.S.

    About Me Occasional Traveller

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

      The Pembrokeshire trail is amazing. Way-finding was easy and the hiking was perfect. Some long days p, but the trail is mostly fairly level, with great opportunities for rest stops on beaches or cliff tops. The flowers in May were gorgeous, and don't miss a trip to Skomer Island.

       
      4.0

      Ideal walk to get a feel for the Welsh Coast Path. Bed and B

      By Jon and Liz

      from Exeter

      About Me Occasional Traveller

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Relaxation

        Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

        Perfect sampler walking holiday for the Welsh / Pembroke Coast Path. Very well organised. Accommodation variable but all clean and acceptable. We were fortunate with the weather but the coast is stunning whatever the elements throw at you

         
        5.0

        One of the best holidays we've ever had

        By King Swish

        from USA

        About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

          The Welsh coast really must be experienced and walking it was a simply wonderful way to do it. Highly recommended!!

           
          5.0

          A memorable experience

          By Famous Shoes

          from Canberra

          About Me World Traveller

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • Spectacular Clifftop Walk
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Relaxation

            Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

            First-rate, professional organisation. Efficient, friendly. Great product: a perfect short (6 days) walk along spectacular clifftops.

             
            5.0

            Great experience

            By Nature Lover

            from Luxembourg

            About Me Passionate Hiker

            Pros

            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
            • Well Organised

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Nature experience
              • Relaxation

              Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

              No need to say that the trip was perfectly organised. What's more, it was perfectly wonderful offering great landscapes, marvellous views, lovely villages with nice restaurants and all in all a perfect match of recreation and physical activity. What better can you say about a holiday than - thinking back - it raises a rapt smile on your face.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Welsh Wonderment

              By Bruce Hiker

              from North Florida

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Pros

              • Fun
              • Great Accommodations
              • Well Organised

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Holiday
                • Relaxation
                • Trying Something New

                Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

                The trip was terrific, and we were very lucky to have great weather with very little rain. The Welsh are incredibly friendly and are into walking, so the paths are relatively straightforward to follow. The Inn's and BandB's we stayed in were very good with no bad experiences. The coast was the star, however-spectacular. I would do it again in a second!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wonderful scenery at its best in May

                By Gelert

                from Bucks

                About Me Regular Walker

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Great Accommodations
                • Well Organised

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Great exercise
                  • Holiday

                  Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

                  May is the perfect time to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast and Skomer is a must for the puffins and bluebells. The path can be quite up and down in places but the regular bus service is a useful back up if you want to shorten the walk or have a rest. A photographers delight.
                  Arrangements for luggage all worked smoothly.
                  Accommodation varied in character and all served excellent breakfast.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Rugged, wild and scenic

                  By Rev James

                  from London

                  About Me Occasional Traveller

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Great scenary

                  Cons

                  • Only One Atm On Route

                  Best Uses

                  • Holiday

                  Comments about macs adventure The Best of Pembrokeshire:

                  This walk follows a well marked path along some of the most rugged, wild and scenic parts of the Pembrokeshire coast.

                  However, rugged and wild also means very few shops, cafes, ATMs, etc. along the way. Boat trips to Skomer and Ramsey Islands can be cancelled because of bad weather.

                  Though the Pembrokeshire coastal path is usually walked from north to south, this route section runs south to north. The main advantage of walking northwards from Dale to St David's is that you get to enjoy great coastal scenery that just gets better and better each day.

                  Marloes is a good place for a two night stop in order to make a boat trip to Skomer Island. Though everybody who takes the trip really enjoys the experience of watching Puffins up close, we were not so lucky as the weather prevented the boat from operating on the day we were there. However, as our B&B host explained: 'even in bad weather years, such as 2012 and 2013, the boats operate on most days from Easter to September' (expect Mondays). Also be aware that the main attraction of Skomer, the Puffins, arrive in April and leave mid June.

                  Though the walk involves a lot of dips into and out of coves and sea inlets, it is generally quite moderate. The cliffs are a little precipitous in places but never super scary. The toughest day's walk is from Broad Haven to Solva, with a steep climb at the start of the day and again after Newgale. However, the high cliffs offer magnificent views across St Bride's Bay, with its many off shore rocks and little islands.

                  The last day's walk from Solva to St David's can be done in a morning, allowing the afternoon to explore the many places of interest in and around Britain's smallest City. St Non's Bay, on the way in to David's, is a pilgrimage site, with a holy well. St David's itself is dominated by the 12th century cathedral and massive bishop's palace. The TIC has an excellent art gallery containing Graham Sutherland paintings. You can also take boat trips from nearby St Justinians to or around Ramsey Island, though these too are dependent on good weather.

                  For anybody with even a modest interest in coastal scenery, geology, botany, wildlife, seascape painting, history of saints and kings, this walk provides a lot to see and discover.

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