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Highlights

  • Clifftop walking, beaches and wildlife
  • Hidden Bays and sleepy fishing villages
  • Explore St David's - the smallest city in Britain
  • Picnic at Barafundle Bay - voted one of the worlds best beaches

The Northern Section of the Coast Path presents the walker with challenging but rewarding days along wilder and more remote terrain

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail follows 186 miles of wild and rugged coastline along the westerly peninsula of Wales. Secluded beaches, castle ruins and sleepy fishing villages are a few of the sights you will see on this walk which skirts the Pembrokeshire National Park. Breathe in the scent of wild herbs and flowers as you follow undulating cliff tops trails, listening to waves crashing in the sea caves below. Watch for puffins and seals who enjoy the coastal habitat and take a well deserved rest in one of the many secluded coves en route. This walk will leave you energised, revived and will inspire the senses.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path - 7 Days & 6 Nights (North)

Day 1: Arrive St Davids and overnight


Day 2: Walk to Whitesands Bay/overnight St Davids: 8.5m


Day 3: Walk to Trefin: 11.5m


Day 4: Walk to Fishguard: 20.5m


Day 5: Walk to Newport: 11m


Day 6: Walk to St Dogmaels/Cardigan: 16m


Day 7: Onward Travel

Accommodation

You will stay in carefully selected walker friendly B&B’s,
guesthouses, country pubs and small hotels. Your room will have an
ensuite wherever possible. A delicious breakfast is always included.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and
accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.


Solo Walkers

This walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as we incur
additional baggage transfer costs there is a solo walker supplement
payable.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not
included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide
a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your
accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants.


Dogs

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


Copyright

Some of the images we have used for this tour have been supplied from
the Welsh Tourist Board.  Crown Copyright (2010) Visit Wales.


 
 

 


 

 

 




The Coach House - St David's

A warm welcome and delicious choice of breakfast awaits at The Coach
House. St Davids is the smallest city in Britain due to its wonderful
cathedral and it’s a great place to stop.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Garn Isaf - Abercastle

Garn Isaf has been a homestead since the 16th Century and has now
been completely modernised to create comfort and style for B&B
guests.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Manor Town House - Fishguard

Relax in your individually decorated rooms, many with original
fireplaces and antique furniture. Manor Town House has a beautiful
terrace where you can sit and enjoy a fine ale after a hard days
walking.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Bryn - Newport

This elegant Georgian Town House is a wonderful rest stop on the
Coast Path, with many of the rooms having views over Newport’s stunning
bay and some with views of Dinas Head.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Llety Teifi - Cardigan

Llety Teifi is a relaxed family run Boutique style Guest House accommodation in Cardigan.


 

 

 

 

Availability

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


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 15kg 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.


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 and from St Davids

By Bus—St Davids doesn't have a train station but you can reach the city by bus. From Swansea it takes approx 3 hrs.


Getting back from St Dogmaels

By Rail/Bus—From St Dogmaels the best way to travel is to catch the bus back to Fishguard (35mins) and then the train to Cardiff (1hr 30). A good source of reference for travel details is the travel
line website: www.traveline.org.uk. We can also provide a telephone number for a taxi firm who will take you all the way back to Amroth for a reasonable cost.

Included

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in ensuite rooms wherever possible.
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • A detailed info pack, guide book and map.
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Entrance fees (where applicable)
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Travel Insurance

Extras

  • Solo walker supplement
  • Additional nights

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?

We offer a range of itineraries with differing daily distances so you can find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. 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 your plans are finalised as the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans. 

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

When is the best time of year?

This walking holiday is best enjoyed between March and mid October. Springtime weather can be changeable but usually is the driest time of year, from March to June.

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 use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. In some cases the baggage transfer service that takes your bags on to your next accommodation may be able to assist. Our office can assist with helpful advice should you need to arrange transport for yourself or anyone in your party.

 

would go to Pembrokeshire Coast again in a heartbeat

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We loved the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Absolutely everyone we encountered in the small towns and in the B&Bs (especially the innkeepers) were amazingly friendly, hospitable, and helpful. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. The B&Bs where we stayed in every location were wonderful, in a few cases so much so that we'd go back just to be able to stay there. We found that the company Macs Adventure fell short in a couple of ways. (1) They did not give advice about the time that should be allotted between arriving after 36 hours of travel, and the start of the first hike. (2) They should warn travellers who plan to take the train that there are "request stops" in between major stops; an unaware traveller can mistakenly get off at the wrong stop. (3) the nearly 19-km distance from Fishguard to Newport is not a reasonable distance for most people to travel in a day. The company should advise hikers of ways to shorten this by getting off the path somewhere in between. We even asked the company about this twice (including via a phone call to the office in Scotland) and did not get any kind of a helpful answer. We know of another company that is based in the UK that already offered that information to their customers. Likewise the 14-km distance from Newport to St. Dogmael's also needs this kind of pointer so that people can get off the path and get a bus or taxi for some of the distance. We found this out through talking with other hikers as well as innkeepers.

Lisa and David the hikers from Canada

Toronto

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Beautiful walk in Pembrokeshire

5

As usual very well organized. Everything functioned - accommodation, transport of luggage, taxa-transfer. Good guide-book and info.

Walking-addict

Denmark

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path (South)

4

We walked the South portion of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (Ambroke to Pembroke). Stunning scenery; weather was mostly good, with one day of solid downpour (it IS Wales, after all). Walks are relatively easy (a bit of climbing to get up and over headlands, but nothing too strenuous) and often a bit on the short side (Bosherton to Angle, for example), which may disappoint if you are looking for a full day outing. Accommodations can be scarce in the smaller villages, so quality of inns varies and you may have to take a taxi back and forth from a more remote hotel to the start of your day's walk. On our day of torrential rain, we opted not to walk and took a bus up to see St. David's Cathedral instead, which made for a lovely alternate outing, even in the rain. Caldey Island, off of Tenby, also makes for a nice outing if you have time (on a good day -- the ferry does not run in bad weather). The local people were wonderful -- welcoming and so friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed Wales, but think we might have found the North portion of the Coast Path more challenging and more to our tastes. Next time! The South portion would be an excellent introduction to walking for those new to the activity.

Lyn

Tampa

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A great week

5

We had a great week, blessed by wonderful weather and so many encounters with friendly people.

Hilary

Farnham Surrey

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Beautiful coastline

5

We had a wonderful time walking this section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Our accommodations were excellent, breakfasts delicious, and MACS was superb in making a few changes for us before our final itinerary was set. All transport arrangements were flawless. The daily walks were plenty challenging.

The Senior set

Ottawa, Canada

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Wow! Stunning scenery!

5

What a walk!! This was a stunning walk! The scenery was amazing and ever changing. From the cliffs and beaches to the more industrial sections. The whole walk was brilliant! We had lovely weather on most days and saw seals and their pups, dolphins, porpoises! This is an area of Wales we would love to return to! We have been using Macs Adventures for nearly 10 years now and they never disappoint! Well organised and planned, some great accommodations and we will definitely continue to use them for our walking holidays!

Simon & Clare

Cumbria

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Wales Self guided walking tour

5

First off the people of Wales are delightful! The waking tour along the coast was truly magnificent, I loved the contrast of colors, the different vegetation gracing the landscape. The sheep and cows were adorable. I enjoyed my holiday off the beaten track and have recommend Mac's adventure to my friends and strangers as well. I had such a good time. I would advise to pack a lunch including water if you are planning to hike the coastal path since there is a scant opportunity to stop and eat at a little village of sorts.

DebRella

Boulder, CO

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Feedback

5

Well organised. Good accommodation. . Provided exactly what they said they would.

Andy

Wiltshire

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Truly magnificent walk...

5

A once in a lifetime walk along the full 186 miles. Varied landscapes from stunning coastal-scales, to remote beaches, firing ranges, estuaries and oil refineries! Great flora, fauna and food abound. Generally excellent family-run accommodations, stretching itinerary without being extreme. Great foodie stops along the way with crab sandwiches and lobster rolls, and of course don't forget the quality of the lamb! Well organised all round. Memorable and challenging journey.

IntrepidJ

London

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mostly beautiful nature

4

Besides day one (Prembroke to Milford Haven) which was very ugly as all day in industrial area the walk was great. Beutiful nature and scenary, great relaxation as only a few tourists on the route. The villages are mostly tiniy and besides a pub there is nothing. The km info in the documentation is not correct, every single day (we all had trackings) were between 2 to 4 km more, which was good as the walks would have been way too short otherwise. All very well organized and we had great accomodations and excellent breakfasts. Improvement suggestion: luggage transfer should be later than 9 am. Also breakfast should be offered until 10 am and not latest 9 am. Not possible to have a longer sleep in the entire week.

Ramona

Germany

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