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Best of Pembrokeshire Walking Holiday


  • 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.

Please be aware that the landing on Skomer Island excursion is becoming extremely popular - especially during the peak season of June & July. Tickets can only be purchased at the ferry operator's ticket office (2 miles from Marloes) in person, on the day of travel and they operate on a first come, first served basis. To ensure you get a ticket, it may require an extremely early start to queue for tickets

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


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. 


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


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.


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.


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


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.

Please also be aware that the landing on Skomer Island excursion is becoming extremely popular - especially during the peak season of June & July. Tickets can only be purchased at the ferry operator's ticket office (2 miles from Marloes) in person, on the day of travel and they operate on a first come, first served basis. To ensure you get a ticket, it may require an extremely early start to queue for tickets

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 18kg per person.  Please ensure that you do not bring more than one bag of 18kg, 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.


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 & Terrain

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. We provide you with detailed turn-by-turn route notes and maps and you
will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way.

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. ( 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:


  • 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.


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


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

We loved our walk on the coast


The walk on the Welsh coast was so beautiful, the people were wonderful and the accommodations were all lovely. We would love to do more of the coast in the future and would recommend this to walkers of any level. The paths are easy to navigate and at the time we went (October) there were few people around so we had a real escape from our busy city lives. We felt very comfortable walking the coast on our own, the signage is easy to follow.




Our custom "Best of Pembrokeshire" trip was ideal for us.


The trip materials were spot on and two of the places to stay were wonderful. One was adequate and the fourth was not very good. We appreciated having our luggage transported. The hike was pleasant, not too hard and the distances were just right. The views were magnificent.

Allan and Sue



Yes - if two of the B&B's were changed


We stayed at 4 B&B's, with a wide variety in quality. Two were a treat to stay in, two were not so good. The Marloes Clock House was great - friendly and well equipped room. The Anchor guest house in Broadhaven was ok. The room and bathroom were tiny, and the bed unacceptable. The owner was very friendly though. The Bank House in Solva was excellent, with a warm reception and antiques throughout. In St. Davids, the Coach House was ok, it had odor from the restaurant below, and a very small room.




A marvelous walk along the sea and cliffs


We were looking for a walk with a tiny bit of a challenge, but not too much and the Pembrokshire route delivered. The accomodations were great all along the way and the material Macs provided on the villages (with a little extra spade work) steered us to the best restuarants and pubs so après hike was just as much fun as the walk.


Denver, Colorado


A step back in time!


Villages visited were charming and quaint and met expectations. Route for hiking was good. Accommodations in Winchcombe and Moreton in Marsh fell below expectations. Otherwise enjoyed the tranquility of hiking through pastures of sheep and cows, grouse farms, climbing over stiles, and getting to feel like we were stepping back in time. Would recommend this trip to fellow hiking enthusiasts!!

Lor Por



Superb in every way


Wonderful coastal walk. We booked our trip for August so we missed the Skomer Island sea birds but managed to mostly dodge the rain until the last day when we faced the legendary lashing winds and rain of southwestern Wales. Wouldn't change a thing. Spectacular scenery, fine accommodations and expert organization by Macs Adventure.

Trail Walkers



Wonderfull walk


Had a great time walking along the coast path in Pembrokeshire. The walk is lovely. Beautyfull and dramatic scenery. I walked the path in september and some days were very stormy. I had to cut one day short, as the wind was to strong, but Macs tripnotes, map and app made it easy to figure out where to stop and find a bus. Loved the different bnb's I stayed at.




Wonderful coastal walk


A couple of longish days (20 km), but plenty of opportunities for scenic breaks on beaches. In September the ripe blackberries along the trail were a nutritious supplement to snacks.


Canadian Rockies








Exceeded our expectations in every way


Such a fantastic trip. Weather was spectacular, wildflowers were stunning, puffins were funny and friendly, hosts were thoughtful and welcoming, and the tides were perfect for end of day dips on those stunning sandy beaches....we couldn't have asked for more.

Family of Four

San Franscisco


The Best of Pembrokeshire

4.8 21


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