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The Best of Pembrokeshire

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  • 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 southwest 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, kittiwakes, fulmars and 100,000 pairs of shearwaters.

What To Expect

This trip is perfect for you if you want to discover the best walking in Wales, quaint fishing villages, prolific wildlife and buckets of history in one fabulous week.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Personal Growth
  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular

Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded moderate to strenuous depending on which itinerary you choose. For those wishing to complete the entire walk, it is advisable that you have some previous long-distance walking experience.

The route is a mixture of paths, beach walking and clifftop paths. Some of the sections can be rocky and steep as you traverse the cliffs. You will often encounter steps as you ascend and descend between the coves.

Navigation

The route is way marked extensively with finger posts and acorn symbols. Navigation skills may be required if you intend to venture off the trail. We provide a guide book to help you find your way. The best way of navigating however is to use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App. To ensure you have the best possible experience on the trail you can download this handy app which is available on both Android and iPhone. The app allows you to follow your progress along the trail without getting lost. You’ll find the app contains route maps for each day’s hike. The QR codes and links to the app for each of the walks are outlined in a PDF which will be downloaded to your "My Account".

Please be aware that the daily distances on the website do not comply with those in the guidebook as we have used the daily distance amounts based on the gps tracks in the Macs Adventure Smartphone App.

Accommodation Information

We take great pride in carefully selecting the accommodations we use on the 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&Bs 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.

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.

Included
  • Overnights in B&B's, small hotels, guest houses and country inns
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • A detailed info pack, guide book and map
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem
Excluded
  • Ferry to Skomer
  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
Extras
  • Additional nights

When To Go

You can start your Pembrokeshire Coast Path Walk anytime between March and the beginning of October.

Time of Year

You can enjoy this walk in spring, summer or autumn/fall. In the springtime, you will encounter spring flowers, for example, woods that may be full of bluebells. The summer should be slightly warmer, but perhaps a little busier. The autumn/fall will be quieter and a lovely time to walk this coast path.

Getting to the Start

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 an 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 from the End

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/

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 needs 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 may be 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.

General Information

Daily Distances

Since not all the accommodations are directly on the path, you may be walking extra distances to reach your accommodation, so you will need to take this into consideration when calculating your daily distances as our GPS tracks and distances noted in your document and on our website do not normally include these additional mileages.Also, please be aware that we have calculated the daily distances on our Macs Adventure Smartphone App so they may not necessarily be the same as listed in the guidebook.

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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dale and Overnight Day 2: Walk Dale to Marloes 13 miles / 20 km Day 3: Tour around Skomer Island Day 4 Walk Marloes to Little Haven/Broad Haven 9 miles / 14 km Day 5: Walk Little Haven/Broad Haven to Solva 12 miles / 19 km Day 6: Walk Solva to St David's 6 miles / 10 km Day 7 Walk St David's to Whitesands Bay 8 miles / 13 km Day 8: Onward Travel from St David's

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