The focal point in the "smallest city" in Britain is of course the Cathedral of St Davids. The current structure dates from 1180 and is believed to be at least the 4th cathedral on this site, the earlier ones having been destroyed by marauding Vikings!
The journey commences, following the high dramatic cliff line around St Brides Bay, with views over the water to distant Ramsey Island, then rises amongst lush woodland, to the Gribin, where stands evidence of a 3000 year old Iron Age Fort, once guarding the entrance to the pretty village and harbour at Solva. From here the Path descends towards the impressive 2 1/2 miles of the storm formed sandy beach at Newgale, before rising past colliery remains of chimney stacks, shafts and foundations of engine sheds at Rickets Head. Passing the tranquil beauty of the coves at Broad Haven, Little Haven, St Brides and Marloes Sands, you will see some unusual geological features such as stunning cliffs layered with red sandstone and grey shale, followed by fantastic views towards the islands of Skomer and Skokholm, nestling in the Atlantic ocean and a haven for puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots, gannets and Manx shearwater. Chough, storm petrel, peregrine, buzzard and wheatear also put in an appearance on the island and around St Ann's Head along with regular visits by porpoises and dolphins. Visit the village of Dale, once a bustling community with 18 pubs but now much smaller with much of the original village having been reclaimed by the sea, and nearby Dale Fort, in a spectacular location near the entrance to Milford. Built in 1856, in an attempt to deter the forces of Napoleon III from invading the west coast of Britain, this impressive building is now an educational establishment for field studies.
Finally, arrive at the charming port of Milford Haven. A port since the Middle Ages and once a busy whaling community, the docks have been reshaped into a superb 150-berth marina, with an impressive Dockside Gallery and Museum and where there was once a commercial quayside there are now cafes, restaurants and smart shops for you to relax and explore.
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Recommended dates to walk this route
Although this walk may be undertaken all year round, we would advise against the winter months purely due to the shorter daylight hours in this period. Also, a lot of the accommodations and food outlets close during these months.
Our most popular itinerary for walking this section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Slightly lower daily mileages allow you to spend extra time exploring this stunning region. Starting your journey in St Davids and walking the coastal region of St Brides Bay, giving ample opportunity for fantastic views of not only the dramatic landscape, but also the native flora and fauna. Why not add a rest day and explore Ramsey Island (from St Davids), or travel to Skomer Island (from either Dale or Marloes). Journeys end brings you to the newly emerging cosmopolitan port of Milford Haven.
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This distance can be increased, by heading west from St Davids towards Whitesands Bay.
Due to a lack of accommodation in Little Haven, it may be necessary to accommodate you elsewhere and include transfers to and from the accommodation.
Due to a lack of accommodation in Dale, it may be necessary to accommodate you elsewhere and include transfers to and from the accommodation.
Two tidal rivers to cross, one near Dale the other at Sandy Haven. If tides are 'against' walkers, a taxi can be arranged. Please click here to check your dates. #PLEASE REMEMBER TO ADD 1 HOUR FOR BST if NECESSARY. Both crossing can only be navigated 2.5 hours either side of low tide.
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5 Days / 6 Nights 9.5 miles daily avg
Number in Group: 2
Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room
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