Self Guided Walking Holidays
on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The first National Trail in Wales and stretching 180 miles (290km) from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south. Secluded beaches, sleepy fishing villages and castle ruins and epic landscapes are a few of the sights you will see on this walk which follows some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Britain. This walk will leave you invigorated, revived and will revitalise the senses.
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Starting in the north of the county in St. Dogmaels, you can choose to walk the whole 180 miles in one holiday ending your journey in the sleepy village of Amroth, or you can opt to break up the journey into two or three shorter breaks allowing you to take the time to enjoy all this area in Wales has to offer at a pace comfortable to you. Each section brings its own rewards depending on your particular interests. History abounds with ancient Neolithic burial chambers, Iron Age barrows, ruined castles and an outstanding cathedral in St Davids, the smallest city in the UK in the North section between St. Dogmaels and St Davids. Breath-taking natural rock formations such as the collapsed sea cave named the Witches Cauldron add to the stunning photo opportunities in this area, as does the manmade flooded Blue Lagoon quarry at Abereiddy.
If your interests are more nature based, the central section from St Davids to Milford Haven is certainly the place to be walking, with native wildlife at every turn, in conjunction with some of the best bird watching in Wales. Whilst here you must take a day out for a boat trip to Skomer, Skokholm and Ramsey Islands nature reserves where you can view not only some of Britain’s rarest birds, but also other feathered visitors to these shores on their migratory routes north and south. It is not only bird watchers who have the opportunity to indulge themselves on this stretch of the path, as many of our other indigenous sea mammals such as grey seals, dolphins and porpoises have their homes here also. Binoculars are a must if choosing to walk this central section. If you prefer to have a mixture of castles, picture perfect towns of coloured houses rising up from harbour sides onto the surrounding cliffs, such as the town of Tenby, and the chance to escape into open spaces with beautiful woodlands and the vast lily ponds at Bosherston, then the southern stretch of this diverse trail should be your option. This section starts in the bustling port of Milford Haven, and travels its way through the walled town of Pembroke with its Norman castle. Many wide open sandy beaches are in evidence on this stretch of the path, with Amroth being your journeys end. Whichever part of this amazingly diverse and varied coastal path you choose, you are sure to finish with memories you will want to share with your friends back home.