The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (North)

Overview

Cliff on The Pembrokeshire Coast

Introduction to The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (North)

This is the northerly section of The Pembrokeshire Coast Path, starting in St Dogmaels and finishing in Broad Haven. Totalling 84 miles of some of the most inspiring and exquisite coastal paths in the UK. You will walk through glorious surf beaches, including Whitesand's Bay and Newgale, see ancient stone circles and maybe even spot a dolphin or seal! Since you will be spending some evening in St Davids, the UK smallest city, you will also get the chance to visit the cathedral. This trek has incredibly varied coastal scenery from sandy beaches to dramatic cliffs, almost all contained within The Pembroke Coast National Park.

Series of Islands on a sunny day

Highlights of This Trail

  • Some of the most beautiful coastline in the UK.
  • Passing many glorious beaches, including Whitesands Bay.
  • The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddi, home of the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championships!
  • Staying in St Davids, the UK’s smallest city.
Rock formation by the sea

What's Included with this Holiday

  • Accommodation for 8 nights
  • 7 Days walking
  • A Qualified Mountain Leader
  • A Full Information Pack
  • Luggage transfer
  • Maximum group size of 8
  • Free transport back to St Dogmaels or Cardigan
  • Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
  • Free pick up and drop off to Haverfordwest train station

Is This Trail Right For Me?

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is very similar in difficulty level to the West Highland Way, therefore if you have enjoyed the West Highland Way you are very likely to love this trek as well. The first day is certainly the most demanding, so be prepared for a tough start, this is due to it being both the longest and most undulating day of the trail. However, the rest of the trek is gentler and so it will soon get easier. Don’t let the idea of a coastal path fool you, The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is not a flat walk. While there are no mountains to climb, it is certainly an undulating path. So a positive, strong, mental attitude is needed as always!

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (North) Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan

Each day you will be guided along the trail to your next accommodation. There is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you get to your accommodation in the evening. You will only be expected to carry your day bag (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day). Everything else will be transported to your next accommodation for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!

Cliffs with fields above on the coast

Day 1: Arrive in Cardigan

This is your chance to get to the start of the trek by making your way to Cardigan. If you plan to get the train to Haverfordwest and would like a free transfer to your accommodation this can usually be arranged just email us and let us know. Do be aware that this is the nearest major train station to Cardigan but the transfer will take one hour. Therefore we will only be able to do one transfer on the arrival day. This will be leaving the station at 5:00pm and arrive in Cardigan for approximately 6:00pm. In the evening you will get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides in a local pub for welcome evening.

Accommodation in or near Cardigan

Day 2: Walking to Walk to Newport - 15.5 miles

You will begin your journey along The Pembrokeshire Coast path from the small village of St Dogmaels. You leave the village following the road, passing the first of many beautiful beaches on this trek; Poppit Sands. Continuing along the road for a short while then following the dramatic coastline, with views across to Cardigan Island. Next, you make your way along the undulating cliff path, where dolphins can often be spotted. Passing through the scenic Ceibwr Bay and eventually seeing Newport Sands in the distance. As the day draws to an end we will be following the River Nevern into woodland before reaching the centre of Newport itself. This day is in fact the most challenging days of the The Pembrokeshire Coast Path trek. It is 15.5 miles (25.7km) long and is very undulating, but the magnificent scenery make it all well worth the effort. Once in Newport we will drive you to the nearby village of Fishguard. Here you will spend the next three nights.

Accommodation in or near Fishguard

Day 3: Walking to Fishguard - 12 miles

Today we will walk to Fishguard, which is 12 miles (19.3km) and a gentler walk than yesterday. We begin by making our way to the seafront, and possibly a walk along the beach depending on the tide. We then walk above the slate quarries, used for walling stone in Newport, before walking from the Bays of Aber Rhigian to Aber Fforest. From here we travel around to the excellent view point at Dinas Head. Where you will be able to see Fishguard and Goodwick in the distance. For the rest of the day you will continue to follow the coastal path. This has many more dramatic views of the cliff below, before reaching Fishguard itself. Once in Fishguard, you will be able to walk straight back to your accommodation.

Accommodation in or near Fishguard

Day 4: Walking to Pwll Deri - 9.2 miles

Today we walk to Pwll Deri, this the shortest day of The Pembrokeshire Coast Path trek at only 9.2 miles (14.8km). First we begin by making our way from Fishguard to Goodwick, and then right through (and over!) the ferry port at Goodwick to a minor road. From here you will ascend back onto the coastal path. This now takes on a slightly different character to previous days. It is sandier and more open than earlier section, and slightly less undulating. You will follow this to the lighthouse at Strumble Head. From here the character of the coastal path changes once again, and become rockier underfoot as well as more undulating than early. However, you will soon reach Pwll Deri, where you will be collected and taken back to Fishguard for a 3rd and final night.

Accommodation in or near Fishguard

Day 5: Walking to Porthgain - 12 miles

Today you will be walking to Porthgain, which is 12 miles (19.3 km) in length. We begin by passing the memorial stone at Pwll Deri before regaining the coastal path. The scenery is excellent, and we pass through many beautiful bays. Aber Bach will be our first bay, followed by Aber Mawr and Abercastle. There is very little road walking, or even road crossings, just 12 mile of excellent coastal walking. After passing Abercastle, we walk through the village of Trefin, before reaching the outstanding ruins of Porthgain itself. From here you are taken to St Davids for the first of four nights.

Accommodation in or near St Davids

Day 6: Walking to Whitesands Bay - 10 miles

Today we walk to Whitesands Bay, this is a shorter day at just 10 miles (16.1 km). Which will give you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful beach once you reach it. We will begin by making our way from Porthgain to Abereiddi, famous for the stunning Blue Lagoon, which is home to The Red Bull Cliff Diving Championships! From here we have a short ascent out of Abereiddi Bay, the walking is fairly easy going. We then head towards St Davids Head, and into Whitesands Bay itself.

Accommodation in or near St Davids

Day 7: Walking to Solva - 13 miles

Today we will drive you back to Whitesands Bay and you will be walking to Solva, this is 13 miles (21 km) in length, however it is less undulating than some of the pervious days. From Whitesands Bay we will head south along the costal path, with excellent views of the nearby Ramsey Island and “The Bitches” a famous tidal race, as we pass the lifeboat station at St. Justinan’s. We will soon follow the coast in a westerly direction and walk above Porthlysgi Bay and through the Quay at Porth Clais. From here we still have three beautiful bays to see; St. Non’s, Caerfai and Caer Bwdy before reaching our destination of Solva.

Accommodation in or near St Davids

Day 8: Walking to Broad Haven - 12 miles

The last day of our journey along The Pembrokeshire Coast Path! Today we will be walking to Broad Haven, which is 12 miles (19.3 Km) away. We will begin by leaving Solva and passing the interesting spur of land of Dinas Fawr before making our way to the famous Newgale Sands, well renowned for its excellent surfing and beautiful large sandy beach. We will follow the beach for a short while before ascending back on to the coastal path, whereby we will soon pass the smaller more secluded beaches at Nolton Haven, Madoc’s Heaven and Druidston Haven, before making our way to our last beach, where our journey will come to an end at Broad Haven.

Accommodation in or near St Davids

Day 9: Departure

Today is the depature day from our The Pembrokeshire Coast Path trek. It is time to say goodbye and make your way home. For those that need it we will be able to provide a free lift to the train station in Haverfordwest and then will continue on to St Dogmaels/Cardigan. We will leave St Davids at 9:00am and be at Haverfordwest Train Station for approximately 9:45am. We will then continue on to St Dogmaels/Cardigan, and should arrive there for approximately 10:45am.

Accommodation in or near St Davids

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (North) Accommodation Options

All our Pembrokeshire Coast Path guided walking holidays are offered with B&B accommodation, this is our most popular option for all our treks.

Bed & Breakfast

The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.

Cardigan

Cardigan is an ancient market town set right on the River Teifi estuary. It is just a 5 minute transfer from the start of the walk and so it is where you will be staying on the night before you begin walking the trail. If you intend to arrive early in the day, do consider a visit to Cardigan Castle.

Fishguard (or Goodwick)

Fishguard and Goodwick are very close together, and you will be spending nights 2, 3 and 4 staying in one of these locations. Both are coastal towns with a sections of pubs, takeaways and shops.

St Davids

St Davids is the smallest city in the UK and only granted that status due to the existence of St Davids Cathedral. In regards to its size, it is in fact comparable to a village, which makes St Davids a beautiful and special place. The city has a few good places to eat, as well as shops and takeaways which you will have four nights to discover and enjoy. For those with extra energy, St Davids Cathedral is well worth a visit and so are the ruins of the medieval Bishops Palace.

Dates & Prices

The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.

2018 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Saturday 26th May 2018 to Sunday 3rd June 2018 Guaranteed - 1 Space Left (Single Room Only)
Saturday 23rd June 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018 Guaranteed - 5 Spaces Left

No Suitable Date?

If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.

Waiting List

If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.

2019 Calendar

We are hoping to publish our calendar for 2019 in the spring of 2018. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you please do feel free to get in contact with us.

Pricing

Price for Bed & Breakfast:

The price of this trip is £899 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £899.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £20 per night single supplement (£160 in total).

How to Book

Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.

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What Happens Once you Have Booked

Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.