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7 Best Circular Walks On The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

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The Pembrokeshire Coast Path meanders for 186 miles passing towering cliffs and golden seashores. Right here is our choose of the most effective day walks exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a spectacular 186 mile Nationwide Path winding its means alongside the far southwest coast of Wales. Throughout its journey, it passes towering cliffs and golden seashores, cute villages with tiny harbours and emerald-green lagoons.

It’s undoubtedly among the most interesting surroundings within the UK.

It takes 10 to fifteen days to stroll the whole route from Amroth within the south to St Dogmaels within the north. However should you don’t have that type of time, it’s completely potential to finish among the finest sections and see most of the highlights of the Pembrokeshire Coast on shorter day walks.

We now have picked our seven favorite round walks alongside the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. All use the Nationwide Path in some unspecified time in the future, however to create fascinating round walks, additionally they head inland through craggy tops, stately properties, or fairly cities.

Some are solely a few hours on typically flat floor, whereas others are more difficult – heading over headlands and as much as rocky summits. Every is a little bit completely different, though all cross via magnificent surroundings alongside beautiful trails.

It goes with out saying that – like virtually all of our hikes – most of those Pembrokeshire walks contain a pitstop in an atmospheric pub or a well-positioned cafe.

We now have included detailed maps for every hike, the most effective issues to see and do alongside the path, plus the place to remain. Hopefully, the whole lot you’ll need to have an awesome time out exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast.

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1 – STACKPOLE AND BARAFUNDLE CIRCULAR WALK

Issue – Simple to Medium | Distance – 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) | Time – 3 hours quarter-hour | Begin – Bosherston Nationwide Belief Automobile Park | Instructions – Clockwise on our Stackpole & Barafundle Stroll Map

It’s not at all times simple to search out an awesome round stroll alongside the coast however this can be a cracker. The coastal part roams over magnificent headlands with views stretching down previous rugged cliffs to the surging ocean beneath.

Alongside the best way it visits a tiny harbour, a dramatic deep blue pool, and luxurious Barafundle seaside. Backed by dunes with cliffs rising on both facet, it is without doubt one of the most interesting within the UK.

The vertiginous cliffs are dramatic and scary on the identical time. Look rigorously and you may even see intrepid adventurers hanging from ropes making an attempt climbs like The Widowmaker, Coronary heart of Darkness or Blowin within the Wind.

Inland, the path meanders via the Stackpole Property and its well-known Lily Ponds. In June and July, lovely white flowers float on the man-made lake and if you’re extraordinarily fortunate you may even see an otter darting out and in of the banks.

2 – MARLOES PENINSULA CIRCULAR WALK

Issue – Medium | Distance – 10.75 kilometres (6.7 miles) | Time – 3 hours half-hour | Begin – Marloes Sands Nationwide Belief Automobile Park | Instructions – Anti-clockwise on our Marloes Peninsula Stroll Map

There are three nice causes to aim this stroll. Firstly, the surroundings on the southern facet of the Marloes Peninsula is among the most interesting on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Streaky gray slate forces its means via sandy seashores and swelling seas, forming sharp triangles of rock jutting via the golden sand and blue-green waters.

Secondly, the stunning slim path clings to the cliff high because it meanders alongside the sting of the headland and cuts via swathes of yellow gorse, swaying bracken, and seasonal flowers. In spring, purple foxgloves line the route earlier than late summer time sees the heather bloom.

Thirdly, though the best proliferation of birdlife is discovered on Skomer Island (certainly one of our favorite locations to go to in Pembrokeshire), this hike heads to Wooltack Level, on the headland reverse. From Could to July, you may even see puffins, guillemots, and razorbills fishing for meals. If you’re actually fortunate you might spy 1000’s of Manx Shearwaters gathering on the water within the early night. Seals could be seen all yr spherical however come ashore to offer delivery in October and periodically porpoises could be noticed within the waves. Binoculars is perhaps a good suggestion.

Start the stroll on the Nationwide Belief Automobile Park at Marloes Sands and head anti-clockwise following the route on the map linked beneath. The stroll takes a little bit over three hours, includes a few quick climbs, however is comparatively simple. Seize lunch on the glorious Nationwide Belief Runwayskiln café (public bathrooms subsequent door) to complete off an awesome time out.

OUR MARLOES PENINSULA WALK TIP

Boats to Skomer Island go away from Martin’s Haven harbour, which you cross on this stroll. If you’re concerned about birdwatching, a go to right here is to not be missed, however you’ll need to ebook prematurely.

MARLOES PENINSULA MAP

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3 – SOLVA AND THE GRIBBIN HEADLAND CIRCULAR WALK

Issue – Simple to Medium | Distance – 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) | Time – 1 hour half-hour | Begin – Decrease Solva Automobile Park | Instructions – Anti-clockwise on our Solva & Gribbin Map

This quick however superb round stroll is ideal if you’d like a fast taster of all that’s nice in regards to the Pembrokeshire Coast Nationwide Park.

The stroll begins in Decrease Solva, a vibrant village on the finish of a deep reduce inlet. In 1900, 30 ships and 9 warehouses made this a buzzing hub. However as we speak it has an altogether extra relaxed really feel and at excessive tide its brightly painted homes shimmer as boats bob cheerily within the harbour.

The trail begins by heading as much as the Gribbin peninsula, offering fantastic views of the city, then drops to a tiny cove and rises once more to move alongside the coast. For the subsequent kilometre you cross dramatic rock formations and secret seashores earlier than heading inland.

After crossing some fields and passing an historical burial chamber, the path heads right into a lovely-wooded glen that drops to a bridge over a babbling brook. On a heat day, shade from swaying bushes brings enjoyable aid earlier than a brief steep climb again over the Gribbin headland and into Decrease Solva.

Finish the stroll with a snack at MamGu which does a wholesome commerce in Welsh Desserts. It’s additionally nice for vegetarians.

OUR SOLVA & GRIBBIN HEAD WALK TIP

Please be aware that if you’re utilizing Ordnance Survey Maps, the trail markings are improper round St. Elvis Farm. The house owners have redirected the route, so please consult with our map beneath. Additionally, remember that though it is just 2.5 miles lengthy, there are three steep 60 to 70 metre climbs up and over the headlands.

SOLVA AND THE GRIBBIN HEADLAND MAP

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4 – TREGINNIS CIRCULAR WALK

Issue – Medium | Distance – 14.25 kilometres (8.9 miles) | Time – 4 hours half-hour | Begin – St Justinian’s, Porthclais or Merrivale Automobile Park | Instructions – Anti-clockwise on our Treginnis Peninsula Map

It is a beautiful round stroll across the Treginnis headland that covers virtually the whole southern half of the St Davids head peninsula. The coastal cliffs usually are not as excessive and the seashores maybe not fairly as fairly as different walks, however it’s the variety that makes it particular.

In simply over 4 hours you cross St Justinian’s boathouses; quite a few coves tucked into headlands; the large gash of Porthlysgi Bay and the charming harbour of Porthclais. Maintaining you firm in your journey are the speeding gurgling waters of Ramsey Sound which may attain as much as 6 knots on spring tides. 

After passing the rocky coast round St Nons, the path then heads inland to the city of St Davids. Take a detour to the magnificent cathedral the place wealth poured in after Pope Calixtus II declared two pilgrimages to St Davids is the same as one to Rome, and three to Jerusalem.

The one draw back is the three kilometres of nation lane strolling between St Davids and St Justinians. Whereas the craggy hillock strewn fields are engaging, at instances it’s good to stand on the verge to permit the visitors to cross.

There’s a Nationwide Belief café and bathrooms and Porthclais and loads of amenities within the metropolis of St. Davids, which makes a superb base for exploring the world.

OUR TREGENNIS PENINSULA WALK TIP

You can begin the stroll from St Justinians, Porthclais (Nationwide Belief) or Merrivale (St Davids) automobile parks. If you happen to don’t fancy the hike alongside the roads from St Davids to St. Justinians, take the 403 Celtic Coaster bus. See hyperlinks for timetables on the finish of the submit.

TREGENNIS PENINSULA WALK MAP

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5 – WHITESANDS & CARN LLIDI CIRCULAR WALK

Issue – Medium | Distance – 6.75 kilometres (4.2 miles) | Time – 2 hours quarter-hour | Begin – Whitesands Automobile Park | Instructions – Clockwise on our Whitesands and Carn Llidi Stroll Map

This round stroll is for people who like their hikes wild and rugged. There aren’t any cute harbours or fairly villages, simply miles and miles of gorse, rock, and heather. It’s a bleak and lonely place the place the crowds disappear and the paths appear to stretch on perpetually.

Alongside the best way there are temporary reminders of life: the stays of a Celtic Chapel; a long-lost historical fort; ruined burial chambers and the dolmen of Coetan Arthur. However the spotlight is summiting Carn Llidi. Its dramatic buttressed craggy options and far-reaching views belie its 181-metre top.

The stroll begins and ends at Whitesands Seashore, a sweeping stretch of powdery white sands. Finish the day with a refreshing swim, watch the surfers rule the waves or just relax in a deckchair.

OUR WHITESANDS AND CARN LLIDI WALK TIP

Whitesands Seashore is nice for households. There’s a café, bathrooms and on summer time days you may hire deckchairs, windbreaks, surfboards, and wetsuits. Parking is £5 for the day (in money) and does get busy in peak season, though the attendant typically opens overflow parking within the close by fields.

WHITESANDS AND CARN LLIDI MAP

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6 – PORTHGAIN & ABEREIDDY WALK

Issue – Simple to Medium | Distance – 6.5 kilometres (4 miles) | Time – 2 hours | Begin – Porthgain Village (Free) | Instructions – Anti-clockwise on our Porthgain Abereiddy Stroll Map

In our opinion, that is essentially the most fascinating quick stroll alongside the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. It begins within the intriguing village of Porthgain which was a affluent industrial harbour within the early 1900s.

Slate quarried a number of miles south was carried by tramway to the village earlier than being shipped from its tiny harbour. In later years slate was changed with brickmaking and a big hopper was constructed into the cliff above the village. At the moment the remnants of its industrial previous stand as stark reminders of a bygone age.

From Porthgain the path climbs up some steps and follows the coastal path south, passing magnificent surroundings dotted with previous quarries, stays of the tramway and ruined slate buildings. After half an hour you attain the key seaside of Traeth Llyfn, our favorite on the Pembrokeshire Coast.

One other quarter-hour additional brings you to the Blue Lagoon. Initially a slate quarry it closed in 1910. Recognizing a novel alternative, native fisherman blasted a slim channel between the quarry and the ocean, creating a man-made harbour within the previous pit. At the moment, the Blue Lagoon is nice for a fast dip or some slightly thrilling leaping from the slate buildings that line its edge.

After about an hour, the trail arrives at Abereiddy, the place one can find one other seaside, automobile park (£4 for the day)  and bathrooms. You’ll be able to head again inland throughout the fields (see map beneath), however for as soon as it’s in all probability higher to return alongside the coast.

Whichever you select, finish the hike with a drink on the Sloop Inn in Porthgain. Established in 1743, the pub is full of memorabilia reminiscent of the village’s industrial and fishing previous.

OUR ABEREIDDY & PORTHGAIN WALK TIP

Whereas within the space, we extremely advocate becoming a member of a coasteering tour within the Blue Lagoon. Coasteering includes scrambling alongside rocky coastlines and enjoying within the surging surf. It was invented in Pembrokeshire and the Blue Lagoon is a good place to have a go.

OUR ABEREIDDY & PORTHGAIN MAP

7 – STRUMBLE HEAD CIRCULAR WALK

Issue – Medium to Difficult | Distance – 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) | Time – 3 hours quarter-hour | Begin – Garn Fawr Automobile Park | Instructions – Clockwise on our Strumble Head Stroll Map

That is the toughest of our round walks on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Not a lot for the space, as a lot as the quantity of ascent and descent. It requires some puff, nevertheless it’s properly definitely worth the effort. The hike gives great views round undulating coastal cliffs and two nice factors of curiosity.

On the far finish of the peninsula, standing imposingly on St. Michaels Island is the Strumble Head Lighthouse. The 17-metre white tower was in-built 1908 to guard sea visitors between Eire and Fishguard and nonetheless comprises the unique lantern. Electrified in 1965 and automatic in 1980 it gives a superb focus for photographers.

The stroll additionally climbs to the summit of Garn Fawr, at 213 metres it’s the highest level on this stretch of coast. At its summit is an iron age fort constructed greater than 2,500 years in the past. It makes glorious use of the hill’s pure strains, linking the rocky outcrops with stone partitions. The views from right here over a patchwork of inexperienced fields and disappearing headlands is exceptional.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING OUR PEMBROKESHIRE COASTAL WALKS MAPS

All our Pembrokeshire Coastal walks are included on the beneath map, nonetheless, every of the particular routes are proven on the maps linked beneath every stroll.

The right way to use this map / Click on on the highest left of the map to show the checklist of places, then click on on the places to show additional data. Click on on the highest proper nook of the map to open a bigger model in a brand new tab or the star to save lots of to your Google Maps.  


HOW TO GET AROUND THE PEMBROKESHIRE COAST

BY CAR

One of the best ways to get to those round Pembrokeshire Coast walks is to drive. It’s a most of simply over a 1-hour drive between any of them and it’s the right inclusion on a Wales street journey. Essentially the most handy automobile parks are marked on the maps. All are both free, have an attendant that takes money or card or machines that take bank card.

The Nationwide Belief owns quite a lot of the property alongside the Pembrokeshire Coast. Being a member means that you can park of their automobile parks at no cost (saving you roughly £4 per park). In case you have ever considered becoming a member of, then doing so earlier than visiting Pembrokeshire makes quite a lot of sense.

If you’re trying to rent a automobile in your Pembrokeshire journey, we advocate rentalcars.com who examine costs throughout all the foremost automobile rental corporations.

BY BUS

There’s a collection of shuttle buses that run up and down completely different down sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast. The buses run 7 days per week from Could to September and make the whole 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path accessible.

Right here is the complete checklist of coastal buses.

The 387 Coastal Cruiser connects the city of Pembroke with Stackpole and Bosherston (masking stroll 1). The 400 Puffin Shuttle runs from St Davids to Marloes through Decrease Solva (masking walks 2 & 3). The 403 Celtic Coaster connects the varied locations of curiosity round St. Davids Head peninsula (masking walks 4 & 5). The 404 Strumble Shuttle runs from St. Davids to Newport through Porthgain and Strumble Head (masking walks 6 & 7).

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WHERE TO STAY ON PEMBROKESHIRE COAST

If you’re planning on doing a number of of those day walks, and you plan on utilizing public transport, St Davids is a good place to base your self. The bus routes out and in of city hook up with most of the walks and there are many helpful amenities to equip your self for a time out exploring the most effective of the Pembrokeshire Coast.   

If you’re driving then you have got much more freedom. Wherever close to the coast between Tenby to Fishguard can have you positioned not more than a 70-minute drive from every of the walks. Ideally, break up your keep in half and spend a number of days within the Tenby / Stackpole space and some days round St Davids.

You’ll find our favorite locations to remain in our information to the most effective inns, huts & B&B’s in Pembrokeshire.

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