Have you always dreamed about wandering along the wild and rugged coastline of Wales? Now is your chance! Walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path along Wales' western peninsula. You'll find remote beaches, castle ruins, old fishing villages, and traditional Welsh towns. Follow the cliff-top trails and listen to the Atlantic waves crashing into sea caves below. Spot puffins and seals enjoying this coastal habitat. In this blog post, you'll find everything you need to know to walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, including tips on the route, a map, distance, accommodation possibilities and much more!
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a long-distance walk in Wales. The entire route is 300 km long, or 186 miles, and leads you through some of Britain's most breathtaking coastal landscapes in around two weeks. You will walk almost entirely through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Britain's only coastal park. If two weeks is too much for you, you can also choose to walk the best part. Which one? We'll help you decide. Let's go!
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Origins of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path was officially opened in 1970 and was the first national footpath in Wales. The official path is 300 kilometres, or 186 miles, and runs from Amroth to St Dogmaels. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is part of the Wales Coast Path, which is 1400 kilometres, or 870 miles, long and runs along the entire coast of Wales. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path passes through 58 beaches and 14 harbours. The total ascent and descent over the entire length of the path is approximately 10668 metres, which is almost as high as Mount Everest.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path not only offers walkers spectacular coastal scenery but also shows that humans have lived here for centuries. It is an area that is mainly formed by the activities of fishing and farming, as can be seen in the small coastal artificial settlements and the agricultural landscape. These villages were not only providers of food, they also linked Pembrokeshire to what, in the days before road and rail, was the main highway from the sea. Many reminders of this maritime tradition can be seen along the path, from Stone Age Neolithic cromlechs and Iron Age hillforts.
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Distance: How Long Is The Best Part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path?
The best part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts in Broad Haven and ends in Cardigan. The route is 138 kilometres, or 85 miles, long and is divided into 6 stages. The route takes you through Britain's beautiful coastal landscape, past remote beaches, castle ruins and small fishing villages. The trail also takes you past prehistoric monuments, such as Stone Age cromlechs and Iron Age hillforts. Along the way, you may also spot puffins and seals enjoying the scenery.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path: Weather and Best Season
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is best walked between mid-June and the end of July, although the path is accessible all year round. The months of June and July have the lowest rainfall and average temperatures of 17 °C. In the months of April and May, there is also relatively little rain, only then, the temperature is 12 °C on average. August is one of the warmer months, with an average of 18 °C, however, this is a rainy month. It always feels a little chilly when walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, as it is quite windy at the coast.
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Pembrokeshire Coast Path Map
Below is a map of the 6 stages of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, starting in Broad Haven, next to Haverfordwest, and ending in Cardigan.
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Pembrokeshire Coast Path: Route From Day to Day
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is divided into 6 stages, starting in Broad Haven and ending in Cardigan. You can also skip the first day to have a 5-day walk.
Day 1: Broad Haven to Solva
You start in Broad Haven, where you soon leave the beach behind and get great views over Broad Haven. You pass Nolton Haven, which used to be a small coal port. The path takes you past Newgale, which has spectacular views. You pass Pen-y-cwm beach, which is a perfect place for a picnic. Further on, you get a view of Solva, today's destination, and pass a chambered tomb.
Distance: 18 kilometres / 11.2 miles
Walking time: 6 hours
Day 2: Solva to St. Davids
Today you start at Caerfai Bay, a small sandy beach. Then you'll pass the harbour of Porth Clais. Here you will find a small café for a coffee and plenty of benches to enjoy the view. The path leads you past the Natural Rock Arch, a rock arch created by eroded limestone.
Distance: 19.3 kilometres / 12 miles
Walking time: 6 hours
Day 3: St. Davids to Abercastle
The trail starts at St. David's Head, a headland near the beach. Here you have beautiful views over the Irish Sea. You then pass Blue Lagoon, a former slate pit with deep blue water. The path leads you along Traeth lyfn, a beautiful sandy and rocky beach surrounded by towering cliffs.
Distance: 26.3 kilometres / 16.4 miles
Walking time: 7 hours
Day 4: Abercastle to Fishguard
The path takes you past various pretty bays. You'll then pass Strumble Head Lighthouse, which is located on a small island just off the coast. This lighthouse was built in 1908 to mark the dangerous stretch of the coast between Ireland and Wales. You can visit the lighthouse by crossing a small suspension bridge. The path continues to Carregwastad, a memorial stone marking the spot where the French landed during the last invasion of Britain in 1797.
Distance: 27.9 kilometres / 17.4 miles
Walking time: 7.5 hours
Day 5: Fishguard to Newport
Today you start at Fishguard Fort, which was built between 1781 and 1785 after the American hijacker Black Prince invaded the harbour when locals refused to pay £1,000 ransom for a confiscated boat. Later, in 1797, the fort repelled an invasion by the French with a single cannonball. The path continues and after a short, steep ascent, you have a wonderful view over Pwllgwaelod towards Cwm-yr-Eglwys.
Distance: 19.6 kilometres / 12.2 miles
Walking time: 5.5 hours
Day 6: Newport to Cardigan
Today is probably the best part of the entire walk. The surroundings are a lot rougher and wilder. There are some challenging sections on this part, but this will be rewarded with beautiful views. The path takes you past Witch's Couldron, where the water is green, which is quite unusual.
Distance: 27.7 kilometres / 16.9 miles
Walking time: 7.5 hours
Pembrokeshire Coast Path Accommodation
On the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, you can either stay in a cosy hotel, B&B or hostel, with breakfast included where possible, in a small village, hamlet or town. You can also choose to camp since wild camping along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is allowed. However, accommodation options can sometimes be limited. The problem with the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is that the stages usually finish in small villages or even hamlets, where there are usually only 1 or sometimes 2 accommodation options. So if the accommodation is fully booked, you may have to walk a longer distance or take a transfer.
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Luggage Transport on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a very popular walk attracting thousands of tourists every year. Thanks to its popularity, there is always the option of transporting your luggage. Your suitcase will be collected from your hotel each morning and waiting for you at your next hotel at the end of the day. Pretty convenient, right?
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Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path: Starting and Ending Point
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts in Broad Haven and ends in Cardigan. The path can be walked in both directions, but Cardigan is a large town with lots to do. That's why we took it as our ending point.
To get to Broad Haven, the easiest option is to take the plane, train or bus to Cardiff. From there, you can travel to Broad Haven by train and bus in about 3 hours. Broad Haven does not have a rich history but has been a seaside resort since 1800.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path ends in Cardigan. From here you can easily travel back to Cardiff by train. This takes about 4 hours. Cardigan is one of Wales' most historic cities, with its ancient history, modern conveniences and beautiful scenery. Cardigan is an old-fashioned Welsh market town but at the same time very arty and a bit hippy.
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Recommendations for Your Packing List
Only you know exactly what to bring for your hiking style. However, we have some tips on what to bring when walking in Wales.
Equipment: Investing in trekking poles or a walking stick is a good idea, and make sure you take a compass and a durable rucksack. For long-distance hiking, we recommend a 60-litre backpack or a decent backpack/daypack. You need something big enough to carry your food and drink, extra layers of clothing and possibly rainwear.
Clothing: a good pair of trekking shoes is mandatory (preferably leather), as well as cold-weather clothing (even if you are travelling in spring, autumn or summer) to protect you from stormy weather. Make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions and try to base your clothing on the 'three-layer principle. This consists of a base layer, which absorbs moisture from your body; a middle layer, which gives you some warmth; and a waterproof top layer, which protects you from the rain and wind. Your waterproof clothing should be breathable and make sure the jacket has a good hood and neck collar.
Maps: if you are travelling independently, you can get walking maps from the tourist offices in the specific province of your route. You can also download the Komoot app and open our map.
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