Short Pembrokeshire Coast Path (5 days)
Bookatrekking.com Trips - 5 days
Regular days with
- More than 20 km per day
- 250 - 500m ascent per day
- T2 Trails / no difficulty markings
Overview> Complete the best part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in 5 days
> Enjoy the wild and rugged coastline of Wales
> Accommodation on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path included
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path was officially opened in 1970 and was the first national footpath in Wales. The official path is 300 kilometers, or 186 miles, and runs from Amroth to St Dogmaels. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is part of the Wales Coast Path, which is 1400 kilometers, or 870 miles, long and runs along the entire coast of Wales. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path passes through 58 beaches and 14 harbors. The total ascent and descent over the entire length of the path are approximately 10668 meters, which is almost as high as Mount Everest.
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 in 5 days.
Why book through Bookatrekking.com?
You can walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path completely independently. However, putting together the right route including arranging all the accommodations can be complicated. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all hotels on this part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and we are happy to take that burden off your shoulders. Contact our Trekking Experts for free travel advice and arranging your Pembrokeshire Coast Path walk.
RouteWhat's the plan?
Day 1: Solva to St. Davids
Today you start at Caerfai Bay, a small sandy beach. Then you'll pass the harbor 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: Fishguard to Newport
Today you start at Fishguard Fort, which was built between 1781 and 1785 after the American hijacker Black Prince invaded the harbor 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 5: 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
√ Booking the hotels
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.
We will arrange your accommodation on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in hotels, B&B's, or hostels. The accommodation will be in shared rooms when possible, although most hotels on the route offer private rooms.
During this trek, you will stay in typical Welsh hotels, with breakfast included where possible.
√ Baggage Transfer
This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next stop. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.
× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Solva. The total amount is exclusive of flights to Wales.
Once in Wales, you will have to make your way to the trailhead in Solva. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there and back to Cardiff Airport after the trek, but the bus/train tickets are not included.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
× Lunch and Dinner
Breakfast is, where possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.
× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.
On the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, you can either stay in a cozy 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. We have selected the accommodation based on the length of each stage and the recommendation of hikes who preceded you on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Here is an example of what can be booked. If the first option is not available, we will find an alternative, which may lead to an adjustment in the program.
St. Davids: Glendower B&B
The Glendower B&B is a traditional family-owned B&B, which opened in 1993. It is situated in the center of the UK's smallest city: St. Davids.
Abercastle: Garn Isaf Guesthouse
Garn Isaf means 'Lower Rock' in Welsh and has been a homestead since the 16th Century. It is located in the picturesque village of Abercastle and is just a 5-minute walk away from the tiny fishing harbor.
Fishguard: The Ferryboat B&B
This B&B is built in the style of a traditional Welsh longhouse, with cozy rooms. You will wake up with a view over the harbor, home of the Stena Line.
Newport: The Golden Lion Hotel
This hotel is located in the center of Newport, in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park. This historic inn has been serving locals and travelers for over 300 years.
Packing listPacking List
On the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, being prepared for the changing weather is paramount. Wales has a very diverse climate and you may experience all four seasons in one day! With this in mind, it’s essential to pack clothing, footwear, and accessories suitable for changing weather conditions.
Try to base your clothing on the "three-layer" principle. This consists of a base layer, which will absorb the moisture from your skin; a middle layer, which should provide some warmth; and a waterproof outer layer to protect you from the rain and the wind. Here are our recommendations for your Pembrokeshire Coast Path walk:
- Trousers, waterproof, lightweight, and quick-drying
- Shirts for the base layer
- Warm jacket or pullover for the middle layer
- Waterproof jacket
- Warm hat and gloves
- Trekking boots, worn in
- Good quality socks
- Extra footwear for the night
- Waste bags
- Whistle to summon assistance in case of accidents
- Water bottle containing enough water to take you to your next stop
- Torch (preferably a head-torch) with spare bulb and batteries
- Emergency food and snacks (high energy snacks such as chocolate, dried fruit, energy bars etc.)
- Hiking poles
- First aid kit
What is the 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.
How do I get to the starting point?
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts in Solva 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 Solva, the easiest option is to take the plane, train or bus to Cardiff. From there, you can travel to Solva, via Haverfordwest, by train and bus in about 4 hours. Solva is split into two separate areas, Upper Solva and Lower Solva. Lower Solva is the area around the harbor, where you can find pubs, restaurants, artists' galleries and several tiny shops.
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.
There is a Coast Path Safety Code on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. This contains that you have to stick to the path, away from cliff edges and overhangs. Always supervise children, especially near cliff edges. Always make sure you wear strong footwear with a good grip and ankle support. Cliff-top walking can be dangerous in high winds. Beware of taking shortcuts across beaches - you may be cut off by the tide. The path is doable for everyone, however, there are some parts of the route that can be challenging. Due to the hamlets and tiny villages, the daily distance can be quite long.
Wales Emergency Number: 999
- Don't go on your hiking trip if you have symptoms.
- Not all the accommodations are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- Keep your distance and hygiene.
- Use disinfectants and hand sanitizers.
How to BookHow to Book?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:
√ There is availability
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.
X There is no availability
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.
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