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Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast

Lovely coastal walks amongst outstanding flora and fauna

  • Wales

  • 7 nights
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Continuous Route Walking Holidays

  • Apr

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Tour codes: 73957

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Walking grade

Grade 5

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' for more information.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • The ‘wild’ Atlantic coastline and vista’s to off-shore islands
  • Intriguing coastal geology including the Rock Chimneys and twisted cliff formations on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, including magical beach at Marloes.
  • 2 miles of pristine golden sands at Newgale in St Brides Bay.
  • Solva glacial valley, with its fishing boats, lime kilns, and tales of silver mining and pirates
  • Stop by at the birthplace of St David at St Non's chapel, shrine and holy well, and the iconic St Davids Cathedral.
  • The pretty harbour of Porthgain, and St Davids Conservation Headland (National Trust)
  • In season, porpoises and dolphins passing through ‘The Bitches’, the ferocious channel where rip tides meet, off Ramsey Island, near St Davids.

The dramatic Pembrokeshire Coast Path [PCP] runs around the south-west coastline of Wales. This West Section runs between the between Dale and Strumble Head, near Fishguard, a unique area for geological formations, bird, animal, and plant life. Nowhere in England or Wales is there a richer sea-bird life than along this coast. In spring to early summer, enjoy wildflowers; seals coming ashore to moult in winter and early spring, pupping in the autumn, you may even spot Dolphins. The whole area is magical.  

We stay in the comfortable Mariners Hotel at the top of the old high street in Haverfordwest. From here using a mix of public and private transport to and from trailheads, we  walk from Dale village passing Marloes Beach (the best beach in the UK in the author's opinion) and innumerable coves, inlets cliffs and beaches until we reach Pwll Deri, famed for the youth hostel offering the finest view from the window over the coast.

  • En suite accommodation in twin, double or single rooms in the Mariners Hotel
  • Breakfast and dinner taken in the hotel
  • All transport (public or private) to complete the walking programme
  • Services of an RWH Holidays tour leader throughout
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent travel to The Mariners Hotel in Haverfordwest. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. 

All of the evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant. 

Day 2

Dale to Marloes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    260/240m

From Dale the path rises past Dale Fort and ‘Mill Bay’ to St Ann’s Head lighthouse, with views over Milford Haven and Angle. Heading North-West to face the Atlantic, the path winds around the edge of jagged cliffs along the wild peninsula, framed by dramatic offshore islands. We climb and descend through isolated coves to Marloes Sands. Golden sands for lunch are backed by a surreal lunar landscape of towering rock pinnacles, dark sea caves and fractured stacks, ‘Raggle Rocks’. Great name. The next headland is fantastic, with views of Grassholm and Skokholm islands and the Marine Nature Reserve below us. An enroute visit to Martins Haven RSPB Lockley lodge visitor centre, before heading to Marloes village via Musselwick Sands - well earned drinks at the Lobster Pot Inn.

Day 3

Marloes to Broadhaven

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    320m

Today we will re-join our path from Marloes and cross undulating clifftop terrain; this section gives wide open vista’s. A patchwork of farm fields on the landward side and superb views along the rugged coast towards North Pembrokeshire and the deep blue sea on the leeward. You will notice the differing colours of the landscape, sea, cliffs, against the red Devonian sandstone rocks as this coastline was once joined to Devon! The pinnacle of ‘Tower rock’ comes into view, and a Pembrokeshire Iron Age promontory fort, settled by ancient Celtic tribes. Dry stone walls mark the boundary of an old estate, now conserved by National Trust and we arrive on ‘The Nab Head’. Our path winds above some picturesque ‘zawns’ - deep sharply cut sea inlets of vertical slab – and nimbly skirt around ‘Huntsman’s Leap’ before entering the sheltered bay at St. Brides Haven, for a break near two old stone mariners cottages. Picture perfect.  Soon superb views of ‘Stack Rocks’ rising from the sea come into view. Interestingly named inlets such as ‘Brandy Bay’ and ‘Dutch Gin’ capture the imagination as we pass through St Brides Bay, Borough head to well-earned drinks at Little Haven ‘The Castle’ pub, 13 mins from Broadhaven Beach.  

Day 4

Broadhaven to Solva

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/220m

Leaving Broad Haven behind, the path climbs and is easier going once high on the cliffs. We pass the small hamlet of Druidston, old mine workings, and an impressive, eco futuristic house-shaped like an oval eye. Reaching Nolton Haven, a small inlet, with the Mariner’s Inn for a break we head on steeply up then descending to the sandy 2 mile Newgale Beach. From here the landscape is easier, over grassy slopes and cliffs emerging at the old fishing village of Solva with its Lime Kilns and The Harbour Inn right on the waters edge.

Day 5

Solva – St Davids – St Justinians

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    12 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    210/245m

An earlier start today, as we climb steeply out of Solva harbour but then follow a fairly easy undulating path along the cliff tops.  We pass a stunning natural sea arch at Gewni Island and interesting rock formations at ‘The Cradle’, continuing to Caerfai Bay’s purple sandstone cliffs with tremendous views to Skomer and Skokholm island. At St Non's Chapel, the birthplace of St David, we take a short detour to visit the ‘city’ allowing time for lunch and time to visit the famous Cathedral. The site dates back to the 6th century, although the building that stands today dates mainly from the late 13th and 14th centuries. Re-joining the coast path, we walk by the picturesque (Roman origin) harbour wall of Porthclais , and onwards towards St Justinian’s Lifeboat station.  

Day 6

St Justinians - Whitesands – Trefin

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    13.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    370/310m

The start is easy on a trail of green turf to Whitesands Bay then climbing up the high sand dunes know as ‘The Burrows’. This is where St Patrick left Wales to discover Ireland. A more strenuous walk follows across St David's Head with its burial chambers, warriors dyke and mountainous Celtic landscapes. The magical St David's Head is forged of volcanic rock, dated 500 million years old -  it’s a mini wilderness of scattered boulders and heather clad slopes where a herd of semi-wild horses roam free. We’ll walk through an island-dotted seascape and see Carn Llidi, the towering outcrop, and a Neolithic burial chamber, Coetan Arthur. The islands of Ramsey, Bishops and Clerks lie several miles out to sea. After a natural arch and waterfall at Porth y Dwft we begin the long ascent up the towering flank of the final Coastal Peak at Carn Penberry, marking the end of the St David's area and the entrance to the old Industrial Coast. At Aberieddy you’ll see industrial remains of a slate quarry known as the ‘Blue Lagoon’ and at Porthgain, large brick hoppers lining the harbour dating back to late 18th century. ‘A stop at The Shed or The Sloop Inn in Porthgain is almost obligatory’ - after that, the remainder of the path to Trefin is fairly easy going.

Day 7

Trefin to Pwll Deri

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    270m

This section is comparatively little-walked, though very impressive! We pass picturesque coves, old fishing villages, an Ice Age submerged coastal forest and Iron age promontory forts.  The whole route is full of interest and usually blows the cobwebs away as it passes above the rocky bay of Pwll Llong, then continues around the headland, at the peninsula of Pen Castell-Coch with views opening out all the way to Strumble Head. The path, sometimes with steep steps, enters an inlet down to the tiny picturesque village of Abercastle, once a small port trading with Bristol. Look out for old cannons acting as bollards and the limekiln. The path has many inaccessible bays below, and often passes very close to the cliff edge. At Pwllstrodur we cross a stream then head steeply uphill round the headland and past the Iron Age promontory fort of Castell-Coch.  The scenic Aber Mawr beach is an Ice Age site with the remains of a submerged coastal forest that can sometimes be seen beneath the sand at low tides. Inland there is an unspoilt reed valley with woods beyond, which makes a pleasant change and affords an excellent windbreak for a picnic lunch. 

Aber Bach, Pwllcrochan and Penbwchdy headland follow; the coastline here is wild and lonely, but a great stretch to spot grey seals. Here the scenery is ‘magnificently wild’ with volcanic cliffs over 137m high. Climbing up to Pwll Deri, we arrive at the back of the youth hostel with a view southwards that some rate as one of the finest in Britain. Here is Welsh poet Dewi Emrys’s memorial and the dominating bulk of ‘Garn Fawr’ an impressive hillfort. We hope you have enjoyed your continuous walk on this last ‘Wild’ West section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path!


Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Apr 2023 - 29th Apr 2023 (7 Nights)

17th Jun 2023 - 24th Jun 2023 (7 Nights)

30th Sep 2023 - 7th Oct 2023 (7 Nights)

14th Oct 2023 - 21st Oct 2023 (7 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Mariners

Dating from at least 1729 the  Mariners Hotel is situated within the attractive and ancient town of Haverfordwest within walking distance from local shops, supermarkets and leisure facilities. It offers 27 en-suite bedrooms with pleasant furnishings and the use of TV with Sky Sports, tea & coffee making facilities, hair dryer and radio. The hotel has its own restaurant and bar where real ales are available. You can enjoy a quick bar snack or a more substantial menu with homemade and local produce freshly prepared and cooked by our chef.  The hotel offers free parking on a first come first served basis.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel…

By car: From J49 of the M4 take A48 to Carmarthen. Reaching Carmarthen, at 1st roundabout take A40 to Haverfordwest. On arrival at Haverfordwest at Scotchwell Roundabout, take the 1st exit and continue onto Cambrian Pl. At Salutation Square Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Cartlett Rd/Freemens Way/A4076. At Bridgend Square Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A487. Where the A487 turns left and becomes Perrot Ave continue onto Mariners Square

By rail: The nearest railway station is Haverfordwest Taxis are readily available at the train station however we suggest you to pre-book a taxi to the hotel, which may cost in the region of £5 each way. 

UK rail information: www.nationalrail.co.uk 

By coach: The nearest bus station is Haverfordwest. From Carmarthen Bus Station, service No. 322 operates to Haverfordwest

UK coach information: www.nationalexpress.co.uk 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.com and www.rac.co.uk 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner on arrival (approximately 7pm) at the hotel and aim to be in the hotel lobby half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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