United Kingdom : Wales

Highlights of the Pembrokeshire Coast

Trip code: W06DT 3.7 (6 reviews)

Self-guided walking

6 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2
Moderate

12.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Walk the best of the northern and southern sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail
  • Contrasting landscapes: wild remote cliffs, untouched hidden coves, golden 'Blue flag' beaches, sleepy bays
  • Superb bird spotting opportunities - including guillemots and razorbills
  • Historic St David's, the smallest city in Britain and picture perfect Tenby
  • Superb coastal views over Ramsey Island, Skomer and Skokholm

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Map case

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path stretches a staggering 299km along the South Wales coastline from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south. The area was first designated a National Park in 1952 with the famous path itself becoming the first national trail in Wales when it opened in 1970. The trail makes for incredibly scenic hiking, with contrasting landscapes ranging from the wild remote headlands of the north to the legendary castle ruins and rock sea pillars of the south. Dotted along the coastline you'll find traditional fishing villages barely touched by tourism, tiny hidden coves and pristine sandy beaches.

This twin centre walking holiday incorporates some of the best walking on both the northern and southern sections of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path but without the more challenging hiking of the northernmost trails. Your base for the first 3 nights is pretty St David's, Britain's smallest city and home to the impressive 12th Century St David's cathedral and Gothic Bishops' Palace. The area boasts some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in Pembrokeshire and you will discover its immaculate beaches, tranquil harbour villages and rugged cliffs, with a good chance of spotting colonies of guillemots, razorbills and cormorants. There's also the option to take a boat trip out to the nearby islands - including Skomer, the natural habitat of the area's renowned puffins!

Then you head to Pembrokeshire's southern shores and vibrant Tenby, with its gorgeous sandy beaches, offshore 19th century fort and pastel coloured esplanade. Your walks here take you over undulating clifftop trails, passing Norman castles, towering sea stacks and unspoilt bays.

Your accommodation in St David's and Tenby is in prime locations, with comfortable ensuite rooms as standard. Full Welsh breakfasts are included daily to set you up for a full day's walking whilst evening meals have been left to you so you can choose from the wealth of superb pubs and restaurants available locally.

Terrain

The walking is mainly along coastal tracks and paths with some woodland sections. There are many ascents and descents as you dip in and out of beaches and bays. As you are walking over high cliffs, often with sheer drops down to the sea, a head for heights is necessary.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in St David's

Take time for a stroll to the city's famous cathedral before your briefing.

You stay at Tŷ Boia.

hotel details

 equivalent

Tŷ Boia, St David's

Shops
Cash machine
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


You're guaranteed a warm Irish-Welsh welcome by owners Steve and Orla at the Ty Boia B&B, with hot drinks and freshly baked treats at check in! Just a stone's throw from St David's famous cathedral and the shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants in this tiny city, the breakfasts here are of great repute locally, with Steve and Orla making their own preserves, marmalade, seasonal compote, soda bread and Glamorgan Sausages for their guests.The bedrooms here are contemporary and comfortable, and decorated with local woollen fabrics and artwork.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Whitesands to St David's (12km/7.5mi)

We take you to the appropriately named Whitesands Bay. From here follow the path to St Justinian's, a small harbour with its lifeboat stations dramatically nestled in the low cliff face. There are spectacular views of Ramsey island as far as Pen Dal-aderyn, the most western point in Wales, then the vast expanse of St Bride's Bay dramatically opens up before you.

You stay at Tŷ Boia.

hotel details

 equivalent

Tŷ Boia, St David's

Shops
Cash machine
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


You're guaranteed a warm Irish-Welsh welcome by owners Steve and Orla at the Ty Boia B&B, with hot drinks and freshly baked treats at check in! Just a stone's throw from St David's famous cathedral and the shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants in this tiny city, the breakfasts here are of great repute locally, with Steve and Orla making their own preserves, marmalade, seasonal compote, soda bread and Glamorgan Sausages for their guests.The bedrooms here are contemporary and comfortable, and decorated with local woollen fabrics and artwork.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 3: Solva to St David's (10km/6.2mi)

After a private transfer to the pretty harbour village of Solva, follow the Solva River to the coast and the stunning natural sea arch at Gewni Island. There are tremendous views of unspoilt cliffs and beyond, to the islands of Skomer and Skokholm. Continue to St Non's Bay and the panoramic ruins of St Non's Chapel, said to be the birthplace of St David himself, before returning to St David's.

You stay at Tŷ Boia.

hotel details

 equivalent

Tŷ Boia, St David's

Shops
Cash machine
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


You're guaranteed a warm Irish-Welsh welcome by owners Steve and Orla at the Ty Boia B&B, with hot drinks and freshly baked treats at check in! Just a stone's throw from St David's famous cathedral and the shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants in this tiny city, the breakfasts here are of great repute locally, with Steve and Orla making their own preserves, marmalade, seasonal compote, soda bread and Glamorgan Sausages for their guests.The bedrooms here are contemporary and comfortable, and decorated with local woollen fabrics and artwork.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 4: Elegug Stacks to Stackpole Quay (14km/8.7mi)

Start the day with a small detour to the Green Bridge of Wales, a spectacular natural sea arch with superb sea vistas. The route then hugs the coast to Huntsman's Leap, an impressive narrow chasm cut deep into the cliff face, and the iconic St Govan's chapel. Spot the resident otters at the nature reserve in Bosherton, famous for its resplendent waterlily strewn lakes, then it's truly sublime walking over flat limestone cliffs to the stunning Barafundle Bay. We meet you in Stackpole Quay and take you to Tenby, home for the next 3 nights.

You stay at Heywood Spa.

hotel details

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Heywood Spa Hotel , Tenby

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Pool
Hairdryer
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TV
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Tea/coffee


This Grade II listed building houses a beautiful four star hotel and spa on the outskirts of Tenby just a mile from the harbour front. The characterful rooms are relaxing and luxurious, a real home away from home and the spa provides a welcome relief at the end of a long days walking. There is a swimming pool, sauna and hot tub, with a range of treatments available (treatments at extra cost), whilst the Heywood bar and grill serves delicious cuisine. The relaxed rooms have Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms add 4-poster beds and whirlpool baths. Parking is available but please do check at time of booking.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 5: Manorbier to Tenby (14km/8.7mi)

A morning transfer to pretty Manorbier with its dune backed shores and brooding Norman castle ruins, then set off for King's Quoit, a Neolithic burial chamber perched high on the cliff top overlooking Manorbier Bay. Then it's on to the impressive arches, hidden caves and rocky coves of Skrinkle Haven. There's the option to detour around the Lydstep Point for more superb vistas, before you take to the cliffs again as you head to Tenby.

You stay at Heywood Spa Hotel.

hotel details



Heywood Spa Hotel , Tenby

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


This Grade II listed building houses a beautiful four star hotel and spa on the outskirts of Tenby just a mile from the harbour front. The characterful rooms are relaxing and luxurious, a real home away from home and the spa provides a welcome relief at the end of a long days walking. There is a swimming pool, sauna and hot tub, with a range of treatments available (treatments at extra cost), whilst the Heywood bar and grill serves delicious cuisine. The relaxed rooms have Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms add 4-poster beds and whirlpool baths. Parking is available but please do check at time of booking.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 6: Amroth to Tenby (12km/7.5mi)

We take you to Amroth and its 'submerged forest' - a series of 5000 year old tree stumps which magically appear on the beach at low tide. Continue to Wiseman's Bridge, a tiny village with a rocky beach, before heading through disused mining railway tunnels to picturesque Saundersfoot. A fish and chip lunch overlooking the lovely beach perhaps, then an undulating woodland path takes you back to Tenby.

You stay at Heywood Spa Hotel.

hotel details



Heywood Spa Hotel , Tenby

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Mastercard
Visa
AmEx
Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon
Safe
Tea/coffee


This Grade II listed building houses a beautiful four star hotel and spa on the outskirts of Tenby just a mile from the harbour front. The characterful rooms are relaxing and luxurious, a real home away from home and the spa provides a welcome relief at the end of a long days walking. There is a swimming pool, sauna and hot tub, with a range of treatments available (treatments at extra cost), whilst the Heywood bar and grill serves delicious cuisine. The relaxed rooms have Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms add 4-poster beds and whirlpool baths. Parking is available but please do check at time of booking.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 7: Leave Tenby

Please note on days 4 & 5, sections of the path go through MOD ground. These may not be accessible if the MOD is firing; alternative routes will be provided

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £478.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £478.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

This holiday does not include any flights or rail

Standard transfers
Transfers to St David's from Haverford West train station can be arranged at a supplement (30 mins).

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am tomorrow) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

The way they put the holiday together is amazing I thoroughly enjoyed myself it was my first self-guided holiday I normally do guided holidays but I took the plunge and went self- guided it was harder as you have to think outside the box but at the same time liberating without having to be in certain places at a certain time.

It was a fantastic experience and I made memories to last a lifetime! Thanks Andrew and all at Headwater.

Steffan Evans, 4 Sep 2023

 

The process was relaxed and informed making it easy to choose our walking holiday with confidence. The local agents in Pembrokeshire were also excellent and couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome.

Sallie Biss, 4 Jul 2023

 

Spectacular scenery but not a huge amount of variation in the walking for the first 3 days. Coastal path challenging at times..

JONES, 3 Jun 2023

 

Excellent coastal walking in a beautiful part of Pembrokeshire but still allowing some time for sightseeing

LONGBOTTOM, 3 Jun 2023

 

A good holiday for those who prefer easier walking and time to visit places of interest en route e.g. St David's Cathedral. We had excellent accommodation (and breakfasts!) with knowledgeable and helpful hosts - having left a camera behind, one even offered to bring it out to me, a 10 mile round trip! Our briefing by Laura was thorough and she assured us she was available at all times. She remained friendly and informative throughout.

Mrs Lawes, 1 Sep 2022

 

We had an excellent stay at Ty Helyg. The host were very welcoming and the standard of the accommodation were excellent. We were very unhappy with the Imperial Hotel. The standard of the accommodation was poor. We had to move rooms. The lift did not work and it was unkempt, unclean and generally unpleasant. The walks were excellent and we enjoyed them.

Miss Mcintyre, 24 Jul 2022

 


Self-guided walking

6 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2
Moderate

12.0Kg CO2e

6 nights from £1449

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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