United Kingdom

North Pembrokeshire Coast Walk

Trip code: W06NP

Self-guided walking

6 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2+ & 3

11.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Exhilarating walking along the northern section of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail
  • Spot bottlenose dolphins, seals and a vast variety of sea birds
  • Britain's smallest city, St David's - 12th century cathedral and Bishops' Palace
  • Fascinating geology: the Witches' Cauldron, the Cradle and Gewni Island
  • Sleepy coves, verdant valleys, rugged sandstone cliffs, untouched headlands, immaculate beaches

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 self-guided twin centre walking holiday takes you on a discovery of the dramatic yet untouched cliffs of the northern section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Trail. You begin in Newport, a small yet vibrant town flanked by Carningli mountain and the Nevern estuary with its gorgeous sandy shores. It's the perfect base to explore the northernmost trail - the most challenging section of the Coastal Path but also the most rewarding. Follow roller coaster cliff top routes, dipping in and out of small coves, with guillemots, fulmars and razorbills soaring overhead - and with luck, catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins too! From Newport, you go to charming St David's, Britain's smallest city and the birthplace of Wales' patron saint. Our walks here are more gentle, taking you over undulating cliffs to sandy beaches, pretty coves and sleepy harbour villages. Private transfers are provided to and from the walks in order to fulfil the walking itinerary.

Your accommodation has been carefully picked to ensure the very best of Welsh hospitality, with warm welcomes, full Welsh breakfasts and comfortable ensuite rooms guaranteed. You stay on a bed and breakfast basis throughout so there is ample opportunity to take advantage of the cosy pubs and excellent restaurants the region has to offer.

Terrain

The walking is mainly along coastal tracks and paths. There are frequent steep ascents and descents. 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 Newport

There's time to settle into your cosy B&B before your briefing with local partner, Ewan and Laura.

You stay at Cnapan B&B.

hotel details

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Cnapan B&B, Newport

Shops
Bank
Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


The family run Cnapan in the centre of Newport takes its unusual name from a Celtic form of medieval football which was played every Shrove Tuesday between the men of Newport and the men from neighbouring Nevern. Set in a traditional Welsh cottage, this pretty B&B boasts lovely sunny gardens to the rear, a cosy lounge with wood burning stove and a licensed bar. The recently renovated bright and airy bedrooms all come with ensuite bathrooms with shower.

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

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: St. Dogmaels to Newport (25km/15.5mi)

We take you to the pretty riverside village of St. Dogmaels by taxi, the official starting point of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Today's walk is challenging with frequent steep climbs but you're rewarded with spectacular views over to Cardigan Island. At Ceibwr Bay, pass the Witches' Cauldron (Pwll-y-Wrach), a blow hole connected to the sea by a narrow passage, with a nearby stream disappearing underground to empty into the 'cauldron'. Your walk will end back at the guesthouse.

You stay at Cnapan B&B.

hotel details

 equivalent

Cnapan B&B, Newport

Shops
Bank
Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


The family run Cnapan in the centre of Newport takes its unusual name from a Celtic form of medieval football which was played every Shrove Tuesday between the men of Newport and the men from neighbouring Nevern. Set in a traditional Welsh cottage, this pretty B&B boasts lovely sunny gardens to the rear, a cosy lounge with wood burning stove and a licensed bar. The recently renovated bright and airy bedrooms all come with ensuite bathrooms with shower.

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

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 3: Fishguard to Newport (16km/9.9mi or 20km/12.4mi)

Setting off from picturesque Fishguard, it's another wonderful walk today, following an undulating path into secret coves backed by surprisingly verdant valleys. The cliffs on this section may not be as high as the previous day's but they are just as untamed and rugged. There's the option to extend the walk to Dinas Head - the breeding ground for herring gulls, razorbills and guillemots. A taxi takes you to the start of todays walk, which ends back in Newport itself.

Day 4: Abereiddy to Whitesands (12km/7.5mi)

Start the day in Abereiddy and the acquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon, a disused quarry pit flooded by the sea. Then it's exhilarating walking over remote and panoramic cliffs to the open heathland of St David's Head, an atmospheric headland composed of volcanic rocks, prehistoric remains and craggy tor topped hills. We meet you at the beach of the appropriately named Whitesands and take you to delightful St David's, home for the next 3 nights. A taxi takes you to the start of today's walk, which ends at your next guest house in St Davids.

You stay at Ty Boia B&B.

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

A taxi takes you to the start of today's walk, following the path from Whitesands Bay 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. The walk ends back at St Davids.

You stay at Ty Boia B&B.

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

After a private taxi 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 the city for your final night. The walk ends back at St Davids.

You stay at Ty Boia B&B.

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 7: Leave St David's

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £390.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £390.

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 Haverfordwest 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

Efficient and polite. We had already chosen our holiday - so it was simply a case of fixing flights and trip dates

21 Jan 2024

It was prompt and efficient and the staff dealt with my enquiries. I have travelled with Headwater before and have always found their descriptions to be accurate and helpful.

Christine Baker, 17 Nov 2023

When I phoned and spoke to an adviser she was very helpful and attentive and did everything expected. She was quick to get back in touch with details and quick to follow up.

Two other advisers followed up previously when I made a partial booking but did not continue but despite me emailing one and also trying the 'chat' service I had got no response except a standard acknowledgement of my contact.

Tim Wilyman, 11 Jul 2023



1 Jan 1970


Self-guided walking

6 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2+ & 3

11.0Kg CO2e

6 nights from £1149

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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