WALKS


The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a designated National Trail stretching over 186 miles. We think that our little peninsular is the most beautiful and has some great options for all experience levels. 

St. Davids Head (2 Hours)

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A scenic walk taking in ancient sites, Wales' most westerly point, panoramic views, occasionally a view over the Irish Sea to the Wicklow Mountains. With a wide free to roam area there are plenty of options to make this walk your own and make a quick return to the car park if needs be. 


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This walk starts at Whitesands Beach Car Park. Follow the path north out of the car park. On the seaward side you will see a small sand dune under which is St. Patricks Chapel and Cemetery dating back to 600AD. 


Continue up the path and enjoy a short walk past the picturesque Porth Lleuog and wild ponies of Porthmelgan Head takes you to a the beautiful cove of Porthmelgan with uninterrupted views out to the Irish Sea. 


After an essential stop on the beach for a swim or snack return to the path and head out along St. Davids Head where you get your first view down Ramsey Sound. The headland is free to roam and worth spending some time taking in the iron age fortifications and shepherds cave which can be found on the westerly tip and an exhilarating scramble takes you to the very edge of Wales where the Irish Sea first makes landfall. 


The walk along the northern edge of St. Davids Head is wild and rugged with beautiful colours of heather and wild flowers stretching as far as the eye can see. Half way along you will find the remains of an ancient burial chamber dating back to 4000BC. 


Continuing on to the end of the headland brings you to the steep cliffs of Gesailfawr where you in the pupping season (August - November) you will often sees seals taking refuge on the shingle beach below. 


A walk back down the valley takes you back toward Porthmelgan where you can either return to the start point at Whitesands Beach or branch off and take the path up Cairn Llidi where you will be greeted with 360° views of St. Davids Peninsula, Ramsey Sound and the many islands and rocky outcrops. From the top of the hill follow the path and then road back down to Whitesands Car Park. 

Ramsey Sound (2 Hours)

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A wild route that starts by meandering around the stunning St. Justinians Headland before heading inland along quiet dirt tracks and quiet country roads. Best combined with a Voyages of Discovery boat trip around the magnificent Ramsey Island. 


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The first section of the route skirts along the eastern edge of Ramsey Sound. The remnants of an old tin mine can be found next to the cliff edge and there are plenty of spots to stop and take in the Sound and the wildlife including seals, porpoise and dolphins (if you are lucky!)


Just before you turn the corner and begin heading east along the coast path there is a short scrambling detour you can take along a rocky outcrop and down to a hidden cove underneath with beautiful pink quartz. 


Continuing the walk along the coast path towards Porthlysgi bay gives fantastic views across St. Brides Bay and behind you towards the caves and islands of Ramsey. 


On arriving at Porthlysgi take the path inland from the back of the beach and then head up to Treginnis farm where the path becomes a dirt track. Follow this and it will eventually join on to the network of quiet country roads that will take you back to St. Justinians. 

Whitesands to Porthgain (4.5 Hours)

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  • 4hr 20mins

  • 12.9km

  • 1058m ascent, Highest Point 111m

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A long route that clings to the cliffs on the North edge of St. Davids peninsular and takes in ancient hamlets, sublime coastline and industrial remnants. Finish off your walk with a pub lunch at The Sloop Inn in Porthgain. 


In the summer months a local bus service runs between St. Davids, Whitesands and Porthgain. The timetable can be found here.


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Park in the small layby just before St. Davids City Golf Club. Carry on walking towards Whitesands and take the first right to double back on yourself and begin your journey North. After 200m take the first left towards St. Davids YHA. After around 400m the road forks, take the right hand path and then follow the footpath towards the coast. 


After you pass the brough of the hill you will see the remnants of an old quaker village of Maes y Mynydd which was abandoned over 100 years ago. One local legend has it that the landlord wanted this community of his land and so poisoned the well. 


Hug the cliff tops and enjoy the uninterrupted wilderness of this wild coastline before dropping down into Abereiddy, this is a popular surfing spot and the blue lagoon is a good cliff jumping location for a quick splash and dash. 


Next stop on your walk is Ynys Barri beach, a long sandy beach at low tide which is interrupted by rocky groins stretching into the sea at high tide. Be aware this beach has strong rip currents. 


Continuing the walk on to Porthgain you willl pass ruins of the industrial activity that was so important to the area historically including old quarries, railway lines complete with sleepers and crumbling red brick walls. Arriving into Porthgain gives you a real sense of the scale of the industry here.