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Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Thinking about walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path? Well, there’s plenty of choices when it comes to picturesque walking trails along this impressive stretch of coastline.

From St Davids Head to Saundersfoot, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path guides you along the dramatic clifftops that soar above the county’s coast. Limestone cliffs, glacial valleys, and volcanic headlands await at every turn. Whether you just fancy a short stroll or perhaps a full day of walking, there’s a whole host of scenic routes to discover.

To help you plan the perfect walking holiday, we’ve put together a handy guide…

Interesting facts about the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Curious to find out more about this popular trail? Here are some interesting facts!

  • The coastal path stretches 186 miles along this delightful coastal county.
  • The majority of the route is set along the clifftops, allowing walkers to enjoy the very best panoramas of the dramatic coast.
  • The highest point of the path is Pen yr Afr on Cemaes Head, at 574 feet above sea level.
  • Most of the path is set within the picturesque Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – the only coastal national park in the whole of Britain.
  • The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path passes by a whopping 58 beaches!

Five scenic routes along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

With so many amazing Pembrokeshire walking trails, choosing our favourite routes was no easy feat! From day-long walks to afternoon strolls, here are five of the most scenic trails along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

1. Pwllgwaelod to Newport

Difficulty: Easygoing
Length: 7 miles

Newport Sands

This scenic, yet short route from Pwllgwaelod to Newport takes you along the highest point on the coastal path. From here, you’ll be able to gaze across the dramatic seascapes of Pembrokeshire’s beautiful beaches – be sure to take plenty of pictures before your ascent down to the bustling town of Newport.

Stay at… Ty Caio (Ref. 1072052) Newport, Pembrokeshire

A cosy two-bedroom retreat in Newport, Ty Caio is perfect for a weekend break away with your other half. Close to two beautiful beaches as well as the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained during your stay. After a busy day of exploring the local area, snuggle up in the spacious living room or enjoy evening drinks on the private enclosed patio!

2. Lydstep to St Govan’s

Difficulty: Challenging
Length: 14½ miles

Lydstep Haven Beach

Quite a strenuous walk across a varied landscape, this route from Lydstep to St Govan’s will take you at least five hours (especially if you want to leave plenty of time for a picnic!). Just before you arrive at the scenic village of Manorbier, you’ll pass by an ancient burial chamber known as the ‘King’s Quoit’. Fancy a break on the beach? If the tide is out, you can scramble down to the golden sands of Freshwater East.

Stay at… Beach Cove (Ref. 1036173) Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire

Boasting spectacular views across the shimmering waters of Freshwater East, Beach Cove is a charming timber-clad beach house. Sleeping up to six guests across three bedrooms, it’s the perfect choice for a seaside break with the family. There’s a whole host of pretty bays and coves to explore in the local area, and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is well within walking distance.

3. Milford Haven to Dale

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 9 miles

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path - Milford Haven

While there are no steep gradients on this particular route, the entire journey from Milford Haven to Dale takes around three hours. Starting from the marina in Milford Haven, this lovely trail takes you across to the scenic village of Dale.

Along the way, you’ll get the chance to climb down to the secluded Monk Haven beach – great for a quiet picnic or a sit-down before carrying on with the rest of the walk. When you arrive at Dale, it’s time to put up your feet and enjoy the views from one of our favourite pubs in Pembrokeshire. You’ve earnt it!

Stay at… Blackrock Boathouse (Ref. 1036102) Dale, Pembrokeshire

Set right on the waterfront, Blackrock Boathouse is a delightful one-bedroom retreat in Dale. A lovely couple’s getaway, it has everything you need to unwind after a day of exploring the beautiful coastline on your doorstep. The village is famed for its watersports activities, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try your hand at sailing and windsurfing.

4. Caerfai to Whitesands

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 9½ miles

Caerfai Beach

A real treat for adventurers, you’re bound to see plenty of goings-on along the Caerfai to Whitesands trail. From sailboats and seals to kayaks and climbers, Porth Clais is a hub of activity during the spring and summer months. You’ll also have the chance to stop and enjoy a paddle on Porthlysgi Beach, before ascending the headland and enjoying the spectacular views across to Ramsey Island.

Stay at…The Old Farmhouse Kitchen (Ref. 1035696) St Davids, Pembrokeshire

A charming cottage in the idyllic setting of St Davids, The Old Farmhouse Kitchen sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms. Dating all the way back to the 14th century, this historic home feels so welcoming and cosy – with many of its traditional features still in place today.

5. Martin’s Haven to Nolton Haven

Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 14 miles

Nolton Haven

The Martin’s Haven to Nolton Haven actually lets visitors pass by six beautiful ‘havens’, including Druidston Haven, Broad Haven, Little Haven, St Bride’s Haven, and of course, Martin’s Haven and Nolton Haven. The scenery from the tops of the cliffs is absolutely breathtaking, especially on a clear summer’s day. If you’re lucky enough and the tide is out, you can reach Broad Haven from Little Haven without having to tackle the steep hill that separates them!

Stay at…Gwelfor, Marloes (Ref. 1035651) Marloes, Pembrokeshire

A stylish four-bedroom bungalow in Marloes, Gwelfor is perfectly situated for visitors walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and the popular Marloes Sands. Boasting panoramic views across to St Davids and Newgale, you might find it a challenge to tear yourself away from them! After a day of adventure, it’s worth popping into the friendly local pub for some tasty grub –  The Lobster Pot.

Thinking about a visit? Our range of holiday cottages along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path provides the perfect base for a weekend of adventure. Or if you’d like to experience the coast from a different point of view – why not take on an adventure and go coasteering in Pembrokeshire.