by Hannah Craven
Heading over to Pembrokeshire soon? We highly recommend bringing your walking boots along with you – there’s just so much to be discovered across plenty of scenic walks in Pembrokeshire.
Whether you’ve been captivated by the stunning coastlines of the county or are perhaps looking forward to a couple of days in the countryside, there are plenty of interesting walks to enjoy. From easygoing routes through popular coastal towns to the soaring heights of St David’s Head, we’ve put together a guide to our favourite walks in the area.
Take a look below for some holiday inspiration, from coast to countryside…
Sweeping coastal vistas and pretty seaside towns, it’s all in a day’s work of these lovely walking routes…
Distance: 5½ miles
Take a walk along the picturesque clifftops of the Marloes Peninsula. From the roaring of the waves below to the calls of the seabirds above, it’s one of those wonderful walks that really delights the senses. This particular route starts at the National Trust car park, and you’ll need to follow the signs to Marloes Sands.
For the next part, you’ll get to enjoy a stroll along the mile-long golden sands of the beach, before heading north towards the clifftops. Abuzz with all sorts of wildlife and colourful coastal plants, nature lovers will be in their element as they scale these stunning cliffs. It’s worth keeping your eyes up, though – glimpses of the island of Skomer can be seen from the top.
Distance: 7 miles
A relatively short walk compared to some of the other routes along the coastal path, this Pwllgwaelod to Newport trail rewards your hard work with fantastic views across the coast. This walk includes a steep climb to the highest point on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, as well as passing by two of the county’s ‘secret beaches’.
You’ll start with a hike to the summit of Pen Y Fan from Pwllgwaelod, before descending down the other side of the hill. From here, you’ll follow a wooded path into the quaint hamlet of Cwm yr Eglwys. Follow the coastal path from here and you’ll reach two secluded beaches, Aber Rhigian and Aberfforest – the latter being a great place for a quick swim.
After enjoying the peace and quiet of these beaches, carry on along the estuary all the way to Parrog and Newport – where you can enjoy a well-deserved pint at The Castle Inn. One of the top pubs in Pembrokeshire.
Distance: 4 miles
Just a few miles from the smallest city in Wales, St David’s Head is a rugged headland that offers spectacular views across the coast. This relatively short walk should take around an hour and a half to complete, but it’s worth stopping and soaking up those gorgeous seascapes every now and again!
This route begins from the Whitesands car park. From here, you’ll need to pass by St Patrick’s Chapel and climb up the sandy slope to get yourself up onto the cliff path. Along the way, you’ll get to see the neolithic Coetan Arthur as well as an Iron Age coastal fort – definitely a must-see for historians of the family!
Such a pretty route in any season, Porthgain to Abereiddi is a lovely circular trail that should take you around one to two hours to complete. It starts from the scenic Porthgain Harbour, before ascending onto the coastal path. As you follow it along, the circular tower above Abereiddi should begin to come into view.
A little further along, you’ll come across a small series of steps that lead down to a tiny, secluded bay known as Traeth Llyfn. After a quick paddle, you can carry on along the coastal path until Abereiddi and the stunning blue lagoon. The cliffs along this section are very steep, so take caution.
Distance: 1½ miles
If you just fancy a short yet scenic stroll, then this quick walk through Broad Haven might just be what you’re after. Combining both the coast and countryside, you’ll start from the car park in town before following signs for the ‘woodland walk’. From here, you can simply follow the pretty wooded path along the stream before it begins to open out back towards the coast.
It’s a circular route, so you’ll end up back at the seaside resort in no time at all.
If you enjoy the sites and sounds of the coast, then why not explore more of the Wales Coast Path or check out our guide to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path?
Feel more at home in the countryside? From the winding woodlands of Ally Pontfaen to the dramatic hillsides of the Preseli Hills, these country walks in Pembrokeshire are sure to please…
The beautiful Dyffryn Fernant Garden is a wonderful place to visit during the spring and summer months when it is alive with the twittering of birds and the vibrant colours of blooming flowers. This circular route is perfect for a full afternoon of walking – we’d definitely recommend bringing a flask and some lunch along for this one.
This walk takes you through the gardens before ascending the surrounding hillsides, offering some of the most incredible views of the countryside below – as well as the coast in some sections.
Distance: 6 miles
One of the county’s most recognised landscapes, the Preseli Hills offer a challenge for keen hikers visiting the area. With its mysterious megaliths and captivating prehistoric landscape, there is so much to look out for as you ascend their peaks. This route begins in Bwlch Gwynt, before gradually climbing through the forest that leads up to the Preseli Hills.
Along the way, you’ll get to see some very interesting landmarks including Cerrig Marchogion, the Carnalw Hillfort, and Carn Menyn. Check out our Carningli Mountain Circular Walk for more hiking inspiration around the Preseli Hills.
Distance: 3 miles
A scenic and easygoing stroll through enchanting woodlands, this Allt Pontfaen route is perfect for dog walkers. Taking you through a varied landscape of river valleys and wooded slopes, the area is brimming with nature and beauty.
From the car park in Pontfaen, you’ll need to turn left and carry on up the road until you see a signpost for the footpath. From here, follow the broad track while making sure to avoid turning off on the first path that heads downhill. The path should begin to narrow, and once you reach the fingerpost you’ll need to turn left. Keep following the waymarks back to the car park. There are various routes around the forest, so if you’ve got the time it’s worth exploring them and familiarizing yourself with the area!
Yet another short and easygoing walk in Pembrokeshire, this trail along the country lanes outside of Brynberian is perfect for a quick afternoon stroll. The village itself is steeped in all sorts of history and mythological lore, from a nasty monster who terrorised the village to three giants who fought over their inheritance.
In the local area, you’ll find ancient woodlands and stone cairns that are well worth a visit. After a walk around here, you’ll soon see why these myths and legends came about!
Distance: 2½ miles
A scenic route along woodlands and country roads, Cwm Gwaun is a lovely choice if you’re planning on taking a picnic along with you. With plenty of pretty places to sit and make the most of your tranquil surroundings, you’ll easily spend the whole afternoon exploring.
This circular route should only take a couple of hours to complete.
Can’t wait to get exploring with these walks in Pembrokeshire? Our Pembrokeshire holiday cottages provide the perfect base for your next action-packed break. From coastal retreats with sea views to secluded retreats in the countryside for two, we’ve got something for everyone. For those who always have their four-legged friend by their side, our dog-friendly homes let you enjoy your adventures together. Take a look and get planning today!
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