History and wildlife on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park — Britain’s only truly coastal National Park – the Pembrokeshire Coast Path displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life, as well as evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path was the first National Trail in Wales – opened in 1970. This tour covers the 98.5km between St David’s and the end of the Trail in St Dogmaels.
Out in the invigorating sea air, a diverse ecosystem of wildlife and coastal fauna thrive. Seals, dolphins and unusual species of seabird appear along the wild stretches of seaboard that define the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. In spring, the clifftops are covered with wildflowers, hyacinth, sea anemones and a vibrant swathe of meadow flowers as you travel on foot. Holidays in the summer are the best way of witnessing the gorse and heather winding over the hills of the coast.
You’ll see fulmars, cormorants and guillemots nesting on the highest cliffs and offshore on Skomer, colonies of puffin. More seals nest here than anywhere else in Wales from mid-summer and dolphins, porpoises and the occasional basking shark can be spotted offshore or in the waters below the sea cliffs.
As well as offering walkers spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife, the Trail passes through a landscape rich in the history of human occupation and maritime history. Walking the Trail reveals Neolithic cromlechs, Iron Age promontory forts, churches and chapels of the seafaring early Celtic saints and their followers, links with the Vikings, Norman castles Napoleonic forts.
Throughout the length of the Trail small quays, lime kilns and warehouses, are reminders of an industrial tradition.
But it is in the quieter, remote and wild places peopled largely by birds and visited occasionally by grey seals, that the spell of old Pembrokeshire – the ancient ‘Land of Mystery and Enchantment’ (Gwlad Hud a Lledrith) remains.
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7 Nights / 6 Days
Coastal / History / Wildlife
Rolling Countryside / By Water / Connecting Towns and Villages
History and wildlife on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Every step of the journey has been carefully planned to help you make the most of your walking adventure. Click on the blue tabs below for more information.
This itinerary is offered by Celtic Trails, They believe that there is no better way to see and appreciate the natural world around us than through walking it. For over 20 years, they have had the pleasure of helping walkers on their journey, with their distinctive personalised service and character accommodations.
This tour includes 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in St David’s on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from St Dogmaels on the morning of day 8. An option to walk this route over less days is available.
Your holiday will include a good standard accommodation at a mixture of guesthouses, farmhouses, local inns and B&B’s with ensuite or private facilities wherever possible, breakfast, luggage transfers, personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary, route planning and a Walk Pack including a Trail Guide and Harvey’s map.
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Day 1 - Arrive in St David's
Day 2 - St Justinians to Abereiddi
Day 3 - Abereiddi to Aberbach
Day 4 - Aberbach to Goodwick
Day 5 - Goodwick to Newport
Day 6 - Newport to Ceibwr Bay
Day 7 - Ceibwr Bay to St Dogmaels
Day 8 - Depart St Dogmaels
Celtic Trails pride themselves on a good standard accommodation. You will be staying in a mix of accommodation including guesthouses, farmhouses, local inns and B&B’s with ensuite or private facilities wherever possible. Breakfast will be provided. Wherever necessary transfer between your accommodation and the path is included.
This tour includes 7 nights’ accommodation.
Bus and Rail
This walk is rated as moderate. In terms of difficulty, the route can be quite strenuous along the clifftop sections as you follow a route that undulates underfoot – interspersed with several ascents and descents along the way. This is not typical of the route as a whole, and there are many sections which are flat and gentle in nature. Some of the clifftop walks do offer fantastic views along the path, but walkers with a head for heights will find the experience less unnerving.
Food & Drink
In Wales there is a strong tradition of living off the land, stretching back as far as the ancient Celts. Food has historically been simple wholesome fare – thrifty dishes made with just a few simple, quality ingredients. Today Wales has a wealth of organic farmers’ markets, artisan producers, food festivals, and award-winning restaurants, all waiting for you to enjoy.
The prime natural resources of Wales have shaped the country’s culinary tradition. Welsh lamb is justifiably world famous, farmed on the lush mountains and valleys. Cheese has long been a traditional food of Wales and award-winning varieties grace the cheese boards of homes and restaurants alike. Look out for Welsh specialities such as laverbread, bara brith and cawl – you might not get these at home!
If you’re gasping for a drink at the end of a long day on the Trail then you won’t be disappointed – Wales is well known for its beer. From the UK’s biggest family owned independent brewery, Brains, to small boutique breweries, most areas of Wales have a local brewery. You’ll also find local ciders and wines – there are over 20 Welsh vineyards, producing award winning wines.
Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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