Day 1 - Arrival in Saundersfoot
Arrive at your accommodation in the seaside village of Saundersfoot.
Day 2 - Transfer to Amroth and walk to Manorbier
After breakfast a short transfer (15 mins) brings you to the village of Amroth and the start of your Pembrokeshire Coastal Path adventure.
Your first day is a great introduction to the walk, relatively easy walking with the occasional more strenuous section you make your way through a mix of cliff-tops, sandy coves and woodland before arriving in the colourful village of Tenby, a great place to stop for lunch and refreshments. The onward route to Manorbier offers easy and enjoyable walking. As you approach the town of Manorbier why not take time to explore Manorbier Castle, which is located just off the path (Opening times can be found online.)
15miles (24km), 2,660ft (810m) ascent
Day 3 - Manorbier to Bosherston
Today, you continue along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline, making your way around dramatic green cliffs which steadily progress to a limestone composition whilst passing Stackpole Quay. Be sure to spend some time in Barafundle Bay, known for its blowholes, fissures and sea caves – an arched gateway marks the top of the stone staircase that will lead you onto the beach.
10 miles (16km), 1,780ft (540m) ascent
Day 4 - Bosherston to Angle
Before you leave Bosherston today, you will need to check whether the Army’s Castlemartin Training Range is open. Range West is permanently closed, however Range East is generally open at weekends, bank holidays and during the main summer holiday period – exceptions are possible and it is best to check the website and call the phone number listed from 8:15am as changes to firing times and road closures can happen without notice.
Your guidebook details both routes, and each has its merits before they merge just outside Warren. From here you will re-join the coast when you approach Freshwater West, one of Wale’s best known surfing areas – take time to enjoy the surfing spectacle before continuing around the headland to Angle.
17 miles (27km), 2,560ft (780m) ascent
Alternative Route – 14miles (22km), 1,130ft (406m) ascent
Day 5 - Angle to Pembroke
You will experience a mix of scenery, from beautiful beaches to wonderful patches of woodland, as you make your way along the route today. Although todays route covers the more industrialised area of the coast path, there are some excellent nature hotspots along the journey so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife. When you reach Pembroke, a highlight is its 900 year old Norman castle, Pembroke Castle – the birthplace of Henry VII and the Tudor dynasty.
15 miles (23.5km), 1,705ft (520m) ascent
Day 6 - Pembroke to Hebrandston
Leaving Pembroke, you will make your way through the industrial area of Pembroke Dock, before crossing the Cleddau Bridge – be sure to take in the wonderful views across the estuary as you walk across. Your route then continues to Milford Haven, from where the path leaves the industrial surroundings and returns to a more rural, coastal setting.
When you reach Sandy Haven, follow the lane towards Hebrandston where you will find your accommodation for the evening.
16 miles (25km), 2,080ft (630m) ascent
Day 7 - Hebrandston to Marloes
Before you leave Hebrandston, be sure to check the tide times for both Sandy Haven and Pickleridge/Musselwick Point – two inlets on todays route that are within tidal estuaries and will become impassable at high tide. Walking diversions are available for both, however they will add distance onto todays itinerary.
Our walk today sees the landscape growing wild and rugged as we head around the Dale peninsula – the highlight of which is St Ann’s Head. Take time to enjoy the beauty of Marloes Sands before heading inland to Marloes where you will find your accommodation.
16 miles (26km), 1,900ft (580m) ascent
Alternative Route – Sandy Haven: Plus 4 miles (6.5km)
Alternative Route – Musselwick Point: Plus 3 miles (4.8km)
Day 8 - Marloes to Broad Haven
Return to the trail at Marloes Sands and head west for a pleasant walk along the cliff tops. Today you will pass the Skomer Group of islands, known and protected for their important seabird breeding grounds – including puffins, Manx shearwater, storm petrel and gannets. A ferry service to Skomer Island operates in summer from Martin’s Haven, should you have the time to add a trip into your adventure.
14 miles (23km), 2,200ft (670m) ascent
Day 9 - Broad Haven to Solva
A change in the type of cliff rock on this next section leads to a more strenuous day – streams have cut through the softer rock, creating a much more undulating terrain than the past few days. Don’t let this daunt you though, there are a number of fine sandy breaches to enjoy on todays route, such as Madoc’s Haven and Newgale Sands; and this section is one of the most popular on the Coast Path due to it’s beautiful scenery.
12 miles (19km), 2,350ft (720m) ascent
Day 10 - Solva to Whitesands Bay
There is a great deal of interest in todays journey, with this section of the path steeped in history, rugged scenery and the most westerly point in mainland Wales.
Re-join the trail at Solva and enjoy the rugged scenery that this section of the trail has to offer – it’s popular with adrenaline seekers so keep an eye out for kayakers, climbers, and coasteerers! Just south of St David’s you will reach St Non’s Bay, overlooked by the remains of St Non’s Chapel, the reputed birthplace of St David. Just after Porthlysgi Bay, you will reach Pen Dal-aderyn which is distinguished as the most westerly place in mainland Wales. From here views of Ramsay Island and Ramsey Sound accompany you until you reach the impressive Whitesands Bay.
A regular bus operates between Whitesands Bay and St David’s through the summer, which you will use to transfer to your accommodation for the evening.
12 miles (19km), 2,165ft (660m) ascent
Day 11 - Whitesands Bay to Trefin
This stretch of coast has a wonderful sense of remoteness, wild and beautiful, the hard volcanic rocks in this area have created a ruggedness that wouldn’t be out of place in the high mountains. The walking, although strenuous in places, is relatively straight forward – be sure you have plenty of refreshments as stopping points are limited along todays route.
12 miles (19km), 2,340ft (700m) ascents
Day 12 - Trefin to Fishguard
Another day to pack plenty of refreshments, as this part of the trail continues to be remote and sparsely populated. The walking today is over undulating ground so can be taxing – the views more than make up for the hard work though! Make time to see the beaches at Abercastle and Aber Mawr, and keep an eye to the sea at Stumble Head for seabirds and porpoises.
19 miles (30km), 3,840ft (1170m) ascents
Day 13 - Fishguard to Newport
Be sure to check out the Last Invasion Tapestry in Fishguard Fort Town Hall before you leave on todays hike, a great depiction of local history! Re-join the footpath and head East along the coastpath, before you reach Pwllgwaelod there is a lovely little secret beach to explore – watch out for the steep paths down and up the other side.
You can head up Pen Y Fan on Dinas Island, one of the highest points on the Coast Path – this will reward you with great views before you continue round to your finishing point of the day in Newport.
12 miles (19km), 2,720ft (830m) ascents
Day 14 - Newport to St Dogmaels
Your final hiking day may be long, but the wild surroundings and beautiful cliff scenery make it very much worth the challenge!
In late summer, you may be lucky enough to spot Atlantic Grey seal pups in the sheltered coves that frequent this section of the coast path. The summit of Caemes Head gives you spectacular views all the way back along the route you have hiked, see if you can spot the lighthouse at Stumble Head and any dolphins in the Estuary.
Your route then continues to St Dogmaels, where your journey on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path ends – make time to celebrate your achievement!
17 miles (28km), 3,230ft (980m) ascents