- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Locality & Walks
This self guided walking holiday in west Wales explores the beautiful north Pembrokeshire coast. Your walk starts in the town of Newport whose Welsh name, Trefdraeth, can be literally translated as 'town by the beach.' It has a long, golden stretch of sand protected by craggy headlands and is home to a neolithic burial chamber, Carreg Coetan Arthur, dating from about 3500BC. The route follows the North Pembrokeshire coast path which winds its way over rugged cliffs, passed sandy beaches with views of rocky islands and rare wildlife. The coastline, with its volcanic headlands and glacial valleys, was designated a National Park in 1952 mainly because of its extraordinary variety of rock types and landforms; a unique coastal landscape that makes an ideal habitat for wildlife.
The coastal path goes round Dinas Head (owned by the National Trust), where there are impressive views in all directions and you'll have some steep, but short, ups and downs to access some small beaches before reaching the quaint fishing village of Lower Fishguard or Lower Town and then climbing back up to the main Fishguard town. The town is situated at the back of a north facing bay known as Fishguard Bay offering protection from the prevailing westerly winds. The following day goes around the northern facing headland made up of 30 to 70m high cliffs of volcanic origin. Typical of this section are the frequent rocky outcrops and loose volcanic stone, where heather and gorse show a dramatic blaze of colour in August.
The trail then follows a generally south westerly direction to reach the wild and rocky peninsular of St David's Head which abounds with archeology. On route you can keep a look out for seals in the rocky coves below the path and you may be lucky and see the grey dorsal fins of porpoises hunting for fish. The path is rugged and exhilarating as it follows dramatic sheer cliffs on this section beneath the dramatic craggy volcanic outcrops of Pen Beri, Carn Lleithyr and Carn Llidi. Below St David's Head is the sandy beach of Whitesands popular with surfers and from there the path goes around the peninsula with views across Ramsey Sound to Ramsey Island. The coastline now takes an easterly direction and you are never far from the City of St Davids, in reality a small village with a large cathedral. St Davids Cathedral dates from the 12th century and was a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the middle ages and still gets many thousands of visitors every year and adjacent to the cathedral stands the ruins of the medieval Bishops Palace.
A moderate walking holiday (upper end of moderate) with each day's walk averaging 18km or 11 miles with occassional steep ascents and descents with maximum daily ascent being 740m. The walk follows the wales coastal path and as such it follows rugged, natural terrain. Footpaths will include rocky or uneven ground, muddy or boggy patches and paths close to cliff edges.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome and night at Fishguard.
Day 2: Newport - Fishguard
Take the Bus to Newport. In Newport you can take a detour to see a neolithic burial chamber before taking a seafront walk to the old lifeboat station and climbing to steep cliff tops. The headland Dinas Island is a highlight with amazing views in all directions and its charming little settlement of Cwm-yr-Eglwys, with the remains of its churchyard situated close to the beach. The curved beach of Pwll Gwylog is one of many delightful coves between Dinas and Fishguard. From an 18th century fort you descend steeply to the old port of Lower Fishguard, the setting for the 1972 film version of Under Milk Wood starring Richard Burton, before ascending to Fishguard. 19km, +705m
Day 3: Fishguard - Pwll Deri
Mostly 30 to 70m high cliffs of volcanic origin in this relatively deserted section. Excellent cliff scenery from the rocky outcrops. Heather and gorse abound, a dramatic blaze of colour in August to September. From Fishguard you will descend to a waterfront walk in the ferry port town of Goodwick. But round the headland you reach the wooded valley of Cwm Felin and Carregwastad Point, where the French landed over 200 years ago. Further on the trail reaches Strumble Head with its lighthouse and onto Pwll Deri with its wonderful viewpoint. 16km, +425m
Day 4: Pwll Deri - Trefin
From the path above the bay of Pwll Deri there's a wild and impressive stretch of cliffs to the headland of Penbwchdy, where's there's magnificent views to St David's Head, Strumble and the iron age hill fort at Garn Fawr. At Aber Bach, just before the sandy beach of Aber Mawr, you can take an inland detour to visit the working woollen mill at Melin Tregwynt. Further is the small port of Abercastle, where you can take a detour to see the burial chamber of Carreg Samson. 16km, +470m
Day 5: Trefin - Whitesands
From Trefin the Coast Path follows the fairly level coastal plateau, a little inland of the cliff nearly all the way to Porthgain, a former quarry town, now a small village and harbour. Some very high dramatic cliffs lead to steps down to the remote and secluded beach of Traeth Llyfn. An exhilarating section of the path heads around above high cliffs and beneath the craggy volcanic outcrops of Pen Beri, Carn Lleithyr and Carn Llidi. The wild and rocky peninsular of St David's Head abounds with archaeology. The section between Abereiddi and Whitesands feels wild and remote with hardly a building to be seen. Whitesands is one of the best surfing beaches in the country. Bus to St Davids. 19.5km, +540m
Day 6: Whitesands - Solva
Bus to Whitesands. A day of superb coastal scenery and slightly gentler climbs. The path takes you round the headland to St Justinians, where a new lifeboat station is being built. You'll have great views of Ramsey Island. After rounding the main headland the coast path snakes in and out giving new views each time and opening up to great views out across St Brides Bay to Skomer Island. You will pass St Non's Bay named after St David's mother and Caerfai Bay, with its sheltered sandy beach. Journeys end is at Solva, a delightful little village split into two separate areas, Upper and Lower Solva. Bus to St Davids. 21km, +740m
Option 2 for Day 6: Whitesands - St Davids
A shorter day's walking that takes you back to St Davids via St Non's Bay. More time to explore St David's, Britain's smallest city with its Cathedral and Bishop's Palace. 14.5km
Option 3 for Day 6: Boat Trip
Take your pick from the various boat trips on offer, for example, you could take a trip around Ramsey Island and see porpoises, seals and seabirds. Book in St Davids.
Day 7: Departure
Departure after breakfast.
For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holiday please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.
Once you have booked on this independent walking holiday in southern England, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
6 nights B&B in a variety of small quality guest houses with ensuite accommodation. Mixture of bed & breakfasts and small hotels. They are located in delightful historic properties, mainly in towns, but some in rural locations. The B&B's are often 4 star AA rated. Lunches are picnic meals, which can be provided by your guest house. Evening meals are taken in your guest house or in local pubs and restaurants. There will be plenty of local specialities to try and of course the local real ales (lunches and evening meals are not included in the price of the holiday.) An example of the type of guest house we use is shown below.
|Manor Town House||Guest House||Luxuriously decorated accommodation with wonderful views of Cardigan Bay and the Lower Town.||4 star rated Visit Wales|
To Get to Goodwick/Fishguard
To Fishguard: journey from London Paddington, changing at Cardiff and/or Swansea takes about 5 hours. Trains from the north go via Cardiff or Bristol. It is also possible to catch a train to Haverfordwest and then a local coach service to Fishguard. To return from St Davids, either bus service to Fishguard or Haverfordwest.
It is possible to utilise the long stay car parks at the Ferry terminal at Goodwick. Cost is £35 for 7 days.
The most local airport with international flights is Cardiff, which is a 2 and a half hour drive from Fishguard.
National Express operate services to Haverfordwest with a local coach service to Fishguard. Advance tickets required.
Stena Line operate daily Ferries from Rosslare in Ireland to Fishguard
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