A selection of walking routes on Pembrokeshire Coast
Pembrokeshire Coast offers such stunning scenery, it seems a shame to speed past it. So why not take in this wonderful area of Wales on two feet? We’ve compiled a list of 10 walking routes for all abilities for you to try.
- The Pembrokeshire Coast Path: St. Dogmaels to Newport Coastal Route
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of the longest walking routes in the UK covering a grand total of 186-miles. Obviously, this walk is going to take many days to complete and is definitely one for the more experienced walkers, but for those looking to tackle a section of it during your stay in the National Park the route between St. Dogmaels and Newport will provide plenty to see and takes in various hills and valleys along the 15-mile stretch. The rugged coastline makes it a difficult route but one that can certainly be tackled in one go depending on your ability (and the weather!)
More Information: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/
As one of the most popular tourist spots in the National Park, Tenby offers a lot for walkers in the south of the region. The beautiful town features historic ruins and the further you venture into the countryside the more and more wildlife you’re likely to encounter. The 4.6-mile walk will take you around two hours to complete depending on your ability and the way you want to tackle it. There is a combination of terrain including solid tarmac, gravel tracks and grass routes that can turn muddy in poor weather; so be sure to pack different types of footwear and waterproof jackets before you head off. There is also the potential to come across livestock on the route so be careful if you’re taking a dog or small children.
More Information: http://www.tenbyvisitorguide.co.uk/
- The Preseli Ridge Line: Tregnyon Cottages to Foeldrygam
This particular route takes you to the highest point in the Preseli Hills with spectacular views that stretch on and on for miles on clear days. Due to the nature of this walk it’s best to be a relatively experienced walker, although there are guided walks available if you’d prefer to go out with a local expert who can talk you through some of the sights and the history of the area. One of the best historical walks as well as a great choice for sightseeing, walkers will come across an Iron Age fort about halfway through the 8-mile walk.
More Information: http://discoverwalkingpembrokeshire.co.uk/
- Moylegrove to Newport Coastal Path
If you like coastal walks then they don’t come much better in this particular area. Considering that the whole park is based around a coast that’s some statement, but the 10-mile walk between Moylegrove and Newport is truly spectacular with fantastic views out to sea as well as inland. Walkers will see the famous Witches Cauldron and head through Ceibwr Bay. The whole walk should take around 3.5 hours depending on your ability, and there are some very steep sections which is worth noting before heading off.
More Information: http://www.cardigan-bay.com/walk-moylegrove-newport-pembrokeshire.php
- Dinas Island
There is a lot of scenery packed into this 3-mile short walk around Dinas Island. Long distance walks aren’t for everybody, and sometimes you might not be prepared for a walking holiday but you go where the mood takes you. If this sounds like your family then this is the Pembrokeshire National Park walk for you. It is a 2-hour circular route that’s completely dog-friendly too. While there are a couple of steep inclines along the way, it’s a relatively easy walk to blow off some cobwebs and see the scenery.
- Foel Eryr
Another popular short walk in the area, Foel Eryr is perfect for novice walkers who don’t own plenty of equipment or specialist walking shoes. It takes less than an hour to complete which is perfect for families packing a lot into a short break in the National Park and it’s another walk that is pet-friendly. There is quite a steep incline but the sea views from the top make it worthwhile, just prepare yourselves for the stiff breeze on windy days.
- Foel Dyrch
The Foel Dyrch walk is one for experienced walkers and those willing to dedicate most of their day to completing the section of the coastline. Covering a distance of 7.5 miles it’s only a moderate walk in terms of difficulty, but that can vary according to the weather conditions. The ground can become quite unstable in the wet and there’s plenty of mud to slow you down. On a good day you can expect it to take between three and four hours but go prepared for any weather as you’re a long way from your campsite or hotel if you get caught out by the rain.
More Information: https://www.walklakes.co.uk/hill_5233.html
- Foeldrygam / Camalw
A very rural walk so be sure to take good quality boots and other walking equipment with you – and have some dry clothes ready to change into! Spanning 5 miles and passing the Iron Age fort at Camalw you’ll be able to see the best of the Pembrokeshire countryside on this off-road walk. You’ll have to walk through moorland with loose livestock around so be sure to check that you can take pets with you and, if so, keep them on a lead at all times. It is a moderate to difficult walk that will take around three hours to complete with a total ascent of around 200 metres.
- Newport Millennium Trail
To celebrate the millennium back in 2000 the Newport Millennium Trail was opened to attract walkers to the area and it has gone on to become one of the most popular in the National Park. It is a circular route that starts and ends in Newport with walkers taking on a 5-mile loop through wooded, mountainous terrain. It’s a walk that is suitable for beginners right through to more experienced walkers but one that the whole family can enjoy.
More Information: http://www.cnapan.co.uk/walking.html
- The Golden Road
Many describe The Golden Road as the most picturesque in the country, so you just have to see it for yourself. Heading up the Cardigan Bay towards Snowdonia you’ll get some incredible views of the Welsh countryside if you’re willing to do the full 7-mile section. There are plenty of gentle undulations but nothing too strenuous so all abilities would be able to tackle it, just be sure to take durable walking boots with you as the long walk can take its toll on some.
More Information: http://www.pembrokeshireoutdoors.org.uk/activities/walking/