Pembrokeshire Coast Path Guided Trail Holiday

St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, Wales  on the estuary of the River Teifi
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 4
from £899pp

The magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales takes you on a journey along its wild and rugged coastal path between Cardigan and St Davids. There is stunning coastal scenery as we pass through tiny, secluded villages to our destination of St Davids - Britain's smallest city. The variety of natural features on the coast are overwhelming. The display of wild flowers, abundance of seabirds including puffins and Manx shearwaters and the perfect place to catch a glimpse of grey seals, harbour porpoise, bottlenose dolphins, whales and basking shark.

Holiday Highlights

  • Wild, rugged coastal paths of South-west Wales
  • Magnificent trail from the ancient fishing village of St Dogmaels to Britain's smallest city, St Davids
  • Grey seals, basking sharks, dolphins and a host of bird life to see 

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from walks
  • Luggage transfer between accommodation
  • Group transfers to and from Carmarthen railway station

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Check-in at the Salutation Hotel is from 1500 and your leader will either meet you at Carmarthen Railway Station or the hotel for a welcome meeting prior to your evening meal.

Salutation Inn, Newport - Pembrokeshire Coast Path

A warm welcome awaits at the 16th century Salutation Inn, a former coaching inn which has been tastefully modernised to give 21st century comfort to our guests. The original parts of the old inn now blend perfectly with the modern. Bedrooms have a TV, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone and hairdryer. All rooms are also WiFi enabled. Laundry facilities are available.


Our trail begins in St Dogmaels, an ancient fishing village whose houses cling to the steep hillsides above the Teifi Valley. The first few miles follow minor roads and country lanes with fine views across the estuary towards Cardigan Island and we experience the full sweep of Cardigan Bay. Rounding Cemaes Head a wonderful vista opens up towards the South West, with views of Dinas Island and the distant lighthouse on Strumble Head. Continuing south we pass the highest point on the whole of the national trail, over 575 feet. The cliffs are magnificent, revealing textbook examples of rock structures. At Ceibwr we turn inland towards Moylgrove.

8 miles (13km) with 2,000 feet (610m) of ascent.

Salutation Inn, Newport - Pembrokeshire Coast Path

A warm welcome awaits at the 16th century Salutation Inn, a former coaching inn which has been tastefully modernised to give 21st century comfort to our guests. The original parts of the old inn now blend perfectly with the modern. Bedrooms have a TV, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone and hairdryer. All rooms are also WiFi enabled. Laundry facilities are available.


Our roller coaster journey continues from Ceibwr. This is perhaps the wildest and most uninhabited section of the walk, at times the route can be quite tough, but it’s a wonderful exhilarating journey through stunning cliff scenery and numerous rock formations and caves. Pwll-y-Wrach, (Witches Cauldron) is the remains of a collapsed blowhole and a classic feature of marine erosion. If we are lucky we may see seals in this area.  Rounding Morfa Head we catch our first glimpse of Newport and Newport Bay.

8 miles (13½km) with 2,150 feet (660m) of ascent.


Leaving Newport we pass Parog, Newport's oldest port. Before the silting of the estuary in the late 1800s, slates, herrings, woollen fabrics and other local products were exported here. The coastline is quaint on the way to the idyllic sandy coves of Aberrhigian and Aberfforest. Cwm-yr-Eglwys (Valley of the Church) is a favourite beauty spot. Sheltered from the westerly winds the valley has an almost Mediterranean feel to it with a lush covering of trees and shrubs, which surround the focal point of the settlement, the ruined church of St Brynach. The coast becomes more exposed around Pwllgwaelod, with fascinating dark shale cliffs and creeks, offshore stacks and small beaches down below. We approach Fishguard Harbour and our hotel across the bay at Goodwick.

13 miles (20km) with 2,950 feet (900m) of ascent.

Fishguard Bay Hotel, Fishguard - Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The grounds of the Fishguard Bay Hotel are set amongst fine Pembrokeshire woodland, and accompanied by breathtaking sea views. Rooms are en-suite and equipped with direct dial telephone, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. WiFi is available in public areas.


We follow the path past the peninsula of Pen Anglas. We reach the summit of Carnfathach with a typical Pen Caer landscape with the bleak expanse of Ciliau Moor and the volcanic crag of Garnwnda beyond. This is a harsh yet beautiful environment and with small clusters of settlements along our route. Carreg Goffa and Carregwastad Point are the scenes of the very last invasion of Britain, which took place on 22 February 1797. There is a simple memorial stone which commemorates the landing of Colonel Tate and his invasion force of 1,200 men. Strumble Head is a glorious, wild stretch of coast overlooked by the coastguard lookout building and popular for bird watchers. Weaving in and out of volcanic rock we reach the beauty spot of Pwll Deri.

9 miles (14km) with 2,500 feet (760m) of ascent.

Fishguard Bay Hotel, Fishguard - Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The grounds of the Fishguard Bay Hotel are set amongst fine Pembrokeshire woodland, and accompanied by breathtaking sea views. Rooms are en-suite and equipped with direct dial telephone, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. WiFi is available in public areas.


We admire the great rampart of cliffs over 450 feet high in some places and appreciate the magnificent setting of the Pwll Deri Youth Hostel. We reach Aberbach a pretty bay and further along is Aber Mawr the most important Ice Age settlement in Pembrokeshire and close by, Castell-coch an Iron Age promontory fort. This delightful peninsula has wonderful coastal views and the going gets gentler as we pass the delightful hamlet of Abercastle and the beach at Aber Draw to Porthgain.

11 miles (18km) with 3,000 feet (910m) of ascent.

Y Glennyd, St Davids - Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Set in a 3-storey townhouse, the Y Glennyd, family-run hotel is in the heart of this tiny but magical city of St Davids. The hotel dates back to the 1880s and is situated within a few minutes' walk of both the city centre and cathedral. Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and hairdryers. WiFi and drying facilities are available.


Porthgain is a fascinating village, moulded by a short-lived Industrial Revolution in Pembrokeshire. The small harbour was used between 1837 and 1931 for the export of slates and bricks. We encounter another interesting village, Abereiddi, now a favourite spot for artists. From here it’s an excellent final few miles along the cliff tops before we round the wonderful wild heather-covered section of St Davids Head to uncover the crescent-shaped beach of Whitesands Bay. Leaving the coast path for the final time we walk on a quiet road to enter St Davids via its Cathedral, a truly stunning end to our holiday.

12 miles (19km) with 3,000 feet (910m) of ascent.

Y Glennyd, St Davids - Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Set in a 3-storey townhouse, the Y Glennyd, family-run hotel is in the heart of this tiny but magical city of St Davids. The hotel dates back to the 1880s and is situated within a few minutes' walk of both the city centre and cathedral. Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and hairdryers. WiFi and drying facilities are available.


At the end of the holiday we will return you to Carmarthen railway station for 10:30.


Pembrokeshire Coast Map

Salutation Inn, Newport - Pembrokeshire Coast Path

A warm welcome awaits at the 16th century Salutation Inn, a former coaching inn which has been tastefully modernised to give 21st century comfort to our guests. The original parts of the old inn now blend perfectly with the modern. Bedrooms have a TV, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone and hairdryer. All rooms are also WiFi enabled. Laundry facilities are available.

Fishguard Bay Hotel, Fishguard - Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The grounds of the Fishguard Bay Hotel are set amongst fine Pembrokeshire woodland, and accompanied by breathtaking sea views. Rooms are en-suite and equipped with direct dial telephone, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. WiFi is available in public areas.

Y Glennyd, St Davids - Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Set in a 3-storey townhouse, the Y Glennyd, family-run hotel is in the heart of this tiny but magical city of St Davids. The hotel dates back to the 1880s and is situated within a few minutes' walk of both the city centre and cathedral. Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and hairdryers. WiFi and drying facilities are available.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent and a midge hood is highly recommended for Scotland
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

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Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
4

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