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A handy guidebook for anyone planning to walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. The scenic 182-mile long distance route from Amroth to St Dogmaels, typically takes around 2 weeks to walk. The Pembrokeshire coast path offers some of the finest walking in Britain, with soaring rugged cliffs, tranquil inlets and broad sandy beaches.
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The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path National Trail is a 181 mile walk from Amroth, near Tenby to St Dogmaels, north of Newport.
When the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park was designated in 1952, one of the park authority’s first acts was to look at the possibility of establishing a long-distance coast path.
You might be amazed to discover the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is much longer than the Offas Dyke Path, which runs the full length of Wales.
The route in this guidebook is divided into 15 clear sections of between 7 and 19 miles. There is immense variety in both the scenery and natural life of the Pembrokeshire coast and its exploration can be equally satisfying for serious walkers and those more inclined to potter.
At any time of the year there is much to see as the continuing cycle of nature successively reveals its different moods and aspects. This guide is designed to assist in the planning of a long-distance walk as well as to provide a companion to point out some of the interesting features along the way. The contorted nature of the coast creates many sections that can conveniently be walked on a day basis, and a separate chapter suggests some possibilities.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path provides an almost unique association of natural beauty, habitat, variety and mood, which is readily accessible to lovers of the countryside throughout the year. The county's complex geology and the effects of erosion have combined to create a coastal strip of outstanding scenic attraction.
The coastline's favourable association with the relatively warm waters of the Gulf Stream has created a multiplicity of rich and varied habitats promoting an immense range of plant and animal life.
St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire - end of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
3 excellent B&Bs - Argo Villa, Oriel Milgi and Plas Newydd (NB. Helen's is now self catering) in St Dogmaels
All 3 pubs in the village provide food again
Tea rooms: Deli Delights and The Lemon Tree gallery and Coach House next to the mill and Medieval abbey
Trefin Youth Hostel -pg 237
The YHA no longer run this hostel and it has become The Old School Hostel, still providing budget accommodation but now with singles, doubles and twins as well as dormitory accommodation.
Phone no: Now 01348 831 800
e mail: email@example.com
The Old School Hostel
The Tourist Information Centre has moved from the Croft to Ruabon House, South Parade, Tenby 01834 845040, and is now run by the National Park.
Llanstadwell to Milford Haven
Construction of LPG terminal facilities on this stretch of coast has caused occasional temporary disruption to the path. Any temporary diversions necessitated by the work are signed locally and information is available from the National Park offices on 0845 345 7275.
Herbrandston to Dale
Improvements to tidal crossings now mean that Sandy Haven can normally be crossed 2½ hours either side of low tide and Pickleridge can be crossed 3½ hours either side of low tide.
There are no refreshment facilities between Bosherston and West Angle, the pub shown on some maps having closed.
For accommodation at Castlemartin contact Emma Stewardson, The Old Rectory (marked as West Farm on older maps), Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire SA71 5HW. Grid Ref: SR 911985. Tel: 01646 661677. email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.theoldrectoryweb.com. She also offers camping facilities and a pick-up service if necessary.
Accommodation is no longer available in the area at Chapel Farm or Gupton Farm.
|The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path|
|An Outline of the Geology of the Region|
|A Brief History of the Area|
|Flora and Fauna|
|Walking the Path|
|When to Walk|
|Planning the Walk|
|1 Amroth to Tenby|
|2 Tenby to Stackpole Quay|
|3 Stackpole Quay to Freshwater West|
|4 Freshwater West to Pembroke|
|5 Pembroke to Milford Haven|
|6 Milford Haven to Dale|
|7 Dale to St Brides Haven|
|8 St Brides Haven to Newgale Sands|
|9 Newgale Sands to St Non’s|
|10 St Non’s to Whitesands Bay|
|11 Whitesands Bay to Aber Draw|
|12 Aber Draw to Pwll Deri|
|13 Pwll Deri to Goodwick|
|14 Goodwick to Newport|
|15 Newport to St Dogmaels|
|Appendix A Accommodation List|
|Appendix B Distance Chart|
|Appendix C Access Points|
|Appendix D Useful Addresses and Telephone Numbers|
As ever, in a work of this kind, our thanks go to a number of people who offered help and advice during the writing and updating of this guide. Sue Denny of the RNLI, Sue Ward of the RSPB on Ramsey, Mr H Cooper at Trinity House, Mr and Mrs Scourfield Lewis of Colby, and Mr A Warlow of Gulf Oil all responded enthusiastically to requests for information during my original research. In re-walking the path, we were grateful to the Commandant and staff of the Castlemartin Range for useful material and assistance in researching that part of the coast which lies within the military ranges.
Thanks are also due to those who helped in organising our visits to Pembrokeshire and offered accommodation during our stays. These included Pat Edgar, John Benniman, Raymond and Joan Stoddart, Yvonne Evans, Ian and Judy Griffiths (not forgetting their three delightfully entertaining children) and Hugh Harries. Thanks go too to the taxi drivers, who, as well as providing a friendly and reliable service, were an amazing font of local knowledge.
We are also grateful for the continuing assistance provided by staff and rangers of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, in particular David Maclachlan for his very generous help, advice and comment. Not only do they do a marvellous job throughout the year in maintaining the footpaths and facilities along the coast and throughout the rest of the park, but also they provided us with much useful advice and information. We are grateful for permission to incorporate material published within their various guides and pamphlets.