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The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

From Amroth to St Dogmaels

by Dennis Kelsall, Jan Kelsall
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

  • Seasons
    The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path can be walked throughout the year. Accommodation may be more scarce in the winter months, but avoid high summer as it will be even more difficult to find!
  • Centres
    Tenby, Stackpole Quay, Freshwater, Pembroke, Milford Haven, Dale, St Brides, Newgale Sands, St David’s, Whitesands Bay, Aber Castle, Strumble Head, Goodwick, Fishguard, Newport.
  • Difficulty
    Straightforward walking, although the route does amount to an overall ascent of 30,000 feet!
  • Must See
    Completing the trip! Outstanding coastal views, birdwatching and sea wildlife, unspoilt landscape (with the exception of Milford Haven and Fishguard), generally mild climate.

May 2012

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

Accomodation List

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: oldschoolhostel@btconnect.com
New Address

The Old School Hostel
SA62 5AU

August 2007

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: emma@torcastlemartin.freeserve.co.uk, 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
Safety Precautions
Planning the Walk
The Route
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
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