The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

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13 Apr 2016
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This guidebook describes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. The scenic 180 mile (291km) long-distance walk from Amroth to St Dogmaels takes around 2 weeks to walk, with soaring rugged cliffs, tranquil inlets and broad sandy beaches. With planning schedules, route description and accommodation guidance. Includes a 1:25,000 OS map booklet.

Seasons 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 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 Difficulty
Straightforward walking, although the route does amount to an overall ascent of 30,000 feet.
Must See Must See
Outstanding coastal views, birdwatching and sea wildlife, unspoilt landscape (with the exception of Milford Haven and Fishguard), generally mild climate.
13 Apr 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, a scenic 180-mile long-distance walk from Amroth, near Tenby, to St Dogmaels, north of Newport. The route, which takes roughly two weeks to complete, is divided into 14 stages of between 9 and 16 miles. Neither technically demanding nor difficult to navigate, the trail is suitable both for experienced distance walkers and those looking to cut their teeth on a long-distance route.

    Detailed route instructions are accompanied by 1:100,000 OS mapping. A route summary table and comprehensive trek planner are also included, with invaluable information on transport, accommodation and facilities en route. The guidebook is packed with interesting snippets of information about the places, landscapes and wildlife encountered along the way. It also includes a 1:25,000 OS map booklet which shows the full route, providing all the mapping needed to complete the trail. 

    Showcasing the region's spectacular coastal scenery, this National Trail takes in soaring rugged cliffs, serene inlets, broad sandy beaches and quaint coastal villages as it follows the twists and turns of this magical coastal path.

  • Contents

    Planning your trip
    Which way to walk
    How long will it take?
    Not enough time to do it all?
    Detours to avoid high tide
    Military ranges
    When to walk
    Getting there and back
    Transport along the route
    Facilities en route
    Things to do before and after the walk
    Walking holidays and baggage transfer
    Passports, visas and currency
    What to take
    Planning day by day
    Using this guide
    Mapping and GPS
    Weather forecasts
    Finding your way
    Health, safety and emergencies
    Taking your dog
    All about Pembrokeshire
    The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
    A geological overview
    Man in the landscape
    Plants and wildlife
    The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
    Stage 1 Amroth to Skrinkle Haven
    Stage 2 Skrinkle Haven to Broad Haven
    Stage 3 Broad Haven to West Angle
    Stage 4 West Angle to Pembroke
    Stage 5 Pembroke to Sandy Haven
    Stage 6 Sandy Haven to Westdale Bay
    Stage 7 Westdale Bay to Little Haven
    Stage 8 Little Haven to Solva
    Stage 9 Solva to Whitesands Bay
    Stage 10 Whitesands Bay to Aber Draw
    Stage 11 Aber Draw to Pwll Deri
    Stage 12 Pwll Deri to Goodwick Sands
    Stage 13 Goodwick Sands to Newport Parrog
    Stage 14 Newport Parrog to St Dogmaels

    Appendix A Useful contacts
    Appendix B Accommodation along the route
    Appendix C Grid refs for PCP access points
    Appendix D Glossary of Welsh place names

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  • Reviews

    "This new long distance guidebook series from Cicerone has a unique selling point: each copy comes with a pocket-sized booklet providing 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey mapping for the whole of the route it covers. Guidebooks have of course included map sections in the past, but the difference here is that if you stick to the route outlined in each book you shouldn't need to carry an extra map with you. So for those of you who like saving weight (and money for that matter) on your long distance adventures, then this could be the ideal navigation tool....

    The guidebooks are impeccably researched and written by Cicerone's expert pool of outdoor authors...

    Our only criticism is that they haven't been doing it for years!"

    Oli Reed, Trail Magazine

    There are some great positive things to be said for owning this guidebook:

    The book contains two-way route instructions; it gives a main description of the south to north route (the authors preferred direction) and for each stage gives the description in the opposite direction. From someone that has written walking notes, I know that using guides to walk in the opposite direction to the instructions does not work well at all. The viewpoint and direction leads to a completely different perspective and the landmarks and pointers for direction are all different. So this is great for people who are doing just a small section of the coast path or indeed wishing to tackle it all.

    As well as some mapping inside the guide, there is the addition of a 1:25,000 OS map booklet which shows the full route, providing all the mapping needed to complete the trail. This is very useful as it can be flicked open easily to the relevant page whilst you are using the book, much easier than unfolding a traditional map, especially if you're walking on your own (if there's 2 of you, one can have the map, the other can have the guidebook). And the maps obviously cover the coastal region, but also give enough area to cover the circular routes that can be taken inland. As you would expect from a Cicerone publication there's a route summary table and comprehensive trek planner with invaluable information on transport and facilities en route. But also included, that you don't find in all guidebooks, are some suggestions for accommodation, very useful if you're looking to organise your holiday yourself.

    If you're someone that likes to learn about the places, landscape and wildlife that you encounter on your walk, then you won't be disappointed by this guidebook. Jan and Dennis Kelsall have certainly done their research as the information about this coastal trail takes up more of the publication than the walking notes themselves.

    High Point Holidays

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Dennis Kelsall A

Dennis Kelsall

Having followed a career in Human Resource management through industry, local government and private consultancy, Dennis Kelsall was led into outdoor writing with a Cicerone commission for a guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, an area he'd loved since childhood. Inevitably, the constraints of the day job proved too onerous and, joining the Outdoor Writers Guild (as it then was), he became established as a full-time freelance writer and photographer.

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Jan Kelsall

After completing a degree in psychology and sociology, Jan Kelsall embarked upon a local government career, where she met her husband Dennis. A shared passion for walking and the countryside led to a first commission with Cicerone for a guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and she eventually abandoned the security of employment to concentrate on the outdoors. Although based in Lancashire, their collaborative projects have since taken them the length and breadth of Britain.

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