Walking in Pembrokeshire
40 circular walks in and around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Guidebook to 40 circular walks in Pembrokeshire in Wales. Routes take in the dramatic beauty of the national park and its coast, the Daugleddau and the Preseli Hills, while exploring wooded gorges, prehistoric hillforts and medieval castles. Walks range from 1 to 12 miles and route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 OS map extracts.
SeasonsEvery part of the year has much to offer, but highlights include: the spring flowers of coast and woodlands and the countless seabirds that arrive to breed on cliffs and offshore islands. Balmy summer days on the beaches can be idyllic. As autumn approaches, there are wonderful woodland colours and countless seals arriving to pup around the coast. Winters are generally mild allowing some species flower throughout the year, but snow occasionally lies on the high ground and coastal storms can be ferocious.
CentresTenby, Pembroke, Narberth, Haverfordwest, St David's, Fishguard, Cardigan
DifficultyThe walks are generally moderate between 2 and 12 miles (20km). There are some steep climbs and descents, and exposed cliff-tops demand sensible care, but nothing is overly demanding. In fair weather, common sense and basic navigation skills are sufficient to get you around.
Must SeePembrokeshire's stunning coast, with spectacular cliffs and superb beaches. Unspoilt inland gems including the expansive Preseli hills, the unfrequented upper Daugleddau, superb woodlands as well as fine churches, castles, industrial heritage sites and prehistoric relics.
Guidebook to 40 circular walks in Pembrokeshire in Wales. The routes, which range from 1 to 12 miles, take in the dramatic beauty of the national park and its coast, the Daugleddau and the Preseli Hills, while exploring wooded gorges, prehistoric hillforts and medieval castles.
Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 mapping. For each route, information is also given regarding parking and public transport options, as well as toilets and refreshments available along the way. The guide also includes a useful route summary table, plus information on tides, the terrain, and weather in the region.
This collection of walks includes something for everyone, from novices to experienced ramblers. None of the walks demand technical skill and, in good weather, pose few navigational problems. Whether following the coast, wandering the hills or exploring the valleys and woods, the walking everywhere is superb and will invariably reveal something unexpected along the way.
The legacy of the past
The national park
An unspoilt hinterland
Things to take along
Terrain and weather
A changing countryside
Using this guide
Walks along the coast
Walk 1 Amroth and Pleasant Valley
Walk 2 Manorbier
Walk 3 Bosherston and the Lily Ponds
Walk 4 Stackpole and the Lily Ponds
Walk 5 The Angle Peninsula
Walk 6 The Dale Peninsula
Walk 7 Marloes Sands and the Deer Park
Walk 8 St Brides and Musselwick
Walk 9 St David’s and St Non’s
Walk 10 Ramsey Sound
Walk 11 St David’s Head and Carn Llidi
Walk 12 Around Ynys Barry
Walk 13 Porthgain
Walk 14 Aber Mawr and Penmorfa
Walk 15 Aber Mawr and Aber Bach
Walk 16 Strumble Head
Walk 17 Dinas Island
Walk 18 Ceibwr Bay and Pwllygranant
Walks in the Preseli Hills
Walk 19 Foel Eryr
Walk 20 Foel Cwmcerwyn
Walk 21 Carn Menyn and the ‘Bluestones’
Walk 22 Foeldrygarn
Walks around the Daugleddau
Walk 23 Cresswell Quay and Lawrenny
Walk 24 Landshipping Quay
Walk 25 Little Milford Wood and the Western Cleddau
Walk 26 Minwear Wood
Walk 27 Blackpool Mill and Slebech Church
Rivers, woodland and a lake
Walk 28 Carew Castle and Mill
Walk 29 Kilgetty
Walk 30 Canaston Wood
Walk 31 Llawhaden
Walk 32 Great Treffgarne Mountain
Walk 33 Treffgarne Gorge
Walk 34 Llys-y-frân Reservoir
Walk 35 Ffynone Falls and the Dulas Valley
Walk 36 Cwm Gwaun
Walk 37 Coed Pontfaen
Walk 38 Mynydd Caregog and Carn Ingli
Walk 39 Pentre Ifan Nature Reserve
Walk 40 Cilgerran and the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful information
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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.View Articles and Books by Dennis 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.View Articles and Books by Jan Kelsall