Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path section of the All Wales Path stretches from the town of Cardigan in the north to Pendine in the south. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path skirts the rugged coastline  offering fabulous views, glorious beaches and an abundance of wildlife along the way.

As its name suggests the Pembrokeshire Coast Path section of the Wales Coast Path extends from one end of the county of Pembrokeshire to the other.

Travelling anticlockwise the path starts in the very northern tip of Pembrokeshire near St Dogmael’s and circumvents the coastline until Pembrokeshire merges with Carmarthenshire near Amroth in the south east of the county.

The first section of the path from Cemaes Head to Newport Bay is one of the most spectacular and the trail stays high on the cliff top for most of the section enabling fantastic views on a clear day.

Leaving Newport we head off on the next section to St David’s (approx 50 miles), taking the path over Dinas Head – that separates Newport Bay from Fishguard Bay. Fishguard, or to be more exact the village of Goodwick nearby is the home port for the Ferry service to Ireland.

From Fishguard the path heads out via Carregwasted Point, Strumble Head, Abercastle and Abereiddy, culminating in the cliff top location of St David’s Head, overlooking St George’s Channel and the beautiful Whitesands Bay. Whitesands Bay is a sandy beach facing westward making it popular with surfers.

Continuing round the peninsula the path leads to Ramsey Sound with Ramsey Island across the treacherous waters.

Close by and set back from the Coastal Path is the City of St David’s, a small town that is as attractive to visitors today as it ever was to medieval pilgrims visiting the ancient shrine of St David. The City is named after the patron Saint of Wales who according to tradition was born on the cliff tops nearby.

The next section is St Brides Bay from Ramsey to the Dale peninsula and St Anne’s Head. There are several towns and resorts en route including Solva, Newgale, Nolton Haven, Broad Haven and Little Haven.

Solva is an attractive and picturesque little village set in a deep inlet which forms a sheltered harbour. In the past the harbour would have been used for sea faring ships but today, apart from a few local fishermen, the harbour is used only by pleasure craft. Newgale meanwhile with a long sandy beach and a high bank of storm shingle is a favourite with surfers.

Both Nolton Haven and Broad Haven have sandy beaches, though Little Haven situated further south, toward the horn, is hemmed in by steep cliffs.

The walk continues through St Bride’s village and on to the Marloes peninsula with views of Skomer and Skokholm Islands. Skomer Island is the most important seabird-breeding site in southern Britain and the waters around the Island are a Marine Nature Reserve harbouring one of the largest colonies of grey seals in Wales. This section finishes the Dale peninsula at St Anne’s Head from where we start the next section of the Path……. the Milford Haven.

Milford Haven is the deep gash on the map of Wales that forms the estuary of the Carew, Cresswell, and the two Cleddau Rivers. It makes what would have been a two mile walk from St Annes head to Angle become a massive hike around the banks of the inlet through St Ishmaels, Sandy Haven, Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock, Pembroke itself, and Angle Bay.

Milford Haven once a busy whaling Port has reshaped the docks into a superb 150-berth marina and now hosts many visitor attractions including a nature trail, 9-hole golf course, pleasure boat trips, and an impressive Dockside Gallery and museum.

Pembroke is renowned for one of the most magnificent castles in Wales that dominates this walled town with its spectacular location. Each year the Castle and town are host to many productions, medieval banquets, military tattoos and themed re-creations of Pembroke’s history by the Sealed Knot Society.

Pembroke Dock, which boasts excellent boating, sailing and watersports facilities is an important ferry port, operating daily sailings to Ireland.

The last leg of the Coastal Path takes us from Angle to Amroth and the border with Carmarthenshire. This final section of the Pembroke Coastal path starts at the small village of Angle at the tip of the lower of the two peninsulas forming the entrance to Milford Haven.

The path soon reaches the sandy beaches of Freshwater West before we reach the Stack Rocks and the Green Bridge of Wales, possibly the most spectacular sites on the Pembroke Coastal Path.
Close to St Govan’s Headland we find St Govan’s Chapel – a perfect example of early Christian monastic life, built in an isolated location – almost part of the cliff face.

This rather barren landscape quickly changes to lush sheltered leafy valleys in nearby Bosherton, before again returning to the usual cliff top scenery and the dramatic jagged rocks at Stackpole Headland.
Continuing via Manorbier, Lydstep and Pennaly we arrive at the harbour town and holiday resort of Tenby, before reaching Amroth and end of this section of the All Wales Path.