Best Bits Of The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The Best Bits of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

So you are planning on walking the Pembrokeshire Path? Considering it at the least, and you would like to know about the best bits. 

What, 186 miles of walking along one of the United Kingdoms best coastlines not enough for you? Views stretching as far as the eye can see, the fresh air blowing in you face, and the hidden beaches and coves have not already convinced you?

Ok, ok, I get it. You need me to convnce you that the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is the perfect destination for your next walking holiday.

I accept your challenge, so please read on if you would like to discover the best bits of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Alternatively stop here… After all: Spoilers Alert!

 

Strumble Head Lighthouse

Who doesn’t love a lighthouse? White guardians of the sea, impervious to her power and providing much needed guidance to ships lost in the mist in the worst of storms. 

The present lighthouse was built in 1908, and is similar in construction to the Skokholm Lighthouse, and is one of the last lighthouses to be built in Britain.

The lighthouse itself is 55ft high, and contains the original lantern built by the Chance Brothers, completed with a mercury bath as a low friction bearing. The lighthouse is fully electric, since 1965, whereas before paraffin was used. Sadly though, its no longer resided, as it was automated in 1980, and monitored externally. 

The lighthouse itself sits proudly on Stumble head, and makes for an excellent photo opportunity as it looks out into the distance. 

Skomer Island

Skomer Island is located less than a mile off the coast of Pembrokeshire, with its main attraction being the bird life, with it being mainly known for puffins. Yet this island, along with Stockholm island is also home to Manx Shearwaters, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Atlantic Grey Seals, and many more species. The island is surrounded by some of the richest waters in the British Isles. Accessible via limited boat tours, and overnight stops are also available. 

If you are into ecology, biodiversity and wildlife, then Skomer Island should certainly be on your radar. 

 

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon was a working slate quarry which closed in 1910. It was subsequently abandoned and flooded with seawater. What’s left is a wonderful calm cove, with good access and deep water making it an attractive swimming spot. It’s also a popular coasteering and diving spot, hosting the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012.

The Town of Tenby

Tenby needs no real introduction. This walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire featured 2 1/2 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, 13th Century medieval town walls, a fine collection of art galleries, places to eat, and the National Trust’s Tudor Merchant’s House.

Visitors to the town can  catch a boat to Caldey Island featuring a 19th Century Palmerston Fort, and also one of Britain’s Holy Islands. More than a thousand years of prayer and quiet living have made this remote Welsh island tranquil haven. 

Manorbier Village and Castle

Manorbier is a peaceful seaside town, popular with surfers due to its sandy cove beach. It also has a rather spectacular medieval castle which overlooks the bay. The castle was the birthplace of Gerald of Wales. The village itself features a traditional pub, and a Norman Church, while the area is also designated as a conservation area. 

The Norman castle features fairytale turrets, a great hall, and landscaped gardens. It’s the perfect place to take an afternoon off walking. Take a tour of the castle, its grounds and stop for a bite to eat in the cafe. 

St. Davids town & Cathedral

St David’s definitely deserves your rest day if you are exploring the length of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The 12th Century St David’s Cathedral, built on the site of a much older religious building stands as one of Wales most iconic religious sites. Learn about St David, and enjoy food at The Refectory café. Take a stroll to Oriel y Parc Gallery, featuring local artwork, and crafts, before visiting the Gothic ruins of Bishops Place. Occasionally these ruins provide a backdrop for open air cinema and theatre performances. Finally, take a stroll through the town centre, and visit the Pebbles Yard Gallery and Expresso bar, enjoying the world go by from the courtyard. 

Stack Rocks

Stack rocks is a natural rock arch, and rock pillars which you will find on the Southwest coast of Pembrokeshire. The rocks are home a a number of breeding seabirds, such as Guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and of course Puffins. 

 

Newgale beach

2 miles of beach awaits at Newgale Beach. This spot is hugely popular with surfers, kitesurfer’s, kayakers, and paddle boarders all who enjoy what the beach has to offer. For example, walk down to the southern end of the beach to find sheltered bays and caves, and cross the river at the back of the pebble bank to gain access to low tide bays. The village has a small cafe, and a surf shop. 

The Best Time Of Year To Walk The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The best Time of year to walk the pembrokeshire coast path

The Pembrokeshire Coast path, 186 miles in length is a superb long distance walk, which stretches from St Dogmaels in the North to Amroth on the Southern Welsh coastline. 

Explore many of the 39 beaches as you walk with a Blue Flag, Green Coast or Seaside awards, given for their water quality and cleanliness.  

But When Is The Best Time Of Year To Walk Pembrokeshire Coast Path?​

We generally recommend walking the path between April and June, and in September and October. At these times of the year, the weather is generally mild, with limited risk of very hot or wet days. During these months the ground is more likely to be dry and walking conditions are safe. Moreover any risk of erosion and damage to the underlying archaeology is reduced considerably.

Accommodation along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is open, bus services and other transport links are running regularly, and access is good.

Avoiding busy school holidays in August also means that there are less likely to be large crowds, or sold-out hotels and inns.

Whenever you decide to walk Pembrokeshire Coast Path trail, note that weather is sure to be unpredictable, and plan for the worst.

Find out more, and book your trip at BookMyTrail, or contact us today to talk about your options.

Lets look at when to NOT walk the path (if avoidable)

Let’s start with when, if you can help it to avoid walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – July and August.

Often the months of July and August are hot, and the attractions along the path are filled with eager families taking time off for the school holidays.

Accommodations are full, and sure there’s a lot going on but you may not get the peace and quiet you hoped for. That being said, if you are younger and wanting to walk the path as part of a break from college or university, staying in hostels this time may be perfect for you.

However, for the independent walker, looking for some calm away from the crowds avoid during these months.

May – Almost perfect, but a few bank holidays

May also tends to be a busier month, with a few bank holidays however the weather is often good in May, with the spring bloom fading, and the summer flowers beginning to show. The bank holidays do however make booking accommodation tricky if your booking late in the year

June & September – Less families, more walkers

June is often much quieter, and outside the holiday season, while September is again, the other side of the summer holidays. Both months tend to be busier with fellow walkers, yet quieter with the general public enjoying the long-distance route.

March, April & October – Quiet trails, but be careful of the weather

March, April, and October are the quieter months, however, the weather tends to be either glorious sunshine, or flooding the locality. Be warned, either is possible so don’t be disheartened if you find yourself walking 7 days in the rain. It does sometimes snow in March too.

But Whatever Your Choice...

British weather is tempremental. Sure, we get great summers here, but we can also get two weeks of rain in the middle of June. Prepare for the worst, and enjoy the best. Happy Hiking!