GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

186 miles (299 km)

Brace yourself for some spectacular coastal scenery on this magnificent 186 mile trail that passes through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The trail begins on the Teifi Estuary at St Dogmaels, following the Pembrokeshire coast to Amroth via some lovely coastal towns and villages including Fishguard, St David's, Milford Haven, Pembroke and Tenby.
The wildlife along the route is plentiful and varied with Porpoises, Seals, Guillemots and Puffins just a few examples of what you can expect to see along the way.
There are also great views of the beautiful islands off the Pembrokeshire coast, such as the popular Ramsey Island and Skomer Island which can both be visited by boat.
Please see the videos below and the following link link to see the stunning scenery on the route.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pembrokeshire Coast Path Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

In Solva there's the Harbour Inn to try. The friendly pub is in a great position overlooking the picturesque harbour. The pub has a good menu and some tables outside. It is also dog friendly. You can find it at 31 Main Street with a postcode of SA62 6UT.
The Cafe on the Quay is also beautifully located on Trinity Quay in Solva. You can sit outside on the balcony an enjoy wonderful views of the estuary with your lunch. You can find it at postcode SA62 6UQ.
At Newgale you could head to the Duke Of Edinburgh Inn. The pub has a nice outdoor seating area with good views of the surrounding area. You can find the pub overlooking St. Brides Bay, about a 5 minute walk from the fantastic long beach at postcode SA62 6AS.
At Dinas Head near Fishguard there's the noteworthy Old Sailors. The friendly pub is located on the western side of the headland at Pwllgwaelod Beach. It's a fabulous spot with a garden area with fine views of the boats leaving Fishguard Harbour. There's a good sized car park and direct access to the beach if you fancy a bit of sunbathing. You can find the pub at Dinas Cross with a postcode of SA42 0SE for your sat navs.
At the start/end of the route there's a splendid pub to consider in the shape of the Ferry Inn. The pub is located in an excellent spot right next to the river. You can sit outside on the decking area and enjoy wonderful views with your meal. You can find them on Poppit Road with a postcode of SA43 3LF for your sat navs. The popular town of Cardigan is just up the road and also has plenty of good dining options.
In little Porthgain historic Sloop Inn is a good choice. The inn is said to date back to the 18th century with the main bar part of the original building. You can sit outside and enjoy a fine meal with a view of Pothgain's picturesque harbour. You can find them at postcode SA62 5BN for your sat navs. Near here you'll also pass the picturesque Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Pembrokeshire Coast Walks page.

Photos

Wartime observation post on Pembrokeshire coast - geograph.org.uk - 212941

Wartime observation post on Pembrokeshire coast. This is one of three brick and concrete structures that remain on a cliff ledge below Fishguard Bay Caravan Site. Presumably they were part of the WW2 coastal defence network although no enemy has approached the mainland here since the French in 1797. Technical description is as follows: "Complex consisting of two 6-inch BL Mk XII gun houses, two CASL emplacements, a battery observation post, an observation post, an engine room, three circular holdfasts, a store / workshop, the guard room and ten earth revetments." Defence of Britain Project,Record Number 12205.

Heather on the coast - geograph.org.uk - 1426096

A tapestry of purple, green and gold with Carn Perfedd and Penberri beyond. This part of the coastline is owned by the National Trust.

Coast path south of Ceibwr - geograph.org.uk - 541966

Coast path south of Ceibwr Heading towards Pwll y Wrach (invisible from here) and the fortified promontory of Castell Treruffydd, straight ahead, with Carreg Ysbar to the right. The fluffy seed heads alongside the path echo the white foam below.

Newport-Trefdraeth and Carningli from the coast - geograph.org.uk - 434625

Newport/Trefdraeth and Carningli from the coast. This late summer view across the ripe corn shows the western edge of the village below Carningli.

Trehowel, Pencaer - geograph.org.uk - 241006

Trehowel, Pencaer. This large farm has a history. It was ransacked and taken over as headquarters by the French invaders who landed on the coast below in February 1797, intending to spearhead a revolutionary force to bring down the British government. The expedition was a fiasco from the start.It may have been that a disaffected exservant from this farm who was among the rabble army led them to Trehowel. The farmer, John Mortimer, was about to be married and had laid in plentiful stocks of food and drink which detained the starving marauders and may have blunted their appetite for fighting. Rapidly mustered local troops forced them to surrender on Goodwick beach a few days later.

Foxgloves above Pwll Deri - geograph.org.uk - 841994

Foxgloves above Pwll Deri. View northeastwards from the coast path over Pwll Deri towards the lighthouse at Strumble Head, with the foxgloves at their height in early June. There are two wrecks in the bay, visitable by divers. In 1888 the Vendome, a Welsh coal steamer, struck the rocks and sank, and in 1944 the Dan Beard, a US Liberty Ship that had seen action during the D Day landings, was torpedoed here.

View from Carn Enoch, looking north - geograph.org.uk - 200654

View from Carn Enoch, looking north. The view from the rocky outcrop of Carn Enoch (290m.) shows, in the foreground, scattered stones used for prehistoric enclosures, then bracken covered hillside and rough grazing giving way to improved pasture around the village of Dinas on the A487. In the distance lies Dinas Island, which, despite its name is not separated from the mainland.

Clegyr Boia, view south - geograph.org.uk - 738584

Clegyr Boia, view south. The notch in the coastline is Porth Clais to the south, with the narrow road winding up past the grey stone farmhouse of Rhos-y-Cribed. Fields here are small and windswept with hedgebanks for boundaries. Some on the coast have been ploughed for spring sowing.

Route Highlights

St Dogmaels

This lovely village, with its 12th century abbey, sits on the estuary of the River Teifi and is the start point for the trail.

St David's Head

Now run by the National Trust there are splendid views of Whitesands Bay and Ramsey island to enjoy as well as a number of ancient monuments showing signs of early occupation, including, an iron age cliff fort, prehistoric settlements, and a prehistoric defensive wall.

Fishguard

The fishing village of Fishguard with its attractive quay is a splendid place for a stopover.

Strumble Head

This rocky headland has a lighthouse and is a wonderful place to see porpoises and seals.

Martin's Haven

This lovely bay has splendid views across St Bride's Bay towards St David's and is also the embarkation point for the ferry which visits the nearby island of Skomer. Watch out for Seals, Porpoises and Puffins too as the area falls within the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve.

St Brides

This lovely coastal village has a small Norman parish church and St Brides Castle, a 19th century baronial-style country house which is now converted into holiday accommodation.

Milford Haven

Located on the natural harbour of the Milford Haven Waterway, the town of Milford Haven is a popular tourist destination with its attractive marina and promenade.

Pembroke Castle

The splendid 11th century castle is a must see as you pass through the county town of Pembrokeshire

Freshwater West

This 0.70 mile long beach was used as location in a new version of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and in the 2-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)

Elegug Stacks

These are two detached pillars of limestone next to the Green Bridge - a natural stone arch carved by the waves. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area - look out for guillemots, razor-bills and kittiwake

Stackpole Estate

Owned by the National Trust, Stackpole Estate consists of 12 square kilometres of farmland, lakes, woodland, beaches, and cliffs including the spectacular Stackpole Quay (right).

Tenby

This delightful seaside town lies on the beautiful Carmarthen Bay. Of particular interest are the 2 miles of sandy beaches, the 13th century medieval town walls and the boats that sail from Tenby's harbour to the offshore monastic Caldey Island, with the nearby St Catherine's Island reachable at low tide.

Newgale

A popular spot for surfers and holidaymakers, Newgale has a splendid 3 mile stretch of beach to enjoy and is a perfect place to stop for refreshments

Ceibwr Bay

The beautiful Ceibwr Bay is owned by the National Trust. It is a favourite walking and picnicing site for both locals and holiday makers, with spectacular cliff scenery.

Newport

This attractive town is situated on the River Nevern and has a 17th century ruined castle which is a popular visitor attraction.

Abercastle

Lovely fishing village with a beautiful harbour.

Abereiddy Blue Lagoon

This coastal hamlet has a splendid blue flag beach and the Blue Lagoon - a large disused quarry filled with seawater.

Coetan Arthur

This dolmen is the remains of a Neolithic burial chamber dating from around 3000 BC. It is in the care of the National Trust.

Ramsey Island

This beautiful RSPB Nature Reserve is situated about a mile offshore. With its spectacular sea bird cliffs, coastal scenery and heathland it is well worth a visit. There are a number of boat tours available - for more information click here.

Porthclais

Small sheltered inlet port with a fine 12th century harbour. The entire harbour is within the St. David’s Peninsula Site of Special Scientific Interest. Porthclais is still used as a small port by local fishermen and recreational sailors. The old harbour wall, built by the Romans is largely intact.

Solva

Solva lies on a deep ravine at the mouth of the River Solva. In the ravine is Lower Solva, consisting of a long street ending at the small harbour. Most of the modern development has been in Upper Solva, on the cliff top to the west of the harbour.

Broadhaven

Situated on the south east corner of St Bride's Bay this lovely small seaside resort has a splendid Blue Flag beach with natural arches.

St. Ann's Head

St. Ann's Head Lighthouse overlooks the entrance to the Milford Haven waterway, one of Britain's deep water harbours, from St. Ann's Head

Amroth

The trail ends at the village of Amroth with its beautiful beaches

Abermawr

This National Trust owned area includes some peaceful woods and a beautiful bay and beach.

GPS Files

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