Self guided walking holidays on the Pembrokeshire coast path

The Pembrokeshire coast path is one of the world’s most well known long distance walking routes, and is one of Britain’s national trails.  What makes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path so interesting is the variety of landscapes you pass through on your way along it, ranging from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, to volcanic headlands and flooded glacial valleys.

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The Pembrokeshire coast path in its entirety follows 186 miles of wild and rugged coastline along the westernmost peninsula of Wales. Our self guided walking holidays include what is thought of as the most spectacular section of the path. This entire stretch lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and has these highlights:

  • Takes in steep overhanging cliffs and spectacular rock formations with the highest point of the coast path at 175 metres
  • Includes Cemaes Head and Strumble Head– the best places on the entire path to look out for seals and dolphins
  • Innumerable tiny hidden rocky coves and bays and beautiful sandy beaches
  • The tiny city of St Davids, with its 12th century cathedral and impressive Bishops Palace
  • Charming and picturesque fishing harbours of Abercastle, Porthgain and Porthclais steeped in local history
  • Perfect sea bird watching spots: see razorbills, guillemots, gannets, choughs and shags, with peregrines and buzzards often seen hunting on the coastal slopes
  • Neolothic cromlechs and iron age forts on the route

A Unique Eco Walking Holiday

The Preseli Venture self guided walking holiday is a truly unique low carbon holiday to enjoy the very best of the inspirational north Pembrokeshire coastline with the least environmental impact possible

  •  Travel to Pembrokeshire by train to our local station of Fishguard and Goodwick
  •  We collect you from the train station in our minibus or transfer using the local bus
  •  Stay in our low carbon eco lodge right on the coast in the heart of the National Park
  • Take a walking holiday with a flexible approach, from 2 up to 5 days walking
  • Use the local coastal shuttle buses that run from May until September to access the start of the walking routes, and return to the eco lodge accommodation each day.

So leave your car behind and travel by train and coastal buses. You don’t clog up the tiny Pembrokeshire lanes with your car, and you avoid the frustrations of finding parking spots too!

This northern section of the path is from St Dogmaels to the coastline around St Davids, about 76 miles or so.  Our self guided walking holiday option allows you to take things at your own pace, and walk for the full 5 days or come for less time.

All guests stay at the Preseli Venture eco lodge, our 5 star rated “home from home”, just a mile from the coast.  This suits our guests who are keen to walk independently but who do not want the chore of packing and re packing their kit every day and carrying it with them, or having the expense of baggage transfer!

Catherine Mack, freelance travel writer specialising in responsible and ecotourism came to stay in 2012:

Catherine Mack profile photoPreseli is as much about people as it is about Pembrokeshire. From the minute they met me off the train  in their minibus, I knew I was in the right hands. I have visited Preseli with three hats on, and each time it just feels like coming home. First time was as a travel writer to co ver adventure sports and coasteering in Pembrokeshire. Brilliant. Secondly, to bring my family back on an adventure week. Brilliant. And thirdly, for a bit of me time, using the Centre as the perfect base to go hiking on my own along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. And yes- brilliant.  The Pembrokeshire Bus Service goes from the top of Preseli’s lane, so off I toddled each morning, my Preseli packed lunch in my bag, walked all day, and then collapsed into the welcoming arms of the Preseli team on my return. Who then put dinner on the table. As I said, it is like coming home. I could live here, I love it so much.

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A flexible approach

We can offer a flexible approach to your walking holiday to ensure that it meets your individual needs and interests. We have two different walking holidays – Our moderate to hard walking holiday and our easy walking holiday which includes shorter distances.

  • You’re welcome to pick and choose which order you’d like to complete the walks, and in most cases the walks can be shortened if you’re weary or would just prefer shorter days!
  • If you are a seasoned walker, and regularly like to clock up more miles each day, the holiday can be shortened to complete the route in just 4 days.
  • Come along for a shorter period of time if you don’t have 5 days
  • Extend your trip and schedule in an extra day or two to explore the local environs at your leisure. Perhaps include a day trip to St Davids where you can take a boat trip around Ramsey Island, or a day in Newport where you can experience some inland walking, taking in the beautiful rocky peak of Carn Ingli, site of ancient forts and with spectacular views across coast and country.
  • If you fancy combining your walking holidays with some adventures you’d be very welcome to join us for some coasteering, sea kayaking or surfing.

Route details – Moderate to hard

We would grade this walking holiday as moderate – hard (strenuous if you condense to longer days!)  – this section of the coastline is one of the most interesting, varied and challenging terrain wise and the route is a mixture of paths and cliff top paths with a reasonable amount of uphill sections.  Some of the path is quite rocky and steep as you traverse the top of the cliffs.  Navigation is easy and the route is marked extensively with finger posts and acorn symbols.

We approach the walking route from North to South in order to take advantage of the coastal bus services. 

Day 1 – St Dogmaels to Newport 15 miles

This is a challenging start to the holiday, with some steep sections – but there are great rewards in terms of spectacular views and a cliff edge path that is ideal for wildlife spotting.

Day 2 – Newport to Fishguard 11.5 miles

A less tiring day but still involves some steep climbs.  Takes in the wonderful beach at Newport, and the Nyfer estuary.

Day 3 – Goodwick to Abermawr 13.5 miles (plus 1 mile from Abermawr back to the PV lodge)

A change in the geology today, with volcanic rock in abundance. You’ll pass Carregwasted point, famous for being the place where the last invasion of Britain took place in 1797, and turn off of the coast path at Abermawr beach – where at low tide you can see the remains of a submerged forest dating back to 6000BC.

Day 4 – Abereiddy to Abermawr 9.75 miles (plus 1 mile from Abermawr back to the PV lodge)

The shingle beach of our local beach, Abermawr, leads to Abereiddy, where a flooded slate quarry has formed a spectacular ‘blue lagoon’ on the north side of the beach.

Day 5 – Abereiddy to St Justinians 10 miles or St Non’s 16 miles (plus the walk back into St Davids, 1.5 miles from St Justinians, and 0.5 miles from St Nons)

A choice of finish points on this day – depending on how much time you’d like to free up to explore the cathedral city of St Davids. 

Route details – Easy / shorter days

We have selected some of the highlights from the beautiful North Pembrokeshire coastline and created a less strenuous walking holiday for those that enjoy a more gentle pace.

Day 1 – Pwllgwaelod to Newport – 6.8 miles

This is the perfect start to the holiday, with spectacular views as you walk around Dinas Head and then easier walking as you make your way past Cwm Y eglwys with its ruined church and sheltered beach and around the bay to the charming little town of Newport..

Day 2 – Strumble Head Lighthouse to Fishguard – 7.4miles

A fantastic day of walking, perfect for wildlife spotting from the rocky cliffs of the Strumble Head peninsular. You’ll pass Carregwasted point, famous as the place where the last invasion of Britain took place in 1797, Enjoy this beautiful, wild and remote part of the coast before dropping down into the twin towns of Goodwick and then Fishguard.

Day 3 – Strumble Head to Abermawr beach and back to Preseli Venture – 7.4 miles

You’ll enjoy stunning views from the Strumble Head lighthouse and turn off of the coast path at Abermawr beach – where at low tide you can see the remains of a submerged forest dating back to 6000BC.

Day 4 – Porthgain to Abermawr Beach and Preseli Venture – 8.7 miles

The picturesque village of Porthgain has a wealth of historical interest from its time as a prosperous industrial harbour in the early 1900s. From here enjoy a superb walk past idyllic coves along to Abermawr beach.

Day 5 – Whitesands Beach – Abereiddy – 7.6miles.

The opportunity to explore the tiny cathedral city of St David’s before heading down to the beautiful sandy expanse of Whitesands beach. Enjoy a spectacular walk around St Davids head with views out across the off-shore islands, finishing at Abereiddi and its “Blue lagoon” drowned slate quarry.

Singles and solo travellers

Our self-guided walking holidays are particularly suitable for solo travellers – the Preseli Venture lodge is a relaxed and friendly place to stay, you’ll soon settle in and make new friends.  We can often offer single rooms with no supplement – please check the availability for your preferred dates.

Pricing 2017

£395 per person to include:

  • ACCOMMODATION –  6 nights 5 star eco lodge accommodation.
  • ALL MEALS – yummy home cooked meals including a full Welsh breakfast, home cooked evening meals, and a hearty packed lunch for each days walking.
  • INFORMATION PACK – including a weather resistant ‘Active’ OS map and a guide sheet for each days walking.
  • Emergency support from our staff in the event of any problems.
  • Train station transfers for certain trains.

What isn’t included

  • Personal walking kit (we’ll email you a suggested kit list).
  • Bus fares.  Bus fares usually run to about £18 over the 5 days. (for a Weekly Explorer Ticket)

For a shorter holiday, contact our customer services staff for prices, but as an idea a 3 night, 2 day holiday is £195 per person

Like to know more?

Please call us on 01348 837709 or contact us if you’d like to know more about our walking holidays in Wales, we’d love to see you here for some adventure soon!