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Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Walking

Belinda and Mike - follow our tourist travels in the UK

Pembrokeshire Holiday in South Wales June 2014 - page 1

Opened in 1970, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path was the first National Trail in Wales.  Now, walking the entire 186 miles (299km) with ascents and descents equivalent to climbing Everest was way beyond our week's Pembrokeshire holiday, so we picked some scenic sections to stroll around St Davids Peninsula, St Brides Bay and Trefin.  The magnificent coastal walking was the primary attraction for us in Pembrokeshire and we enjoyed the dramatic Welsh landscape in some glorious weather - just the ticket for fair weather walkers like us!
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Pembrokeshire Coast Path trail signpost
We had no trouble following the Pembrokeshire Coast Path as it's waymarked by acorn symbols along the route such as on this trail signpost just outside...

Close to the edge along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
...the quaint village of Trefin, a worthwhile refreshment stop with its Mill Café and Ship Inn.  Sometimes the coast path ran scarily close to the edge...

Rugged coastline in Pembrokeshire, South Wales
...and this section, between Trefin and Porthgain, is typical of the trail here towards Strumble Head with a rugged coastline, jagged cliffs and craggy outcrops making for some spectacular scenery.

Old quarry on the coast near Trefin in Pembrokeshire
There's many small bays, ports and hidden beaches along Pembrokeshire's coastal path and reminders of an industrial past; here's a fascinating old quarry we stopped by to consume our picnic while admiring...

Lovely Pembrokeshire coastal view
...the superb coastal view.  We were soon joined by a group of serious walkers walking the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path over a few weeks.

Pembrokeshire: approaching Melin Trefin at Aberfelin along the coast path
A little further along the coast path at Aberfelin (or Aberdraw) we arrived at the remains of an old 15th century mill called Melin Trefin, wonderfully located...

Pembrokeshire: the picturesque cove at Melin Trefin mill
...in a small picturesque cove above the beach.  What a marvellous outlook those Melin Trefin corn mill workers had from their 'office'!

Coastal view from the stone circle at Aberdraw
Phew, another hot climb upwards then, and on the headland above the beach we found a stone circle, and yet another place to pause and admire the view.

Nolton Haven in Pembrokeshire, South Wales
Another day, and another scenic walk along a different section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path - along St Brides Bay between Nolton Haven (above), through Broad Haven to Little Haven.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path pretty near the edge
Fortunately we experienced fine weather throughout our coastal walking; this bit close to the path edge would be well scary if it were blowing a gale and bucketing down!

Admiring the scenic coastal view along Pembrokeshire's coast path
Yet another wonderfully scenic coastal view.

There's a coastal bus network covering the length of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, enabling walkers to walk a section and get the bus back.  We used the Puffin Shuttle on this St Brides Bay section, bus details are in our tourist resources.

Steps downward along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Downs and ups on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Pembrokeshire coast at Haroldston Chins viewpoint
This is near the stunning viewpoint at Haroldston Chins from where, on a clear day, Skomer and Ramsey Islands can be seen at each end of St Brides Bay.  Today the heat haze spoiled our view.

Heading down into Broad Haven along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Presently we hit Broad Haven with its large stunning beach of fine golden sand.  This of course makes it a popular base for Pembrokeshire tourists as witnessed by its many holiday homes and caravan parks.  After...

Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire, South Wales
...a short stop for a coffee we passed through and took a rest at this memorial looking down at Broad Haven.  The coast path route from here to Little Haven uses the narrow road (or via the beach at low tide).

Pembrokeshire: Little Haven
The charming old fishing village of Little Haven was our intended destination and having traversed the 6 miles of hilly coastal terrain from Nolton Haven we headed into The Swan, which...

The beach at Little Haven, Pembrokeshire
...overlooks the beach, to support the local economy.  We can happily report our well deserved pints didn't touch the sides!

While walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path we nabbed some geocaches; this section providing some scenic finds in Broad Haven and Nolton Haven.

Shady path from St Davids in Pembrokeshire
Here's a nice shady path on the way from St Davids...

Approaching St Non's Chapel on the Pembrokeshire coast
...to start our next walk along the coast path from St. Non's Bay to Porthclais and visiting St Non's Chapel and Holy Well, situated in this stunning...

Cliff-top coast path near St Non's Chapel, St Davids
...cliff-top location overlooking the rocky coastline.  Yes, it was another hot day for what was probably the most delightful section of our coastal walking.

Pembrokeshire coast: rocky inlet near St Davids
The coast here on St Davids Peninsula has some of the oldest rocks found in Pembrokeshire and is at the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The Victorian chapel at St Non's retreat near St Davids in Pembrokeshire
We looked inside the Victorian chapel at St Non's retreat, not to be confused with St Non's Chapel ruins which is a little further west along...

St Non's statue, St Davids, Pembrokeshire
...the coast path, and past the statue of St Non with her arms outstretched in compassion.

The ruins of St Non's Chapel, widely regarded to mark the place where St Non gave birth to St David in the year 500 during a violent storm, is adjoining.  These ancient monuments are set in an amazingly idyllic location right by the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

The Holy Well near St Davids in Pembrokeshire
The Holy Well is a famous place for healing.

St Davids Peninsula: breathtaking view along the coast path near Porthclais
Walking on towards Porthclais and admiring yet another breathtaking view from the coast path - and yet another scenic Pembrokeshire photo in the bag from St Davids Peninsula!  Before long...

Porthclais on the River Alun in Pembrokeshire, South Wales
...we hit delightful Porthclais at the River Alun, famous for its scenic cove and lime kilns.  Join us on the next page of our Pembrokeshire holiday, visiting the city of St Davids, the cathedral, and Bishop’s Palace >>>.

We've also done some wonderful coastal path walking in Gower, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, and walking in the Wye Valley.