Pembrokeshire walking holiday

“An invigorating blast of fresh air and fabulous coastal scenery with two full days of self guided walking in Pembrokeshire, based in pretty St David’s.”

Highlights

Self guided walking | flexible routes | marked up maps and commentaries | St David’s | Newgale | Selva | Porth Clais | Ramsey Sound | optional: boat cruise around Ramsey Island

Description of Pembrokeshire walking holiday

This Pembrokeshire walking holiday combines some of the UK's most stunning coastal scenery with a stay at St David's, renowned for its great cathedral and being Britain's smallest city.

Our aim is to make your short walking break as memorable as possible in scenery you will never forget, combining bracing fresh air and sea breezes with exercise, tranquility and beauty, and an insight into Pembrokeshire's history and culture. Our carefully crafted walks lead you through beautiful coastal scenery with abundant wildlife and will leave you refreshed, relaxed and restored. Our clients return year after year to this destination, and they always have a wonderful time.

Enjoy self guided walks along stunning coastal paths, supported by accurate route notes in an A5 spiral bound booklet. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that the routes have been thoroughly researched by the founders of the company, and tested by numerous walkers, so you can be sure you will not get lost! We include a marked-up Ordnance Survey map in your pack with a waterproof map case, with printed commentaries highlighting features of special interest to provide insight into the area’s considerable history, culture and natural environment.

These routes are suitable for anyone of average fitness, able to walk between four and nine miles on undulating coastal paths for up to four hours with a break for lunch. The walking is flexible, with the option to shorten or lengthen the walks on both days, and you have the freedom to walk at your own pace, linger as long as you like over lunch and visit places of interest on the way. You’ll be staying in St David’s, in your choice of two excellent B&Bs, where there are also good restaurants. There are good country pubs for lunch on one day, and a picnic on the second walking day.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:After settling in to your B&B, we include an introductory tour of St David’s, Britain's smallest city, in fact little more than a pretty village. We recommend a visit to the atmospheric cathedral and ruins of the Bishops’ Palace, all set in the most magnificent setting.
Day 2:Newgale, Selva and St David’s. Travel by bus to Newgale with its extensive sands for a switchback walk up and down magnificent cliffs to Selva for a pub lunch. This demanding stretch can be avoided by taking the bus to Selva and joining the easier 4.5 mile moderately easy afternoon walk back to St David’s. (There are plenty of diversions in St David’s to keep you occupied and Selva is an enchanting place with its lovely harbour setting and specialist shops.) Warmed by the Gulf Stream, spring comes early to St David’s and summer leaves late; in April and May the flowers are at their best, an unforgettable palette of pink, blue and yellow; in September and October, the seal pups are an equally outstanding feature. (4.5-9 miles, Moderate to Moderately Easy in the afternoon.) Both walks include considerable historical interest too.
Day 3:St David’s, Porth Clais and Ramsey Sound - 9 miles, Moderate. The mileage can be reduced to 6.5 miles by taking a bus or taxi back to the B&B after the boat trip. There can be few finer coastal walks than this one which follows an outstandingly wild, beautiful and lonely stretch of coastline which is also relatively easy for walking, with a well-defined path and only a few modest ascents and descents. At St Justinian’s Lifeboat Station you can take a boat cruise around Ramsey Island to see the spectacular breeding colonies of thousands of nesting seabirds; there’s also a very good chance of a sighting of Ramsey’s resident harbour porpoises, dolphins, choughs and even peregrine falcons. Grey seals are all around and their pups are on every beach in September and October. An expert on board helps with the sightings.
Day 4:Sightseeing. If you stay for a third night, the following are recommended: St David’s Cathedral (tours available), the Bishop’s Palace, shopping in St David’s, many other places of interest, including cheese making, woollen mills, wood turning, potteries, art galleries, craft shops, museums, etc.

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Responsible tourism: Pembrokeshire walking holiday

Environment

Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel and ensures that the environmental impact of our walking clients is kept to a minimum. Where it is necessary to travel by means other than on foot, we encourage the use of the public bus on the first day's walk; on the second day, walking is straight from the hotel. We aim to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local rural economy. We accommodate our walkers in small local B&Bs, all being family run and central to the life of the village. They employ local people and prepare meals from locally grown produce as far as possible.

In our small home office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, toilet tissue, bin liners. We turn off printers, photocopiers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and avoid ‘screen savers’, use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances. We cut CO2 emissions by keeping thermostats at the lowest comfortable setting. We do not use tumble dryers nor take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.

We keep our customers informed electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer.

Community

We endeavour to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local economy. In choosing to lunch at local restaurants we are patronising establishments which employ staff from the local rural community.

We choose the best walks available which may not always start directly from the accommodation although on this holiday, one of the walks is directly from the B&B. When our clients travel to Pembrokeshire by train, we recommend a local taxi for the transfer to St David's. Over the years we bring repeat business to them.

Bringing people to a new region, arranging their accommodation and food, transporting them from place to place, walking the ancient footpaths, visiting their pubs and teaching through carefully-researched commentaries something about the area’s rich history, culture and folk law, has the effect of giving people a sense of community with the place. People often return on their own or with friends, visit the same pubs and renew their sense of being at one with the beautiful local countryside.

Landscape

This carefully-researched and crafted walking holiday in a special landscape of the UK, promotes appreciation, respect and enjoyment of the countryside through informative commentaries. These commentaries relate to history, rural life and traditions, flora and fauna, geology and literature.

We walk in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We describe the views to be seen from the high points and our walkers always enjoy seeing the distant route they took earlier in the walk. We always explain something of the history of the area we are visiting and introduce into the walks topics of a literary nature such as poems, references to writers associated with an area and examples of the soothing power of nature.

We share knowledge about features of architectural interest and geological interest. For example, we may explain about the chalk downland turf or archeological features such as barrows and earthworks and explain how the land we see today has been shaped by the past. Or we may explain about a national trail, its history and its significance today. We include references to the economic importance of, for example, chalk, hardwood, coppices.

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Reviewed on 06 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all good.
The evening concert on the Saturday night. And the spectacular walks, which we thought were the right length.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ramsey House was excellent - go there. The cab from Haverfordwest takes almost the same amount of time as the bus although the walks are not particularly tough, poles might help if it was raining.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so. We ate locally. Went to the Festival. Bought from local shops. Stayed in a very good locally run B&B. [There are a lot of posters against the Premier Inn which is being mooted.]

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Almost perfect.

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The walk from Newgale to Solva along coastal path with clear blue sky.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure other local points of interest are visited e.g. St David's Cathedral and Bishops Palace.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We had meals in local PH and purchased items locally - so yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall enjoyable.

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