Pembrokeshire walking vacation

Description of Pembrokeshire walking vacation

A walking break combining 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 insight into Pembrokeshire's history and culture. Our carefully-crafted walks will leave you refreshed, relaxed and restored.

Our clients return year after year to this destination, and they always have a wonderful time.


• expertly-crafted self-guided walks along stunning coastal paths
• peace of mind knowing that 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
• routes through the most tranquil, beautiful coastal scenery with abundant wildlife
• a self-guided tour of St David's
• flexible walking with the option to shorten or lengthen the walks on both days
• printed commentaries highlighting features of special interest to provide insight into the area’s considerable history, culture and natural environment
• the freedom to walk at your own pace, linger as long as you like over lunch, visit places of interest on the way
• a choice of two excellent B&Bs at St David's
• a choice of excellent restaurants for dinner with good country pubs for lunch on one day, a picnic on the second walking day
• an enhanced sense of well-being following a few revitalising days of peace, fresh air, exercise, scenic beauty and close contact with nature.

What to Expect

Grading of Walks: these routes are suitable for anyone of average fitness, able to walk between 4 and 9 miles on undulating coastal paths for up to 4 hours with a break for lunch.

Accommodation: a choice of two excellent B&Bs at St David's: Ramsey House is a 5 star luxury, prize-winning B&B with the added advantage of being owned by Shaun, a renowned chef offering fine dining. The Waterings is a 4-star fully licensed B&B just a short walk from the centre of St David's. It was a 2013 Trip Advisor winner and is noted for its large comfortable rooms and guaranteed parking.

Travel Information

By rail: Paddington to Haverfordwest via Newport, journey time approximately 4.5 hours. Onward travel by bus or taxi

By road: total mileage from central London: 157 miles (3-4 hours), mostly by motorway.

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.

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Pembrokeshire walking vacation


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 traveling 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.


We endeavour to balance the environmental impact of traveling 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 vacation, 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.


This carefully-researched and crafted walking vacation 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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