Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

A walking holiday along the Pembrokeshire coastline from St Dogmaels in the North to Amroth in the South.

3 to 19 nights
27-180 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £385 per person

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About the trail

This magnificent trail follows the coastline of the Pembrokeshire National Park through some of the best scenery in Britain. The path keeps largely to the clifftops, providing superb views of cliffs, beaches, offshore stacks and islands with their abundant birdlife.

Each turn in this section of the Wales Coast Path reveals something different, such as a little harbour or an attractive village bustling with life. The coastline also boasts a wealth of history, with sites of interest including a Neolithic cromlech, Bronze Age standing stones, Iron Age promontory forts and a castle built by Norman invaders.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path - South Section
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path - North Section
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Central Section
  • Pembrokeshire Short Break - Central Section
  • Pembrokeshire - St Davids Short Break

About this route

5 to 6 nights
51 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £625 per person

Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Central Section

The central section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts in the city of St Davids and takes in the high cliffs and pretty beaches along St Brides Bay before reaching the bustling port of Milford Haven.

Clifftop walking trails around rocky headlands offer wonderful views and the chance to spot all kinds of wildlife, with RSPB’s Ramsey Island and the island of Skokholm being visible from St Brides Bay and Skomer respectively.

The natural caves and rock formations at Druidston Haven are particularly fascinating, and there are also several lovely fishing villages along the trail, each with their own personal charm and insightful history. 

This route can be walked in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
PCPC1 From St David's to Milford Haven(L) 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding £625
PCPC2 From St David's to Milford Haven(L) 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate £745

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
PCPSB1 From St David's to Marloes Sands(L) 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £500

Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Central Section 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

The walk between Dale and Milford Haven requires the crossing of two tidal inlets at Pickleridge and Sandy Haven.  Both crossings are sufficiently flooded by the incoming tide to make them impassable at high tide.  Pickleridge can only be safely crossed 3.5 hours either side of low tide and Sandy Haven can only be safely crossed within 2.5 hours either side of low tide.

Careful timing of your arrival at these inlets is therefore necessary to allow sufficient time (up to 2 hours) to walk the intervening 5 miles or so of coast between Pickleridge and Sandy Haven before the crossing becomes impassable.   If you miss either there is no alternative crossing and in both cases a substantial 4 mile detour for each crossing is necessary or a long wait of up to 5.5 hours. Before booking please click here for tide times.

Start

Travel to St David's where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

St David's to Nolton Haven(T). 14.5 miles (23km) / 1988 ft (606 m) ascent

Day 2

Nolton Haven(T) to Musselwick Sands/Marloes(L). 13 miles (20.5km) / 1647 ft (502 m) ascent

Day 3

Musselwick Sands/Marloes(L) to Dale(L). 13 miles (21km) / 1657 ft (505 m) ascent

Day 4

Dale(L) to Milford Haven(L). 10.5 miles (17km) / 1608 ft (490 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Milford Haven(L) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St David's)
£70.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Central Section map
St David's to Milford Haven
51 miles (82 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Exploring the Iron Age settlement and fort at The Gribin near Solva, with amazing views over Solva harbour.

Visiting the excellent beaches at Newgale Sands, Druidston Haven and Broad Haven.

Spotting seals, dolphins and porpoises as you follow the coast along St Brides Bay. 

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to spend some time exploring, shopping or simply relaxing in Pembrokeshire, taking an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday.

Many people have an extra night in St Davids at the start of their holiday to explore this delightful 'city' or to take a boat out to the abundant wildlife on Ramsay or Grassholm islands.

Marloes is a good choice if you would like to take a boat trip to the nature reserve islands of Skomer or Skokholm. Dale is another popular choice.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St David's)
£70.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 51 miles (81.5 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: PCPC1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: St David's
End of holiday: Milford Haven(L)

Route Profile

Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Central Section Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major cities and international airports are Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (St David's) are either Fishguard & Goodwick (about 15.5 miles away) or Haverfordwest (about 16 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Milford Haven).

By Bus - Buses run from both Fishguard & Goodwick and Haverfordwest stations to St David's (Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday). Various bus services from Milford Haven.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Haverfordwest or Fishguard & Goodwick. From there a bus/taxi will be required to St David's.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch the bus/train from Milford Haven to Haverfordwest, and then a bus/taxi to St David's.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Customer reviews from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Central Section

“Beautiful scenery and very friendly, helpful people. We couldn't be more pleased.”
Mr Burby, USA
“I have just completed - and enjoyed - the above walk.”
Ms Molinari, Australia
“The accommodation was excellent with no problem finding them as they were well known to the taxi drivers who did a great shuttle service. The walking was demanding in parts and in particular the first stretch on Day 2 from Solva was very difficult with many steep slopes and deep steps. The holiday was well planned with good taxi service as required.”
Mr Robbins, UK
“Lovely to be back on the Wales Coast Path for another 4 days. St David's to Milford Haven is a beautiful and varied stretch of coastline, with some up-and-down but nothing very strenuous (always good for my first long walk of the year!)”
Mr Julyan, UK
“Overall excellent walk and organisation.”
Dr Summers, UK
“Thank you for an extraordinary trip, and for booking us in superb accommodations that served excellent food! I have already highly recommended you to several people.”
Mrs Dawson, USA
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