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

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

6 to 8 nights
65 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £765 per person

Pembrokeshire Coast Path - North Section

The north section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path begins in St Dogmael's and continues along the coastline and clifftops to the cathedral city of St Davids. The trail takes in a wealth of history, wildlife and wild scenery as it meanders through a series of pretty villages and sandy beaches.

The viewpoints of Cemaes Head, Stumble Head and St Davids Head in particular offer excellent opportunities to spot dolphins, seals and birds, coupled with amazing views across to Ireland, Cardigan Island and Ramsey Island. The geological landscaping is especially fascinating along this stretch, with plenty of interesting caves and off-shore stacks to admire along the way. 

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
PCPN1 From St Dogmaels(L) to St David's 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £765
PCPN2 From St Dogmaels(L) to St David's 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate £890
PCPN3 From St Dogmaels(L) to St David's 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate £1015

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 - North Section 6 nights, 5 days walking

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

Travel to St Dogmaels(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

St Dogmaels(L) to Newport, Pembrokeshire. 15 miles (24km) / 2730 ft (832 m) ascent

Day 2

Newport, Pembrokeshire to Goodwick/Fishguard. 11.5 miles (18.5km) / 2119 ft (646 m) ascent

Day 3

Goodwick/Fishguard to Abercastle(L). 16.5 miles (26.5km) / 2470 ft (753 m) ascent

Day 4

Abercastle(L) to Porth Mawr/Whitesands Bay(T). 14 miles (22.5km) / 2277 ft (694 m) ascent

Day 5

Porth Mawr/Whitesands Bay(T) to St David's. 7 miles (11.5km) / 682 ft (208 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from St David's 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 (Porth Mawr/Whitesands Bay(T))
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St David's)
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Dogmaels(L))
£90.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Pembrokeshire Coast Path - North Section map
St Dogmaels to St Davids
65 miles (103 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the dramatic, rugged geology of the coastline, including The Witches Cauldron and the Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy.

Spotting grey seals, dolphins and porpoises from the high cliff tops of Pembrokeshire, including Cemaes Head, Strumble Head and St Davids Head.

Exploring the quaint little towns of St Dogmaels, Fishguard and St Davids along the path. 

What's included?

  • 6 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.

Newport is an excellent choice for a rest day. It is a delightful little town with an interesting collection of shops, cafes and inns. It is also an ideal base from which to visit the historic village of Nevern, Pentre Ifan cromlech and Castell Henlys, a fascinating excavated and partially reconstructed Iron Age village.

There is a lot to see in Nevern. Overlooked by a ruined Norman castle, St Brynachs Church has many features of interest. In the churchyard is the famous 'bleeding yew', which drips blood-red sap. Legend has it that the tree will bleed until a Welsh lord of the manor is reinstated in the castle.

Also in the churchyard is a magnificent richly carved 10th century Celtic cross. Above it on a rock face is the Pilgrim's Cross. The chancel of the church was built slightly out of alignment with the nave to represent Christ's inclined head on the cross. In the windowsill of the south transept is the Maglocunus Stone with Ogham inscriptions from the 5th century.

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

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Porth Mawr/Whitesands Bay(T))
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St David's)
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Dogmaels(L))
£90.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 64.5 miles (103 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 7 miles (11.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Code: PCPN1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: St Dogmaels(L)
End of holiday: St David's

Route Profile

Pembrokeshire Coast Path - North 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 and Cardiff.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (St Dogmaels) are either Fishguard & Goodwick (about 21.5 miles away) or Carmarthen (about 30 miles away). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (St David's) are either Fishguard & Goodwick (about 15.5 miles away) or Haverfordwest (about 16 miles away).

By Bus - Buses do run to St Dogmaels from Fishguard & Goodwick and Carmarthen (only Monday to Saturday), but these are very lengthy journeys, so a taxi is recommended. There are buses from St David's to Haverfordwest or Fishguard & Goodwick (only Monday to Saturday, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday).

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Carmarthen and Fishguard & Goodwick. From there a bus/taxi will be required to St Dogmaels.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from St David's to St Dogmaels.

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 - North Section

“Once again, an amazing walk.”
Mrs Deadman, UK
“Really enjoyable hike, with absolutely spectacular scenery and opportunities to add a little spice to it with a swim or other activities en route.”
Dr O’Rourke, USA
“Very easy to follow, stunning scenery and great weather! Although some quite long, hard days, having good accommodation and meals at the end of each day and our bags transferred made it all very bearable. A spectacular walk along a beautiful coastline. Excellent, helpful and friendly communication and information all the way from booking to follow up, taking all the strain out of organisation.”
Ms Kelso, UK
“The PCP is brilliant! And thanks to Contours for arranging almost perfect weather! It was a great holiday. Having just completed the West Highland Way. . . . the overall PCP experience was far superior.”
Mr Rosengren, USA
“A very memorable holiday and highly recommended.”
Mr Pitkin, UK
“Good weather, good walking, good accommodation and meals.”
Ms Sharp, UK
“Excellent holiday enjoyed by all of our party. Overall Hotels and walking experience excellent. Directions good with great vistas along the route. Reliable company with good communication.”
Mr Goddard, UK
“Lucky with mostly dry weather in which to enjoy a coastline of occasionally turquoise seas, rugged cliffs, rocky coves with small seal pups. Hedgerows packed with blackberries.”
Ms Brown, UK
“We enjoyed the walk. The walk itself was excellent.”
Mr Gunn, UK
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