Visitors adore the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline, and what better way to explore it than on foot? Today, we’re taking you on a journey through the five best coastal walks in Pembrokeshire, each with its unique charm and attractions. So lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera, and let’s get started!
St Justinians to Porthclais
‘The Gateway to St Davids’
Distance: 5 miles (8 km) one way
Begin your adventure at the picturesque St Justinian’s lifeboat station, just a stone’s throw away from St Davids. This delightful coastal walk offers jaw-dropping views of Ramsey Island and the North Pembrokeshire coastline. As you amble along the cliff path, keep an eye out for seals and seabirds that call this stretch of coast home.
Along the way, you’ll stumble upon the tiny harbor village of Porthclais. Here, you can explore the remains of an ancient quay, or refuel at the popular Porthclais Kiosk. Enjoy a delicious toastie while taking in the harbour’s tranquility.
Whitesands Bay to St Davids
‘Beaches and Legends’
Distance: 5.5 miles (8.8 km) one way
This walk is perfect for beach lovers and history buffs alike. Starting at Whitesands Bay, one of the most beautiful and well-loved beaches in Pembrokeshire, make your way towards the city of St Davids, the smallest city in the UK.
As you saunter along, be sure to explore St Davids Head. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the coastline and an ancient Iron Age hillfort. Continue your journey and don’t miss the historic St Nons Well, a tranquil spot steeped in legend. Finally, arrive at St Davids Cathedral, a magnificent piece of history in its own right. After your walk, explore the city’s charming streets, shops, and cafes.
Porthgain to Abereiddy
‘Mining History and the Blue Lagoon’
Distance: 2 miles (3.2 km) one way
Embark on a historical journey along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path by starting your walk in the fishing village of Porthgain. This harbour village has a rich industrial history, and you can still see the remnants of the old brickworks and quarry.
As you stroll along the coast, the rugged landscape opens up to the famous Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy, a former slate quarry that has been transformed into a stunning natural attraction. You can even watch daring adventurers dive off the cliffs into the deep, clear waters.
Once you’ve explored to your heart’s content, head back to Porthgain and visit The Sloop Inn, a traditional pub where you can enjoy a hearty meal and a refreshing drink.
‘Wildlife and Wide Open Spaces’
Distance: 4 miles (6.4 km) loop
For nature lovers and birdwatchers, the Marloes Peninsula is a haven of wildlife and spectacular coastal vistas. Start at Marloes Sands and make your way through a mix of heathland and cliff-tops, where you’re likely to spot seals and a variety of seabirds.
Your route will take you past the Deer Park, an area rich in history and folklore. You’ll also pass by the picturesque Marloes Mere, a seasonal lagoon teeming with birdlife. Once you’ve completed the loop, visit the nearby village of Marloes and stop by the Clock House Café for a delicious cream tea.
Broad haven South to Stackpole Quay
‘Hidden Gems and Coastal Charm’
Distance: 3 miles (4.8 km) one way
We’ve saved one of the best for last! Start at Broad Haven South and follow the undulating path until you reach the beautiful Stackpole Quay. You will pass Barafundle Bay, often described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and on this walk you are never too far from nearby village pubs, shops or toilets.
After enjoying your walk, head to the Stackpole Inn for a cosy meal or refreshment.
There you have it, five of the most captivating coastal walks in Pembrokeshire. Whether you’re drawn to the rich history, breathtaking landscapes, or vibrant wildlife, these walks offer something for every adventurer. Don’t forget to check the tide times, wear suitable clothing, and carry essentials for a safe and enjoyable journey. Now, lace up your walking shoes and experience the magic of Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastline for yourself. Happy exploring!