Explore the miles of footpaths in Pembrokeshire.
Walking is a great way to see the glorious coast and countryside of Pembrokeshire and to keep fit and healthy. Thanks to the efforts of the National Park Authority and the County Council, Pembrokeshire has a wide variety of way-marked walks, ranging from the 186 mile long Coast Path to gentle strolls of 2 to 3 miles.
The coast path is the jewel in the crown. It covers an incredible variety of scenery ranging from majestic cliffs to wide sweeps of sand to small secluded coves. In spring and early summer, the cliffs and hedgerows are ablaze with wild flowers. Seals and sea birds abound. And history in the form of ancient burial sites, ruined industrial sites such as the Blue Pool at Abereiddy, and old lime kilns can be seen from the path.
To walk the whole path will take 10 to 12 days depending on an individuals fitness level. Many people chose to walk the path in sections,keeping a log of their journey. For those that complete the journey, the National Path Authority will issue a certificate on production of the log.
In 2008 a new walk has been introduced. This is the Preseli Circle which is a circular route linking Fishguard, the Gwuan valley, Crymych and the Teifi valley. The route takes in spectacular north Pembrokeshire scenery covering woodlands, cliff tops, hills and vales.
In the south of the County, the south Landsker walk is a circular walk which takes in part of the coastal path, areas of the upper Cleddau estuary, and attractive rural scenery. The footpaths, bridleways and narrow country lanes connect villages and small hamlets. The path passes medieval castles, ancient churches and picturesque harbours. The path links Narberth with the coast at Wisemans Bridge and then follows the coast path past Tenby and Manorbier to Stackpole Quay and Bosherton It then turns inland through Lamphey and Milton to meet the estuary at Carew. It then winds through Cresswell Quay and Lawrenny Quay to Landshipping Quay and then returns to Narberth.
Some short walk suggestions are as follows :
St Brides Haven to Little Haven 6 miles (10Km)
Stack Rocks to St Governs Head 3 miles (5Km)
Wisemans Bridge to Saundersfoot through the tunnels 1.25 miles (2Km)
Abermawr to Abercastle 1.5 miles (2.5Km)
Newport Parrog to Newport Sands 1.5 miles (2.5Km)
St.Davids to Porthclais 3 miles (5Km)
Broad Haven to Newgale 6 miles (10Km)
Manorbier to Broad Haven south 9.5 miles (15Km)
Haverfordwest to Johnston via new cycle & walking path 3.5 miles (5.5Km)
Poppit Sands to Moylgrove via Ceibwr Bay 6.5 miles (10.5Km)
Marloes Sands to Martins Haven 2.5 miles (4Km)
These are just a few suggestions. With a number of these walks you can use the Coastal Bus service which means you can leave you car at one point, walk to another and return to your car by bus. Details of the bus services and timetables can be found on www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coastalbus.
Further suggestions and walking routes can be found on www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/walking