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The land of mystery and enchantment

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Lake Vyrnwy - Glyndwr's Way National Trail
Above Felindre - Glyndwrs Way National Trail
Moel Dod - Glyndwr's Way National Trail
Nant Fadian - Glyndwr's Way National Trail

What is the Pembrokeshire Coast Path?

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail is a long distance walking route. Its 186 miles (300 km) twist and turn through some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain. 


Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park —Britain’s only coastal national park – the trail displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life, as well as evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present.


The Trail starts in St Dogmaels in the north and ends at Amroth in the south, taking in almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries. Both the Wales Coast Path and the International Appalachian Trail follow the route of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.  


As well as offering walkers spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife, the Trail passes through a landscape rich in the history of human occupation and maritime history. Walking the Trail reveals Neolithic cromlechs, Iron Age promontory forts, churches and chapels of the seafaring early Celtic saints and their followers, links with the Vikings through place names such as Goodwick and the islands of Skomer and Skokholm, massive Norman castles such as those at Pembroke, Tenby and Manorbier and later Napoleonic forts along the south coast and the Milford Haven waterway. Throughout the length of the Trail small quays, lime kilns and warehouses, and sites like the brickworks at Porthgain, are reminders of a industrial tradition. The Milford Haven waterway, whose natural harbour once so impressed Nelson, is still an industrial hub. But it is in the quieter, remote and wild places peopled largely by birds and visited occasionally by grey seals, that the spell of old Pembrokeshire - the ancient ‘Land of Mystery and Enchantment’ (Gwlad Hud a Lledrith) remains.  



How long does it take to walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path end to end?

The official guidebook recommends a twelve day route (at around 15 miles (24 Km) each day). This is quite a challenging pace day after day and it is worth planning for at least some shorter days or spreading the walk over a series of visits.

How hard is Pembrokeshire Coast Path?

In its entirety the Coast Path can represent a formidable physical challenge - it has around 35,000 feet of ascent and descent. However, it can also be enjoyed in shorter sections which are accessible to people of all ages and abilities, with the small coastal villages strung out along its length.

Which direction should I walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in?

Many people walk the route from St Dogmael's in the north to Amroth in the south. There are guidebooks written in both directions (the Aurum book is written from north to south (St Dogmaels to Amroth) whilst the Cicerone and Trailblazer guides are written south to north (Amroth to St Dogmaels).

Who can enjoy the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail?

The National Trail is designed for walkers. Most of the Coast Path is only available to people on foot. There is a bridleway section between Stack Rocks and St Govan’s. Parts of the Trail between Amroth and Saundersfoot are cycleway.  

Taking your dog on Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Your dog is welcome on the National Trail.  Many stiles have been changed to gates and dog gates have been installed on some stiles. However there are a number of stiles that your dog will have to climb or be lifted over .Please take special care on exposed cliff paths.  - one of the most common call outs for the cliff rescue/coastguard is to help people who have lost their dogs over the cliff. 

Some of the Trail passes though farmland where stock may be grazing so please respect farmers and their animals by keeping your dog on a lead when near livestock. There are stiles which dogs may need to be lifted over. Cows with calves are very protective and can be aggressive towards dogs. Try to avoid walking close to cows with calves, if you encounter any aggression release your dog, do not try to pick it up.


What is the best time of year to walk Pembrokeshire Coast Path?

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path has something to offer all the year round and many people prefer to walk when it's cooler in spring or autumn, or even on exhilarating winter days. The best time depends very much on you, your interests and whether you enjoy the busy holiday season or would prefer to visit  during the quieter months. In summer it can be difficult to find accommodation especially for single nights, so you are advised to book well in advance. Spring is best for seeing migrating and breeding birds and wild flowers. Autumn is good for migrating birds, and seeing seal pups.  

  Can I buy Pembrokeshire Coast Path merchandise?

We sell a range of Pembrokshire Coast Path merchandise including sew on badges, enamel badges, mugs and other gifts. 

Can I get a Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail completion certificate?

Our personalised Pembrokshere Coast Path certificate is a great momento for anyone that has completed the trail.

Guidebooks and Maps for the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path Merchandise

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Map of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

What are National Trails?

National Trails offer some of the best long-distance walking, riding and cycling experiences in England and Wales, officially supported by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. All of the National Trails are within easy reach of buses, trains and the services of nearby towns and villages. In fact nowhere in England or Wales is more than 50 miles / 80km from a National Trail. Each National Trail has dedicated staff, often working with local volunteers, to look after the physical condition of the Trail, keeping paths, gates, stiles and signs in the best condition.

Which trails are National Trails in England and Wales?

The National Trails are: 
  • Cleveland Way
  • Cotswold Way
  • England Coast Path
  • Glyndwr’s Way
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path
  • Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way
  • North Downs Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Pennine Bridleway
  • Pennine Way
  • The Ridgeway
  • South Downs Way
  • South West Coast Path
  • Thames Path
  • Yorkshire Wolds Way 

The Coast to Coast is not currently a National Trail but will become one in the next couple of years.

Are there National Trails in Scotland?

In Scotland long-distance routes are called Scotland's Great Trails. There are 29 routes, at least 25 miles in length providing over 1,900 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off road and has a range of visitor services and are are suitable for multi-day outings as well as day trips.


Scotland's Great Trails are:


  • Annandale Way
  • Arran Coastal Way
  • Ayrshire Coastal Path
  • Berwickshire Coastal Path
  • Borders Abbeys Way
  • Cateran Trail
  • Clyde Walkway
  • Cross Borders Drove Road
  • Dava Way
  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Formartine and Buchan Way
  • Forth & Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail
  • Great Glen Way
  • Great Trossachs Path
  • John Muir Way
  • Kintyre Way
  • Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
  • Moray Coast Trail
  • Mull of Galloway Trail
  • River Ayr Way
  • Rob Roy Way
  • Romans and Reivers Route
  • Southern Upland Way
  • Speyside Way
  • St Cuthbert’s Way
  • Three Lochs Way
  • West Highland Way
  • West Island Way