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St. David's & Coast Path Circular

Pembrokeshire Coast Walk

Nat Park - Pembrokeshire Coast

County/Area - Pembrokeshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 9.7 miles / 15.8 km    Ascent - 1000 feet / 303 metres

Time - 5 hours 50 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - St. David's & Coast Path Circular
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This Pembrokeshire walk from St David's explores the coast path around the peninsula lying to the west of the Cathedral city. The route follows lanes, tracks and paths including a section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The coastal section of the walk is full of interest including St David's Head and Ramsey Island. If time allows a visit to the Cathedral and associated buildings is very rewarding.

The start is the War memorial in the city centre (grid ref. SM753253). A number of parking options can be found nearby. Walk west along Goat Street (signed to Porth Clais and St Justinians). At the first fork, bear left to continue along Goat Street. At the next junction fork right (signed to Porth Clais) and walk along Catherine Street to Ramsey Gardens on the left. Turn right at the fingerpost onto a bridleway. Follow the track as it loops left and then bends right to reach a road (grid ref. SM743252).

Turn left and after 200 metres turn right onto a tarmac drive (with adjacent fingerpost). Follow the track past Clegyr-Boia farm to a road (grid ref. SM737250). Bear right and follow the road continuing to a T-junction. Turn left and follow the road for 500 metres ignoring a lane off to the right. Turn right along a tarmac drive towards Pencarnan (by a bus stop on the right). Where the drive turns left into a caravan site, keep ahead along a track soon veering left off the track along a path that leads to the coast path (grid ref. SM727260).

Turn left along the Pembrokeshire Coast path. Continue along the coast path for just over ten kilometres. The route takes you through St Justinians, passes Ramsey Island, through Porth Clais with its small harbour and onto a chapel at St Nons. Turn inland at the three-way fingerpost (grid ref. SM752243). Pass the chapel and continue to join a lane. The lane eventually leads into Goat Street which can be followed into St David's. Alternatively, turn right (just past a hotel on the left) onto a bridleway (grid ref. SM751250). After a few metres turn left and follow the clear track back to the city centre.

Other walks nearby

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Walk 2057 St. David's Head & Carn Llidieasy/mod4.5 miles
Walk 3483 Penberry & St Davids Head from Whitesands Baymoderate9.0 miles
Walk 2056 Pointz Castle from Solvaeasy/mod5.5 miles
Walk 3476 Porthgain & Blue Lagoon from Abereiddyeasy/mod6.5 miles
Walk 3477 Porthgain, Abereiddi Bay & Blue Lagooneasy3.7 miles
Walk 1434 Abercastle & Trefin Circularmoderate7.5 miles
Walk 3473 Marloes Peninsular Circulareasy/mod7.0 miles
Walk 3362 Marloes Sands Circulareasy4.5 miles
Walk 3367 Nab Head & Musselwick Sands from Marloeseasy/mod6.2 miles

Recommended Books & eBooks

The Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast PathA single guidebook to walking the whole Wales Coast Path - 1400km (870 miles) the length of Wales from Chester to Chepstow, including Anglesey, described in 57 stages. The route passes through the Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire National Parks and many AONBs and can be linked with the Offa's Dyke Path for a complete circuit of Wales.
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