Pembrokeshire is the ultimate destination for walkers
The coastal path around Pembrokeshire is renowned the world over for its unspoilt beauty and amazing coastal views. We’ve selected 5 of the most challenging sections of the coastal path which you may like to try if you are an experienced walker. If you are new to walking or not quite as fit as you’d like to be, there are plenty of gentler sections of the coastal path for you to try first.
As with all walks, some basic safety precautions before setting out are a must. Always plan your walk, make sure your boots and equipment are in good order, take water and snacks with you, make sure
you use sun protection – you can get sunburnt even on a cloudy day, and tell someone your route and how long you’re likely to be gone.
1. Tenby to Saundersfoot – approx. 4 miles. This route is very challenging in parts, descending down to sea level along the beaches and back up to 60m for the clifftop sections. There’s also a challenging 320 steps to contend with too, but the views along this section are well worth the effort.
2. Stackpole Quay to Freshwater East – approx. 3 miles. This section has a series of steep hills and 119 steps as you take the path along the headland from Stackpole Quay towards Freshwater East along the red sandstone cliffs. Superb views towards Manorbier.
3. East Blockhouse to Freshwater West – approx. 4 miles. A series of steep hills makes this a demanding section of the coastal path as you head out over the red sandstone cliffs and discover secret coves and bays along the way.
4. Pwll-y-wrach to Newport Sands – approx. 6 miles. Stunning views from this remote section of the coast path as you travel the high cliff path amongst the carpets of wildflowers. 200 steps and steep gradients make for a challenging section. Grazing sheep and horses can be seen above Cell Howell.
5. Porthmynawyd to Newgale – approx. 2 miles. This energetic section of the coastal path has five steep up and down sections and 250 steps to contend with and the most amazing views to enjoy along the way.