Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path – sometimes referred to as Pembrokeshire Coastal National Trail – was the very first national trail in Wales, and is part of the Wales Coastal Path.

Contributing 186 miles (299 km) to the overall 870 miles of the Wales Coastal Path, the trail stretches from St. Dogmaels on the Ceredigion borders, to Amroth in South Pembrokeshire.

Taking in the beauty and splendour of the UK’s single Coastal National Park along the way, find out how to make the most of this amazing route through a wonderful county…

Key Facts About Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and more...

Amazing Coastal Path Facts

  • The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was opened in 1970
  • Along the 186-mile stretch of coastline and pathway, you will pass 58 beaches and coves, and 14 different harbours
  • The total rise and fall over the length of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is roughly 35,000ft, which is the same height as Mount Everest
  • Wales is the first country in the world to have a dedicated footpath that hugs the entire coastline
  • 75% of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path lies within designated conservation sites and 85% within the boundaries of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
  • The coastal path can be broken down in 15 easy stages, taking in 16 different start and endpoints
  • The overall Wales Coast Path stretches for 870 miles from North to South Wales

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Stages

Routes | Distances

  • Amroth to Lydstep – 11½ Miles
  • Lydstep to St Govans – 14½ Miles
  • St Govans to Angle – 17 Miles
  • Angle to Pembroke – 11 Miles
  • Pembroke to Milford Haven – 14 Miles
  • Milford Haven to Dale – 9 Miles
  • Dale to Martins Haven – 10½ Miles
  • Martins Haven to Nolton Haven – 14 Miles
  • Nolton Haven to Caerfai – 12 Miles
  • Caerfai to Whitesands – 9½ Miles
  • Whitesands to Trefin – 11 Miles
  • Trefin to Strumble – 12½ Miles
  • Strumble to Pwllgwaelod – 13 Miles
  • Pwllgwaelod to Newport – 7 Miles
  • Newport to St Dogmaels – 14 Miles

Planning your walk

Planning your walk is essential.

Whilst the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Local Authority, and other agencies with vested interests in the preservation and maintenance of the path do a fantastic job in terms of upkeep, any experienced walkers will tell you that preparation is key.

Only a few of the routes highlighted above are under 10-miles in length, but all offer rare opportunities to walk at the very edge of the coastal cliff faces and overlook 58 different beaches and coves along the way. Whilst all efforts are made to ensure the paths are accessible, and though very safe, care must always be taken.

Likewise, planning your stops for resting, eating and taking on fluids are also of vital importance, as many walkers will be aware.

Therefore, planning the routes you are going to take has now become that much easier, thanks to Google recently spending around a month, walking the coastal path length in order to allow this section of the National Trail to be added to their Street Map view. This means you can now drop yourself, quite literally, onto Google’s Map, and follow the trails set out above, planning and aiding preparation for your routes.

More info and links to the Google Street View can be found on the below link.

The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code helps you respect, protect and enjoy the countryside, enabling you to get the most out of your visit. Set up by Natural Resources Wales, The Countryside Codes covers all parts of rural life, focusing on how to get the most out of your experiences whilst leaving the areas you visit, and the habitats of nature, unaffected by your presence.

The Countryside Code provides you with helpful advice about:

  • Preparing for your trip
  • Keeping yourself and others safe
  • Ensuring the countryside remains a beautiful place that everyone can enjoy

The main message of the code is Respect. Protect. Enjoy

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available

Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit and take
    your litter home
  • Keep dogs under effective control

Enjoy the outdoors and stay safe

  • Plan ahead and be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs

More can be learned about The Countryside Code by visiting the Natural Resources Wales website, or by downloading their handy digital brochure, explaining in greater detail, the code and what you should do to adhere to all of the above aspects. The link to download The Countryside Code can be found below.