Discover challenging and dramatic walking trails shaped by the footsteps of traders, smugglers, saints and pirates. Cornish walking trails will reveal ancient tin mines, clifftop castles, timeless fishing villages and wild moors as you travel through a landscape of huge cliffs and hidden coves that goes back to the depths of time itself. In between the coastal drama, iconic harbours such as St Ives and Padstow give walkers access to some of the UK‘s best restaurants and coastal hotels. A county encircled by the wild Atlantic ocean, there is over 330 miles of spectacular world class coast path here taking you around the farthest corners of England - put simply it feels like walking on the edge of the world.
Stretching from coast to coast across the southwest of England, Devon is a richly diverse county with rugged shores and cliffs in the north, and classic Victorian seaside resorts in the south. In between you'll find tranquil green pastures, wooded gorges and the two dramatic wild moors in the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Choose Devon for its walking variety, and you'll find that the popular image of cream teas and thatched cottages is true - but that Devon is so much more once you explore it on two feet. Coast to coast routes like the Two Moors Way will offer a journey through it all from the wild northern shores that inspired the Romantic poets to the maritime ports of the south coast.
Free your soul and clear your mind! Walking on the wild moors of these National Parks is a wonderful antidote to modern living. England's last true wilderness, Dartmoor offers 365 square miles of virtually uninhabited freedom with high moors and twisted dramatic granite tors a land of myths, ghosts and legends. Exmoor, its smaller and more gentle neighour, is 250 Square miles of near perfect and unique beauty, with high uplands swathed in heather and steep, wooded gorges and rushing streams. See Dartmoor ponies and Exmoor stags in these wildlife rich areas, home to 30 species of mammals and over 240 types of bird. The moors offer a unique opportunity for more challenging walking where the only human sound you will hear is the rhythm of your own breath.
Avoid the crowds and discover “Secret Somerset” missed by so many rushing headlong for the far South West. The 'land of the summer people' was named in a time when this area could only be visited in the summer months as the sea receded. Today its a rich, fertile and 'for real' landscape crowned by the fine walking ridges of the Mendip and Quantock Hills both protected areas of outstanding natural beauty. Rising up over King Arthur‘s Vale of Avalon along with the magical Tor at Glastonbury, walkers will find hidden gorges, wooded combes and the best inland panoramas of the South West. Also boasting its own Jurassic Coast Path, providing a gateway into the wilds of Exmoor National Park, Somerset offers walking routes without the crowds for those who want to find..... what the rest miss.
Dorset has a comfortable old world “English” feel to it and its walking routes traverse a rather more green and agricultural land of thatched cottages, cream teas.... and fossils ! Walkers here will find the more gentle rolling farmland, pretty villages and chalk ridges beloved by Thomas Hardy that sweep down to end abruptly at the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Here, alongside the sea, those after more challenging routes can take a walking holiday through time itself amongst the dramatic chalk stacks, cliffs and arches of the Dorsetshire fossil coast. An area that can be very busy in high season but often suits walkers looking for more gentle and less exposed walking than the far west of the region.
Wales offers some of the best walking and outdoor activities to be had anywhere in the world. The 870-mile Welsh Coast Path was only fully opened in 2012 and is the world's first walk along the entire coast of a nation. The terrain is on an equally grand scale with towering cliffs, vast stretches of unspoilt golden sands, imposing castles, offshore islands and to the north there is the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park with its stunning mountains. Wales in general offers walkers great value for money compared to more popular areas like Cornwall with walking options to suit everyone, from those who want the cosmopolitan restaurants and facilities of towns like Tenby and St Davids, through to isolated and remote forests and coastal hills that sit on the very cusp of the Snowdonian Peaks. Bursting with confidence and pride in its “Welshness”, its Celtic history, language and culture there has never been a better time for walkers to enter Wales.
The South West Coast Path is the UK's longest National Trail and one of the top ten walking routes in the world. It snakes, dips and rises continuously on its way through a staggering 1014km (630 miles) of pristine coastline, 450 miles of which is through nationally protected areas. It's a challenge too; walking the entire South West Coast Path is the equivalent to scaling Mount Everest four times! From towering cliffs to hidden coves, ghostly tin mines to lush subtropical wooded creeks. One minute a dramatic rock theatre hewn out of the cliffs, the next a prehistoric fossilized forest or a 20thC Art Deco Island Hotel. What sets The South West Coast Path apart from other trails is that around almost every corner is yet another surprise as you retrace the footsteps and histories of the tin miners, fisherman, smugglers, wreckers and the customs men who chased them.
The following is a summary of options – For all our Pembrokeshire Coast Path Walking Holidays we provide you with specific travel information to suit your itinerary including advice on how to book train tickets, reserve seats or arrange parking.
Train Arrival - There is no train station at St Davids but regular trains run from London Paddington to Haverfordwest in 5 hours changing at Cardiff or Swansea on route, from where the train takes a stunning route along the coastline and estuaries of South Wales. From Haverfordwest buses take 50 minutes to reach St Davids or we can arrange a private transfer in around ½ that time.
Train Departure - There is no train station at the end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in Cardigan (St Dogmaels) but regular buses run from Cardigan to Carmarthen taking around 1.5 hours and from here its 4 hours back to London Paddington on the train.
For those walking shorter routes to finish at Fishguard / Goodwick Harbour you can catch a train directly from here to London Paddington taking 5 hours.
Bus Arrival - National Express run a service twice a day as well as an overnight option from London Victoria to Haverfordwest - Travel time around 7 hours. From Haverfordwest buses take 50 minutes to reach St Davids or we can arrange a private transfer taking around ½ that time.
Bus Departure - There is no coach service from Cardigan at the end of The Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Regular buses run to Carmarthen however taking around 1.5 hours and from here you can pick up the National Express service back to London which takes 5.5 hours.
Car - In St Davids long stay parking options are available at the Pembrokeshire National Park visitor centre. At the other end of the trail St Dogmaels has a long stay village car park and there are accommodation options that can provide long stay parking on site.
Travel by public transport between St Davids and St Dogmaels takes between 2 and 3 hours on the bus or we can arrange a quote for a private transfer which takes around one hour.
Plane - For those flying in there is a busy regional airport at Cardiff and from where you can reach Haverfordwest by train in around 2.5 hours. From Haverfordwest buses take 50 minutes to reach St Davids or we can arrange a private transfer taking around ½ that time. From the end of the path in Cardigan (St Dogmaels) regular buses run to Camarthen taking around 1.5 hours. From here the train returns to Cardiff in under 2 hours.
International flights arrive in Cardiff from Paris, Dussledorf, Dublin and Amsterdam. From within the UK direct flights from London, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Newcastle, Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Bristol airport also offers options with a journey of around 4 hours onto Pembrokeshire or you can fly to any of the London airports and take the train options listed above.
Ferry Arrival - For those arriving from Ireland there is a direct Ferry crossing to Fishguard with Stena Line from Rosslare to Fishguard on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path taking just 3.5 hours. Travel onto St Davids by bus takes around 1 hour.
Ferry Departure - From the end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path at St Dogmaels it takes between 1 and 1.5 hours to return to Fishguard Harbour for the ferry back to Rosslare or a private transfer will only take around 40 minutes.
Public Transport to Visit Pembrokeshire is liable to changes in service and options so please just contact us for the latest updates or for general help with working out how to arrive on The Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
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