I’ve been working up an itinerary of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path for a friend and am really pleased with how it has come together. I made an assumption that it is better to walk from south to north as the better, more remote parts are completed later in the trip. That isn’t to say that south Pembrokeshire is inferior, it’s just that it’s our resort area and a bit less conducive to walking. Likewise, I’ve suggested that the more industrial & urbanised area around some of the Milford Haven Estuary is bypassed courtesy of a very handy bus that links Pembroke with Milford Haven.
The detailed itinerary has been posted on: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/173238538
Here’s a run down:
Day 1. Arrive by train and get off at Tenby station. Take the bus to Amroth and start walking straight away. You only need to go 2 miles to Wisemans Bridge and camp near the pub.
Day 2. Head west through Saundersfoot and Tenby. Tenby is fascinating so leave at least an hour to explore that. Walk to Freshwater East and camp there. Total distance is 17 miles.
Day 3. Try to do this day on a Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday to make sure the ranges are open or you’ll need to take a shorter but less interesting detour. Walk to Freshwater West and on to West Angle beach. This is a long day at 21 Miles. No wild camping en-route of course, that’s not allowed…
Day 4. Walk round Angle peninsula and along the southern shore of the Milford Haven Estuary as far as Pembroke Castle. After looking round the castle, get on the bus to Milford Haven and carry on to Sandy Haven beach where there’s a small campsite. Total walking distance is 17 miles.
Day 5. Check the tide times as they are important for this stage as two sets of stepping stones are covered at high tide requiring long detours. End the day at a farm campsite near Martin’s Haven after walking 17 miles.
Day 6. A very pleasant romp around St Brides Bay with plenty of interest en-route. Finish the day at Newgale with a pub right next to it. Surprise, surprise, it’s 17 miles again!
Day 7. This is a longer 19 mile day but what a cracker. This whole stretch covers some of the very best bits of the Coast Path including Solva, Caerfai, Ramsey Sound, Whitesands Beach (where a swim is mandatory), The Blue Lagoon and Porthgain (where a pint in The Sloop is also mandatory). Finish the day at Pwll Deri Youth Hostel.
Day 8. There’s a really rugged and isolated section to start with as you pass Strumble Lighthouse followed by a more built up part as to traverse Goodwick & Fishguard. It then gets rugged again before you drop down to the beach at Pwllgwaelod to camp at Dinas Island Farm. Todays distance is 16 miles.
Day 9. You can split this day by camping in Newport but if you were OK on day 3 then today’s 21 miles to Poppit is easy enough. There is a 1 mile shortcut available by wading across the river at Newport Parrog if the river is low and the tide out. When you get to Poppit, there’s a Youth Hostel and a campsite.
Day 10. The final stretch to St Dogmael’s and on to Cardigan where you can pick up a bus back to Fishguard and catch a train home. The number of trains has increased to 7 a day recently.