A Walk on the Wild Side - Exploring Pembrokeshire on Foot
September is a wonderful time to visit Pembrokeshire for a walking holiday. With the busiest part of the season at an end, the hills, valleys and coast have an even more tranquil air and are ripe for exploration. The weather is generally pretty good at this time of year too, so why not put your best foot forward and enjoy the stunning scenery and laid-back atmosphere of Pembrokeshire in late summer?
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Our most well-known walking route is famous for a reason! Ranked as one of the world’s best coastal trails, the 186 mile path snakes its way along the dramatic shoreline between Poppit Beach in the north and Amroth in the south. You’ll experience some of the most breathtaking views in Britain – sheer cliffs rising from the foamy surf, picturesque harbours, long sandy beaches, bleak moorland and rolling hills. There’s plenty of wildlife to see too - in late summer there’s a chance you’ll catch sight of dolphins along many parts of the coast and, as it’s the start of the pupping season, the secluded beaches become home to thousands of seals. Seabirds are also getting ready to migrate for the winter so the skies are often filled with swirling flocks.
The Preseli Golden Road
One of the best ways to explore the ancient Preseli hills in north Pembrokeshire is to follow the Golden Road, a trail that takes you across the ridge of these bleakly beautiful prominences. Walked by the travellers of old and source of the bluestone used to construct Stonehenge, this route gives you a real sense of the historical importance of the area. Dotted with the cairns, hill forts and burial chambers left by Bronze and Iron Age settlers there’s a chance to stop and explore some of the most interesting ancient sites in Wales. Take time to rest on one of the many peaks and admire the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
As well as the Golden Road, there are other walks that explore Pembrokeshire’s rich history. Whether you want to discover the past of our beloved St Davids Cathedral or explore ruined castles further afield, these routes will take you to some of Pembrokeshire’s most significant historical locations. Of course, as well as the mapped routes, there’s the option of visiting our historic sites and walking a trail of your own around the area.
Circular and Easily Accessible Walks
The great thing about a circular walk is that you don’t have to worry about catching a bus or getting a lift back to square one! The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park have mapped over 200 circular walks of varying distances and terrain - from shorter, gentle strolls to more energetic or challenging rambles there’s something for everyone. Making the National Park accessible to as many people as possible is a priority, so if you are walking with a pushchair, have limited mobility or use a wheelchair, there are suitable routes that enable you to explore the countryside.
Of course, if you’re someone who doesn’t like to stick to a route, you can just grab a map and follow your nose!
Although it’s unlikely that you’ll have anything other than a fantastic day out in the wilds of Pembrokeshire we like to make sure our guests are safe so remember: always follow the countryside code and let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back just to be on the safe side (if you’re staying with us, you can inform our receptionists of your plans for the day). Happy hiking!