Top Tips for Staying Safe on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Warpool Court Hotel is the perfect base for exploring one of the most spectacular walks in the British Isles – the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. This stunning 186 mile route, with its rugged shores, golden beaches, rolling hills and spectacular sea views is a must for serious walkers and day trippers alike. Its remote and wild beauty is what attracts visitors but it also commands respect – taking sensible precautions and being aware of coast path safety will help you get the best from your walk.
Like all good scouts, be prepared!
- Plan your route; tell someone where you’re going and what time you will return. Our friendly receptionists would rather you came back in one piece, so let them know your plans just to be on the safe side.
- Coastal areas can be more prone to gusts of wind, sea mists and (rather obviously) large waves so it’s best to check that the route will be safe to walk in the weather conditions of the day. Also bear in mind that recent rainfall may have loosened the ground underfoot so be extra cautious.
- If you’re planning to explore any of our lovely sandy beaches along the way, it’s a good idea to check the tide table so you don’t get cut off by the incoming water.
- Make sure you have the appropriate clothing and footwear. Wearing layers is sensible and making sure you have something waterproof and windproof is a must in case the weather changes. Walking shoes should have ankle support and a good tread suitable for variable terrain.
- Take some water and high-energy food just in case your walk doesn’t go to plan. The beauty of the path is its remoteness, so don’t rely on finding somewhere to get refreshments or being able to reach a planned destination in time to eat.
- Though coverage can be a very patchy, it’s best to take a mobile phone with you along with a map. You might think that taking a map is a bit daft on an obvious coastal path but it could be a lifeline if you do happen to get lost or have to direct others to your location.
- Don’t be over-confident! Be realistic about what you can achieve – the coast path terrain varies enormously so do a bit of research on the section of path you want to walk to ensure that it is suitable for your level of fitness and mobility.
When walking the path:
- Always follow the way markers and advisory signs – they’re there for a very good reason! Undesignated paths could be hazardous due to loose rocks and shouldn’t be attempted - leave the rock climbing to the professionals!
- If you’re walking with children or dogs keep them under close control as parts of the path can pass quite close to the cliff edge. Dogs should also be on leads when walking near farm animals.
- There’s no shame in admitting defeat! If the walk is harder than you imagined or the weather closes in, for example, don’t plough on regardless, that’s when things have the potential to get out of control.
- Beware the overhang! For those of you with a head for heights, try to avoid the temptation to take a peek over the edge. Sections of the path may overhang and the ground beneath your feet could be unstable, so resist the urge. It’s also good to bear this in mind if exploring the beaches and coves below the path: don’t sit under an overhang or you risk getting a nasty surprise.
- If you follow the safety advice there’s very little chance of your coastal walk turning into a drama. However, if you do have an emergency, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
With the St David’s section of the coast path at the bottom of our garden, we like to think we know a thing or two about it! We’re always happy to assist our guests, so if you’ll be walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path during your stay and need any information, please don’t hesitate to ask.