Discover Some of the Best Walking Trails in North Pembrokeshire
If you’re looking for somewhere to take a hiking holiday, Pembrokeshire has some of the best walking trails in the UK. From the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast Path and wild inland routes across the dramatic Preseli Hills, to serene woodland walks and river trails, you’ll never get bored. With incredible scenery and plenty of wildlife to see along the way, here are some of our favourite walking routes in North Pembrokeshire.
St Dogmaels and Poppit Sands
In the far north of the county you’ll find the quaint village of St Dogmaels on the Teifi estuary. From this small seaside town, you can walk along the river as it widens out to meet the waters of Cardigan Bay. If you need a rest, the Ferry Inn and Webley Hotel offer great watering holes along the way. After a few miles you’ll reach the long, golden sands of Poppit beach, with views across to Ceredigion and Cardigan Island.
Carry on up the headland and you’ll find yourself at the starting (or finishing point, depending on the direction you’re going) of the famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path. This is the highest stretch of the route and one of the most spectacular. While you're up there, it’s worth walking as far as The Witch’s Cauldron – a blowhole where huge waves crash up between the rocks.
Newport and the Nevern Estuary
Another lovely seaside village to explore is Newport further down the Pembrokeshire coast. A picturesque, laid back place, it’s nestled between the serene Nevern Estuary and the imposing Preseli hills. If you’d prefer a flatter, less demanding route, there’s a scenic walk from the village along the southern side of the estuary that takes you to the Parrog Beach. It’s a great place to do a spot of birdwatching and has stunning views along the coast, so remember your camera!
If you fancy something a bit more energetic, you can walk up the slopes of Carn Ingli, the dramatic hillside that towers above Newport. The views here are nothing short of incredible and well worth the effort if your legs can take it.
If an inland walk is more your cup of tea, the walks around Treffgarne are some of the best in the county. Located near Wolfscastle, halfway between Fishguard and Haverfordwest, the routes here wind through a stunning mix of rolling countryside dotted with tors and dense woodland.
Treffgarne Gorge is a particularly popular route with walkers - a fairly strenuous trail that winds along the thickly wooded banks of the Western Cleddau river. Keep your eyes peeled for Iron Age relics and the impressive Treffgarne Fort along the way.
The Gribin at Solva
Not far south of Warpool Court Hotel is the pretty little haven of Solva, where you can enjoy a scenic circular walk along the Gribin ridge that skirts the southern side of the harbour. It’s a stiff climb in places but you’ll be glad you made the effort once you experience the amazing views across St Bride’s Bay from the top of the hill.
If you like a bit of history to go with your walks, you’ll enjoy exploring what’s left of an iron age fort and the old lime kilns that line the harbour. And when you’ve run out of energy, you can always grab a bite to eat in one of Solva’s lovely pubs and cafes.
Walking at Warpool
Of course, with 15 acres of grounds that lead directly to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, we’re not short of a few great countryside walks ourselves here at Warpool Court Hotel. You can also walk into the tiny city of St Davids in just a few minutes.
When you’ve come back from a day out hiking in the Pembrokeshire countryside, you can look forward to a hot bath, drinks in the bar and a hearty meal in our Seaview Restaurant. So, if you’re looking for the perfect walking holiday, book your room today!