How to Have the Perfect Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Hike: Warpool Court Hotel’s Peter Trier Recommendations
What makes Pembrokeshire the perfect holiday destination for anyone who loves a hike? Well, as the National Geographic has ranked the Pembrokeshire Coast Path second in the world's top ten long-distance paths, it's one of the best places to enjoy a fantastic walk in stunning countryside.
For some people, just watching the sun sparkling over the western sea is enough reason to visit. For others, it's exploring the history uncovered among the rocky cliffs, moors and marshes. Local sites of interest range from a Neolithic cromlechs and Bronze Age standing stones to Iron Age forts and Norman castles. In general, it's to experience the unrivalled beauty of the 243 square mile Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. A beguiling combination of sweeping moorland, cairn-topped hills and a stunningly beautiful coastline, it’s Britain’s only mainly coastal national park. The coast itself is the perfect place to discover natural arches, stacks and sea caves, sandy beaches and seaside villages, hidden bays, estuaries and rocky coves that can only be discovered on foot.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path forms part of the Wales Coast Path, an 870-mile (1,400 km) long-distance walking route around the whole coast of Wales. Some sections of the coast path are more physically challenging than others, but with 35,000 feet of ascent and descent, hiking the entire length of the path is almost equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest!
To have the best chance of enjoying a memorable experience, Warpool Court Hotel owner Peter Trier suggests you plan properly.
So, where should you start?
You could simply choose to pick a starting point on the path and a direction and start walking. After all, by keeping the coast on one side and the countryside on the other, you can't get lost. When you start getting tired, you can just turn around and go back.
You can walk the path alone as an independent self-guided walking holiday or there are plenty of options to hire an experienced guide. However you choose to walk the trail, Peter Trier suggests you get an up to date a map covering the area.
Why do I need a map when I have a mobile phone, we hear you ask? Because on many sections, there is no mobile phone signal and you could hike for miles without meeting anyone or passing any facilities, so you need to have a back-up.
The park itself is comprised of four main sections: the south Pembrokeshire Coast, the Daugleddau estuary, the St Bride's Bay coast, and the Preseli Hills. There are over 200 walks to choose from with different degrees of difficulty over varied terrain.
While there is some surfaced path most other areas are not, so make sure you’ve got the right footwear. In areas where it's muddy or at the low-tide crossings at Dale and Sandy Haven, a lengthy detour might be in order if you don’t time things right with the tide.
What will I need?
Before setting out, always check the weather, wind strength and tides; that includes forecasts of foggy conditions. You also need to make sure you’re wearing the right clothing for weather conditions. On the Pembrokeshire Coast, the weather can go through what seems like all four seasons in one day, so make sure you have emergency clothes and supplies. Even on cool, sunny days, it's possible to get sunburned, so you’ll need sunscreen and adequate water. It’s also handy to carry a first aid kit and some snacks in your rucksack. Think ahead about bad weather and how that might affect conditions on the trail and have a backup plan.
Most importantly, according to Mr Trier, is to tell others of your plans before you go. "While some areas may be popular, it's not unusual to go for a long time without encountering others." You can always inform hotel Reception of your walking plans to be on the safe side.
If after evaluating all its twists and turns, ascents and descents, you've decided the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is your dream holiday destination, come and stay in the most convenient location – Warpool Court Hotel!
If you’d like to come and discover Pembrokeshire, why not book one of our luxury rooms or a stay in our private, self-catering Garden Cottage here at Warpool Court Hotel? Simply book online, send us an email or give us a call on 01437 720300.