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Moylgrove to St. Dogmaels.

A moderate walk (coast) in national park Pembrokeshire Coast in Pembrokeshire, Wales, about 11.60km (7.21 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 172m (564ft)
Loss 186m (610ft)
Max. Elevation 140m (459ft)
Elevation (total) 358m (1174ft)
Start & End
Moylgrove, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA43 3BU
Distance 11.60km
(7.21mi)
Duration ~3:45h
Difficulty  
Moderate
3Created by John Walker on 31 Dec 2017
A walk on high cliffs with stunning views and plenty of wildlife interest. This is one of the most challenging stages on the Pembroke Coast Path, offering steep climbs and descents. We were staying in Newport and took the #405 bus from the Castle Hotel to Moylgrove, a pretty village about a mile inland from the coast path. There are public toilets next to the bus stop but not much else of interest to walkers. A valley walk leads from the village to the coast.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SN117446
Moylgrove, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA42 0NU
OS Grid SN115448
Take the road up hill from the bus stop, turning right just beyond a chapel onto a minor road. This leads down the valley, past isolated houses and a farm before turning sharply downhill to a pebbly beach where the river emerges from a tree lined valley.
About 0.23 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid SN109456
The remains of a lime kiln are evident at the edge of the beach. Just upriver from here you cross a footbridge, to follow a narrow path uphill, passing through the rounded mound remains of Pen Castell Iron Age promontory fortifications.
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SN111460
The path rises higher above Ceibwr Bay, with great views back towards Strumble Head, identifiable by its slow rhythmically flashing lighthouse. Below, on the Goodwick peninsula, the Stena Lines car ferry sails twice daily to Rosslare, three hours away across the Irish Sea.
About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid SN116470
The cliff faces reveal dramatically distorted strata, not just rounded and inverted but broken into knife edge points. Laid down around 500 million years ago the sedimentary rocks were much later contorted and folded over a period of millions of years by powerful tectonic plate movements.
About 1.07 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid SN122485
At Pen yr Afr headland the cliffs rise to the highest point on this stretch, at around 175m. The PCP route follows around the edge of a small inlet at Pwllygranant then begins to descend past a ruined lookout post before entering a nature reserve.
About 1.70 km (~1.06 miles) from
OS Grid SN132498
Across the wide estuary mouth of the Teifi River good views appear, stretching from tiny Cardigan Island to the West along to Gwbert, a small holiday settlement. Turning inland the path goes through a farm yard and campsite (with yurts) then going left uphill on a track to join a metalled road.
About 1.63 km (~1.01 miles) from
OS Grid SN139491
On the estuary below, Poppit Sands comes into view. Then our road switchbacks down to the lifeboat station on the beach, adjacent to a good café and public toilets.
About 1.03 km (~0.64 miles) from
OS Grid SN153485
From Poppit Sands, remaining at low level, the coast path stays parallel to the road past the Webley Hotel, rising to join it again before a descent to The Moorings at St. Dogmaels where the official start marker is situated.
About 1.50 km (~0.93 miles) from
OS Grid SN162470
Further on in this direction you reach the centre of St. Dogmaels. We passed several bus stops for the #405 before settling on the stop at the junction between St. Dogmaels Rd. and David St. (it had a nice bus shelter with a bench) before returning to Newport.
About 1.78 km (~1.11 miles) from
OS Grid SN162462
St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA43 3EY
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from

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