A walk around the coast from St David's
A circular, full-day coast walk in national park Pembrokeshire Coast (Wales) starting at St David's, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), about 12km (roughly 8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. St David's is about as far west as you can get in Wales. And if you make it this far, you will have earned the wonderful walking on offer. This walk starts and finishes in the city (Britain's smallest!), which has good bus connections to the surrounding towns. Start: St David's, OS Grid: SM751252 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres) Start: St David's, OS Grid: SM751252 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 207m (681ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 404m (1328ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 197m (647ft)
Max. Elevation: 70m (229ft)
Take the bus to St David's - if you are planning a longer stay, www.stdavids.co.uk has lots of useful information. From the city (a status granted by the Queen as it has a cathedral), head along the road to Rhosson.
Pass the village of Rhosson along the road, and keep heading west.
There is a small chapel just near the coastline, called St Justinian. He was a monk who went to live as a hermit on Ramsey Island, just across the water. He went there because the St David's weren't holy enough. So they beheaded him. Lesson learnt, no doubt.
The most westerly point of the Welsh mainland! The few rocks in the sea - called The Bitches - were left when St Justinian hacked away a land bridge to stop the monks from St David's coming across to his island. They must have really upset him...these days its popular with very brave kayakers.
Continue round to Porth Llysgu Bay, and keep heading east.
Continue to Porth Clais, the ancient harbour of St David's. Just beyond is St Non's Bay, which has a ruined chapel just north of the coast.
The sandy beach at Caerfai Beach highlights the end of the coastal walk. If time allows, head down and dip your weary feet in the sea.
Head back up the road from Caerfai Bat to St David's.
Back in St David's, and no doubt time for a cup of tea/ice cream/pint, depending on your preference for the post-walk treat.