A walk around the coast from St David's

Submitted by Timwoods on 29 April 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL35 - North Pembrokeshire
(17 votes)
A circular, full-day coast walk in national park Pembrokeshire Coast (Wales) starting at St David's, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), about 11.4km (roughly 7.1 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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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)
Gain (+/- 10%): 207m (681ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 404m (1328ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 197m (647ft)
Max. Elevation: 70m (229ft)

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OS Grid: SM751252
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.
About 2.1 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SM730253
Pass the village of Rhosson along the road, and keep heading west.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SM723251
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.
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SM715235
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.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SM730236
Continue round to Porth Llysgu Bay, and keep heading east.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SM744240
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.
About 1.6 km (roughly 1 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SM760243
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.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SM756247
Head back up the road from Caerfai Bat to St David's.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SM753253
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.
4 comments ...join the discussion!
Richard Taylor  commented on 14 January 2012
walking and some
going to be staying at vachelich,can anybody give me grid ref for here,and if we walk due south and turn west will we be on coastpath,and can some one tell me when dogs are banned from beaches. cheers Rich
Timwoods  commented on 15 January 2012
Dogs on beaches
Hi Rich, The beach is owned by the National Trust, so suggest getting the up to date info from them about when dogs are allowed. Tim
Timwoods  commented on 15 January 2012
Grid ref
Think the grid reference is SM779254
Richard Taylor  commented on 16 January 2012
cheers Tim you star. looking forward to it,sure as hell beats shopping with er indoors!!!
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