3.4 of 5 (28 votes)

A walk around the coast from St David's

A moderate walk (coast) in national park Pembrokeshire Coast in Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), Wales, about 10.70km (6.65 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 61m (200ft)
Descent 51m (167ft)
Max. Elevation 70m (229ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 112m (367ft)
Start & End
St David's
Distance 10.70km
Duration ~3:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 29 Apr 2010
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.

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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.
OS Grid SM730253
Pass the village of Rhosson along the road, and keep heading west.
About 2.12 km (~1.32 miles) from
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 0.71 km (~0.44 miles) from
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 1.80 km (~1.12 miles) from
OS Grid SM730236
Continue round to Porth Llysgu Bay, and keep heading east.
About 1.49 km (~0.93 miles) from
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 1.51 km (~0.94 miles) from
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 1.56 km (~0.97 miles) from
OS Grid SM756247
Head back up the road from Caerfai Bat to St David's.
About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
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.
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from

4 comments... join the discussion!

Richard Taylor
16 Jan 2012

cheers Tim you star. looking forward to it,sure as hell beats shopping with er indoors!!!

15 Jan 2012
Grid Ref

Think the grid reference is SM779254

15 Jan 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

Richard Taylor
14 Jan 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

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