Tenby

Pembroke to Amroth Walk Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
United Kingdom
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W07SP
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

8 Days Land only
Ages: 12+

Trip Overview

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path stretches a staggering 299km along the South Wales coastline from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south. The area was first designated a National Park in 1952 with the famous path itself becoming the first national trail in Wales when it opened in 1970. The trail makes for incredibly scenic hiking, with contrasting landscapes ranging from the wild remote headlands of the north to the legendary castle ruins and rock sea pillars of the south. Dotted along the coastline you'll find traditional fishing villages barely touched by tourism, tiny hidden coves and pristine sandy beaches.

This linear walking holiday follows the southernmost section of the Pembrokeshire Coast path, starting in the historic town of Pembroke, with its magnificent Norman castle, the birthplace of King Henry VII. From here follow undulating clifftop trails with far reaching sea vistas, passing distinctive natural rock formations and traversing some of Wales' prettiest bays and sweeping sandy beaches as you make your way to Amroth. Admire panoramic St Govan's Chapel, carefully carved out of the cliff face itself, relax at the delightful lily ponds at Bosherton and explore the narrow lanes, headland castle ruins and picture perfect harbour in vibrant Tenby.

We have chosen especially comfortable, family run accommodation throughout, with additional nights in Stackpole and Tenby to make the most of the superb hospitality in these excellent locations. Full Welsh breakfasts are included throughout so you have the choice of the outstanding pubs and restaurants available locally for your evening meals.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers
  • Map case

Trip Highlights

  • Superb, scenic walking along the southern section of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail
  • Imposing Norman castles, 19th century forts, ancient cliffside chapels
  • Tranquil bays, pristine sandy beaches, secluded coves
  • Idyllic lily ponds, dramatic limestone cliffs, towering sea stacks
  • Pastel coloured Tenby, the jewel of Pembrokeshire

Is This Trip for You?

The walks on this holiday highlight the very best of the Clwydian and Berwyn hill ranges with walking across heather-clad moors and over rolling hills. There is nothing overly strenuous but some of the longer routes can take up to 5 hours to complete.

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace. We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you.

For those wanting to travel on their own there is a single supplement for the accommodation and where there is only one "solo" traveller on a particular departure there is also a solo traveller supplement.

Group

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. A local agent is on hand to assist you and will meet you at the beginning of the week to go through the route directions and point out particular places of interest. Your luggage is transferred and route directions and maps are provided. The route directions also contain an emergency telephone number. In an emergency, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi if required. They may wish to charge for this service. Please note: the walking and luggage transfers included in this tour are subject to a minimum of 2 people (in total) booked on the departure. A supplement (payable in advance) to cover these transfers and sole occupancy of a room will apply if only 1 person is travelling on a departure date.

Adult min age:
12
Min group size:
1
Max group size:
6

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Pembroke
End City:
Tenby

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Pembroke

    There's time to explore the town's famous castle, one of the best preserved strongholds in Wales, before your briefing.

  • Day 2

    Pembroke to Angle

    Follow woodland paths and farm trails out to the coast and Fort Popton, a 19th century Palmerston fort, used to defend the coast in World War II. Continue beside the water around Angle Bay to the attractive village of Angle.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 23 km / 14.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5.5
  • Day 3

    Angle to Elegug Stacks

    Head round the southern side of Angle peninsula and your first far reaching view of the open sea. The route crosses the beautiful beach at Freshwater West before continuing across the cliffs to Elegug Stacks, a pair of lofty limestone towers, standing out to sea. Elegug is the local name for the guillemot and there's a good chance of spotting large colonies of this distinctive black and white bird here. From here we take you to the Stackpole Inn, your accommodation for the next 2 nights.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 17.5 km / 11 miles
    Activity (hours):
    4.5
  • Day 4

    Elegug Stacks to Stackpole Quay

    After a short transfer back to the coast, start the day with a small detour to the Green Bridge of Wales, a spectacular natural sea arch with superb sea vistas. The route then hugs the coast to Huntsman's Leap, an impressive narrow chasm cut deep into the cliff face, and the iconic St Govan's chapel. Spot the resident otters at the nature reserve in Bosherton, famous for its resplendent waterlily strewn lakes, then it's truly sublime walking over flat limestone cliffs to the stunning Barafundle Bay and Stackpole Quay.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 13.5 km / 8.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    3.5
  • Day 5

    Stockpole Quay to Manorbier

    Make your way over undulating red sandstone cliffs to the sandy, dune backed shores of Manorbier Bay and the ruins of its fine Norman castle. The walking is more strenuous today but there are tempting opportunities to stop and rest at Freshwater East - once notorious for the smuggling of contraband - and the secluded Swanlake Bay.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 11 km / 6.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    3.5
  • Day 6

    Manorbier to Tenby

    First stop today is King's Quoit, a Neolithic burial chamber perched high on the cliff top overlooking Manorbier Bay. Then it's on to the impressive arches, hidden caves and rocky coves of Skrinkle Haven. There's the option to detour around the Lydstep Point for more superb vistas, before you take to the cliffs again to Tenby's sandy South Beach. Take time to explore this bustling town with its pastel coloured esplanade, ancient town walls and fascinating 16th century Tudor merchant's house.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 14 km / 9 miles
    Activity (hours):
    4
  • Day 7

    Amroth to Tenby

    We take you to Amroth and its 'submerged forest' - a series of 5000 year old tree stumps which magically appear on the beach at low tide. Continue to Wiseman's Bridge, a tiny village with a rocky beach, before heading through disused mining railway tunnels to picturesque Saundersfoot. A fish and chip lunch overlooking the lovely beach perhaps, then an undulating woodland path takes you back to Tenby.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Activity (hours):
    3.5
  • Day 8

    Leave Tenby

    Depart Tenby after breakfast

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels

WOODBINE B&B, PEMBROKE
Just a stone's throw from the impressive castle, the Woodbine B&B is conveniently located in the centre of Pembroke. A Grade II listed building, it's been lovingly converted into a comfortable B&B with spacious rooms, each with modern amenities and original features such as Georgian fire places and sash windows. There's also a cosy lounge with TV, dvds and books that is available to all guests at the B&B.
Please note that one room at the B&B comes with private, rather than ensuite, facilities.

ANGLE BAY B&B, ANGLE
The Angle Bay B&B sits right next to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, with lovely views overlooking Angle Bay. It makes for incredibly cosy accommodation, with a homely lounge - complete with wood burner - available to guests. Breakfast at the B&B is a treat with locally sourced fayre including the local laver bread, which is made from seaweed gathered from the beach at nearby Freshwater West.

STACKPOLE INN, STACKPOLE
The Stackpole Inn has been run by Gary and Becky for over 14 years and they are the proud winners of the 2019 Food, Drink and Hospitality Award. Food here is of great repute locally, with menus featuring signature Welsh dishes, using the very best locally sourced ingredients. With just 4 bedrooms, the inn is wonderfully cosy, whilst all the spacious modern rooms are ensuite and decorated with a seaside theme.

CASTLEMEAD HOTEL, MANORBIER
The Castlemead Hotel is a traditional country house with an outstanding restaurant. Panoramically located overlooking Manorbier Bay and the village's Norman castle, it is set in its own grounds with extensive lawns, on the edge of a wooded valley. With just 9 ensuite rooms, the Castlemead benefits from an elegant lounge - complete with original Victorian fireplace - cosy bar and sun room snug.
Room upgrades: King/twin room and Sea view room
King/twin rooms are more spacious with either 2 separate beds or a king size bed. These rooms have views over the Norman Church.

THE GILTAR HOTEL, TENBY
The GIltar Hotel boasts a prime location in the very heart of Tenby, situated on the town's pastel coloured esplanade, overlooking the South Beach and Caldey Island. It dates back to Victorian times and today boasts comfortable, modern rooms, all of which are ensuite. Headwater customers are allocated the premier double rooms here. The hotel also boasts the stylish Cwtch Bar Lounge - with Victorian fire place, sash windows and glorious sea view.
Room upgrades: Premier room with sea view and Deluxe room with sea view
the deluxe rooms are much larger than premier rooms and have king size beds and roll top baths. They have a luxurious feel with individually designed decors, and have spectacular sea views from the large bay windows.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £182.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All Breakfasts are included throughout.

Try out traditional local country pubs for lunch or enjoy a picnic in the countryside. 
Sample local cuisine such as cawl, Welsh rarebit, laverbread, Welsh cakes, bara birth and the Glamorgan sausage. These dishes are regarded as symbols of Welsh food.

Transportation

Your luggage will be transported between the hotels by taxi or minibus. The local agent is often able to dispatch a taxi should you need it in an emergency, but may wish to charge you for this service.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Summers in Wales tend to be slightly cooler than you might expect and winters can be milder, especially on the coast, while higher, upland areas have more chance of harsher (and colder) weather conditions. The warmest months to visit are from June through to August, although temperatures start to warm up around April and remain pleasant until October time. We advise you take waterproofs as rain / showers can occur at any time of year.

Joining Instructions

Standard transfers
Transfers to Pembroke from Haverford West train station can be arranged at a supplement (30 mins).

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Penbroke
Location end:
Tenby

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Walking boots
Water bottle
Daypack
Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses
Warm jumper
Waterproofs

Optional Equipment

Walking poles

GPS Route Navigation

Ride with GPS logo

We've teamed up with RideWithGPS to provide our carefully researched and checked itineraries in a convenient format, similar to a car satnav, with turn-by-turn instructions all along your route.

Before you travel we'll send you everything you need to download your route notes and the free RideWithGPS app. It's available for iPhone and Android and the routes can also be used on any regular GPS device such as the Garmin Edge bike computers or Forerunner fitness devices. 

 For more details and to watch the demonstration video, please visit our GPS Route Navigation page.

barafundle

Practical Information

Visa

United Kingdom

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

United Kingdom's Timezone:
Europe/London GMT (GMT +00:00)

Electricity

United Kingdom's Electricity:

220-240V. 50Hz. You will need a 3 pinned type G plug.

Money

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available in towns, but we recommend taking some GBP cash with you in case you can't get to a bank at the start of the trip. There will not be ATMs in the more remote rural areas.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You will need money for lunches, snacks, drinks, dinners and entry to any sites you wish to visit. Lunches can be inexpensive if you buy them from local shops and make up a picnic, however if you stop at a pub you can easily spend £15 each. Dinner can also vary in price between £15 in a pub to £30+ in a restaurant.
We would recommend budgeting £20 ‐ £50 a day for lunches and dinners and allow an additional £10 a day for any extras.

elegug

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

On this trip in North Wales, the accommodation we use provides vital jobs to locals and uses locally sourced ingredients where possible to minimise the carbon footprint. Also the Manorhaus hotels in Ruthin and Llangollen keep single use plastics to a minimum in their hotels, plus all toiletries within the rooms are handmade locally from natural ingredients and provided in refillable containers. The West Arms pride themselves on working with very local food producers, so the meals in their excellent restaurant have a very low carbon footprint and are often organic.

Our local agent works with a carbon offset project (Forest Carbon) to create new native woodland within the UK, so all of their trips have some form of carbon offset (whilst recognising it's not a solution, they believe it's a positive step while they work on carbon reduction).

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.