carreg_samson

St Dogmaels to St Davids Walk

8 days
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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 12+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
W07NP
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Group size:
1–6
Min age:
12

Starting in the riverside village of St Dogmaels, you'll follow the demanding yet rewarding northern section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path as you head to Britain's smallest city, St. Davids - the birthplace of Wales' patron saint.

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, hidden coves and pristine sandy beaches.

Starting in the riverside village of St Dogmaels, you'll follow the demanding yet rewarding northern section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path as you head to Britain's smallest city, St. Davids - the birthplace of Wales' patron saint. Admire sweeping sea views from cliff top paths before descending to tiny deserted coves, and marvel at the region's spectacular geology. This unspoilt coastline is also home to a rich variety of wildlife with guillemots, fulmars and razorbills nesting in the cliffs, whilst grey seals, porpoises and dolphins can often be seen in the clear waters below.

We have chosen comfortable, family run B&Bs throughout with full Welsh breakfasts included as standard. There are two night stays in Newport and Fishguard and three nights in St David's to make the most of the wide choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes available locally, with private transfers provided to take you to and from the route.

Highlights

  • Stunning clifftop walking along the rugged Northern section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
  • Secluded bays, wide sandy beaches, pretty harbourside hamlets, remote headlands
  • Rich in wildlife: fulmars, razorbills and chough; seals, porpoises and dolphins
  • Ramsey Island and the aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon
  • The historic city of St David's

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers
  • Map case
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

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

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 2 25.0km/14.5miles
Day 3 20.0km/12.5miles
Day 4 18.0km/11.0miles
Day 5 15.0km/9.0miles
Day 6 18.0km/11.0miles
Day 7 13.0km/8.0miles

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).

Itinerary

Newport
to
St Davids
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Newport

    Arrive in Newport. Flanked by Carningli mountain and the sandy shores of the Nevern estuary, it's one of Pembrokeshire's most scenic towns. There's time to explore before your briefing on the week's walking.

  • Day 2

    St Dogmaels to Newport

    A short transfer takes you to St. Dogmaels and the official start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Today's route is demanding, with frequent very steep sections, but the views over to Cardigan Island make it well worth the effort, and there's a good chance of spotting nesting guillemots, razorbills and even the rare chough if you're lucky! At rocky Ceibwr Bay, pass the Witches' Cauldron (Pwll-y-Wrach) - a blowhole caused by the collapse of a cave roof with a nearby stream emptying into the 'cauldron'. End the day with a descent to dune backed Newport Sands before crossing the Iron Bridge into Newport itself.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Newport to Fishguard

    Another wonderful day following a roller-coaster cliff top route dipping in and out of small coves backed by surprisingly verdant valleys. The cliffs today are not as high as yesterday, but they are just as impressively wild and rugged. There's the option to extend the walk around Dinas Head (142m) - the breeding ground for herring gulls, razorbills and guillemots which nest on Needle Rock, a 50m high offshore stack. Pass the ruins of the 18th century Fishguard Fort - with its cannon still pointing out to sea - to enter Fishguard via its pretty harbour, once busy with trading vessels but now home to leisure boats.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Pwll Deri to Fishguard

    After a short transfer to Pwll Deri you begin the day by exploring its spectacular surroundings and mighty cliffs before making your way to Strumble Head and its dramatically perched lighthouse. Known as the Pencaer Peninsula, it is not a peninsula at all but flanked by the sea with a line of low hills on the inland side giving the impression of being cut off. Pass Carreg Wastad Point, where French soldiers invaded British shores in 1797 - the last ever troops to do so - then make your way back to Fishguard over clifftop heathland and with the chance of spotting seals, porpoises and even dolphins in the clear waters below.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Pwll Deri to Trefin

    A transfer to Pwll Deri means you can start the day on a high - literally and figuratively. Surrounded by some of Pembrokeshire's most beautiful scenery the route takes you along an airy clifftop ridge, with pebble beaches and crashing waves below, before dropping down to the pretty harbourside hamlet of Abercastle. A short detour from the coast takes you to Carreg Samson, a 5000 year old Neolithic burial site, gazing out across the bay; then it's an undulating path with lovely sea views to Trefin.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Trefin to Whitesands

    Your last day on the wild and undulating north coast takes in high cliffs, secluded settlements and atmospheric heathland as you make your way to Abereiddy Bay - a dark sand bay made of crushed grey slate. The same slate gives a brilliant deep blue colour to the water in the nearby 'Blue Lagoon', formed when an old quarry was opened up to allow the sea to flood in. You'll find remains of the quarry buildings and old tramway lines here too. Continue along the coast to round St. David's Head with its prehistoric remains, craggy little tor-topped hills and superb views over Ramsey Island, before descending to the pristine sandy beach at Whitesands Bay.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Whitesands to St Davids

    Having turned the corner of St. David's Head, the scenery changes for your final day's walk. Gone are the dramatic, imposing cliffs to be replaced by sandy beaches and pretty coves. From Whitesands Bay, follow a delightful section of coast that includes St Justinian's, with its dramatically situated lifeboat stations nestled in the low cliff face, and views over to Ramsey Island. Continue along the coast to round Pen Dal-Aderyn - Wales' most westerly point - for sweeping views over the vast expanse of St. Brides Bay before reaching pretty St. David's with its quaint streets, cute cafes, boutiques, galleries and, of course, famous cathedral.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave St Davids

    Depart St Davids after breakfast

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and 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.

Weather

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.

Is this trip for you?

Walking Conditions

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
Average daily distance: 18km (11miles)
No. of days walking: 6
Terrain and route: Walks on this holiday can be demanding with frequent, very steep sections that follow well-marked routes. 
There is an option for a shorter walk on Day 3 as described in the itinerary.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with route directions so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

Transfers will be used to get you to the start of some walks.

It is important that you are happy following route directions, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

CHAPAN B&B, NEWPORT
The family run Cnapan in the centre of Newport takes its unusual name from a Celtic form of medieval football which was played every Shrove Tuesday between the men of Newport and the men from neighbouring Nevern. Set in a traditional Welsh cottage, this pretty B&B boasts lovely sunny gardens to the rear, a cosy lounge with wood burning stove and a licensed bar. The recently renovated bright and airy bedrooms all come with ensuite bathrooms with shower.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

MANOR TOWN HOUSE, FISHGUARD
Set in a stunning Georgian town house in central Fishguard, the Manor Town House oozes charm and comfort. The beautifully appointed ensuite bedrooms come with TV, DVD and digital radio complete with ipod dock; dressing gowns and bottled water are also provided. There is a tranquil garden terrace at the rear of the B&B with sea views to die for over Lower Fishguard and Cardigan Bay. For a real treat, cream teas and gourmet packed lunches are also available (bookable in advance).
Room upgrades: Sea view room

TY BOIA, ST DAVDIS
You're guaranteed a warm Irish-Welsh welcome by owners Steve and Orla at the Ty Boia B&B, with hot drinks and freshly baked treats at check in! Just a stone's throw from St David's famous cathedral and the shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants in this tiny city, the breakfasts here are of great repute locally, with Steve and Orla making their own preserves, marmalade, seasonal compote, soda bread and Glamorgan Sausages for their guests.The bedrooms here are contemporary and comfortable, and decorated with local woollen fabrics and artwork.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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