Enjoy St Davids

St Davids Coastal Path

The coastal path of St Davids sits within the stunning Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.  The route is well signposted with acorns to indicate the way. The views of the coast are spectacular and there is plenty of wildlife to see on your journey, such as seals, dolphins, birds and ponies. Walkers need to be aware that there are no fences and this might be an issue for those with young children or dogs.

Our description starts at Solva, a lovely harbour village that always warrants a stop just before arriving at St Davids.  The quay and high street at Solva are vibrant, with a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars.  There is also the historic Woollen Mill, just a mile along the valley. This is the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire and it produces high quality woolen goods. It has been continuously working since 1907.

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The coastal path from Solva takes you to Caerfai Bay on the edge of St Davids. Carefai Bay is a rocky cove, which has high cliffs either side. Bathers need to be aware that there are strong currents off Caerfai Bay. Parking is free at the top of the cliff and you need to walk down a steep path to access the beach. There are no facilities at this beach.

As you continue along the coastal path, you arrive at beautiful St Non’s Bay, with St Non’s Well and Chapel. You may want to sit on the bench outside the new chapel and have a rest at this peaceful site.

If you keep walking, you will arrive at Porthclais, with its very old and well sheltered harbour, featuring lime kilns and an old quay, which has been restored by the National Trust. There is free parking at Porthclais.

Porthlysgi is a wider beach that lies a mile west of Porthclais.  This beach is only accessible from the coastal path.

Further along, at a distance, is St Justinian’s Bay, with its 2 lifeboat stations. The newest was completed in late 2016.  The lifeboats cover a very large area of about 550 square miles. Boat trips run from St Justinians to Ramsey Island, an important RSPB reserve.

The path leads on to a small, enclosed beach at Porthselau and the huge expanse of Whitesands Bay, comes into sight. Porthselau is best reached from the coastal path although it can be accessed from Whitesands at low tide.

Whitesands has a wide, sandy, Blue Flag beach and is regarded as one of the best surfing beaches in the area.  There are good facilities at this beach with parking, a slipway, toilets, a café and seasonal lifeguards. Dog restrictions apply.

From Whitesands Bay you head north to the rugged St Davids Head.  Carn Llidi to your right, can be climbed to gain spectacular views.  On St Davids Head, you can also find Coetan Arthur burial chamber.

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Continuing on the coastal path will take you to Abereiddy Bay and the Blue Lagoon. The Lagoon is a circular quarry, which has been breached by the sea, and is now a very popular location for water sports such as coasteering and kayaking. The Blue Lagoon has been the venue for The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series with divers performing from a platform 27 meters above the water.

The walk from Abereiddy to Porthgain is considered to be a particularly stunning stretch of coastline.

Porthgain has good facilities with parking, toilets, pub, restaurant, galleries and craft shops.

The path leads on to the small beach at Trefin and the picturesque harbour of Abercastle.

At www.walescoastpath.gov.uk, you can find a comprehensive table showing the distances between the locations on the coastal path.