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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