St. Davids and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path Reunion with David - 3rd to 7th September 2017

St. Davids Cathedral

The routes we follow through Pembrokeshire, all lie within within the confines of Britains only coastal National Park. Here, you'll find a truly unique corner of Wales, where the national history and the natural beauty of the coastline have been left to thrive.

  • Visits to St. Davids, Britains smallest city
  • Luxurious accommodation
  • Nature abounds on Ramsey and Skomer Island
  • Spectacular beaches at Whitesands
  • Sensational sea views, flowers and rare birds

We stay at one of the best hotels in the area: the Twr y Felin. This hotel is also a contemporary art gallery, with food and service that is nothing short of exemplary.

Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is located in the South-West edge of Wales, and is characterised by its wild landscape and unspoilt scenery. The Cathedral at St.Davids (built in the 12th-century) was the final resting place of the Welsh patron saint, and subsequently became a popular place of pilgrimage.

National Park Guides

Gordon Lewis and Peter Royle, provided by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

 

Sunday 3 September: Guided Tour of St. David's Cathedral (D)

 

Arrive at your leisure. Rooms are available from 2pm.

Meet in the lobby at 2:30pm and walk to the Cathedral for a guided tour with Canon Dorien Davies, starting at 3:00pm.

Welcome reception, 7:30pm at the hotel - followed by dinner in the hotel at 8:00pm.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Twr y Felin Hotel.

 

Monday 4 September: St. Justinian's to Oriel y Parc Coastal Walk (BLD)

 

8:00am Traditional Welsh breakfast in the hotel. Collect your picnic lunch from the hotel.

9:30am Today’s walking programme is led by our guides, Gordon and Peter.

The route from St. Justinians is 6.4 miles. We take the bus to St. Justinians, and then we follow the coastal path that leads back to our hotel.

We follow the trail out of St. Justinians (the home of the St. David’s lifeboat), and after a narrow section the path widens, affording fine views out across the sound to Ramsey Island. The route passes by the Old Copper Mine, cornering Penmaen Melyn, where there will be a stop for a picnic lunch. The path then turns into the sweep of St. Bride’s Bay, before dropping gently into Porthclais, the original harbour that serviced St. Davids. Leaving Porthclais there is just a short walk to St. Nons, the site where St. David was reputed to have been born, followed by a final short section to reach Caerfai Bay, and the lane back to Oriel y Parc and our hotel. The route itself, is along mostly even terrain.

7:15pm Dinner tonight has been arranged at The Shed Bistro, in the picturesque fishing village of Porthgain. The hotel will provide cars to get to the restaurant, a journey of about 20 minutes. Time has been allowed for a stroll around the harbour before dinner at 8:00pm. Fish is their speciality, but please let us know if you would prefer not to have fish or if you would like the lobster option, for which advance notice and an extra charge is required.

Overnight at the Twr y Felin Hotel.

 

Tuesday 5 September: Explore Ramsey Island (BLD)

 

8:00am Traditional Welsh breakfast in the hotel. Collect your picnic lunch from the hotel.

If you are a member, please bring your National Trust membership card.

9:30am Meet up in the lobby to catch the Celtic Coastal Bus for the Lifeboat Station at St Justinians

10:30am We take the boat service provided by Thousand Islands Expeditions for a 1hr 30min scenic cruise around Ramsey island. Our boat docks in at 12:00, where there’s an introductory talk by RSPB wardens, followed by a two-hour tour of the island. Length of walk: around three miles (with various shortened options available). Return to the mainland at 4:00pm and transfer back to St Davids via the Celtic Coastal Bus.

The island has spectacular cliffs, coastal scenery and is one of the best places in Wales to see choughs. Other breeding species include ravens, common buzzards, peregrines, northern wheatears, gulls, auks, razorbills, guillemots and Manx shearwaters (although these would have migrated by the time of our visit).

Ramsey has one of the most important grey atlantic seal colonies in southern Britain, with hundreds of pups born each autumn - around the time of our visit. We will be looking out for them on the beaches.

7:30pm Dinner in the hotel.

Overnight at the Twr y Felin Hotel.

 

Wesnesday 6 September: Coastal Walk to Harbour Village of Solva (B)

 

9:00am Traditional Welsh breakfast in the hotel.

10:00am Meet up with our guides, Gordon and Peter. This walk will begin at Oriel y Parc, with a gentle slope down the lane to Caerfai Bay. The distance to Solva is 5.3 miles. The path is generally on even terrain, with a couple of descents and ascents into and out of stream valleys. We plan to have an optional pub lunch in Solva, with time allocated to explore this lovely harbour village.

The walk is along the northern edge of St. Brides Bay, offering excellent views across the coast, as well as to the offshore islands of Skomer and Grassholm. The route bypasses beaches where stone was quarried to build the cathedral, and an iron age promontory fort. Caves at sea level were once used by smugglers, and this section of the coast has claimed numerous ships over the centuries. Our walk finishes on the descent back into the picturesque harbour at Solva.

Return to St. Davids is via the 411 service bus from Haverforwest.

7:15pm An optional dinner reservation has been made tonight at Bishops Pub, a short walk from the hotel.

Overnight at Twr y Felin Hotel.

 

Thursday 7 September: Travel Home (B)

From 8:00am Traditional Welsh breakfast in the hotel, before making our own way home.

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

The Twr y Felin Hotel is our base for this holiday. The Hotel is set within its own private grounds and situated just a ten-minute walk from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, as well as being near the 6th Century St Davids Cathedral and Oriel y Parc National Park Visitor Centre and Gallery. This is an impressive luxury hotel offering excellent service, spacious and very comfortable rooms with full facilities and some interesting touches that will not fail to impress.

Meticulously restored and extended in 2015, the hotel has 19 en-suite bedrooms and two suites, including ‘Tyddewi’ – a unique space occupying the site’s original windmill tower, which boasts spectacular 360 degree views of the St Davids Peninsula.
Cornel Bar is a pre-dinner art lovers snug and Oriel Lounge is a dedicated gallery space, perfect for guests to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea.

Twr y Felin Hotel Restaurant - Blas – meaning ‘Taste’ in Welsh – offers fine dining and a menu influenced by the season and locality. Dinner has been included for two nights and consists of three courses, followed by complimentary tea or coffee and home-made petit fours.

The Shed Bistro, Porthgain - Occupying an old machine shop on the quayside with views across the harbour. Home-style cooking specialising in locally caught fish. Lobster is also as an optional extra/alternative.

Bishops Pub – An optional dinner - located a short walk from the hotel in the centre of St Davids at Cross Square.

By Road

From the South

Head towards the town of Haverfordwest then follow the A487 to St. David’s, passing through Newgale, Solva, and Nine Wells.

From the North

head towards the town of Fishguard then follow the A487 to St. David’s.

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By Bus/Rail

Haverfordwest Train Station [HVF] and Fishguard Train Station [FGH] are both approximately 18 miles away, so if you are visiting by rail you would need to catch either a bus or taxi for the rest of the route to St Davids.
You can find the bus timetables here.
Pembrokeshire taxi firms can be found here.

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