Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - 24th April to 28th April 2019

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Spring is the perfect time to visit Pembrokeshire’s spectacular coastal paths (managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park). The summer season, with its crowded beaches, has yet to arrive and we can look forward to an invigorating programme of guided walks, as well as visits to places of historical and cultural interest.

  • Luxury hotel accommodation and facilities
  • Two stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park guided walks
  • Guided walking tour of the beaches and places of interest at the seaside town of Tenby
  • Welcome reception
  • Guided tour of St Davids Cathedral
  • Two dinners in the hotel
  • Dinner at The Shed Bistro in Porthgain
  • Visit the small coastal harbour of Porthgain

We stay at an impressive luxury hotel in St Davids. The holiday includes two days of walking, accompanied by a Ranger provided by the National Park, on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Coastal Track. Here, we can explore the unspoilt natural wonder of this region, with spring the ideal season for the flowers and wildlife along the cliff paths. We have also arranged a guided tour of Tenby, regarded by many as the prettiest seaside town in Wales. For this walk, we are accompanied by a registered Blue Badge Guide who will unfold the highlights of this delightful area.

St Davids

St Davids is a small and unpretentious city, its landmark cathedral located in a majestic, but rural, medieval setting. The cathedral dates from 1181, and has existed as an important place for pilgrimage for nearly fourteen centuries. The magnificent ceiling and sloping floor are particularly memorable features, as well as the medieval Shrine of St David, located in the presbytery, which was restored for St David’s Day 2012.

Porthgain

 

MONDAY 24 APRIL – GUIDED TOUR OF ST DAVIDS CATHEDRAL (D)

 

Arrive at your leisure. Rooms are available from 2:00pm.

 

2:45pm – Please meet in the lobby for the walk to the Cathedral and guided tour, starting at 3:00pm.

Please join us in the hotel’s Oriel Lounge at 7:30pm for a welcome reception, followed by dinner in the hotel at 8:00pm.

Dinner and overnight at the Twr y Felin Hotel.

 

TUESDAY 25 APRIL - PORTHGAIN TO ABEREIDDY COASTAL WALK (BLD)

 

From 7:30am: Traditional Welsh breakfast in the hotel. Your picnic lunch will be available for collection from the hotel at 9:00am.

 

9:30am: Please meet in the lobby where transport provided by the hotel will take us to the starting point of today’s walk.

Today, we take stroll around Porthgain, taking time to visit the lovely harbour and learn of the area’s historic slate quarries. From here, we make our way south along the coastal path for the beach at Abereiddy, pausing at the old quarry, known as the ‘Blue Lagoon’, well known locally for cliff diving. Our coach will be waiting at the Abereiddy Beach car park to take us back to the hotel.

The walk is graded Easy and is approx 5 miles along a well-defined footpath. Easy-going for the most part, with some undulating sections.

 

Dinner tonight has been arranged at The Shed Bistro, in the picturesque fishing village of Porthgain. Depart the hotel at 7:15pm in cars provided by the hotel for the 15 minute drive to Porthgain.

 

Dinner at The Shed Bistro in Porthgain.

 

Overnight at the Twr y Felin Hotel.

 

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WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL – EXPLORE TENBY (B)

 

From 7:30am - traditional Welsh breakfast in the hotel. Your picnic lunch will be available for collection from the hotel at 9:00am.

 

Drive to Tenby (around one hour) in our own cars for an interesting day exploring the lovely seaside town.

We are accompanied by Marion Davies, a local registered Wales Blue Badge Guide and official guide of Visit Wales and the Welsh Assembly. She joins us today for an introduction to the fascinating history of Tenby, while we explore the beautiful beaches and network of alleyways that lead to the places of interest in the town. Today’s visits include the Harbour, Lifeboat Station, the Nabb and the National Trust’s Tudor Merchant House.

Marion is an entertaining, light hearted and enthusiastic story teller – an ideal way to acquaint yourself with the delightful town of Tenby.

 

Optional lunch in Tenby.

7:30pm Optional dinner at Bishops Pub.

Overnight at the Twr y Felin Hotel.

 

THURSDAY 27 APRIL – ST JUSTIANS, WHITESANDS AND ST DAVIDS HEAD COASTAL WALK (BLD)

 

From 7:30am: Traditional Welsh breakfast in the hotel. Your picnic lunch will be available for collection from the hotel at 9:00am.

 

9:30am: Please meet in the lobby where transport provided by the hotel will take us to the starting point of today’s walk.

Starting at the lifeboat station at St Justinian, we head north along the coastal path to Whitesands (renowned for its surf) and then to the remote rocky headland of St Davids Head. There are magnificent views over Ramsey Sound from this spot, and a great deal of local history to discover along the journey. We then return to Whitesands Beach, where our coach will be waiting to take us back to the hotel.

The walk is graded Easy and is just over 5 miles along a well-defined footpath. Easy-going for the most part, with some undulating sections.

 

Dinner and overnight at the Twr y Felin Hotel.

 

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FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER -  TRAVEL HOME (B)

 

From 7:30am: Traditional Welsh breakfast in the hotel, before making our own way home.

 

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

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The Twr y Felin Hotel is our base for this holiday. The Hotel is set within its own private grounds and situated within a ten-minute walk from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The 6th Century St Davids Cathedral is also close-by, as well as the 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 cannot help but 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.

 

 RESTAURANTS

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 on a short walk from the hotel in the centre of St Davids at Cross Square.

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Price per person, sharing a Standard twin or double room £875
Single person supplement, occupying a Standard twin or double room £380

What The Price Includes

  • Four nights luxury hotel accommodation with full facilities
  • Welcome reception
  • Two dinners in the hotel
  • Dinner in The Shed Bistro in Porthgain
  • Two Pembrokeshire Coast National Park guided walks
  • Guided tour of Tenby
  • Guided tour of St Davids Cathedral
  • Transport in connection with walks and visits
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Picnic lunches as shown in the itinerary
  • Accompanying tour leader

What Is Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinner on Wednesday

For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances - it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

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Weather

Pembrokeshire enjoys a mild climate for the majority of the year, with its proximity to the Irish resulting in wet winters. Conditions over late Spring to Summer are generally favourable, with generous amounts of sunshine.


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