Tenby

Highlights of the Pembrokeshire Coast

5 days
from
$1,549 USD
incl. taxes
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W06DT
Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Group size:
1–6
Ages:
12+

This twin centre walking holiday incorporates some of the best walking on both the northern and southern sections of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path but without the more challenging hiking of the northernmost trails.

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, tiny hidden coves and pristine sandy beaches.

This twin centre walking holiday incorporates some of the best walking on both the northern and southern sections of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path but without the more challenging hiking of the northernmost trails. Your base for the first 3 nights is pretty St David's, Britain's smallest city and home to the impressive 12th Century St David's cathedral and Gothic Bishops' Palace. The area boasts some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in Pembrokeshire and you will discover its immaculate beaches, tranquil harbour villages and rugged cliffs, with a good chance of spotting colonies of guillemots, razorbills and cormorants. There's also the option to take a boat trip out to the nearby islands - including Skomer, the natural habitat of the area's renowned puffins!

Then you head to Pembrokeshire's southern shores and vibrant Tenby, with its gorgeous sandy beaches, offshore 19th century fort and pastel coloured esplanade. Your walks here take you over undulating clifftop trails, passing Norman castles, towering sea stacks and unspoilt bays.

Your accommodation in St David's and Tenby is family run and in prime locations, with comfortable ensuite rooms as standard. Full Welsh breakfasts are included daily to set you up for a full day's walking whilst evening meals have been left to you so you can choose from the wealth of superb pubs and restaurants available locally.

Highlights

  • Walk the best of the northern and southern sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail
  • Contrasting landscapes: wild remote cliffs, untouched hidden coves, golden 'Blue flag' beaches, sleepy bays
  • Superb bird spotting opportunities - including guillemots and razorbills
  • Historic St David's, the smallest city in Britain and picture perfect Tenby
  • Superb coastal views over Ramsey Island, Skomer and Skokholm

Key information

  • 6 nights twin-centre accommodation in 3 star 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

  • 6 nights twin-centre accommodation in 3 star 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)
  • Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
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.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 212.0km/7.5miles
Day 310.0km/6.0miles
Day 413.5km/8.5miles
Day 514.0km/9.0miles
Day 612.0km/7.5miles

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

St Davids
to
Tenby
  • Day 1

    Arrive in St Davids

    Take time for a stroll to the city's famous cathedral before your briefing.

  • Day 2

    Whitesands to St Davids

    We take you to the appropriately named Whitesands Bay. From here follow the path to St Justinian's, a small harbour with its lifeboat stations dramatically nestled in the low cliff face. There are spectacular views of Ramsey island as far as Pen Dal-aderyn, the most western point in Wales, then the vast expanse of St Bride's Bay dramatically opens up before you.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Solva to St Davids

    After a private transfer to the pretty harbour village of Solva, follow the Solva River to the coast and the stunning natural sea arch at Gewni Island. There are tremendous views of unspoilt cliffs and beyond, to the islands of Skomer and Skokholm. Continue to St Non's Bay and the panoramic ruins of St Non's Chapel, said to be the birthplace of St David himself, before returning to St David's.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Elegug Stacks to Stackpole Quay

    Start the day with a small detour to the Green Bridge of Wales, a spectacular natural sea arch with superb sea vistas. The route then hugs the coast to Huntsman's Leap, an impressive narrow chasm cut deep into the cliff face, and the iconic St Govan's chapel. Spot the resident otters at the nature reserve in Bosherton, famous for its resplendent waterlily strewn lakes, then it's truly sublime walking over flat limestone cliffs to the stunning Barafundle Bay. We meet you in Stackpole Quay and take you to Tenby, home for the next 3 nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Manorbrier to Tenby

    A morning transfer to pretty Manorbier with its dune backed shores and brooding Norman castle ruins, then set off for King's Quoit, a Neolithic burial chamber perched high on the cliff top overlooking Manorbier Bay. Then it's on to the impressive arches, hidden caves and rocky coves of Skrinkle Haven. There's the option to detour around the Lydstep Point for more superb vistas, before you take to the cliffs again as you head to Tenby.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Amroth to Tenby

    We take you to Amroth and its 'submerged forest' - a series of 5000 year old tree stumps which magically appear on the beach at low tide. Continue to Wiseman's Bridge, a tiny village with a rocky beach, before heading through disused mining railway tunnels to picturesque Saundersfoot. A fish and chip lunch overlooking the lovely beach perhaps, then an undulating woodland path takes you back to Tenby.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Leave Tenby

    Depart Tenby 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: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 12km (7.5miles)
No. of days walking: 5
Terrain and route: Walks on this holiday can are on varied landscapes such as wild remote cliffs, untouched hidden coves, golden 'Blue flag' beaches and sleepy bays. The walks are on well marked paths and this particular itinerary does not include the more challenging hiking of the northernmost trails.
Please note on days 4 & 5, sections of the path go through MOD ground. These may not be accessible if the MOD is firing; alternative routes will be provided

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:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
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

TY BOIA, ST DAVIDS
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.

THE GILTAR HOTEL, TENBY
The GIltar Hotel boasts a prime location in the very heart of Tenby, situated on the town's pastel coloured esplanade, overlooking the South Beach and Caldey Island. It dates back to Victorian times and today boasts comfortable, modern rooms, all of which are ensuite. Headwater customers are allocated the premier double rooms here. The hotel also boasts the stylish Cwtch Bar Lounge - with Victorian fire place, sash windows and glorious sea view.
Room upgrades: Premier room with sea view and Deluxe room with sea view
The deluxe rooms are much larger than premier rooms and have king size beds and roll top baths. They have a luxurious feel with individually designed decors, and have spectacular sea views from the large bay windows.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
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.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
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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