The Coastal Way, Wales – 4 day itinerary

The Coastal Way

4 Days

The Coastal Way runs the entire length of Cardigan Bay. It’s a 180-mile (290km) route that travels between Wales’ dramatic coastline on one side and its stunning mountains on the other.

From St Davids in the south of Wales, to Aberdaron in the north, the coast is dotted with harbour towns and resorts, fishing villages and secret coves, with a great selection of activities and attractions for visitors to experience.

Visitors can try local wines, liqueurs and non-alcoholic drinks as well as turning their hand to foraging for local produce with expertly trained guides.

There are plenty of loops and byways to explore: the north coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, Snowdonia, Pumlumon, Preseli … but here we focus on some of the attractions along the main route itself.

Getting There

Tenby is a 2 hour drive from Cardiff and a direct train service also runs there from Cardiff with a journey time of 2 hours 50mins.

Day 1

Tenby

Guided Tours Wales

Day one of The Coastal Way starts in Tenby. A tour of this delightful little harbour town with Guided Tours Wales gives a great introduction to this Pembrokeshire seaside resort, known for its iconic pastel coloured Victorian houses that surround the quayside.

Supplier Information

Name Guided Tours Wales
Category Guided Tours
Profile For nearly twenty years I have been offering professional guiding services around Wales, especially west Wales and Pembrokeshire where I am based in the picturesque seaside town of Tenby.
Phone +44 (0)7970 420 734
Email info@guidedtourswales.co.uk
Website http://guidedtourswales.co.uk/
Min - Max capacity: N/A
Frequency: Please see website for scheduled tours Private tours on request
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: FIT or Groups
Extra information: Private walking tours £50.00 minimum - please call to book. Terms and Conditions apply.

St Govan’s Chapel

Just a 30 minute drive away from Tenby is the tiny St Govan’s Chapel, near Bosherton. This stone chapel is carved out of the cliffs on the Pembrokeshire Coast, and is only accessible by descending 52 stone steps. Built to honour the hermit St Govan who lived alone here during the 6th century, it’s a wonderfully atmospheric place. Within the chapel, visitors can see a small crevice where St Govan hid from villagers – and local custom says upon 3 turns within the crevice, fulfilment of a wish will be granted!

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Good Trails

Pembrokeshire in Southwest Wales was the UK’s first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and has the UK’s only coastal National Park. For those craving a touch of adventure, Good Trails offers stand-up paddleboard sessions – a great way to experience this beautiful coastline in the calm waters of Pembrokeshire’s sheltered bays.

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Cwm Deri Vineyard

The final stop of the day is at the Cwm Deri Vineyard, where visitors can enjoy the beautiful estate of the Cwm Deri Vineyard in Pembrokeshire. The wine estate was planted in 1991 and now houses 3,000 vines. Visitors can try wines, liqueurs and non-alcoholic drinks or enjoy locally sourced ingredients at their restaurant – a perfect end to a day of exploration.

Supplier Information

Name Cwm Deri Vineyard
Category Accommodation
Profile Cwm Deri Vineyard invites you to visit our beautiful estate in Pembrokeshire. The wine estate was planted in 1991 and now houses 3,000 vines. Visitors can try our wines, liqueurs and non-alcoholic drinks or enjoy locally sourced ingredients at our restaurant.
Phone +44 (0)1834 891 274
Email enquiries@cwm-deri.co.uk
Website https://www.cwm-deri.co.uk/
Min - Max capacity: Max 40
Frequency: Group packages are available every day. Please contact us to make a booking.
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: Groups
Day 2

Pembroke Castle and Fishing & Foraging Wales

Pembroke Castle

Day two starts at one of the most spectacular Castles in the world, Pembroke Castle. The castle dates from 1093 and was the birthplace of Henry VII. Today it is a popular tourist attraction and event venue.

Pembroke Castle offers free public guided tours, and depending on the time of year, plays host to regular family events, after-dark ghost tours, ourdoor theatre and cinema events and an annual Christmas Market.

Supplier Information

Name Pembroke Castle
Category Attraction
Profile One of the most spectacular Castles in the world, Pembroke Castle dates from 1093 and was the birthplace of Henry VII. Today it is a popular tourist attraction and event venue.
Phone +44 (0)1646 681510
Email info@pembrokecastle.co.uk
Website http://www.pembrokecastle.co.uk
Min - Max capacity: Max 25 for private guided tours
Frequency: Free Public Guided Tours run through the day (please check the castle's website for times). Private tours can be booked in advance by contacting 01646 681510.
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: FIT or Groups
Translation: Welsh, French, German and Russian speaking guides available with advance notice and subject to availability

Fishing & Foraging Wales

The Pembrokeshire coast and countryside is a forager’s playground! Local chef and guide, Matt Powell, leads groups along the shoreline and through the countryside of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to gather mushrooms, wild herbs, acorns and much more, whilst explaining about the wide range of ingredients that can be foraged, how our ancestors used them, and how to spot non-edible and poisonous plants fungi.

At the end of the day, the group will head back to base where they’ll clean and prep the ingredients they have gathered, before Matt pairs them with some of the very best Pembrokeshire produce!

Supplier Information

Name Fishing & Foraging Wales
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile Get out into the wild for an unforgettable day’s foraging along stunning Pembrokeshire coast and countryside with local chef Matt Powell. Your foraged goods are then paired with the very best local ingredients in a multi-course dinner.
Phone +44 (0)7515380169
Email matt@fishingandforagingwales.co.uk
Website https://www.welshbassguide.co.uk/
Min - Max capacity: Max 8
Frequency: Foraging experiences available Monday-Sunday All experiences must be pre-booked.
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: FIT or Groups
Extra information: Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult All ages are welcome on the foraging and food days out A good level of fitness is required Disability access to gathering wild foods may be an issue, if you have any concerns please discuss when booking The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary Deposit is refundable if the weather stops us from getting out on the coast and we cannot rearrange other suitable dates. ​A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for a foraging and food day. This due to preparation work and organisation. ​Please advise me of any food allergies and dietary requirements on contact and also as further reminder of any requirements a few days before you arrive.
Day 3

St Davids City, Wild Pembrokeshire, Bluestone Brewery

St Davids Cathedral

Day three of the itinerary starts in St Davids, the smallest city in Great Britain. St Davids Cathedral is the focus of this city which is set on a spectacular Pembrokeshire peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic, but the city is also home to galleries and craft shops galore.

In the middle ages, two pilgrimages to St Davids was equal to one to Rome, and three pilgrimages equal to one to Jerusalem, so a visit here is something very special!

Supplier Information

Name St Davids Cathedral
Category Attraction
Profile Set on a spectacular Pembrokeshire peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic, St Davids Cathedral has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for more than 800 years.
Phone +44 (0)1437 720202
Email info@stdavidscathedral.org.uk
Website http://www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk/
Min - Max capacity: Max 30
Frequency: Tours are available: Monday - Saturday: 9.00am - 5.00pm Sunday: 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: Groups

Voyages of Discovery

Voyages of Discovery are based in St Davids, and provide a wide range of boat trips for nature loves and thrill seekers alike. After a wander around the city of St Davids, these boat trips offers a different perspective on this stretch of coastline – and maybe even the chance to see puffins, dolphins and whales.

 

Supplier Information

Name Voyages of Discovery
Category Sightseeing Operator
Profile We have been operating boat trips in Pembrokeshire for over 25 years. Whether you want sensitive wildlife observation, thrilling expeditions and adventures or something a little different we have a voyage for you, or we can tailor a trip to your needs.
Phone +44 (0)1437 721 911
Email info@ramseyisland.co.uk
Website https://www.ramseyisland.co.uk/
Min - Max capacity: Max 36 (subject to availability) - we have 3 boats, each with capacity for 12 passengers
Frequency: Daily from late March to mid-November and then limited sailings in winter months. From 9.00am through to dusk depending on the time of year
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: FIT or Groups

Wild Pembrokeshire

The rocky coves and vast beaches of Pembrokeshire are perfect for kite surfing, sea kayaking and coasteering – a mix of scrambling and cliff jumping invented in Wales.  TYFPreseli Venture or Celtic Quest Coasteering all offer the chance to give some outdoor adventure a try.

For something a bit more relaxing, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has its visitor centre in St Davids. ‘Oriel y Parc’ also has exhibitions from The National Museum of Wales and here is a great place from which to plan walks along the Wales Coast Path.

Bluestone Brewing Co

The final stop of the day is at the Bluestone Brewing Co, a family run brewery situated in the foothills of the Preseli Hills in North Pembrokeshire. Visitors can take a brewery tour and beer tasting, where they will have the chance to meet one of the brewers, learn about how they make their ales ‘Rock Solid’ and then sample a selection in a fun, tutored tasting session.

Supplier Information

Name Bluestone Brewing Co
Category Attraction
Profile Bluestone Brewing is a family run brewery situated in the foothills of the Preseli Hills in North Pembrokeshire. We produce hand crafted real ales, using local water filtered down through the Bluestone Hills.
Phone +44 (0)1239 820833
Email brew@bluestonebrewing.co.uk
Website https://www.bluestonebrewing.co.uk
Min - Max capacity: Max 20
Frequency: Tours and tastings available daily - please contact us to pre-book
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: Groups
Day 4

Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle recently reopened after a £12 million renovation programme. Visitors to the site can take a tour round the splendid Georgian mansion to learn all about the history, the people who lived here, and how it became the birthplace of Wales’ biggest cultural festival, the Eisteddfod. Discounts are available for groups and tours can be arranged in advance. The nearest car park for coaches can be found on Quay Street.

A Bay to Remember

Dolphins and seals can be spotted from Cardigan Bay’s secluded beaches, but to experience the wildlife up close, it’s best to take a dedicated boat trip from Cardigan with a boat operator such as A Bay to Remember. On a good day, visitors will be able to see porpoises, Atlantic grey seals and various bird species such as guillemots, razorbills and puffins.