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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

 

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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. TYF, Preseli 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.

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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.

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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.

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