St. Davids and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path Reunion with David - Langdale Walking Holidays

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Client Reviews

" We did enjoy ourselves in Wales - and subsequently in Cardiff and Stratford-upon-Avon. Thank you very much. We are now looking forward to Athens! "
- Christopher and Kathleen
" A big thank you for organising a great Langdale Reunion in Pembrokeshire. As always, such a pleasure to meet up with old, and new, friends. We really enjoyed our first visit to this lovely part of Wales. Look forward to seeing the group photos! "
- Pat and Bernard
" We thoroughly enjoyed the Pembrokeshire holiday and look forward to meeting up again in Crete next year. "
- Jane and Peter Ridgway
" Thank you for a great holiday in Pembrokeshire. I enjoyed meeting up with everyone once again. "
- Doug Sullivan
" Firstly, thank you for a lovely time in Pembrokeshire. We both really enjoyed everything about it. It is a beautiful place and last time I was there was when I was still at school. Thank you again. Hope to see you soon. "
- Christine and Ian

Holiday Overview

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.

Sunday 3rd September: Guided Tour of St. David's Cathedral

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.

Accommodation: Twr y Felin

Meals: Dinner,

Monday 4th September: St. Justinian's to Oriel y Parc Coastal Walk

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. Davids 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. Brides 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.

Accommodation: Twr y Felin Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Tuesday 5th September: Explore Ramsey Island

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.

Walking: Three miles (with various shortened options available)

Accommodation: Twr y Felin Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Wednesday 6th September: Coastal Walk to Harbour Village of Solva

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 Haverfordwest.
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.

Accommodation: Twr y Felin Hotel

Meals: Breakfast,

Thursday 7th September: Travel Home

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

Accommodation: Twr y Felin Hotel

Meals: Breakfast,

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