What better place to take a walking holiday than the stunning Pembrokeshire National Park. Pembrokeshire is renowned for its spectacular coastline, however the inland areas of this National Park can also provide those seeking hiking holidays with an impressive variety of terrain. The Pembrokeshire Courtyard Holiday Cottages are situated within 5 miles of the Pembrokeshire coastline. If you are looking to book a Holiday Cottage in Pembrokeshire then our cottages make a convenient base for self guided walking holidays in this beautiful corner of Wales – with the bonus of a luxury holiday cottage to look forward to at the end of each enjoyable day’s hiking.
There is a beautiful variety of scenery to accompany any hiking holidays in Pembrokeshire, from sandy beaches to woods, and from the clifftop paths to the moorlands of the Preseli Mountains. A walking holiday in this part of the UK means just one thing to many of us: hiking on the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Yet, there are many superb inland Pembrokeshire walks that will also appeal to those planning an independent walking holiday, as well as coastal walks to the north of Cardigan along the less publicized, but equally stunning, Ceredigion Heritage Coastal Path.
Where: from St Dogmaels (north; 3 miles from our self catering accommodation at the Pembrokeshire Courtyard Holiday Cottages) to Amroth (south) Total length: 186 miles Total ascents and descents: 35,000 feet
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is, justifiably, one of the most popular locations for a self guided walking holiday in Wales, andindeed the UK. This spectacular route encompasses mile upon mile of awe-inspiring headlands and cliff tops, interspersed with sandy bays, as it winds its way along the Pembrokeshire coast. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path has the distinction of being the only predominantly coastal national park in the UK. For those on an unguided, independent walking holiday there is plenty of time to stop and admire the Pembrokeshire wildlife, of which there is an abundance - from the plethora of wild flowers in spring to the new born seal pups in autumn.
Happily, this is not a path that those on a walking holiday have to struggle along from end to end. One of the most pleasurable ways to experience the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is in sections. You can plan walking routes from convenient car parks to suite your own level of hiking experience. Your walking holiday can be as long or short as you want! There are several diiferent options for managing your self guided walking holiday - you can walk along the the coast facing one direction and turn around and admire the view in the other direction on your return. Alternatively you can make use of the excellent 'shuttle buses' - catch a bus to your end point and enjoy hiking back to your starting destination. Or make the most of the many circular hiking routes which allow you to explore inland as well as the coastline on your hiking holiday. What ever your preference we can guarantee you an excellent nights' sleep in our luxury holiday cottages. So you'll be keen to explore some more the next day.
The Pembrokeshire Greenways walkers’ buses [http://www.pembrokeshiregreenways.co.uk/] are nattily named shuttle buses that zip along the coastal route. The website has timetables and even suggestions for day walks and walk and ride. The 'Poppit Rocket', for example, covers the stretch between Cardigan, a short drive from the Pembrokeshire Courtyard Holiday Cottages, and Fishguard. These shuttle buses can also be flagged down while 'en route'. They are well worth discovering if you’re on an unguided walking holiday in the Pembrokeshire, Wales.
The website of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority [http://www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk/walking/] has details of over 100 circular walks in Pembrokeshire, Wales and a useful interactive map for selecting walks (both coastal and inland). It also provides an Easy Access Routes guide to disabled access paths. Leaflets, maps and a huge variety of booklets designed to guide those on walking holidays in this part of Wales are also available at Pembrokeshire tourist offices. If you feel your walking holiday would be enhanced by the company of your dog, then please see our Pet friendly Holidays page for more information on dogs in the Pembrokeshire National Park.
Pembrokeshire’s famous coastline is not the end of the story. It would be easy to spend an entire holiday walking the rural routes in this part of Wales, climbing its hills and uncovering evidence of the ancient Celts - who once had this beautiful scenery all to themselves.
Those staying in our holiday cottages have the option of many walks straight from their door, along the tranquil river Teifi and in the surrounding countryside.
The Preseli Hills, which form part of the Pembrokeshire National Park, are only a few miles away and provide many inspiring hikes for those on self guided walking holidays. Those with Celtic blood will perhaps be particularly fascinated by the Golden Road, a route linking former Celtic settlements along the Preseli ridge, which is thought to date back 5,000 years. Along the way there are bluestone outcrops (stone of this type was used at Stonehenge), several sites linked with King Arthur and an abandoned hill fort.
Where: from Cardigan (south; 3 miles from our accommodation at the Pembrokeshire Courtyard Holiday Cottages) to Ynyslas (Borth) (north) Total length: 63 miles
To the north of Cardigan, the Ceredigion Heritage Coast Path takes over from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, with yet more sandy bays and thrilling cliff tops. Walkers on the Ceredigion coast will take pleasure in spotting some of the varied wildlife of Cardigan Bay – from bottlenose dolphins and porpoises to peregrine falcons and puffins.
Information on hiking holidays along the Ceredigion Coast is available at the Walk Cardigan Bay website [http://www.walkcardiganbay.com].Much of the path has already been completed, and this website provides details of which sections are currently accessible for those seeking a self guided walking holiday, however some new sections are soon to open . Information on hiking holidays in this part of Wales is also available from the official Ceredigion tourism website[http://tourism.ceredigion.gov.uk/saesneg/walking.htm]or the web site of Cardiganshire Coast and Country[http://www.cardiganshirecoastandcountry.com/walks.htm].
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