Poetry and motion are the key words for this new Welsh walk that blends literature and landscape in a novel format.
After days of varied but always breathtaking scenery on parts of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire coast path we dine with Gillian Clarke, The National Poet of Wales, whose award-winning works have been inspired by local land and seascapes.
The coast path offers great variety from rugged cliff tops to sheltered coves, spacious beaches and lazy estuaries, while the hand of Man is evident in a 5000-year-old New Stone Age cromlech and, in contrast, the national cathedral of Wales in St Davids.
Walk Rating: Easy-Moderate. Coastal paths, riverbank and estuary trails, undulations of 150-250 feet. 10-12 miles walking per day.
US$3995.00 per person double occupancy
US$3995.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins in St Davids, with arrival at Haverfordwest Rail Station and ends in Narbeth, with departure from Whitland Rail Station.
We rendezvous at Haverfordwest Rail Station and drive to our hotel near St Davids for our Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
From our hotel we walk, beside the sea, along a medieval pilgrimage trail and visit the Chapel and Holy Well of St Non, the mother of St David. We continue to lunch in St Davids, the smallest city in Britain (pop: 1800), followed by a visit to the Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. We walk out to dinner in a local restaurant.
We continue along the Coastal path enjoying one of it's most beautiful stretches, passing the blue lagoon and attractive fishing villages. We finish at Melin Tregwynt, a White washed woollen mill in a remote wooded valley where there has been a mill since the sixteen hundreds when local farmers would bring their fleeces to be spun into yarn and woven into fine Welsh wool blankets. We continue to our hotel in Wolfscastle.
Today we walk in the Preseli Hills, wild mysterious, rolling moors roamed by sheep and ponies, and home to ancient myths and the bluestones , from which Stonehenge was built. How they were transported to Wiltshire, 180 miles away before the invention of the wheel remains one of the great mysteries of British history. We descend through ancient forest paths to our lunch in the highest pub in Wales. After lunch we drive to Nevern Church with its famous 10th century cross and 600 year old bleeding yew and follow an attractive river walk. We also visit Pentre Ifan, one of the finest stone-age megalithic sites in Britain, dating from c. 3500 BC. We return to our hotel for one of the highlights of the week - a talk and reading from the Poet Laureate of Wales, who then joins us for dinner.
Today we walk out of our hotel through the deep wooded Treffgarne Gorge which cuts through some of the oldest rocks in the country, created around 1000 million years ago. We enjoy splendid views across the valley to the Treffgrane Rocks with their grotesque shapes. After lunch we drive to Tenby, a fashionable watering place in the nineteenth century. It has a thirteenth century castle and town walls as well as shops and museums. We end our afternoon with a transfer to our luxury country hotel in Narbeth.
We return to the coast and walk from Freshwater East (film location for the recent Harry Potter movie) to Bosherston via the impressive Stackpole Head. After our pub lunch we head back to our hotel, skirting the lily ponds created 200 years ago by the Campbells of Cawdor, for our Farewell Dinner in the hotel's highly acclaimed restaurant.
After breakfast, The Wayfarers will transfer you to Whitland Rail Station for your onward travel.
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