Highlights

  • Visit ancient sacred sites, Pagan and Christian
  • Enjoy an evening of poetry with the National Poet of Wales
  • Breathtaking coastal scenery
  • Insight into Welsh history, culture and language
  • See historic St Davids, Britain's smallest cathedral city

After days of varied but always breathtaking scenery on parts of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire coast path we turn inland to the Preseli Hills from where Stonehenge's mysterious blue stones came and 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.

Sunday Overnight: Warpool Court Hotel

We rendezvous at Haverfordwest Rail Station and drive to our hotel near St Davids for our Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: Warpool Court Hotel

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.

Tuesday Overnight: Wolfscastle Country Hotel

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 1600s 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.

Wednesday Overnight: Wolfscastle Country Hotel

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 pub lunch in the attractive village of Nevern. After lunch we walk 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 Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, who then joins us for dinner.

Thursday Overnight: The Grove

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 Treffgarne Rocks with their grotesque shapes. After lunch we continue walking to our next hotel or 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.

Friday Overnight: The Grove

We return to the coast and walk from Freshwater East (a film location for the Harry Potter movies) 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.

Saturday

After breakfast, The Wayfarers will transfer you to Whitland Rail Station for your onward travel.
Moderate
"The Leader and Manager were..."great to be with. Everything went smoothly." M&DR
Terrain: Coastal paths, riverbank and estuary trails, undulations of 150-250 feet. 10-12 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,295.00
Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,080.00

Dates

From Sep 4 to Sep 10 (more dates)
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Arrival: Haverfordwest
Departure: Carmarthen Rail Station

Activities

Walk ClassicCoastal walkingGarden VisitLocal expert talk
Pembrokeshire Coast September 2016 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Warpool Court Hotel

Warpool Court Hotel

A privately owned hotel set in fifteen acres of coastal land and quiet secluded gardens on the St Davids peninsula - a place of inspiring natural beauty. The hotel commands a southerly outlook over one of the most beautiful coastal stretches in Europe. The view across the delightful lawned gardens, with direct access to the coast path, reveals the gentle sweep of St. Bride's Bay and the offshore islands. All the bedrooms are attractively furnished and have direct dial telephones, radios, flat screen televisions, hairdryers, tea/coffee making facilities, with most rooms offering Wi Fi internet access. The spacious restaurant, with glorious sea views, provides an ideal atmosphere for enjoying the exceptional cuisine for which the hotel has been renowned for many years. The lounges overlook the gardens and the sea - and there is a computer with broadband internet connection in a quiet corner. There is a heated covered swimming pool and an excellent all-weather tennis court, as well as table tennis and pool tables.

Wolfscastle Country Hotel

Wolfscastle Country Hotel

The Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Allt yr Afon Restaurant, a former vicarage nestling in the lush mid-Pembrokeshire countryside, is still known locally by its original name "Allt yr Afon" ("Wooded Hill by the River"). The hotel is very much a family affair in ambience and character and guests regularly comment very favourably on the warm welcome and friendly atmosphere which, combined with good service and fine food, guarantee a memorable experience. The hotel is a careful blend of the old and the new, the rooms practical as well as comfortable. Each bedroom has been recently refurbished and has private bathroom with shower, telephone, satellite TV and tea/coffee facilities. Over the years an enviable reputation has been gained for the cuisine and, in particular, for the use of fresh local produce, caringly prepared by the chefs. The hotel has consistently earned an AA Rosette for culinary excellence.

The Grove

The Grove

Nestling in the heart of the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, The Grove is a luxury country house hotel and one of Wales finest restaurants. Now surrounded by manicured lawns, flower borders, meadows and mature trees, the house underwent a complete renovation in 2007 to restore this magnificent building to its former glory. Each intimate guest room has an individual character and the highest standard of comfort and luxury. Furnished with deep mattresses, the finest quality linen and a sprinkling of modern art, every room also has a DVD player, TV, phone, hairdryer and a wonderful view of the gardens or surrounding countryside. The head chef Duncan Barham has a genuine passion for food and his style is a mix of modern British influenced by classical French techniques. He fully embraces the ethos of eating locally, helping develop The Grove's kitchen garden, and exploring the numerous foraging opportunities in and around the hotel's 26 acres. He designs an exciting seasonal menu which always reflects the best of local produce at that time of year.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants