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As we were walking the path South to North we obviously met more people doing the path from North to South rather than the way we were doing it. If you do it our way you should have the prevailing wind behind you most of the time, the more populated bit is at the start rather than the finish but the most spectacular sections are towards the end. There is also the most difficult section at the end with cliff top walking for most of the last 5 days.


Some people we met were just cherry picking sections of the path to do rather than doing the whole path. Personally I thought the best section were from from St. Govans Head to Stack Rocks then from Caerfai to Aber Bach. There are some very interesting harbours including Stackpole Quay, Little Haven, Solva and Abercastle and some beautiful true sandy beaches with easy access.


The path reminded us of other coastal paths especially The South West Coastal Path (similarities to the Devon part (which is literally across the Bristol Channel), and parts of the Anglesey Coastal Path. Someone we spoke to said that they consider this area to be similar to Devon but without the crowds in the summer – the beaches certainly look to me to be much better and more accessible.


It seems as though the path is popular with foreigners as well especially Germans and Dutch but because of their restricted time for a holiday here they tend to only have walking tours of 6 or 7 days and tend to only do the section from Dale to St. Dogmaels.


Using the motor home is a good way of accessing the path although we did meet a couple of people who were staying at a base near Havorfordwest and accessing the path daily from here. We could have reduced some of the bus journeys and/or allowed ourselves more time to do sections if we were prepared to walk the path sections in either direction.


The coastal path minibuses that run on recycled vegetable oil are excellent and operate on the same timetable 7 days a week. We came unstuck at time when we had to combine this service with other bus or train services which did not operate as frequently on weekends or bank holidays.


Whenever I smell honeysuckle from now on I will always think of this path as it seems to be ever present around almost every corner.


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Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

West Wales