Around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Walks and Wildlife
Solva: Smugglers and Pirates
Friday 7 April and Friday 21 July, 10am-12.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Enjoy the wonderful views of this delightful little harbour and learn about its development over the centuries. We will walk through fields towards Nine Wells and return along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to see old military sites and Iron Age forts, and to hear stories about pirates, smugglers and shipwrecks. Meet at the little bridge that crosses the river at Solva Harbour (SA62 6UT/SM806243). Tickets non-refundable.
Castlemartin Range – Brownslade Circuit
Sunday 9 April, Sunday 7 May, Sunday 21 May, Sunday 11 June, Sunday, 17 September, 9.30am-4.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Discover the hidden gems of the restricted Ministry of Defence Range. Explore this unique place with an experienced and knowledgeable local guide. Over 18s only. Limited facilities on site. Sorry, no dogs.
On this walk you’ll get an opportunity to pass through the rarely visited internal areas of the Range and discover its wildlife, current military uses, history from the Iron Age onwards and how it’s been affected by the development of agriculture. Full day on foot. Meet at Castlemartin Merrion Camp (SA71 5EB/SR939969).
Saundersfoot - Sand and Coal
Saturday 8 April, 10am-12.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Set off with us on a journey to explore Saundersfoot’s coal mining history with tramways, inclines, and bell mines. Plenty of beautiful countryside too and, of course, golden beaches. Tickets non-refundable.
Meet outside the Regency Hall (SA69 9NG/SN 134 047) in the National Park Authority Car Park. Please note the meeting point is now outside the Regency Hall (NOT in the Saundersfoot Harbour car park, Harbourmaster’s Office as advertised in Coast to Coast).
Brilliant Bats in St Davids
Friday 21 April, 8pm-10pm; Friday 28 July, 8.45pm-10pm; Friday 18 August, 8.30pm-10pm; Friday 8 September, 8pm-9.30pm; BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
As darkness falls, find out what is emerging from the nooks and crannies around St Davids Cathedral. Join our local Ranger for a family-friendly stroll to discover more about these elusive nocturnal creatures. Tune in on our echolocation detectors, and find out what all the chatter is about. This is an approximately 1 mile route along lanes, and it can be a little muddy underfoot.
Introduction to Bumblebees of Pembrokeshire Coast
Saturday 29 April, 11am - 1pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Join Ranger Chris to explore the burrows looking for Bumblebees. This is a great time of year to spot the Queens, which is a good starting point when learning bumblebee identification. Meet in the Freshwater East Beach car park SA71 5LJ (charges may apply).
Castlemartin Range Minibus Tour
Sunday 30 April, Sunday 25 June, Sunday 23 July, Sunday 20 August, 9.30am–4.30pm, BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Discover the hidden gems of this restricted Ministry of Defence Range. Explore this unique place with an experienced and knowledgeable local guide. An opportunity to enjoy a day trip exploring the Range for those with limited mobility. Over 18s only, limited facilities on site. No dogs allowed. Tickets non-refundable. Castlemartin Range Minibus Tours - Meet at Castlemartin Merrion Camp (SA71 5EB/SR939969).
Three Quays Walk
Monday 1 May, Monday 15 May, Sunday 10 September, 10am-4.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
A whole day’s walk of about 7 miles connecting Cresswell, Lawrenny and Landshipping Quays. Meet at the public toilets at Cresswell Quay (SN051067) with a packed lunch and suitable clothing, especially boots. Learn how the quays were developed as a result of the local coal industry and discover the terrible and wonderful secrets of the Cleddau Inland Waterway. We visit old military sites, shipyards, ubiquitous castles, the oldest house in Pembrokeshire and the scene of a tragic mining disaster. All this plus beautiful views.
Explore Sea birds at Stack Rocks
Saturday 13 May - Seabirds on Eggs, 10am-3pm. Saturday 10 June - Seabirds with Chicks, 10am-3pm. FREE DROP IN SESSIONS.
Drop by and join our Ranger Chris to explore the fascinating lives of Seabirds that call Pembrokeshire home. See how many eggs and chicks you can spot and find out more about the lives and habits of the residents. FREE DROP IN SESSIONS. CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT. Park at Stack Rocks car park.
Exploring Dale Peninsula
Saturday 20 May, Sunday 6 August, 10am–3.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
This circular walk, just over 6.5 miles in length, follows the coast path for most of the way. You will learn about the area’s strategic importance throughout the history, and you will encounter a wealth of archaeological and historical features spanning from the Bronze Age until the Send World War and beyond. The area, rich in wildlife, also offers magnificent views along the Haven Waterway. Meet at Dale village car park (SM 811 058). Car park charges may apply.
St David's Head Walk
Friday 26 May, Friday 7 July, 10am–12.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Enjoy wonderful views around St. David's Head where people have settled, fought and buried their dead for thousands of years. See round hut remains, defensive walls and burial sites and hear stories of various visitors from Vikings and Romans to the modern holidaymaker. Learn about the rediscovery of St. Patrick’s Chapel during its recent excavations. A short circular walk of about 2.5 miles. Meet at Whitesands Car Park; car park charges may apply.
Castlemartin Range – Stack Rocks – Brownslade – Coastal Route
Monday 29 May, Sunday 18 June, Sunday 9 July, Sunday 30 July, Sunday 13 August, Monday 28 August. 9.30am-4.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Discover the hidden gems of this restricted Ministry of Defence Range. Explore this unique place with an experienced and knowledgeable local guide. Over 18s only, limited facilities on site. Sorry, no dogs. Full day on foot.
On this walk you’ll experience the dramatic coastline dotted with spectacular coastal formations. Learn about the fascinating history of the Range and explore its wildlife, archaeology and geology. Meet at Castlemartin Merrion Camp (SA71 5EB/SR939969).
Llwybr Pwll Cornel Circular Walk
Tuesday 30 May, Tuesday 1 August, 10am–2pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Join our Ranger Richard to learn about nature conservation, access issues and climate change impact on this part of our National Park. The route follows a newly opened path along the river Nevern, known as Llwybr Pwll Cornel, where you can spot brilliant wildlife and enjoy a diverse landscape of oak woodland and meadow. Meet at Llwyngwair Manor (SN 072 395/SA41 3XB).
Preseli Hills Short Walks: Wac Cymraeg Craig Talfynydd
Dydd Iau 1 Mehefin (Thursday 1 June), 1pm-3pm. RHAID ARCHEBU LLE.
Os ydych chi am loywi eich Cymraeg neu os ydych chi eisoes yn rhugl, ymunwch â Carol y Parcmon i archwilio calon Bryniau Preseli, a hynny drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg. Bydd hwn yn gyfle i werthfawrogi’r golygfeydd, i weld bywyd gwyllt ac i fwynhau sgwrsio. Dewch i weld sut mae’r iaith wedi’i phlethu i ddiwylliant a hanes lleol yr ardal, gan ffurfio ei chymeriad unigryw arbennig. Wrth ddringo’n raddol byddwch yn crwydro o amgylch Craig Talfynydd i Fedd Arthur, gyda golygfeydd godidog o Garn Meini. Wrth i ni gyrraedd Carn Bica, bydd golygfa agored i’r gorllewin, cyn i ni ddychwelyd heibio i’r safle lle disgynnodd awyren Liberator i'r ddaear, ac yn ôl i Dan Garn. Cwrdd yn Dan Garn (SN127308).
St Davids City Tour
Friday 2 June, Friday 15 September, 10am-12.30pm, BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Meet at Oriel y Parc visitor centre for an easy paced walk around the surprisingly small city of St. Davids, birthplace of our patron saint. A variety of buildings, quaint and modern, will be highlighted, including, of course, the iconic cathedral and Bishop’s Palace although we will not have time to enter any. Car park charges may apply.
Brilliant Bats at Carew Castle
Friday 2 June, 8.45pm - 10.30pm, Tuesday 25 July, 8.45pm - 10.30pm, and Wednesday 30 August, 8.15pm-10pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
As darkness falls, find out what is emerging from the nooks and crannies. Discover more about what these elusive nocturnal creatures get up to, and tune in to their chatter on our echolocation detectors on this accessible walk.
Wildflower Walks: Broad Haven South
Tuesday 6 June, 10am - 12pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Explore hidden wildflower hotspots and get to know our dazzling array of spring and summer wildflowers more intimately. Pick up a few tips on plant identification and learn about the medicinal, culinary and household uses of our common flora. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Meet at Broadhaven South Beach car park (SR976 938), car park charges may apply.
Wildflower Walks: Freshwater East
Tuesday 13 June, 10am-12pm and Tuesday 13 June, 6pm-8pm; BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Explore hidden wildflower hotspots and get to know our dazzling array of spring and summer wildflowers more intimately. Pick up a few tips on plant identification and learn about the medicinal, culinary and household uses of our common flora. Meet at Freshwater East Beach car park (SS015978) car park charges may apply.
Nevern – Castles and Pilgrims
Friday 16 June, Friday 18 August, 10am-12.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Meet at Llwyngwair Mansion Hotel (SA41 3XB/SN072395), a mile or so east from Newport, for this 3-mile circular walk along the Afon Nyfer to Nevern, before returning. We follow the course of this beautiful river valley along an ancient pilgrims’ path and visit an ancient castle and a fascinating church with some amazing features, including an old yew tree that bleeds continuously.
Angle: Boats, Forts and Piers
Friday 30 June, 10am-12.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
This 3-mile circular walk takes in beautiful beaches and wonderful views, old forts with massive guns never fired in anger and the busy Haven Waterway with its huge ships, piers and strange old buildings that serve a variety of functions.
Meet at West Angle Beach car park (SA71 5AW/SM854032) (charges may apply).
Introduction to Butterflies of the Coast
Saturday 8 July, 11am-1pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Join Ranger Chris as he does some butterfly monitoring at Freshwater East, and learn how to identify and record these delightful and extremely colourful creatures.
Meet at Freshwater East Beach car park, SA71 5LJ (charges may apply). Tickets non-refundable.
Preseli Hills Short Walks: Craig Talfynydd
Friday 28 July, Tuesday 15 August, 1pm-3pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Join the local Ranger for a short walk to explore the captivating and dramatic landscape of the Preseli Hills. Visit some of the historic sites and hear about the legends associated with these monuments and people who lived there. You will also learn about the spectacular wildlife and habitat of the Preseli’s whilst enjoying the stunning views of this magical landscape.
On this walk you will be taken to the heart of the Preseli Hills, starting with a gradual climb around the flank of Craig Talfynydd to Bedd Arthur, with its wonderful views towards Carn Meini. At Carn Bica the view to the west opens out, before we return via the Liberator crash site to Dan Garn. Meet at Dan Garn (SA66 7SD/SN127308).
Preseli Hills Short Walks: Foel Drygarn
Friday 11 August, Tuesday 29 August, 10am-1pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Join the local Ranger for a short walk to explore the captivating and dramatic landscape of the Preseli Hills. Visit some of the historic sites and hear about the legends associated with these monuments and people who lived there. You will also learn about the spectacular wildlife and habitat of the Preseli’s whilst enjoying the stunning views of this magical landscape. This walk leads to one of the best archaeological sites in the Park. Foel Drygarn contains both Bronze Age burial cairns and the remains of an Iron Age fort. Combine this with fantastic views and this truly is one of the best short walks in the north.
Meet at Croesfihangel (SA66 7SA/SN165332).
Preseli Hills short walks: Carningli Circular
Friday 25 August, 1pm-3pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Explore the breath-taking landscape of the Preseli Hills with our Rangers. Be it the historic sites, legends, archaeology or spectacular wildlife and habitat of the Preseli’s on these short walks you’ll experience the best this magnificent landscape has to offer. On this 4-mile circular walk you will explore the magical landscape of Carningli dotted about with the remains of hut circles from forgotten civilisations that once settled here. One of the most striking hills in the Preseli’s, on a clear day the rocky hilltop of Carningli offers magnificent views across this ancient and rugged landscape. Meet at Bedd Morris (SN036360)
Porthgain - One Village, Three Industries
Friday 1 September, 10am-12.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Meet on the village green in Porthgain for this 4-mile circular walk which visits Abereiddi and the famous Blue Lagoon and old slate quarries. We return along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path with its wonderful views and learn about the impressive gravel hoppers in Porthgain, which dominate this pretty little harbour. Meet at Porthgain Harbour Car Park, SA62 5BN (SM 814 325).
Exploring the Archaeology of St David's Head and Whitesands Bay
Wednesday 6 September, 10am - 2pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
St David's Head or Clawdd y Milwyr coastal promontory fort and headland, the ‘Octopitarum promontorium’ of Roman maps, is steeped in prehistoric and later archaeology. It dominates the natural harbourage of Whitesands Bay, home to a number of shipwrecks, where recent excavations prompted by coastal storms have revealed the history of the early medieval St Patrick’s Chapel. This four-hour guided walk will be led by archaeologists from the National Park and Royal Commission who will discuss the prehistoric and early medieval archaeology and history of this exceptional coastal peninsula.
Seal Watching Walk – St Justinian
Saturday 16 September, Sunday 24 September, 9.45am-3.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
As the seal pupping season begins, join our local Ranger as he guides you to his favourite haunts, and teaches you how to watch seals safely. This full day trip and 6-mile walk uses the coastal buses to explore the coastline around St Davids. The bus will take you from Oriel y Parc to St Justinian to join the Coast Path and walk to Caerfai, before walking back along the lane to Oriel y Parc. The route is generally level and the path wide, except for a few short sections where it is narrow and close to the cliff edge. There will be a break for lunch midway through the walk. The bus fare will be an additional cost.
Seal Watching Walk – Llanwnda
Friday 29 September, Friday 6 October. 5.15pm-7.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
As seal pupping season begins, join our local Ranger as he guides you to his favourite haunts, and teaches you how to watch seals safely. Meet at Llanwnda (SA64 0HX/SM932395) to watch the seals in the coves below. Parking is available next to the church. A two-hour session.
Waterfowl of the Cleddau
Saturday 11 November, 12pm-2pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Wrap up warm and join our ranger Chris to take a gentle stroll along the banks of Western Cleddau. Discover the wildlife that feeds along its shores. This is a great time to catch sight of wading birds such as curlew and redshank. Meet at the National Trust car park, Little Milford SA62 4ET.