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Trail Facts

Total distance: 180 miles (288 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days running
Minimum daily distance: 40.5 miles (65 km)
Maximum daily distance: 48 miles (77 km)
Code: R-PCP1

Grade: Extreme
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: St Dogmaels
End of holiday: Amroth


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to St Dogmaels where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: St Dogmaels to Trefin (PCP). 44.5 miles (71km)

Day 3: Trefin (PCP) to Marloes. 48 miles (77km)

Day 4: Marloes to Angle. 47 miles (75km)

Day 5: Angle to Amroth. 40.5 miles (65km)

Day 6: Depart from Amroth after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


More Information

The run between Dale and Milford Haven requires the crossing of two tidal inlets at Pickleridge and Sandy Haven.  Both crossings are sufficiently flooded by the incoming tide to make them impassable at high tide.  Pickleridge can only be safely crossed 3.5 hours either side of low tide and Sandy Haven can only be safely crossed within 2.5 hours either side of low tide.

Careful timing of your arrival at these inlets is therefore necessary to allow sufficient time (up to 2 hours) to run the intervening 5 miles or so of coast between Pickleridge and Sandy Haven before the crossing becomes impassable.   If you miss either there is no alternative crossing and in both cases a substantial 4 mile detour for each crossing is necessary or a long wait of up to 5.5 hours.  Before booking please check here for tide times.


Extra nights / rest days

Adding extra nights into your holiday is highly recommended on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path; not only do they give you chance to rest and recover before continuing on your run, but it also allows you plenty of opportunity to discover hidden gems in the various locations that you might have otherwise missed.

You could choose the charming community of Marloes in which to spend an extra night. Surrounded on most sides by the sea, the town offers some wonderful cliff scenery and sandy beaches to enjoy, as well as all the usual shops and eateries typically found in seaside towns. Keen nature lovers can also take a boat trip to the nature reserve islands of Skomer and Skokholm, famous for their large populations of seabirds including puffins and Manx Shearwaters.

Many people also decide to add an extra night or two at the end of the trail in Amroth, a lovely seaside town with friendly pubs and holiday parks. While you are here, be sure to take in the bizarre petrified drowned forest when the tide is very low; the tree stumps themselves can be seen poking through the sand and have been dated back to the last Ice Age. The rest of the wide, sandy beach is perfect for walking or soaking up the sun, as well as being a popular location for swimming and windsurfing. Also nearby is the National Trust's Colby Woodland Gardens, ideal for taking a relaxing stroll and reflecting on the completion of your trail running holiday.


What's included?

  • 5 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airports for the start of the trail are Rhoose-Cardiff Airport and Bristol Airport.

Rail

The nearest railway station to the start of the trail (St Dogmaels) is Fishguard and Goodwick, although Carmarthen Station may be more convenient. The nearest railway station to the end of the trail (Amroth) is Kilgetty Station, although Tenby Station may be more convenient.

From London - Trains run regularly between Heathrow or Gatwick Airports and Carmarthen (most convenient railway station for St Dogmaels). From Kilgetty/Tenby (railway stations for Amroth), there are train routes available to Gatwick Airport and Heathrow Airport.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (St Dogmaels) is to take the bus/taxi from Amroth to either Kilgetty or Tenby Station and then take a train either to Fishguard and Goodwick or Carmarthen. From Fishguard and Goodwick or Carmarthen, travel back to St Dogmaels by bus or taxi. Please note that buses may not run on Sundays, so a taxi may be required.

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