This section of the Coastal Path starts in Goodwick and ends at Caerfai near St Davids.
Some sections of the path here are very demanding and care should be taken at all times as there are high cliffs, loose rocky paths and weather that can change with very little warning.
Fishguard to Strumble Head Section (approx 4 hours).
You can pick up to the coastal path in Goodwick on Quay Rd. A short path zig zags up the hill and brings you out on New Hill. Keep heading up and through Harbour Village to find the path at the very end of the houses.
You will pass through some old field structures above Fishguard Harbour on route to Strumble Head. From the headland here you will be rewarded with stunning views both to the north east and to the south west, you will also pass by a stone marking the last invasion of Britain (more on that here…)
Strumble head and lighthouse will soon come into view and you can catch the Strumble Shuttle from the car park if you don’t fancy the walk back or onwards.
Strumble Head Lighthouse was build in 1908 and has been a working lamp ever since, head down the lane then through the gate and down the steps and peak over the walls – you may catch a few seals basking on the rocks below.
Strumble Head to Trefin Section (approx 6 hrs).
Heading west from the lighthouse the vista opens up with spectacular views over Carreg Onen Bay and Island – this is a great spot for catching a sunset. At Penbrush Point the path heads inland for a short section and when it meets the cliffs again you will be presented with fine views of Tri Maen Trai (Halftide Rocks), Ynys Ddu (Black Island) and Ynys Melyn (Yellow Island).
Just inland you will spot a craggy outcrop called Garn Fawr which has an Iron Age defense upon its summit. From the summit of Garn Fawr you can also see the ancient field systems that date from when the defense was built.
Back on the coastal path you will pass by Penybwchdu (Black Buck Head) and Pwllcrochon (Cauldron Pool) before reaching Aberbach, a small pebble beach with a river which meanders down the valley and through the pebbles. A short distance from Aberbach is Abermawr which has a lovely detour path through some National Trust woodland. From both Abermawr and Aberbach you can walk along the small road up to Melin Tregwynt which has a cafe as well as some lovely woven products to view.
The next beach along the path which you can get down to is a very small inlet named Pwllstrodur (Saddle Pool) – a rocky inlet with a small pebble beach. From here the path rounds a small headland before reaching Abercastle where if required the Strumble Shuttle bus service can be utilised.
The path continues on the west side of the inlet at Abercastle and passes a small island before rounding a headland with some Iron Age ditches which used to encircle a fort some 2000 years ago. There is also a neolithic dolmen situated near the farm buildings which you can see just inland here.
After crossing a deep gulley in the cliffs, you can head inland here to the village of Trefin where you can enjoy a well earned drink at the Ship Inn – the first pub along this stretch of the path from Fishguard.
Trefin to White Sands Section (approx 7 hrs).
Continuing on from the path inland your journey will take you past Aberfelin where you will need to use the small road for a short distance to find the path again. Soon after you will reach Porthgain, where there is a pub and fish and chip bistro.
From Porthgain the path climbs out of the valley and you will be walking amongst old mining workings as well as now derelict mining buildings. The landscape here is quite industrial until you almost get to Traeth Llyfn which can be accessed via the huge flight of concrete steps. On walking around the next headland you will arrive at the Blue Lagoon and Abereiddy an old quarry and mining village which is now a well used recreational and adventure sports location.
From Abereiddy the path winds its way around some of the wildest parts of this section of the coast path passing Penberry Rock and Carn Llidi and Coetan Arthur Dolmen before finally arriving at White Sands beach – Pembrokeshire’s famous surfing beach.
The Strumble Shuttle bus service calls at White Sands.
White Sands to Caerfai Section (approx 5 hrs).
From White Sands you will soon be presented with stunning vista’s of Ramsey Island and the Bitches (a section of white water currents off the coastline of Ramsey Island). Rounding the headland takes you back on an easterly heading and into Porthlysgi Bay where there are two small beaches divided by a small headland.
Great views of Carreg yr Esgob (Bishops Rock) and Carreg Fran (Crow Rock) can be seen past Porthlysgi before you once again head east and onto Porthclais Harbour. From here St David’s City is a short walk along Porthclais Road or continue on along the coast path to reach St Non’s Bay.
St Non’s is well known for it’s medicinal well and the ruined chapel where St Non gave birth to the now famous St David whom the city is named after.
From St Non’s, Caerfai is a short walk along the headland. St David’s City is some half a mile along Caerfai Road from the carpark above Caerfai Bay.