Warren Farm, Warren, SA71 5HS

Weekend 8 (8 & 9 July) with overall difficulty: 103

Starting at Pwllgwaelod on 8 July at 10 am and walking 7 miles to Newport

Summary

A short walk that can be extended by climbing up Carn Ingli for one of the best views in the UK. The initial hike up to Pen Y Fan on Dinas Island, the highest point on The Coast Path, rewards you with some great views.

The route

  • Start up the lane, up the hill, for a short distance
  • Continue climbing to the summit of Pen y Fan
  • As we descend down the other side, the path splits. We will keep to the top path
  • The wooded path as it descends into Cwm yr Eglwys is one of the prettiest sections of the entire Coast Path.
  • Depending on how Delton is managing with the sling, we may take the wheelchair & pushchair accessible path along the valley, behind the cafe.
  • From Cwm yr Eglwys, we’ll walk up the road to a house on the left. The Coast Path resumes behind it.
  • We will pass two little secret beaches before we approach Newport The path becomes a properly surfaced path after we pass a boat house.
  • It should be low tide, so we should be able to drop down to the beach after we pass a few houses and walk over the rocks
  • An unusual slate causeway brings us on to The Parrog
  • We will keep on alongside the margins of the estuary until we reach the bridge, where we could take a short detour to Carreg Coetan, an exposed burial chamber
  • Take the second lane on the left into the village centre
  • We may continue to Carningli, walk up Market Street towards what’s left of the castle and carrying on up Mill Lane to the right of the castle.

Tides

Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft
8 Sat
05:38 6.26 20.6 4.67 15.3 11:52 1.51 5.0 4.75 15.6 17:57 6.50 21.3 4.99 16.4

Distances

Pwllgwaelod to Cwm-yr-Eglwys Cliff Path : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
Cwm-yr-Eglwys to Soar Hill : < 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Soar Hill to Above Aberfforest : < 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
above Aber Fforest. to Above Aber Rhigian : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
above Aberhigion to Old Lifeboat Station : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Old Lifeboat Station to Newport Parrog : < 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Newport Parrog to Newport Sands : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  

Overall difficulty: 36

Starting at Newport on 9 July at 9.30am to St Dogmaels: 14 Miles

Summary

A tough walk in wild surroundings. It’s quite a long way but there’s no easy way to tackle it apart from doing it all in one go. You can escape at the mid point at Ceibwr Bay. Cemaes Head is probably the best place in Wales for seal pup spotting in the autumn, though we might struggle to see any in July!

The route

  • From the centre of Newport, head north, down to the estuary
  • Walk inland, up river, to the bridge. Cross over and walk towards the sea along the far bank. Cross the golf links to the car park and out towards the headland. The path is reasonably level as it slowly gains height.
  • There are a few interesting cliff features along here including natural arches and the impressive Witches Cauldron. The rocks around Ceibwr are severely folded too
  • Ceibwr Bay is a narrow pebbly inlet. It’s a perfect spot for a mid point rest
  • As you approach Cemaes Head, there are a number of inaccessible beaches. Dozens of grey seals give birth to fluffy white pups on these beaches between September and November
  • Round the corner of Cemaes Head to see the Teifi Estuary spread out in front of you. This is a really good place for porpoise and dolphin watching
  • Pick up a tarmac road down to Poppit Sands
  • At low tide, Poppit Sands extends almost to the cliffs on the far side
  • Carry on to St Dogmaels along the road to the official start or finish point
  • At St Dogmael’s, the working flour mill and Abbey ruins are worth a visit. A recent new addition is the fantastic Coach House Visitor Centre in between the Mill and the Abbey

Tides

Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft
9 Sun
00:12 1.44 4.7 5.06 16.6 06:15 6.39 21.0 4.95 16.3 12:28 1.40 4.6 5.00 16.4 18:32 6.63 21.8 5.23 17.2

Distances

Newport Sands to Pwll-y-wrach : 6 miles, (9.7 km)  
Pwll-y-wrach to Ceibwr : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Ceibwr to Pwllygranant : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
Pwllygranant to Cemaes Head : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Cemaes Head path to Allt-y-goed cattle grid : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Allt-y-goed cattle grid to Poppit Sands : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Poppit Sands to St Dogmaels : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  

Overall difficulty: 67

[Text paraphrased from the Visit Pembrokeshire and  PCNPA websites and various Coast Path guidebooks.]