Caerfai to Whitesands

This is one section of The Coast Path that is best done as a circular walk as the return leg takes you into St Davids by way of a delightful back lane. It’s relatively level all the way round.


  • Start at the car park near the tourist information centre. Head south along a lane to Caerfai Bay and turn right.
  • The first landmark you reach is the retreat & tiny chapel at St Non’s.
  • The nearby remnants of an older chapel are dedicated to St David’s mother, St Non.
  • A little further on, the path descends first to the tiny inlet of Porth Clais, then to a wider beach at Porthlysgi before reaching the headland.
  • This is the most westerly point of mainland Wales and a good spot to see grey seals.
  • In front of you is Ramsey Sound and Ramsey Island, an important RSPB reserve.
  • A line of jagged rocks, The Bitches, cuts across the tide race, providing sport for jet boats and kayakers.
  • The distant lifeboat station at St Justinian’s is where boats depart for Ramsey Island.
  • Around the corner from here is a small beach at Porthselau and the magnificent sweep of Whitesands Bay.
  • It may be possible to reach Whitesands from Porthselau, if the tide is right out but it’s no hardship to go along the top.
  • Turn inland by the cafe and walk up the hill to a five road cross roads.
  • Don’t take the sharp right, take the next right instead. It’ll lead you straight to The Cathedral.
  • To complete the circuit, go up to the city centre (this is Britain’s smallest city!)
  • Walk past the old cross and head up to the tourist information centre. If in doubt, follow the acorn symbols that indicate where the route goes.
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Refreshments: Whitesands Bay cafe. Plenty of choice in St Davids.

Attractions en-route: Boat trips from St Justinians, St Davids Bishops Palace, Oriel y Parc landscape gallery and National Park visitor centre, and St Davids Cathedral.

Nearest Tourist Information Centre: St Davids at Oriel y Parc

Tel : 01437 720392


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