Explore The Coastal Way

Get to know the Welsh coastline by taking a road trip along our new Coastal Way.

It’s part of the Wales Way, a recently launched family of three national routes – the Coastal Way, the Cambrian Way and the North Wales Way – that guide you through some of our country’s most striking scenery. Each touring route is designed to introduce visitors to the best of Wales. They’re packed with suggestions on things to see and do as you travel, giving you the local knowledge to venture off the beaten path and create your very own Welsh adventure.

Coastal Way Weekend Break Competition


Thank you for visiting our Year of the Sea/Coastal Way page, with a chance to win a 2-night break at a Holiday Park along the Coastal Way, to be taken during 2019*

The prize includes 2 night’s accommodation (weekend or midweek), at a Holiday Park along the route at a location of your choice!

To enter, please click this link, and complete the very simple entry form and press send – a winner will be chosen at random on February 21st, 2019! 

Good luck!

(*Terms & Conditions apply – two night's holiday to be taken any time during 2019 with accommodation arrangements to be organised with the lucky winner, subject to availability.  Full terms and conditions below. If you wish to receive information by emails from Visit Pembrokeshire, tick the box)

The Coastal Way runs in an unbroken sweep along Cardigan Bay through the counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Gwynedd. It’s a stunning seaside road trip with serious star power. Stretching from the miniature city of St Davids in the south to Aberdaron on the tip of the wild Llŷn Peninsula in the north, it’s an epic coastal journey through two National Parks, protected Heritage Coast and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Along the way you’ll encounter an unmistakably Welsh landscape of sandy beaches, pretty harbour villages, sublime estuaries, hidden coves and mighty castles.

The Coastal Way in Pembrokeshire

Here we’re featuring around 60 miles of the Coastal Way – the stretch between St Davids and Poppit Sands near the historic market town of Cardigan. It lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the UK’s only totally coastal National Park. Every step of your journey will take you through a rich, diverse and timeless landscape – in Welsh Gwlad hud a lledrith, the fabled ‘land of magic and enchantment’ – that has inspired everyone from artists to Celtic saints, medieval pilgrims to today’s travellers.

St Davids Cathedral - The Coastal Way

It’s a route studded with highlights. Here are just a few, from west to east.

For really wild adventures, a visit to Ramsey Island is a must. Take a trip from St Davids to this nature reserve, home to teeming colonies of nesting seabirds, porpoises and breeding grey seals, for world-class wildlife spotting.

St Davids has cast a powerful spell for centuries – ever since medieval times, when two pilgrimages to its cathedral (a site founded by Wales’s patron saint) were declared equivalent to one to Rome. It’s Britain’s smallest city (population 2,000) with, we reckon, the largest concentration of art galleries and studios per head.

Porthgain - The Coastal Way

It’s just a short hop from here to Porthgain, where the rugged, rock-bound north Pembrokeshire coast gives way momentarily to a sheltered harbour with a unique, oddball charm. Porthgain is a great place to get a taste of the sea, either by exploring the coast in a kayak or sampling some of the fresh local crab landed on the harbour every day.

Fishguard’s Lower Harbour is another textbook north Pembrokeshire location, while Newport attracts a fashionable crowd.

Newport - The Coastal Way

In between the two lies the quirky Gwaun Valley. Carved out during the last Ice Age, this steep-sided vale runs from the coast up towards the Preseli Hills, where the National Park ventures inland to encompass grassy uplands dotted with compelling prehistoric sites.

Poppit Sands - The Coastal Way

North Pembrokeshire finishes with a flourish along the Teifi Estuary and Poppit Sands, a big, breezy beach close to another saintly spot, the historic village of St Dogmaels.

As you travel, you’ll find a good choice of outdoor activities, watersports, places to eat and accommodation.

Onwards along the Coastal Way

Pembrokeshire is at the southern end of the Coastal Way, which then runs through Ceredigion to Snowdonia Mountains and Coast (in the county of Gwynedd) in the north. Don’t miss out. Follow it all the way.

Abercastle - The Coastal Way

Get to know the Coastal Way

There’s so much to see along the Coastal Way it’s difficult knowing where to start. To point you in the right direction we’ve created a series of themed itineraries showcasing the best the Coastal Way has to offer. From week-long odysseys to short two- and three-day breaks, these guided tours take in the sights, sounds and tastes of our spectacular shorelines.

Enjoy the trip.

Competition Terms and Conditions:

The closing date is the 20.2.2019.

We may also contact you after the competition to ask your feedback on the Year of the Sea campaign


1. The following rules ('Specific Rules') together with the general competition terms and conditions (the 'Competition Terms and Conditions') of Visit Pembrokeshire (as defined in the Competition Terms and Conditions) apply to 'YEAR OF THE SEA' competition (the 'competition').

2. Anyone who enters the Competition (an 'Entrant') will be deemed to have read and accepted the Specific Rules and Competition Terms and Conditions and will be bound by them.

Details of the Competition:

3. This is an online only competition.

4. The competition will be open at 8.2.19 and close at midnight (GMT) on 20 February 2019.

5. A winner will be chosen at random after the closing date and notified by e-mail.


6. Entrants must be aged 21 or over.

7. Entry is restricted to one entry per person; duplicate entries will be excluded from the Competition.


8. Two night’s holiday break to be taken any time during 2019, subject to availability.  

9. Visit Pembrokeshire reserves the right to substitute the prize with another prize as its absolute discretion.

  We used to go to Cornwall until we discovered Pembrokeshire :) The most gorgeous place...So much to see and do. And the coastline...Oh wow! 
Nicky Berry

You might also be interested in...

Rachel Broomhead from Country Walking Magazine pulls on her walking boots to explore a 12 mile stretch of North Pembrokeshire’s coastline line.

A visit to Skomer Island by day is only half the experience. You can also escape to this wildlife paradise to spend the night with over 300,000 breeding Manx Shearwaters – how could you resist?

Think poor weather means you have to put your Year of Adventure on hold? Think again! There’s a brand new climbing wall in Haverfordwest and we’re ready to accept the challenge…are you?

Explore The Coastal Way - Lower Town, Fishguard
© Pembrokeshire County Council 2014. All Rights Reserved.      Trade Login       Travel Trade Login