Newport to St Dogmaels

14 miles

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 midpoint at Ceibwr bay but you need to walk inland to Moylegrove to pick up the bus.

Cemaes Head is probably the best place in Wales for seal pup spotting in the autumn.

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 Pwll-y-Wrach or 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. Head inland to Moylegrove if you’ve had enough. You can pick up the Poppit Rocket

  • 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. The working flour mill and Abbey ruins are worth a visit

  • A recent addition is the fantastic Coach House visitor centre in between the Mill and the Abbey. A fitting place to relax once you’ve finished – or to build up your strength before you start!

  • If in doubt, follow the acorn symbols that indicate where the route goes

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Useful info

Refreshments: Pubs and cafes in Newport. Cafe at Poppit Sands. Visitor centre with a cafe, plus a fish & chip shop and pubs in St Dogmaels.

Attractions en-route: Pwll-y-Wrach or Witches Cauldron at Ceirbwr bay, a collapsed sea cave.  Y Felin Mill in St Dogmaels, St Dogmaels Abbey (ruins), St Dogmaels Visitor Centre.

Nearest Tourist Information Centre: Haverfordwest

Tel: 01437 775244

E-mail: haverfordwestlendinglibrary@pembrokeshire.gov.uk