Planning your walk


Planning Your Walk

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Adobe Acobat PDF, Print Version Newport to Fishguard
12 miles, (19.3 Kilometres)

The cliffs on this section are lower, mostly at around 40m. Although Pen Dinas rises to 142m, the level valley path (also National Trail) avoids this. Hills up from and down to the little beaches are steep but well spread out.

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A seafront walk on access roads and surfaced causeways, with a short section on the beach at low water.

The high tide alternative has a narrow section and two flights of 6 and 25 steps

A fairly gentle section with no stiles and 5 shallow steps. The slopes can be slippery and difficult when wet. Some of the bays below the cliff were sea quarries for the slate walling stone that was used in Newport.

The steep descents to the bays contrast with the nearly-level cliff top. 2 gates, 100 steps. Aber Rhigian is undeveloped while Aber Fforest has a cluster of buildings. From both Aber Rhigian and Aber Fforest delightful woodland valley paths return to the road.

Above Aberfforest to Soar Hill : < 1 mile, (1.6 km)
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Accessed from the west this walk has no stiles, steps or steep slopes. As usual there are great views.

Soar Hill to Cwm-yr-Eglwys : < 1 mile, (1.6 km)
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Steep road with no pavements. Traffic is usually slow but busy in season.

There are two dramatically contrasting designated National Trail routes between Cwm-yr-Eglwys and Pwllgwaelod. This is an all weather path asphalt surfaced for manual wheelchairs. 4 accessible gates.

There are two dramatically contrasting designated National Trail routes between Cwm-yr-Eglwys and Pwllgwaelod. This route is open cliff with a steep ascent to 400’ and back down to sea level, via Dinas Head (Owned by the National Trust). Outstanding views of the coast both east and west. 1 dog accessible stiles, 1 wicket gate, 3 kissing gate, 120 steps. Sheep and cattle graze parts of this section. (In very wet weather, the Rock section can become very muddy, use the marked permissive alternative.)

The steep descents to the bays contrast with the nearly-level cliff top. These grey shattered cliffs don’t quite look British, more like a flooded mesa landscape.

7 stiles, 1 wicket gate, 110 steps. The stiles have provision for dog access. Sheep and horses graze parts of this section.

The Coast Path along this section has gentle gradients and no stiles. There is a kissing gate a quarter mile east of Penrhyn and a flight of 5 steps west of Hescwm.

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Quite a wild, though short section with heather and gorse on rough outcrops. One stile with provision for dog access, 100 steps, wet patches and steep gradients. The western three quarter mile is stile free with slight gradients. Horses graze parts of this section.

Fishguard Fort to Lower Town : < 1 mile, (1.6 km)
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The 300m path between the Fort and the road has an even surface but is quite steep. The top 100m from car park to viewpoint is a purpose built wheelchair section.

A short steep road section with a pavement connects the two car parks. Look out for small directional acorn symbols stuck high up to metal poles and signs, these indicate the recommended route through or near towns. Look out also for recently put up brown fingers with the acorn symbol.