Planning your walk


Planning Your Walk

View out to sea over Blue Lagoon

Adobe Acobat PDF, Print Version Porthgain to Whitesands
10 miles, (16.1 Kilometres)

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An exhilarating and in places rugged section of path above high cliffs and beneath the dramatic craggy volcanic outcrops of Pen Beri, Carn Lleithyr and Carn Llidi. Make time to linger on the wild and rocky peninsular of St David's Head which abounds with archeology. Keep an eye out too for seals in the rocky coves below the path and gannets diving for fish out to sea; you may be lucky enough to see the grey dorsal fins of porpoises hunting for fish beneath the gannets. The section between Abereiddi and Whitesands feels wild and remote with hardly a building to be seen making the cafe at Whitesands or the refreshment van at Abereiddi, if walking south to north, welcome sights for the weary walker!

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Porthgain to Abereiddi : 2 miles, (3.2 km)
  Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5

Once on the cliff top plateau, the route of the Coast Path has very gentle gradients, the steep fight of 66 concrete steps at Porthgain may be avoided by using the Ynys Faen footpath.

The slope above Abereiddi is steep although the western few hundred yards shares the route of a surfaced wheelchair path to the Blue Lagoon.

0 stiles, 4 gates, 66 steps (Grade 2, if using the footpath to avoid the Porthgain steps). Sheep and horses graze parts of this section.

Two quite steep hills, otherwise fairly even gradients, with sheer, crumbling cliffs to seaward.

Sheep graze parts of this section.

No stiles,5 gates, 10 steps. The section near Abereiddi is on a narrow road with no pavement (400m).

Aber-pwll to Porth y Dwfr : 2 miles, (3.2 km)
  Walk difficulty 6Walk difficulty 6Walk difficulty 6Walk difficulty 6Walk difficulty 6Walk difficulty 6

A rugged, challenging and wild section. In places the path surface is a rock scramble, including the route down to and up from the charming cove of Aber-pwll.

5 stiles, 54 steps, 2 kissing gates, 5 wicket gates. Sheep, cattle and horses graze parts of this section.

Porth y Dwfr to Whitesands : 4 miles, (6.4 km)
  Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5Walk difficulty 5

Wild open views, mountain type vegetation on the mostly rounded cliffs of volcanic origin. The steepest gradient on this section is the descent to Whitesands, the rest is gentler, but in places the surface is rough.

0 stiles, 6 gates, 77 steps. Sheep, cattle and horses graze parts of this section.