Walking West Wales


The content of this web page is based on a group trip to Wales in 2007. The nine hikes were set up by Dave Southall (PhD) who lives in Port Rush, Northern Ireland. The Canadian leader was Greg Vincent. Participants were asked to submit pictures to me and from those pictures I produced a PowerPoint presentation that highlights the hiking and non-hiking days on this journey. Unlike the PowerPoint, this web page is an abbreviated outline of the trip including GPS track files recorded by me on each walk. Those nine tracks are available for download on this web page.


Flight: Toronto to Dublin to Cardiff, Wales > Driven in hired van to accommodations near St. David’s
Pembrokeshire Coast Path – 3 days hiking
Pembroke & Pembroke Castle – day off hiking
Pembrokeshire Coast Path – 3 days hiking
Nevern Loop – 1 day hike & new accommodations in Fishguard
Preseli Hills – 1 day hike
Llys y Fran Reservoir – circuit hike of country park
Flight: Cardiff to Dublin > Dublin area tour > overnight at Dublin hotel
Flight: Dublin to Toronto

Typical View Along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Typical Pembrokeshire Shoreline

Phase One: Walking Parts of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

We walked about 20% of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (60 km or 37 miles)

Hike 01 - Nolton Haven to Solva 12.2 km
Hike 02 - Solva to St. Nons Bay 8.2 km
Hike 03 - St. Nons Bay to St. Justinians 9.8 km
Day Off Hiking - Side Trip to Pembroke and Pembroke Castle
Hike 04 - St. Justinians to St. David’s Head 12.1 km
Hike 05 – St. Davids Head to Abereiddy 10.5 km
Hike 06 - Ramsey Island (~ 4 to 5 km) Ferry ride was 3.0 km

View Near Newgale between Nolton Haven & Solva, Hike 01 (below)

Newgale Area Hike 01

Conquering Carn Llidi (next 3 pictures below)

Hike 04 was from St. Justinians to St. Davids Head (12.1 km). In this first of three pictures, we are walking down to Whitesands Bay (Pembrokeshire) with Carn Llidi off in the distance. After some fun on the beach we hiked to, up and over Carn Llidi.

Pembrokeshire Shoreline

Approaching Carn Llidi (below)

Approaching Carn Llidi

Top of Carn Llidi (below)

On Top of Carn Llidi

St. Justinians Area Showing Typical Scenery (below)

St. Justinians Area

St. Justinians Area (below)

St. Nons Bay Area

GPS Track of First Five Hikes on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

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Phase Two: Four Other Walks in West Wales Near the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

1) Ferry Ride to Ramsey Island & Short Walk (below)

View on Ramsey Island


GPS Track of Trip to Ramsey Island

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2) Nevern Loop & Pentre Ifan

The picture immediately below is the Dolemen on the Nevern Loop (track & map down further). On this lovely walk we stopped at Pentre Ifan. It is the name of an ancient manor in the parish of Nevern, Wales. It contains the largest and best preserved neolithic dolmen in Wales. The dolmen dates from approximately 3500 B.C. and was used as a communal burial. A dolmen is a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb, usually consisting of three or more upright stones (megaliths) supporting a large flat horizontal capstone (table). Etymology: "Dolmen" originates from the expression taol maen, which means "stone table" in Breton.  Resource and more information at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentre_Ifan.

Pentre Ifan

YUM! After Nevern Loop Walk we took advantage of a local tea room. Wow, those church ladies really know how to serve up tea and scones.

Tea Room, Nevern

3) Preseli Hills and the Bluestones

Our 12 km, linear walk through part of the Preseli Hills was a bit of an adventure. We spent the day walking in a "cloud" on a boggy and rocky terrain. Yes, we did get a tad wet! I remember getting ready to start out again after lunch and watching Christina. She had one boot off and was in the process of pouring bog-water from it. However, we were much better people because of the challenge! Research suggests that some of the bluestones at Stonehenge may have been quarried in these Hills. For more information check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preseli_Hills.

Preseli Hills

A couple of days after we walked across the cloudy and wet Preseli Hills, Dave took us back to that area. Wow, the sun is out, the sky is blue ... that's better!

Preseli Hills

4) Llys y Frân Park & Reservoir

Dave Southall looks after us. The 11 km loop is a great way to end our visit. Llys y Frân is a small village and parish in the community of New Moat. The official website for the park is http://www.llys-y-fran.co.uk/ and more information is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llys_y_Fran. Dave at Llys-y-fran Reservoir

The Llys y Frân Reservoir

Llys-y-fran Reservoir

GPS Tracks of the Nevern Loop, Preseli Hills & Llys y Fran Reservoir

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GPS Tracks for Download

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Note: To download a file you may have to right click it and then click "Save link as".

In-Car GPS?

Some in-car GPS units allow you to enter the coordinates (i.e. latitude and longitude) instead of a regular street address. If you own a Garmin unit press "Where to?" and then the down arrow in the lower right corner and that takes you to "Coordinates". Press "Coordinates" and enter the latitude and longitude. For more detailed step-by-step instructions check Entering Coordinates in Recent Garmin Nüvi GPS Receivers.