With the Gower Peninsula designated the UK’s first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and the Pembrokeshire Coast being the only coastal National Park, you are guaranteed spectacular coastal scenery on this four day break – everything from pristine beaches, secluded bays, rugged cliffs and picturesque harbours combined with a great variety of flora and fauna. This is the perfect location for a walking holiday.
Day 1: Hotel
Your holiday begins when you board our private coach in the morning and travel to our hotel for your included evening meal.
Day 2: Gower Peninsular Guided Walk
After your included breakfast we travel to The Gower Peninsular and meet our walking guides. Today’s walk is along a section of the coastal path which follows the western edge of the Gower Peninsula. This area is dominated by the spectacular beach scenery of Whitford Sands, Broughton Bay and the famous Rhosilli Beach, voted by Trip Advisor as the best beach in the UK, the 3rd best in Europe and the 10th in the world. We make a lunch stop (lunch not included) at the Hill End café and refreshments can also be bought at the Worm’s Head Hotel in Rhosilli where there are also ice cream shops and a National Trust shop. An optional walk may be taken to Worm’s Head, a spectacular rocky feature at the end of the causeway. Later in the day we return to our hotel for a relaxing evening with dinner included. Today’s walk is approximately 7 miles long.
Day 3: Pembrokeshire Coast Guided Walk
After your included breakfast we travel to Solva, a delightful little village on the Pembrokeshire coast. We meet our guides on the harbour and set off along the coastal path to St. Nons Retreat and inland to St. David’s. This is a relatively easy walk with a few climbs. Much of the walk is along cliff tops known as Morfa Common, beyond which we see one of Pembrokeshire’s best kept secrets – the small sandy bay known as Caerfai Bay. When we get to St. Nons Retreat you can visit the old chapel and the holy well where St. David, patron saint of Wales, was born in 500AD. From here we walk inland to the city of St. David’s where you can visit the cathedral and enjoy refreshments in one of the many tearooms (not included). After some free time we return to our hotel aboard our coach for a relaxing evening with dinner included. Today’s walk is approximately 5 miles long.
Day 4: Cardiff
After your included breakfast we travel to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Cardiff’s history dates back to Roman times and is home to a number of castles and historic sites. The ‘big 3’ attractions are Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium and the National Museum all close to each other in the city centre. There are many other attractions as well as a generous scattering of shops. Queen Street is the main shopping area, where you’ll find your favourite high street shops. If you prefer everything under one roof, head to St David’s Shopping Centre; and for unique boutiques and cafés, the Victorian Arcades are a must-see. There are also plenty of places for you to relax and enjoy some food and drink. After some free time we continue the return journey home, arriving in your local area in the mid to late evening.
Safety and Comfort: The walks advertised are designed and led by an experienced walking guide. They are suitable for anyone who is fully mobile and reasonably fit (you need to be able to climb a stile without difficulty), though we realise everyone has their own pace so for your own health and safety there will also be a back marker to guide you. It is essential that you wear the appropriate footwear - either strong shoes or boots which give ankle support, with soles which give a good grip as surfaces may be uneven/wet etc. A waterproof coat, warm clothes and comfortable trousers are also strongly advisable. A rucksack/backpack is recommended to carry any extra clothes and drinks/snacks. Please note: Routes may be altered due to weather conditions. If you are not wearing suitable clothing, the walking guide has the right to stop you from participating for your own health and safety.