Starting in Amroth, the path follows along a pretty beach and then quickly climbs up to the wooded cliff top, from where it follows up and down along cliffs and beaches, passing the lovely seaside resort of Saundersfoot before descending once again at the charming, colourful harbour town of Tenby.
From the golden sandy beaches of Tenby, the path climbs to the clifftops once more and offers stunning views, passing Lydstep and the little beach at Skrinkle Haven with it’s famous ‘church doors’ natural feature in the cliffs. The trail continues along the cliffs before detouring inland around the Royal Military Range at Manorbier, then returns to the cliff edge to continue to Manorbier Beach, passing the King’s Quoit cromlech – a Neolithic burial chamber – on the way.
From Manorbier beach the trail climbs back up to the cliff tops and down past secluded coves and lovely beaches including the beautiful Barafundle beach – often named the best beach in Wales – before reaching Broadhaven South beach, from where there are two options into the little village of Bosherston.
The shorter option leads through the dunes and past the famous lily ponds of Bosherston and the slightly longer option continues along the beach and passes through the military range, towards St. Govan’s chapel, hidden in the cliff face, from where the road takes you inland into Bosherston.
From Bosherston, if the military range is open, the trail continues along a flat cliff top path before heading inland towards Castlemartin and Freshwater West. If the range is closed, the inland trail leads along the edge of the military lands before rejoining the coastal trail past the Merrion Barracks and then continuing towards Castlemartin and stunning beach at Freshwater West.
The trail then returns to the cliff tops and leads along a rugged and challenging section, around the headland towards Angle, with views over Milfort Haven, one of the deepest natural harbours in the world. From Angle to Pembroke the character of the walks is more industrial, passing an oil refinery and with view of the associated activity in Milford Haven, before finishing off at the impressive Pembroke Castle.
The walking on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is generally not too strenuous and although the ups and downs are sometimes steep, they are short, with the highest point of the cliffs only reaching just over 80m. The paths often follow close to the cliff edge leading down to the beach and back up again and are well maintained and signposted.
Some sections are a bit more rugged and exposed, and walkers will need a head for heights, however anyone with reasonable fitness should not have any problem following the trail. The section between Amroth and Manorbier passes through several seaside towns, after which the trail becomes a little more remote, before reaching the more industrialized section between Angle and Pembroke However, this section still feels quite remote, passing mostly through farmlands and forestry and away from roads.