Breath-taking coastal walks, a cosy hostel, and a great chance to make new friends
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Join us on a sociable weekend of guided walking to discover the Pembrokeshire coastline, admiring the waves crashing on the rocks and dipping your feet in the water as it laps up the beach. Think of the endless ocean views, salt spray, and warm sun on your back as you listen to the seabirds and the gentle rush of the water.
The south-west coast of Wales sticks out into the Irish sea in a series of rocky headlands, sheer cliffs, secluded sandy bays, and lonely islands. This stunning landscape is Pembrokeshire, the UK’s only coastal National Park, where taking the time to stop and stare at the scenery is all part of the magic.
We’ll be staying in a beautiful cliff-top hostel with fantastic views over the sea and access to the coastal path right out of the door. It’ll be a weekend of total sensory overload – with the spectacular Welsh coastline as a backdrop.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the Pembrokeshire coastline on two days of guided walks.
- Find hidden bays and secluded coves, watching the sea crash against the cliffs while paddling in the warm surf.
- Enjoy getting to know a friendly group of fellow walkers over freshly prepared food, in our fantastic hostel.
- Relax in this very special place, and let the charms of Pembrokeshire work their magic.
Pembroke Walking Weekend Dates:
- Friday 13th – Sunday 15th March 2020
- Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October 2020
- Friday 12th – Sunday 14th March 2021
You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel any time after 5pm, where the Large Outdoors team will be on hand to get you settled in. We predict you’ll immediately fall in love with the location, and it’s well worth taking a short stroll outside to admire the coast that’s only metres away!
You can read our review of Pwll Deri YHA here…
We’ll have dinner at around 8pm, so let us know if you plan to arrive after that. After dinner we’ll run through some plans for the weekend to get the most out of our three days of walking, and then the evening is yours to get to know the rest of the group, sit back with a mug of tea, or watch the sunset from the lounge or out on the cliffs!
As well as the kit in the kit list, please bring some change with you as we may be making use of the local bus.
Saturday and Sunday
These are our days to get out and explore the coastline. After breakfast and time to make packed lunches we’ll head out on guided walks of 6-8 hours, which will include plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery, and perhaps even a splash around in the sea. We have the whole coast to choose from but we’ll make the most of the fantastic scenery right outside our door. Walk options include:
Strumble Head – Walking right from our hostel door, we’ll turn north and follow the coastline to the headland of Strumble Head. We’ll pass cliffs, tiny offshore rocks that break the surface of the bays, and the island of Carreg Onnen. Turning east with the coast and following the cliffs, we’ll pass Carregwasted point, where the French landed in 1797, before reaching the village of Goodwick. From here we head inland, following tracks back to the hostel over small hills to get a great view of where we’ve just walked. We finish with a short climb up to the Iron Age hill-fort, which lies on the hill just behind the hostel.
South to Aber Mawr – Turning south out of the hostel takes us along yet more dramatic coastal path, where we can drink in the views west across St George’s Channel to Ireland. We’ll make our way to the sandy beach of Aber Mawr, where the brave can have a dip in the sea and the not-so-brave can explore the sands and eat sandwiches. From here we can continue south to the hill-fort at Castell Coch and perhaps even the pub in Trefin.
St David’s Head – If we feel like exploring a little further afield then a great location would be a short way down the coast near St David’s. We can explore the rocky promontory of St David’s Head with its ancient settlements, walk the sands of Whitesands Bay, and gaze across at the bird sanctuary of Ramsay Island, all on a coastal walk around this jutting peninsula. We can even visit St David’s itself, Britain’s smallest city, or if the time is right head across to Ramsey Island itself for a walk.
Once we’ve returned to the hostel for the evening the Large Outdoors team will get on with preparing the evening meal. This is your opportunity to relax, enjoy a drink in the comfort of the lounge, or just stare out to sea with a mug of hot tea, reliving the adventures of the day!
Each night we’ll give a short brief about the plans for the following day and then let you get back into the serious business of enjoying the evening.
After the walk on Sunday we will find a local pub for a final meal and this is not included.
About the area
Walking the in the Pembrokeshire National Park
As the only National Park in the UK that was created purely for its coastline, you can tell that our Pembrokeshire Walking Weekend is special. The peninsula that hosts this glorious coastline juts out into the Irish Sea, forming the most westerly point in Wales, and containing stretches of coast that face north, west and south. The entire coastline is walkable via the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail, and walkers will be spoilt for choice with views of cliffs, rock formations including natural arches and caves, sandy beaches, inland woods and wild hills.
The western coast centres around St Bride’s Bay, where there is good surfing, as well as the internationally important bird sanctuary of Skomer Island. Aside from natural wonders, evidence can be seen of life here dating back thousands of years, including Neolithic standing stones and Iron Age hill-forts. These can easily be explored via numerous inland paths that help create circular routes out of the more famous coastal trail.
Good to know:
Pwell Deri YHA has got to be in one of the most fantastic locations we run trips from. With spectacular view overlooking to the Irish Sea this venue enjoys some of the best sunsets to be seen in the UK.
Pwll Deri YHA
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meals on Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunches for Saturday and Sunday’s Walk.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018