September and October are popular months for walking holidays here in Pembrokeshire, with many coming to hike along our world-famous coast path. Things are generally a little quieter after the Summer season has ended and the weather is a bit cooler, which makes for perfect walking conditions. As the trail is just at the bottom of our camping fields, it’s no surprise that many of our guests decide to explore this stunning route. The incredible scenery, varied wildlife and fresh sea air are what make the path so tempting, but whether you’re planning to explore particular sections or attempting the whole 186 miles, it pays to go prepared. We want all our guests to enjoy a relaxing, trouble-free break in the countryside, so here are a few safety tips for anyone planning on walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path!
Check the weather forecast: the coast can get pretty breezy at times, rain can make certain sections more challenging and there’s also the occasional sea mist to contend with, so make sure you know what the general weather conditions will be. If your route will take you along a beach, it might be an idea to check the tide times too so you don’t get caught out by the sea. Whatever the weather is predicted to be – make sure you’re prepared for every eventuality, just in case.
Wear the right clothes: the weather and the terrain can change in an instant, so you need the proper gear. A good, sturdy pair of walking boots that have been worn in can reduce the risk of a turned ankle or painful blisters. Go for layers (preferably ones that wick sweat effectively if you’re planning a longer or more vigorous walk) and always make sure you have something waterproof and windproof to protect you if the weather changes.
Plan your walk: make sure you know where you’re going and roughly how long it will take you to complete your hike. That way you can plan how much food and drink you need to take and make sure you don’t miss the last bus home if you’re using public transport. It’s also a good idea to let someone know where you’re going and roughly when you’ll be back, just in case something unforeseen happens.
Be realistic: some sections of the coast path are more challenging that others, so if you’re not used to long or difficult walks, choose a section and distance that are realistically achievable for you and your physical ability.
Follow the signs: there are way markers along the route, and you may come across the odd advisory sign or diversion here and there, so stick to the path. You don’t want to end up wandering off course onto an undesignated path that may be hazardous.
Keep dogs under control: if your dog is tagging along on your Pembrokeshire walking holiday, keep them under control on the path. Some sections are very close to steep cliff tops and dogs have been known to take a tumble. There are also fellow walkers, farm animals and lots of local wildlife that might not appreciate being chased.
Don’t take risks for an Instagram pic: sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people get into trouble for the sake of a good photo. Our coastline might provide an endless stream of spectacular views but don’t be tempted to stray too close to a cliff edge, pose under overhangs, play chicken with our famous surfing swells or climb rocks for the perfect Insta post!
By taking a few sensible precautions, there’s very little chance of encountering any problems while enjoying a walk along the coast path. It’s something you really should try at least once! Best of all, it’s so easily accessible from our farm.
Camping near the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
If you want to know more about the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in general, which sections might be worth walking and accessibility for people with limited mobility, visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park website.
To reserve your pitch with us here at Pembrokeshire Camping – right next to the coast path – you can book online. (Just don’t forget your walking boots…!)