Pembrokeshire hiking is the stuff of legend. You may think we’re biased (and of course we are) but even just a short hike along our glorious coast path, or a venture inland to discover the myths of Preseli will convince you there is magic in this land. And the best bit? By choosing Rhosson Ganol for camping near St David’s, you can do these glorious hikes right from your door, or within a short drive.
Pembrokeshire hiking on your doorstep
The glorious Pembrokeshire coastal path is just steps from the site and you can take in one of its loveliest stretches with ease. This part of the coast path is fairly level too, so it’s good for those who need to take a more gentle pace. There are several routes you can choose here, and we thought you might like to hear about one of our favourites.
A short hike from St Justinians to St Non’s
This short walk gives you chance to take in some of the glorious coves and beaches before exploring St Non’s chapel and discovering the story of St David.
Head towards St Justinians, where you’ll see the lifeboat station and the launch place for some wonderful wildlife trips. Head east along the coast path, keeping your eyes to the sky for our famous sea birds as they make their way to Skomer, and listen for the singing seals of Ramsey Island. As you walk, you’ll want to keep an eye on the ground too – there’s delicate sea thrift to be seen as well as carpets of wild thyme.
After about 5 miles, you’ll arrive at Porth Clais. This is a popular harbour and you’ll often see kayakers at the start or end of their adventures. There’s a kiosk here that sells ice creams and light snacks in season – be sure to check opening times before you go.
Continue east for about a mile until you see a sign for St Non’s. This unique spot on the coast path is said to be the birthplace of St.David himself and is a great stop to discover more about the history of the area.
After exploring the small chapel and St Non’s well, you can continue your walk by heading inland to St David’s. Just continue along the coast path for 0.2 miles, then turn left and head towards St Davids – it will take around 20 minutes.
After exploring St David’s cathedral and the pretty town, continue your hike back to camp, or hop on the bus if your legs are getting a little weary.
Hiking Preseli hills
Pembrokeshire hiking isn’t just about our coast. We have majestic hills to explore. Our highest peak is Foel Cwmcerwyn, which reaches 563m above sea level. It takes around three hours for a round-trip and is regarded as a fairly steady walk.
Foel Cwmcerwyn is the highest peak of the Preseli Hills. If upward trajectories aren’t your thing, then you might like to explore The Golden Road. This is a fascinating route that takes in quarries and is said to be the source of stone for Stone Henge, as well as rumours that it was a key trade route between Ireland and the Kingdom of Wessex. You’ll see red kites and buzzards as you explore, as well as enchanting views across to Cardigan Bay, Snowdonia and even Ireland.
You can reach the start of The Golden Road by car from Rhosson Ganol in around forty minutes. The linear hike is about seven miles and we always say to allow around four hours. In season the Green Dragon Bus can take you back to your car, or you can turn it into a circular route by following the country lane at the end of the route. Head south-east to Rosebush, then turn north and head through the Pantmaenog Forest which will bring you back to the forest.
The perfect base for Pembrokeshire hiking
The joy of camping is being able to step right into the beauty of nature. One of our favourite things here at Rhosson Ganol is that the rugged coastline and majestic sea cliffs are just steps away. We’re intertwined with the natural world here, and we hope you can get a glimpse of that freedom during your stay with us.
We’re proud to have run a family business here since 1882 and proud to welcome visitors to share our space. Whatever type of Pembrokeshire hiking you enjoy, you’ll love coming home to our campsite. We’re dog-friendly, family-friendly and all-around people-friendly – plus we have views to die for.
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