St David’s & Ramsey Sound Walk, Pembrokeshire Walks In Wales, UK
St David’s & Ramsey Sound Walk was about 7.5 miles in distance. The terrain of this route was easy walking along well-signed coast path; some inland path, a track and minor roads. There were no stiles to climb over.
This circuit from St David’s first takes you to Porth Clais which was once the port of St David’s and is now used by small boats. The coastal scenery is outstanding as it then takes you round the flat, windswept south-western tip of the peninsula then alongside the rushing waters and The Bitches in Ramsey Sound. The Bitches are submerged rocks through which tide runs with tremendous force. The tidal flow can reach a remarkable seven knots. Across the Sound is Ramsey Island, an RSPB Reserve renowned for its birds and seals, and boat trips are available.
Starting from the National Park Visitor Centre car park in St David’s, leg one went south west on roads to Porth Clais. Leg two followed the coast path west via Porthlysgi Bay, around the peninsula and headed north to St Justinian’s.
Leg three followed the coast path north via Point St John then curved east to Porthselau Beach. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg went south east inland along a path and track then turned east on roads back to St David’s.
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St David’s & Ramsey Sound Walk Route
The St David’s & Ramsey Sound Walk route was circular in a clockwise direction with four legs.
On this first leg we started from the National Park Visitor Centre car park in St David’s, walking south west on roads to Porth Clais.
- We exited the National Park Visitor Centre car park and turned left down the A487 road to the centre of St David’s.
- From here we headed west down Goat Street.
- We then veered left down Catherine Street.
- We continued along this road until we reached the head of Porth Clais.
- We crossed the bridge over the creek and turned left to some old limekilns on our right.
Having walked about 1.25 miles to this point, the second leg headed followed the coast path west via Porthlysgi Bay and around the peninsula to head northwards to St Justinian’s.
- Navigation from here was quite straightforward and just after the limekilns we veered right to followed the coast path.
- At a fork in the path we veered right uphill along the west side of the harbour.
- After passing through a kissing-gate we headed westwards along the coast, keeping the sea on our left.
- After passing through another kissing-gate and soon after a gate, we walked on to go around the small headland opposite Carreg Fran and Carreg yr Esgob rocks.
- The path led us round to Porthlysgi Bay and through a gate.
- We walked around the bay, descending to the beach and rising around the other side up steps and through a kissing-gate.
- Continuing on the path we went through another kissing-gate and crossed stepping stones in a boggy area.
- After going through a gate we continued on the path over a rocky area and through gorse.
- Going ahead of the path we passed through a broken kissing-gate and round the south-western tip of the peninsula via Pen Dal-aderyn.
- Now with views of Ramsey Island which lies 1 kilometre offshore on the other side of Ramsey Sound, we continued along the path.
- As we continued ahead we viewed the submerged rocks out by Ramsey Island called The Bitches.
- Now heading north along the coast path we went through a kissing-gate before descending a little and rising up a few steps near a disused mine shaft.
- We continued on the path over a grassy section, through a gate and a broken kissing-gate, then along a short rocky section.
- St Justinian was now in view ahead and the coast path turned right at Ogof Felen beside a wall on the right.
- The path then curved left and we went ahead, going through another broken kissing-gate, then a gate.
- We carried on until we reached St Justinian’s and its lifeboat station.
Having walked about 5 miles to this point, the third leg followed the coast path north via Point St John before curving east to Porthselau Beach.
- We continued on the coast path, passing through a gap between a metal rail and a wooden cabin at the top of concrete steps.
- We walked around to Point St John, passing through a gate.
- As we continued on the path, fine distant coastal scenery across Whitesands Bay to Whitesands Beach and Carn Llidi came into view.
- We continued ahead until we reached a small stone bridge at Porthselau Beach.
Having walked about 6.25 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg headed south east inland on a path and track before turning east along roads back to St David’s.
- Immediately after the bridge we forked right inland uphill.
- We continued ahead over two boardwalks along an enclosed path to reach a track.
- We turned right along the track which curved left then right passing a building on the right.
- At the end of the track we reached a road and turned left towards St David’s.
- We ignored two left and two right turnings and eventually the road became Pit Street.
- The road dipped to cross a bridge and we have views of St David’s Bishop’s Palace and St David’s Catherdral.
- We continued ahead steeply uphill and veered left up Goat Street.
- In the centre of St David’s we veered right along the A487 road and turned right back to the car park.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Pembrokeshire hiking holiday during April 2016. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire to the starting location of St David’s, Pembrokeshire. We parked in the National Park Visitor Centre at grid reference SM757253, which was also the start of the walk.