Week 13 | The Big Welsh Walk Is Getting Closer To Home | Pembrokeshire


The Reason For Walking All Around Wales
Week 12

1047 Miles Around Wales With A Few Miles Left To Walk

On day 91 of our big walk around the Welsh coastal path we were in St Govans walking back to Manorbier accompanied by some friends from my home village of Llanglydwen. The weather had improved, the scenery was stunning and it was really great to be heading closer to home with the end now clearly in sight

Can You Imagine Horse Riding Here & Onto That Beautiful Beach?

This Is Some Of The Stunning Scenery On The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

The Pembrokeshire Coastal path is a well-established long distance trail that starts at Amroth and finishes in St Dogmaels, a distance of 186 miles in total. We met other walkers from all over the world who had travelled to Wales just to walk this path; it’s easy to see why

The coastline is incredible and the wildlife is truly wonderful particularly if you walking when the seals are nursing their young. The sound of them is carried on the wind and it’s a beautiful and evocative sound like no other

As the path here is so well established the public transport that allows walkers to get to and from the coastal path is just great, the bus drivers on the buses know the local area and are really helpful, and the entire length of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, from St Dogmaels to Amroth, is accessible by public transport with great little buses like the Poppit Rocket, Strumble Shuttle, Puffin Shuttle & Coastal Cruiser

There are some horse riding opportunities on this stretch, the firing range at Castlemartin has some fantastic bridleways incorporated along with a bridleway between Stack Rocks and St Govans but there are miles and miles of coastal path that would be fantastic for safe off road riding currently prohibited to horse riders

Apart from the obvious benefits to local riders there must be a commercial opportunity here that would enhance the tourism trade? Trail riding in USA and Australia is popular and yet in Wales we seem to be ignoring the potential boost to our tourist trade

If you google horse riding on the Welsh coastal path, you will probably see this on the official Wales Coast Path website

Misleading Representation Of Horse Riding On The Welsh Coastal Path

If You Saw This You May Assume That Horse Riding On The All Wales Coastal Path Is Easily Achieved

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A fantastic way to enjoy some of the coastline and countryside of Wales is on horseback. A steady ride over bridleways, or an exhilarating canter along a tide-lapped beach – the many riding and pony trekking centres on or near the coast cater for riders of all ages and abilities. The Wales Coast Path provides access to hidden corners close to the sea, forests and open land

In fact the reality is a lot different. If you want improved horse riding access on the Wales Coastal path please consider signing and sharing our petition. We intend delivering this to the Welsh Assembly Government at Cardiff when we have reached 10,000 signatures

It is impossible to predict how long, if at all, it takes to improve the horse riding opportunities on the All Wales Coastal Path but it is my intention to ride a horse all around Wales,following the path as closely as possible. If you are interested in any aspect of this long distance ride please contact us here. We are looking for help with overnight stops, sponsorship, publicity and some company at times

Our base for some of this week was the little unofficial car park at the Gann Estuary just outside Dale, despite it being quite close to the road it proved to be a lovely spot to park up at and a useful base for the walking in that area

We also met a couple of other like minded campers, one was a gent from South Wales who was travelling about South Pembrokeshire in his home converted camper accompanied by his little terrier and the other was an Entomologist who was studying the local bugs, he slept in the back of his land rover and had just the basic camping necessities, It was the first time on the walk that I had met other folks free camping and we spent a couple of hours swapping camping stories

By the end of this week we had reached Lower Solva, surprisingly I managed to find a free spot to park overnight, the car park there is owned by National Parks and as usual there is no overnight parking permitted but just above it there is an informal pull in overlooking the harbour which became home for a few days

An Opportunity For Some Exhilarating Horse Riding

The Path Runs Very Close To The Cliff Edge In Places

The Final Week

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