Pembrokeshire Coast

St David’s Head & Carn Llidi Hike

A scenic hike that includes two of the most prominent landmarks on the Pembrokeshire coast, St David's Head and Carn Llidi.

  • Walking on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
  • Beautiful Pembrokeshire beaches.
  • Ancient sites – St Patricks Chapel and a 5000 year old burial chamber.
  • Opportunity to climb Carn Llidi.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 4: Challenging - good mobility and fitness needed

  • Duration

    4h

  • Max. passengers

    40

  • Booking code

    E-FIS4

  • From

    119 €

  • Notices

    Appropriate clothing, layered and waterproof clothing (weather dependant), and sturdy footwear with good ankle support.

This hike encompasses part of the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastal Path that tracks around the coast from Amroth in the South to St Dogmaels at the North of the peninsula. The route includes St David’s Head and Carn Llidi, two of the most prominent landmarks along the Pembrokeshire coast. 

Begin this circular walk with your experienced guide at the glorious sandy sweep of Whitesands Bay, a curving, mile-long expanse of flat sands considered to be one of the finest beaches in the country. When you join the coastal path you will see the site of St Patrick’s Chapel, although there are no visible remains. It was built on the spot where St Patrick originally embarked for Ireland. Here sea voyagers used to pray for a safe journey and offer thanks for their arrival.  

Follow the path which steady climbs uphill to bring you to the end of St David’s Head, a wild and often windswept peninsula. Admire the superb views across Whitesands Bay to Ramsey Sound and along the lovely bays of Porth Lleuog and Porthmelgan and to the rocky profile of Carn Llidi.  

Continue along this wild stretch of coast towards Carn Llidi. Whilst difficult to see amid the rocky terrain, the 5000-year-old burial chamber of Coetan Arthur lies below the wall of crags. The views soon open up along the north coast of Pembrokeshire and then across the flat country to St David’s Cathedral and the coast of St Bride’s Bay.  

There will be an opportunity to climb to the summit of Carn Llidi (181 m) before heading round to Whitesands Bay where your walk will end. The path to the summit is rough but well-defined and at the top you are rewarded with magnificent views that, on a clear day, extend to the Wicklow hills in Ireland. 

Practical information: 

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing, layered and waterproof clothing (weather dependant), and sturdy footwear with good ankle support. 

  • Walking information: There is 7 kms of walking over varying terrain: rugged uneven paths and a coastal path with sheer cliffs.  This excursion is only suitable for guests with a good level of fitness and agility. Guests must keep their distance form cliff edges. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.