Newport to St Dogmaels/Cardigan
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After stocking up on supplies for the day you will start today's tough yet rewarding walk. Although it's not the furthest walking day today, it will likely be the most challenging section due to the higher cliff along the coast. On warm days you will be rewarded with stunning views but do keep in mind that with these views you will be exposed to the elements. Overnight in St Dogmael's or Cardigan to end your glorious holiday in Pembrokeshire.
There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a right-hand turn, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum chance to see you.
Some of the path is along rocky steps; be careful as these may be slippery, especially when wet.
Some of the fields may have cows in; they are not aggressive but take care not to startle them, and pass around them with a wide berth.
Please take care while walking along the coastal path as some sections can be narrow and may have exposed cliff-edge walking. If any erosion has taken place a diversion will have been put in place so please follow these diversion details and signs where necessary.
Before you set off - weather and trail updates:
We recommend checking: https://www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/coast-path/trail-news/ before you set off so you are aware of any on-trail diversion in place. If there are any major diversions impacting your walk, the Macs team will reach out and let you know as soon as we know.
Please also check the Met Office website for any weather warnings in place: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk. If you are unable to walk a section due to bad weather, please refer to your alternative transport guide in your information pack.
*** The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is generally well-waymarked but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks (using the blue dot) in the Macs Adventure smartphone app. Using this alongside your included guidebook will ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day. The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***
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Good comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The ground can be quite soft, and the paths are well-used by walkers. Whilst the terrain is not particularly difficult, it can be muddy, with some waterlogged stretches after heavy rain. Walking poles are an option if preferred. The British weather is changeable, so waterproofs should also be carried just in case.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike/or if you have an older phone, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank as a backup.
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