We like Cheapflights (http://www NULL.cheapflights NULL.co NULL.uk), if only for their taste in hiking trails. They’ve recently announced their top ten across the world, and what do you know, Pembrokeshire topped the list…
They summarised the many & varied delights of Pembrokeshire Coast Path in one short paragraph:
Along the limestone cliffs, weaving in and out of sandy beaches and fishing villages, is the 186-mile-long Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The entire trail is considered a “formidable challenge” (St Dogmael’s to Newport Town is the most strenuous section) but there are several manageable trails of a couple of miles long. Along the path are dotted 2,000-year-old forts, burial grounds from 400 A.D. and a castle or two. Hotels, B&Bs and campsites offer a bed for the night (or space for a tent if you’re thinking of roughing it). Other residents along the way are foxes, seals, puffins and dozens of other animals.
The nine other noted trails were (in order):
- Camino Frances (El Camino de Santiago) – St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Compostela, Spain
- Appalachian Trail – Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine, United States
- Zion Narrows – Zion National Park, Utah, United States
- West Coast Trail – Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia, Canada
- Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
- Tongariro Alpine Crossing – Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
- Tiger Leaping Gorge – Yunnan, China
- Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Peru
- Paine Circuit Trek – Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
The full story can be found on the Cheapflights.co.uk (http://www NULL.cheapflights NULL.com/news/top-10-hiking-trails-worldwide/) website.
And if you’re wondering quite which bit of the Coast Path our photo was taken from: it’s not far from Dale, walking towards St Anne’s Head but looking back up the Haven.