St David's Walk
Visiting the best coastal and mountain scenery in Wales, the St David’s Walk runs for 250 miles from St David’s Cathedral at the south-west tip of Wales to Bangor Cathedral in the north, linking the Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia National Parks. Much of the route coincides with the Cambrian Way, although at a lower level - this is not a ‘challenge’ walk.
Starting at St David’s, the route joins an ancient track Ffos-y-mynach to meet the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which is followed for 14 miles. Properties close to the Coast Path include Y-Cwm Cottage, a superbly located property sleeping 6, Crow's Nest with use of a swimming pool, and Clover Cottage near Fishguard sleeping 6.
It then turns inland towards Crymych, crossing the Preseli Hills, where we have Llysyfelin sleeping up to 8 in the little village of Cwm Gwaun and Cilgwyn Cottage on the edge of the Preseli Hills in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Path. Penbrist is within walking distance of a bistro and small shop.
Continuing east into Carmarthenshire, the route makes for Rhandirmwyn, north of Llandovery, across undulating farming country and moorland culminating in splendid and deserted high ground. One of our cottages close by is the 5* Felin Fach, a great getaway for a couple.
The Walk then turns north, across unpopulated high ground of the Cambrian mountains before reaching Strata Florida Abbey at Pontrhydfendigaid.
Following much the same route as the Cambrian Way over superb rambling country around Devil's Bridge and Ponterwyd, St David's Walk crosses the uninhabited land mass of Plynlimon, home of the sources of the Severn and Wye.
The route continues on to Machynlleth and Abergynowlyn, an area where Wales Cottage Holidays has many properties. See Granary Cottage on a smallholding in the Corris Valley and Ty Dulas, a riverside cottage sleeping 5.
Continuing north, you may choose to climb the dramatic summit of Cadair Idris. On the northern slopes of Cadair, Wales Cottage Holidays have Llwyniarth, a farmhouse near Dolgellau sleeping 6. Barmouth is reached via the picturesque Cregennen lakes and footpath along Barmouth railway bridge and, in the town, Wales Cottage Holidays offers Middle Apartment with panoramic views over Barmouth harbour and the Mawddach Estuary and Apartment 2, just 500 meters from a small estuary beach.
The journey over the Rhinog Mountains to Maentwrog is probably the most difficult stretch. Nearby properties include 1 Coedyrhygen for a couple and overlooking the lake, Maesgwm Barn, a converted stone barn sleeping 9, and Gelli Deg sleeping 4 with good views and within walking distance to the village shops and pubs. Lofft Gwair is a converted C18th hayloft near Portmeirion.
St David's Way passes through the central and highest part of Snowdonia, eventually to Ogwen, where the route turns towards the sea and makes for Bangor.
Close to Bangor, we have Y Beudy which is convenient for outdoor activities, watersports and attractions.