Day one

Start The Coastal Way adventure in Pembrokeshire, UK’s only Coastal National Park, with an action packed day of activity. There are three options.

Celtic Quest Coasteering offer coasteering adventures from Abereiddy beach which is located near the famous Blue Lagoon, home of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. two hours are spent in the water, so with briefing and changing, half day is needed. Discounts are available for groups over six and include the use of wet suits and equipment.

Celtic Quest Coasteering

Preseli Venture offer Adventure Days for groups which includes coasteering, sea kayaking and surfing. Conveniently located on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, there is a hiking trail where clients can also take a walk and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. The road leading to the venue is more suited for mini buses.

Discounts of 10% are offered for groups at both venues, but group size for the discount to be applicable varies. Booking is essential.

A stack of canoes at Preseli Venture.

Preseli Venture

Clients can enjoy coasteering, climbing, stand up paddleboarding, surfing and kayaking at TYFClients can also hire a bike to enjoy the Pembrokeshire countryside. They also offer a Coastal Explorer package for a full day's excursion. Coach parking is available in Haverfordwest town centre.

Overnight: St Davids

Coasteers wearing protective gear walking down a cliff toward the ocean.

Coasteering with TYF

Day two

Walk a section of the Ceredigion Coast Path, a 4.8 mile (7.7 km) walk from Aberporth to Llangrannog (moderate/hard) or if your clients prefer they can choose a shorter section 2 miles (3.2 km) from Aberporth to Tresaith (easy/moderate). The route information including downloadable maps can be found on the website.

 

People walking above the cliffs on the Ceredigion coastline at Tresaith, with caravans in the background.
An aerial shot of Llangrannog beach, sea and surrounding buildings.

The coastline at Tresaith and Llangrannnog beach

Your next stop is the harbour town of New Quay where your clients can enjoy dolphin spotting with New Quay Boat Trips. There’s a 1hr trip to Cwmtudu and a 2hr trip to Ynys Lochtyn, one of the key feeding areas for dolphins. It’s not just dolphins you can encounter but porpoises, atlantic grey seals and various bird species such as guillemots, razorbills and puffins.

Approximate distance: St Davids - New Quay - Aberaeron 61 miles (99 km)
Approximate driving time: 1hr 42min
Overnight suggestions: Aberaeron or Aberystwyth

A close up shot of a dolphin swimming in the deep blue sea.

Dolphin spotting on the New Quay coast

An alternative option for the day is to spend it with Adventure Beyond located on Cardigan Bay. They offer a wide range of bespoke water and land activities for all abilities. Clients can take on the white water rapids by raft, tube or kayak, or experience other watersports available. There's adventure racing, hill walking, climbing and bushcraft for those who don’t want to get wet! Sunrise and sunset tours can also be booked when available. Groups for up to 30 can be accommodated with group rates available. Advance booking is required.

Showcasing activities on the water with Adventure Beyond

Day three

Take the Vale of Rheidol Railway from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge travelling almost 12 miles (19 km) on a 1hr journey in each direction, taking in spectacular views of the wooded Rheidol Valley. Refreshments are available at the Aberystwyth Station shop The Two Hoots Café at Devil’s Bridge.

No.7 & 8 are at a Devil's Bridge on damp November day during a photo charter in November 2021. Photo courtesy John R Jones

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At Devil's Bridge Falls there are two walks to choose providing an opportunity to see the cascading waterfalls of the River Mynach. The Nature Trail, Waterfalls and 3 Bridges walk takes around 45min with a climb of 675 steep stone steps. An easier walk is the Punchbowl and 3 Bridges which takes around 10min with 300 slate steps.

A view of the waterfall beyond the trees at Devil's Bridge Falls, Aberystwyth.

Devil's Bridge

Enroute to the overnight accommodation, stop off at the Dyfi Osprey Project near Machynlleth, it’s home to these birds of prey around April to September (although dates aren’t precise!). 
(NB if your clients stay overnight in Aberystwyth, they can visit enroute on day 4).

Approximate distance: Aberystwyth - Machynlleth 18 miles (29 km)
Approximate driving time: 29min
Overnight suggestions: Machynlleth

See what you can expect at Dyfi Osprey Project

Day four

The 9.5 miles (15 km) trail along the Mawddach Estuary is traffic free which can be walked and cycled following the former railway line between Dolgellau and Barmouth. The views are stunning across the valley in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and the route takes cyclists past the wooden railway bridge at the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary into Barmouth. There are bike rental shops in Dolgellau.

Longer rides are available for the more adventurous. The trail links the final section of the South Snowdonia Greenway, a 27 mile (43 km) route beginning at Llyn Trawsfynydd cycling though through moorlands and forests in South Snowdonia.

Two joggers running on the path with Barmouth bridge in the background.
A silhouette of a biker carrying a cycle with a dramatic orange sunset on the coastline.

Barmouth

Alternatively, golf enthusiasts can play a round of golf at Royal St David’s Golf Club near Harlech. This world renowned links course lies between the sand dunes and the rocky outcrop dominated by 13th Century Harlech Castle. The course has challenged golfers both amateur and professional alike.

A view of Harlech Castle and its white walkway leading to the entrance with the sea and golf course beyond,

Harlech Castle overlooking Royal St David's Golf Club

Approximate distance: Machynlleth - Abersoch 61 miles (97 km)
Approximate driving time: 1hr 34min
Overnight suggestions: Harlech or Abersoch

Day five

Abersoch’s weather makes it the perfect place to try the sport of Wakeboarding – it has become a popular sport here in recent years. 

Alternatively, your clients may enjoy pony trekking at Cilan Riding Centre with panoramic views of the coast including Hell's Mouth Bay (Porth Neigwl), Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli, Isle of the Saints), Cardigan Bay as well as Snowdonia.

Travel to onward destination 

A view Hell's Mouth Bay's sea and coastline from a stone wall.
Boats and yachts moored on the beach with the tide out on Abersoch beach.

Hell's Mouth Bay and Abersoch

Be safe!

Exploring the outdoors is fantastic fun, but please read up on the risks and make sure you are prepared.

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