From Porthgain’s stone piers, head south to the secluded beach of Traethllyfn, where seals often bask on the black sand. Continuing past the tiny village of Abereiddy, you’ll walk between the Irish Sea and electric-green pastures where shaggy, curved-horn highland cows graze behind ancient stone fences overgrown with yellow gorse. After 6.6 miles, spot the point of St. David’s Head above Whitesands Bay, with Ramsey Island looming beyond.
-Mapped by Steve Howe
- Distance: 15.0
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Start: Central square, Porthgain Village.
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Viewpoint to Irish Sea
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Viewpoint down onto black slabs, tilted into the Irish Sea.
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Viewpoint down over Traethllyfn Beach to cliffs of Cerrig Gwylan.
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Bear left at Y-junction.
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Viewpoint down onto the flooded quarry of Blue Lagoon.
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Historic slate quarry blast shelters at Abereiidy.
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Neolithic stone burial chamber called Coetan Arthur Dolmen, or “Arthur’s burial chamber.” Actually dates from 3,000 B.C.
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Faint stone circles, ruins of Iron Age Celtic village.
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Turn left at T-junction.
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End: Whitesands Beach. Town of St. David’s is 2.3 miles NE.