Walking

Walking trail

Solva - The Gribin coastal walk

Walking trail

Solva is at the centre of 8 miles (12.8km) of unspoilt coastal scenery stretching from Newgale in the east to St David’s in the west. The Gribin is a rocky headland guarding the entrance to Solva Harbour, giving spectacular views along the coast and across St Bride’s Bay.

Two couples walking the coast path at Solva Harbour

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Solva - The Gribin coastal walk

Start:

Solva Harbour car park, grid ref: SM805243 NB National Trust members park for free in this non-NT car park. Please show your membership card.

1

Cross the footbridge at the rear of the car park (with the harbour on your right), turn left and then right to follow the path up the Gribin, over the tunnel. Solva Harbour is a sheltered tidal harbour, now popular with small boat owners. Historically the village used to depend on the sea and the harbour, before the road came. The original Smalls Lighthouse was towed out from here.

2

Follow the path to the lime kilns, taking time to explore them if the tide is out. The route then continues past the lime kilns, the path widening into a more substantial trackway as it climbs to reach the Gribin Point.

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3

On the summit of the Gribin, explore the Iron Age fort and settlement, and enjoy the magnificent sea views.

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4

Follow the coast path down the steep side of the Gribin to reach the Gwadn. This pebble beach and the valley behind it were created by meltwater at the end of the last Ice Age.

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5

Follow the path up the valley behind the beach. The path crosses the valley floor at its upper end, with stepping stones across the stream, before zig-zagging steeply over the ridge behind the sewage works, leading back down to Solva through the woods.

End:

Solva Harbour car park, grid ref: SM805243

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Solva - The Gribin coastal walk

Terrain

The track climbs gently up from Solva, follows the ridge and descends steeply to the Gwadn. The route involves steps, some narrow paths, steep gradients and stepping stones across a stream.

Solva - The Gribin coastal walk

How to get here

Address
Solva Harbour, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62
By train

Haverfordwest station 15 miles (24.1km).

By road

Solva is on the A487 between Haverfordwest (13 miles/20.9km) and St David's (3 miles/4.8km).

By foot

Solva is on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

By bus

Hourly bus service between Haverfordwest railway station and St David's: number 411. Puffin Shuttle Bus, 400/315 St David's to Milford Haven, also runs along this route. For timetables visit the Pembrokeshire Greenways website.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 4, the Celtic Trail, passes 1 mile (1.6km) north of Solva village. Local cycle routes link to Solva village itself.

Solva - The Gribin coastal walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads, as livestock graze in the surrounding fields.