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Coastal view of yellow gorse and green fields, cliffs and dark rocky coastline with a teal-blue sea
Looking south from the western side of Dinas Island, towards Mynydd Dinas | © National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

Dinas Island circular walk

A circular walk with steep ascent and descent gives you some of the finest views anywhere on the Pembrokeshire coast. This isn’t a long walk, but definitely one to test your fitness, with plenty of reasons to stop and admire the scenery.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Pwllgwaelod car park, grid ref: SN005398

Step 1

From Pwllgwaelod Beach, turn right uphill following coast path signs. At the cattle grid, turn left through a kissing gate.

Step 2

The path soon begins to climb sharply and includes 40 steps. You'll pass through heather and gorse on either side. After a stiff climb you'll reach a stile and the path becomes easier. Your reward is fine views across Fishguard Bay.

Step 3

The path soon becomes steep again and as you round a corner, you'll see the highest point of Dinas Island, Pen-y-Fan, ahead. Newport comes into view on your right.

Step 4

Pause at the Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar (OS trig point) to take a well-earned rest and enjoy the views north to the cliffs at Pen-yr-Afr and inland to the Preseli Hills.

Step 5

It's mostly downhill from here, but steep. Follow the path downhill. Around 55yds (50m) beyond a kissing gate the path divides. The main coast path plunges away to your left – you can see it snaking round the coast. If this looks too exciting you can follow a broad path along the fence to your right. The two paths reunite further on.

Step 6

Around half a mile (0.75km) after the paths split, look out for Needle Rock below you. Seabirds, including guillemots, breed here in early summer.

Step 7

The bay at Cwm-yr-Eglwys comes into view. Go through the kissing gate, which leads to a shady section of the path, but take care: it is rocky with tree roots.

Step 8

A timber footbridge leads onto the road. Follow this down to Cwm-yr-Eglwys and past the toilets on your right.

Step 9

Follow the path along the right hand side of boatyard, signposted ‘Pwllgwaelod 2/3 mile’, and walk straight ahead through the car park and alongside some caravans on your right. You’ll see the footpath by a solid wood panel fence in the far right-hand corner.

Step 10

Walk back to Pwllgwaelod through the valley along a tarmac path. With the rise in sea levels, Dinas Island could well be a real island again one day.

End point

Pwllgwaelod car park, grid ref: SN005398

Trail map

Map of a circular walk around Dinas Island, Pembrokeshire
Map of the Dinas Island circular walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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