Southern Way of St David – 60 miles, 5 days – Pembroke Dock to St Davids Cathedral. In medieval times the pilgrimage route to St Davids was as important a destination as the Camino in Spain. Indeed, in 1123 the Pope Calixtus II declared that two pilgrimages to St Davids were the equivalent of one to Rome and three to Jerusalem. Thousands of pilgrims from the humblest through to Kings such as William the Conqueror and Henry II made their way to the small city in remote west Wales.
This pilgrimage route follows a Celtic Christian theme, following the routes taken by the saints who brought Christianity to these parts in the 4th and 5th centuries. For five days the route is split into 20 km/13 miles a day, along what Lonely Planet describes as the finest coast path in the world. Day One takes us from Pembroke Dock to Gelliswick Bay. Day Two is from Gelliswick Bay to Marloes. Day Three is from Marloes to Little Haven. Day Four is from Little Haven to Solva, and the last walking day is from Solva via St Nons to the cathedral destination of St Davids, one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain with an authentic history of pilgrims visiting its shrine.
Hear and smell the waves rolling in from the Irish Sea, wide sandy beaches and cliff-tops, ancient Celtic churches, Celtic crosses and holy wells. See wildlife such as gannets and oystercatchers and maybe glimpses of some Atlantic seals, fulmars and choughs.
At the end of your labour will be eligible to receive a “Ffordd Dewi Sant” certificate to show you have completed the Way of St David.