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Sea Kayak, Forage, Fish and Wild Camp the Pembrokeshire Coastline

A sea kayaking adventure where you'll explore the remote and wild coastline around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Location

United Kingdom

Fly To

Cardiff International Airport

Perfect for

This adventure is suitable for adventurers with a reasonable level of fitness. You will be on open water for 4-5 hours each day in sit-in sea kayaks (less stable than sit-on open kayaks), so some paddling experience will be an advantage but is not essential.

Difficulty

Moderate

Experience Pembrokeshire’s wild coastline from a new perspective spending two days sea kayaking, exploring the rock pools, secluded beaches, caves and sea stacks. Along the way, you’ll develop your bushcraft skills, forage for hidden seaside gems, fish, cook over campfires, wild camp on a beach, spot seals and improve your kayak skills.

What's Included

  • 2 days sea kayaking
  • 1 night’s wild camping on a secluded beach
  • Expert local guide
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • Cooking equipment
  • Transfers to and from water

Itinerary

Day 1: Kayak, Forage, Fish and Wild Camp

Meeting at your host’s local base at 10:00, you’ll be kitted out with all the gear you need, go through the plan and have a safety briefing. A short 5-minute transfer gets you to the water’s edge. Setting off from the picturesque Porthclais harbour, you’ll kayak 5km to Caer Bwdi Bay.

Along the way, you’ll spend time exploring caves, rock hopping, foraging and learning bushcraft skills, followed by lunch on the beach at Caer Bwdi. Next, it’s a 5km paddle towards Solva to to do some handline fishing to cook on the evening campfire.

Our evening camp is a remote beach accessible only by boat. There’ll be plenty of time to swim, snorkel and explore before setting up camp and cooking the days foraging and fishing delights over a campfire. The night is spent sleeping out under the stars.

Kayaking: 5 hours on the water

Day 2: Coastal Paddling

Prepare a campfire breakfast, then it’s time to hit the water again. You’ll paddle for 5km along Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastline, dropping in at hidden caves and watching out for the varied marine life. There is a break for lunch at Pointz Castle beach with a chance for some body surfing and to explore the woodland flowers behind the beach.

From Pointz Castle, the final paddle takes you round to Newgale Beach. If time allows, you can try your hand surfing your kayak along the beach break. From there, it’s a short 15-minute transfer back to your host’s base and the end of a great adventure.

Kayaking: 4-5 hours on the water

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts. On average, you’ll spend between 4 and 5 hours paddling each day.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

In tune with this wild experience, you will be bivvying out under the stars on a secluded beach accessible only by boat. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and roll mat and your local hosts will provide a tarp shelter to sleep under. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to fish and forage and in the evening dinner will be cooked over an open campfire.

Location

Pembrokeshire, in South West Wales, is home to the only national park in the UK that was established primarily because of the coastline it protects. This adventure takes place in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, starting from our base near the historic - and UK’s smallest - city of St Davids.

The Pembrokeshire coastline is a picturesque mix of rugged limestone cliffs below rolling green cliff tops, sandy beaches, hidden coves and wooded estuaries. The steep limestone cliffs have been eroded by the sea over hundreds of years to form fantastic rock formations with caves, sea stacks and arches.

The Pembrokeshire coast is an important place for British marine life. It’s home to colonies of seabirds like cormorants and fulmar petrels. It is also one of the best places in the UK to see marine mammals like porpoises and seals. For those in the know, there is also an abundance of edible delights awaiting the discerning forager. Your knowledgeable local guide will help unveil the hidden treasures of the seaside menu.

Meeting Point

Start Point

Your adventure starts at your local host’s base near St David’s in Pembrokeshire at 10:00.

If you drive there, the host’s base is easy to find and there is plenty of free parking available overnight. If you would prefer to travel by public transport, the nearest train stations are found at Haverfordwest and Fishguard (they’re on different lines so it’s worth checking times for both). It takes around 30 minutes to get to the start point from either of these stations by taxi. You will need to allow a little more time to get here though as trains aren’t too frequent, particularly on a Sunday, but there is plenty to do locally if you have some more time to explore. Just ask your hosts for their tips if you plan to stay in the local area for longer.

Finish Point

Your adventure ends at your local host’s base near St David’s in Pembrokeshire at 16:00.

Frequently Asked Questions

Given the wild and remote nature of this trip, only basic ration-pack meals can be provided. You’ll get the opportunity to add fresh fish and sea-foraged treats for added flavour! They can cater to vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free and dairy free diets, providing you let them know in advance.

Children over the age of 16 can come when booked as a private trip. Group of 4 or more can request a private trip.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to and from the start and end point
  • Additional snacks and drinks
  • Some camping equipment (sleeping bag and roll mat)
  • Travel Insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 8. The guest to guide ratio will be maximum 8:1. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

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Clothing:

  • Suitable warm clothing for wearing around the camp in the evening (fleeces, warm trousers, woolly hat, etc)
  • Appropriate footwear for wearing at the camp
  • Long-sleeved top that you don’t mind getting wet (a thermal top is ideal, but not cotton!)
  • Swimming costume and towel
  • Old pair of trainers to wear in the water (or wetsuit boots)

Camping:

  • Sleeping bag (one that packs down to a small size)
  • Roll mat (small, self-inflating mat is ideal)

Food & Drink:

  • Plenty of snacks (we’d recommend high protein bars, flapjacks, brioche buns)
  • At least two one-litre bottles of water
  • Camping mug, bowl and utensils

Other Things:

  • Any medication needed
  • Torch (headtorch is ideal)
  • Toothbrush

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