Best Dog Walks in Pembrokeshire

pembrokeshire coast

Littered with wild beaches, crisscrossed by walking trails from its peaks to its valleys, and boasting plenty of cosy inns where your pooch can flop at your feet, Pembrokeshire is one of our top destinations for a holiday with your canine companion.

Whether you want to bound along the shoreline, tunnel through ancient woodland or pad along paths in the National Park, here are our top dog walks in Pembrokeshire. While winter is a great time for a romp or a ramble with Rover in this rugged terrain, all these walks can be enjoyed year-round. 

Stackpole Quay and Bosherston Lakes

Stackpole Park

Where better to start than with one of the most popular dog walks in Pembrokeshire, which is even better in winter when it’s crowd-free. Follow waymarked trails from the pretty harbour of Stackpole Quay, wending through woodland past a trio of lakes and along the coastline. There are a few steep sections on the 9.5km loop, but with plenty of paths to choose from, you can plan your route according to how energetic your dog is, and how many times you want to stop, splash and snap up the sublime scenery.
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Stay in a quintessentially Welsh cottage for six in the gorgeous village of Stackpole, less than two miles from the Stackpole Estate.

Abermawr Beach and Woodland

If you and your dog are hankering for a waterside and woodland adventure, follow this short 1.6km trail from the pebble shoreline of Abermawr Beach into ancient woodland that tumbles to the edge of the sea. A gentle respite from the wild and rugged coastline, dogs will love snuffling through the undergrowth and splashing through the streams, while you soak up the sights and sounds of the forest, meadows and marshland along the way.
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After a day of walkies, hunker beside the log burner in a historic five-star cottage for seven people, minutes from the beach.

Pantmaenog Forest

Rustle through the forest on this challenging 15.6km circular woodland walkies near Fishguard. Don your walking boots, pack supplies and feel the freedom of being far from the crowds as you set off across pristine forest trails traversing streams and moorland. Feel on top of the world on the peak of Foel Cwmcerwyn, and make your way down to the village of Rosebush for well-deserved refreshments in the dog-friendly Tarfarn Sinc community pub.
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Make yourself at home in a cosy log cabin sleeping four in Rosebush, within walking distance of the Tafarn Sinc pub. 

St Brides to Little Haven

Little Haven coastline

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts over 186 miles of dog-friendly footpaths and coastal trails to explore, of which you’ll cover 8.7km as you make your way from the horseshoe-shaped St Bride’s Bay to the picturesque fishing village of Little Haven. As well as bounding from beaches to cliffs, soaking up the jaw-dropping scenery of Pembrokeshire’s coastline with your pooch at your side, there are plenty of dog-friendly pit-stops along the way, including The Ferry Inn at St Brides.
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Commandeer a luxurious restored farmhouse sleeping eight, boasting incredible views over St Bride’s Bay.

Poppit Sands

dog on beach in Wales

There are over 50 beaches to choose from in Pembrokeshire, many of which are dog-friendly year-round. While Barafundle Bay often comes up trumps as one of the best stretches of sand for waggy-tailed walkies, we also love the vast sandy runway of Poppit Sands, with its endless shoreline for dogs to play fetch. If you and your dog have buckets of energy and are keen to explore the countryside too, head inland on a challenging half-day (15km) circular route where wild ponies roam.
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After a beach walk with your furry friend, sink into the hot tub of this contemporary sea-view property sleeping four in Gwbert, facing Poppit Sands.

The Dale Peninsula

This stunning peninsula wrapped in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offers miles of coastal trails where you can witness the Old Red Sandstone cliffs, shimmering turquoise waters and wooded valleys. Set off from the village of Dale with your dog at your heels and follow your nose along the hem of the coastline, via Dale Fort and St Ann’s Head, where you can soak up breathtaking views, sniff out treasure in the sea caves and play in the sea foam in crescent-shaped coves.
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Squirrel away in an annexe for two in the village of Dale, with easy access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path on this stunning peninsula. 

Pengelli Woods

Fancy an easy, brisk winter’s walk? Head into the shelter of Pengelli woodland, near Narberth, for a level loop through wildflower meadows and one of the largest ancient forests in Wales. While your hound pads along the muddy paths of this National Nature Reserve, you can lookout for species such as polecats, dormice, bats and woodpeckers.
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Bag the wonderful Pengelli Cottage, where six guests and four dogs can relax with the woods right on your doorstep. 

Wiseman’s Bridge to North Beach

Tenby North Beach and harbour
Tenby North Beach

Watch the surfers ride the waves at the popular break of Wiseman’s Bridge, before striking out along the undulating coast path to the dog-friendly Tenby North Beach. With four beaches to get their paws wet along the 8.7km walk, dogs will love gallivanting to the glorious viewpoints and splashing in the breakers on sandy pockets along the way.
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Take in the scenery from a two-bedroom bungalow overlooking Carmarthen Bay, ideally situated between Wiseman’s Bridge and North Beach.

 Book your dog-friendly pad in Pembrokeshire

Not only riddled with wonderful walkies, Pembrokeshire welcomes dogs with plenty of paw-friendly accommodation, attractions and eateries. Check out our range of dog-friendly cottages in Pembrokeshire for your next holiday in south west Wales. If you’re looking for a place to shelter from a storm after your wild winter walk and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat, check out our list of cosy, dog-friendly pubs in Pembrokeshire.

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