Water sports

Watersports in St Davids


The closest beach to YHA St David's is Whitesands, a short walk from the hostel which saves on parking fees. Surfing is popular at Whitesands beach and wetsuits and boards can be hired in St David's town. Try kite surfing at Whitesands and Newgale - a short drive but a great beach, particularly at low tide. St. Davids and Fishguard. Both good for coasteering or you could hire a canoe or kayak and paddle out from Fishguard.

What better way to explore this extraordinary coastline than from water level? Just think of the thrill! You’ll swim through unsullied gullies, dip into otherwise hidden sea caves, haul yourself through rock arches, dodge waves and maybe even come face-to-face with Atlantic grey seals. The cliffs around St Nons near St Davids are ideal and there are plenty of activity providers in the area so find the one that fits the bill and (wet)suit up for an unforgettable wet weekend.

What makes it special

  • Try your hand at coasteering

Hostels nearby

Watersports in St Davids

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Map references

OS Grid Ref: SM753253

Lat/Lng: 51.881227, -5.265995

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Other things to do nearby

View of a vineyard at sunset

Cwm Deri Vineyard and Estate

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Boy abseiling down a rock face

TYF Adventure

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St Davids Peninsular

St Davids Peninsular

A ruggedly beautiful coastline and heather moorland steeped in Celtic history. Keep an eye open for the Prehistoric archaeology.

Solva Woollen Mill

Solva Woollen Mill

The oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire. Watch the looms at work and browse in the mill shop.

Ramsey Island Boat Tours

Ramsey Island Boat Tours

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Walking and Rambling in St Davids

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is within 10 minutes walk of the hostel. Walking in either direction offers some fantastic scenery - look out for seals and dolphins at certain times of the year.


Cycling in St Davids

Get out on your bike and explore some amazing hidden coves, or cycle across to Solva or even Newgale for a pub lunch and cool drink in the sun.


Climbing in St Davids

The South Face of St David's Head offers a short 50ft climb and includes routes ideal for first time leaders. Belay setup is plentiful.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

With over 950km of footpaths, walking is an ideal way to appreciate the spectacular scenery, wildlife and history of the park.     Visit the website

Watersports in Manorbier

Watersports in Manorbier

The main watersport in the area is surfing and you'll find some of the best swells just a short walk from the hostel.

Dinas Head

Dinas Head

4 miles Dramatic, circular route. The walk is 465 feet above sea level, it's hard going but the views are worth the effort. Visit the website  

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

500m from the Youth Hostel 186 miles (300k) long, mostly cliff top level with 35,000 feet (11,000m) of ascent and descent. Visit the website  

Cwm-yr-Eglwys, Dinas Bay, Pembrokeshire

Walking and Rambling in Pembrokeshire

A good section of the coastal path runs either side of the hostel with spectacular scenery.  The Preseli Hills shadow the hostel, a great walk for the serious hiker.  Dinas Head is a circula