Abercastle

With Mr and Mrs Navigator keen to show off their tan lines from a break in gran Canaria a walk was arranged on the Pembrokeshire coast. The forecast was heavy rain until about 1130 and sun thereafter and so we motored slowly and had our morning coffee break in the car above Abermawr beach.

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It was still raining as we set off but this had not deterred three Park Rangers busy digging out a new path near the beach.

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Abermawr

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Our route struck inland through a woodland which in a few weeks will be covered in wild garlic, and then onto lanes leading down to Abercastle and the coast.

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Abercastle beach

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he knew Trump was coming!

The sun was now shining and we had a grand walk back to the car at Abermawr.

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The famous Pembrokeshire wall climbing sheep

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We came across this little shrew busily chewing on an obviously tasty leaf and took very little notice of us as we busied ourselves taking his/her photo.

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Cute

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Abermawr

 

Dinas Island Pembs.

With the “Navigator” back from enduring high temperatures in Cyprus, today’s walk although with blue skies, there was a dramatic shift in the mercury.

Our destination was a walk taking in Dinas Island on the coast and a walk inland to obtain good views of the coast.

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Route

The car was parked at Pwllgwaelod and we walked clockwise around the headland. One could be forgiven for assuming global warming had gone mad as the highest point was Pen Y Fan. My last time up to Pen Y Fan I distinctly remember it was in the heart of the Brecon Beacons with no coastal view!

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Pwllgwaelod beach

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The other Pen y Fan

 

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Cwm yr Eglwys

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Cyclamen

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What is left of the church following a storm

From Cwm yr Eglwys we headed south crossing the main Fishguard road and onto Bwlch Mawr to the viewpoint for a lunch stop and fine views of the coast.

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Here’s the link about the fund

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Aberbach

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Westerly winds!

After food our route was west to the coast and back to the car.

 

 

Newgale

The 31 October and here we are walking in shirtsleeves. Today’s venue was a circular walk based on Newgale,  Pembrokeshire.

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I was surprised to see a reasonable surf breaking with a couple of surfer dudes out enjoying themselves. With the tide ebbing we walked onto the beach  to Pwll March and then cut up along a rather overgrown path to Pen Y Cwm.

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North Newgale Beach

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We turned up a road past some houses and continued along a path which the further we went the wetter it became until we hit a minor road.

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Where did I leave that tractor?

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Here we turned south until the village of Roch was reached and where we had lunch in the village play area.

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Suitably rested we continued on tarmac in a south westerly direction until we came to the coast at Nolton Haven and then north following the coast path back to Newgale.

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Nolton Haven

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A chimney which is all that remains of a coal mine

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Whilst in Roch I received a very curt text from my wife who was clearly not best pleased that I had treated myself to a slice of home made Christmas cake which she was keeping for a good friend. A similar incident took place a few years ago. I can report that the cake was delicious.

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Stackpole Quay

The “Navigator” had decreed that today we would head for the coast with a little inland to start with and so we parked up in the National Trust car park at Stackpole Quay.

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Route

The day started out a bit damp but brightened up as the day progressed. From the quay we headed towards Barafundle Bay and then inland to cross the estate and onto Bosherton Lily Ponds.

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Looking down to Stacpole Quay

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Stackpole Head

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Looking toward Barafundle Beach

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One of the ponds/lakes

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Eight Arch Bridge

We stopped for lunch on a piece of high ground overlooking the ponds and the lilies which were still in bloom.

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Two of many orchids

From here the path led down to the beach at Broadhaven South with views of Bishop Rock in the bay.

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Broadhaven  South

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Church Rock

The walk now was along the coast path with views of Stackpole Head and then down and across Barafundle Bay and back to the car.

 

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Looking down into a huge collapsed cave

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We saw choughs, a kestrel and a gannet. The latter was diving for food just off Church Rock.

 

Freshwater West and Angle Circular

Andy and Fran were down in Paradise (aka Tenby) for the Easter Break and with Thursday looking particular fine weather wise, Andy and I drove to Freshwater west on the Pembrokeshire Coast for a circular walk.

Click on any links for further information.

Route (the start is not shown but it is the car park at the north end of the beach)

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Freshwater West Tide in

In my kayaking days we spent many a day kayak surfing off the beach and it was here that I discovered that a capsize in a rip tide sent one out to sea and not back to shore!

The weather was indeed excellent with shirt sleeves being the order of the day. I take the clarity of the sea around this coast for granted but Andy a Sheffield lad thought the sea was grey whilst growing up on the east coast and realised on a scout trip this was not so everywhere.

 

The above photos are not the most welcoming.

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We spotted a number of choughs flying around the cliffs but no seals today.

Lunch was had next to a dismantled gun emplacement overlooking Rat Island before carrying on to West Angle Bay. We had a choice now to shorten the walk by walking along the road through Angle or carrying on around the coast – the latter won.

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East Blockhouse – looking for the Armada

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Thorn island

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Possibly importing gas

As we turned the corner near Thorn island the Milford Waterway appeared with a number of ships moored up probably carrying oil or LPG gas. A new visitor centre had opened recently at Chapel Bay where renovation of a defence installation was now open to the public.

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Carrying on around the coast we passed a pub which was doing a good trade with patrons enjoying a drink on the outside seats – we declined and walked on through Angle and back to our car via a footpath cutting across a newly ploughed field. This would be a mudfest after rain.

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Angle Church

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Quiet moorings

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Freshwater West – tide out

The day ended back in Tenby where we met up with our wives and a big plate of fish and chips.

 

 

 

Tenby and Penally

Mad dogs and Welshmen go out in the mid day rain!

Only two walkers today. Mrs Navigator is on a spending spree in London, Chris has man flu and Paul had suggested I check the weather forecast, he had!

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And so it was just The Navigator  and I  who parked up in Tenby, at least the parking was free. Suitably togged up we set off to walk through Tenby now quiet compared to the busy summer period. Near South beach we walked alongside the golf club and turned off to walk through Kiln Park Holiday Park.

In one of the many old kilns we stopped for a coffee.

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From here we headed inland to follow footpaths into Penally.

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Ruin cottage overlooking Penally

A welcome bus shelter was found where we had lunch before deciding this was madness and we headed back to Tenby. However just to be perverse our inward journey was along a wet and windswept South beach with a good surf running.

 

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It’s nice in the summer

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A possible shelter

Apart from one brave dog walker, whose collie was clearly in its element we had the beach to ourselves.

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Colourful homes overlooking South Beach

A rather steamy car ride  soon had us back into Carmarthenshire. I can’t, wouldn’t dare speak for The Navigator but I enjoy these wilder days as long as I know a warm home is waiting at the end of the day.

The shortage of photos is due to the awful weather.

Gwaun Valley Pembrokeshire

Following a spell of grim weather our little group were feeling the effect of cabin fever and despite a poor forecast for Monday a walk was on. The destination being the Gwaun Valley.

Mrs Navigator took the sensible option and stayed home whilst The Navigator, Paul, Chris, Daisy the Dog and I hoped for the best.

It did not start well for me as my usual organisational skills were found wanting when I found that my boots had been forgotten. I had to make do with the old, tread-less trainers I was wearing, I was going to get wet feet that was guaranteed.

Our route

The walk started on a good woodland track and IF there had been some sunshine it would have shown off its autumn colours. We stopped for a coffee above the Afon Gwaun before heading away from the river heading east and then south to Tregynon and more woodlands.

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Tregynon

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Waterfall near Tregynon

Waterfall near Tregynon

Near Llanerch we joined a minor road passing Pwll y Broga and then near Banc y Rhyd cutting down to again follow a woodland path to Llanerch and the minor road back to the car.

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

An outdoor kitchen for a local primary school

An outdoor kitchen for a local primary school

We passed the famous Gwaun Valley pub, the Dyffryn Arms but known far and wide as Bessies where beer is still served from a jug.

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Bessies

Despite the drizzle, overcast day and my very wet feet it was good to be out.

Abercastle Pembrokeshire

Today’s walk (5/10/15) was a coastal walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path based at Abercastle.

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Abercastle

We walked inland to start and soon came across the cromlech Careg Sampson. From here we headed south west to the village of Trefin where we stopped for a coffee break.

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Careg Sampson

The route headed west taking in Ynys Barri – The Navigator thought of my childhood where visits were made to Barry Island the seaside resort not that far from Cardiff.

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We were now back on the coast path and headed back to Abercastle via Porthgain.

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St Brides Pembrokeshire

With the Navigator back from another foreign trip our Monday walks are back on.

The decision for this Monday was, in his words “an old fashioned coastal walk”.

A circular walk from St Brides, first inland and then back along the coast taking in Marloes Sands, Martins Haven, Musslewick and back to the car, almost 11 miles.

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Mrs Navigator was not with us as she was nursing a bad back, so it was Paul, myself and him. Leaving Carmarthen it was pouring down but we had to believe the forecast which told us that Pembrokeshire would be bathed in sunshine – it was.

We parked the car in St Brides and headed inland towards Marloes Village where we had our first coffee break.

St Brides Church

St Brides Church

Ready for planting

Ready for planting

Thatched cottage Marloes

Thatched cottage Marloes

There is a clocktower here to the memory of Baron Kensington

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Clocktower Marloes

From here we continued south passing through the old second world war airfield to the coast at the eastern end of Marloes Sands from which the tide was slowly retreating. A steep  descent to us to the beach where there numerous dog walkers, most other popular beaches in Pembrokeshire  have dog restrictions until the end of September. We now had blue skies and with a good surf running it was idyllic, Pembrokeshire at its best. Nowhere better for a lunch stop.

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Skokholm

Marlois Sands

Marloes Sands

new OS markers in case of navigation error

new OS markers in case of navigation error

Marlois beach

Marloes beach

breaking surf

breaking surf

Rock formation

Rock formation

More rocks at Marlois beach

More rocks at Marloes beach

Looking back to marlois sands

Looking back to Marloes sands

From Marloes Sands we climbed back up to the coastal path looking out at the islands of Gateholm and Skokholm.

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Gateholm and Skokholm

The path leads on to Deer island and around to Martins Haven and the view of yet another island, Skomer. At Martin`s Haven we met Iolo Williams the Welsh TV naturalist just back from a diving break.

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Deer Park

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Skomer

He may well have been filming the seals and their pups of which there were many in the inaccessible  coves.

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Seals and pups

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New seal pup

The sea views were just fantastic in the clear air, Pembrokeshire never fails to impress.

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Martins Haven

Martins Haven

The other wildlife spotted were choughs and gannets.

A cracking day.

St Davids

Our friends, Paul and Angela, had not walked one of our favourite stretches of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, a circular walk from Caerfai Bay taking in Porthclais and St Davids, and on a lovely warm day an introduction was made.

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We were lucky to park next to the cathedral despite it being a busy day and started the walk with a coffee and cake at the tourist information centre.

From here we walked down to the coast path at Caerfai Bay and turned to walk west. A stop was had at St Non’s to visit the chapel and view the alleged health giving spring.

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The walk has magnificent views of cliffs and the clear blue sea. we saw people enjoying the area in kayaks, rock climbing and a group coasteering.

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Porthclais soon came into view and we clambered down to the harbour wall and walked along the sand to the road leading into St Davids.

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We had hoped for lunch at the Farmers Arms, but they had just finished serving food. However we were directed to their sister pub just up the road, The Bishops. where we were refreshed with local ale and food.