Walking The Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Sunday, 27 June 2010
This was a short break away to celebrate my birthday and a chance to do some walking in beautiful scenery. We were later starting out than we intended and so did not arrive at the Newport Links Hotel until 4.10. Still, that left us enough time to walk around the bay and along part of the estuary.
Monday, 28 June 2010
We set off after breakfast along the path, which actually crossed the golf course, in a northerly direction. This is the most challenging part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and we found that it lived up to its reputation. We found it hard going with the number of descents to sea level and then back up to the top of the cliffs. We planned to walk out for two hours and back for two but after an hour and a half we decided enough was enough and turned round. We were meant to be enjoying ourselves. The flowers were stunning as was the view. We enjoyed some moments watching Stonechats. We arrived back at the hotel at about 11.35 and set off for Fishguard to buy petrol and a few other things. After buying petrol we headed for Tenby but got stuck in a long traffic queue caused by some road works so we turned round and headed back to Fishguard where we bought various things including the OS map I thought I was not going to buy. Then back to Newport. From there on to Poppit sands where we walked the length of the beach for about an hour, much of it in rain. From there we drove to St Dogmaels and back through the lanes to Newport Golf Links. We stopped off at Gethsemane (Burial Chamber nearby on the OS map) but it was not a village of note.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
11.15 Started walking from Cwm-yr-Eglwys. Walked around Dinas Head to Pwllgwaelod and then along the wheelchair footpath to Cwm-yr-Eglwys where we had lunch sitting on a seat in the churchyard. This is a really pretty place which I would be very happy to some back to. If we do this walk again I would do it the other way round and take the route across the fields from 009411.
1.25 Drove on to Strumbles Head via Fishguard, Penmeddyn, Rhosycaerau, Pontiago. Parked in the car park near the light house. Apparently, there were seals basking on the rocks nearby but we didnít see them.
2.15 to 4.15 walked the coast path in a south easterly direction and back. Stunning views and stunning weather. Hot sunshine and much clearer than in the morning. Saw a Wheatear, three Turnstones, three Choughs, a Linnet and any amount of various gulls including three Gannets flying in formation...an afternoon for birds in threes. Also saw lots of butterflies that would not stay still to be photographed and lots of flowers that did.
Drove back to Fishguard and found the tourist information place and picked up a leaflet about the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
5.30 Drink sitting outside on the patio looking at the stunning view. Took some photographs of Dinas Head in the silver mist.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path photos here.