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Dale to St Martins [5.43 miles]

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The Route

The Walk
We had planned to complete this walk last April but were forced to cancel it due to the Endurancelife competition which appears to be held her every year in April. This was the penultimate section for Sue and Stu to walk to complete (most of) the Pembrokeshire Coat Path. We had decided to omit the sections which ran round the Milford Haven gas terminals, but who knows - maybe we'll have a change of heart and walk this final bit next year.

Four of us (Ginny's husband Brian accompanying us for the first time as Geri had decided to spend a day with her sister) set off from the free parking spot near the Gan just outside of Dale and walked into the village then headed out to Westdale Bay. Just as we were arriving at the bay we met a distraught lady who had been walking her dog and who had contrived to lose her iPhone! We kept our eyes peeled but never saw a trace of it.
Westdale Bay
We made the climb up out of Westdale Bay onto the cliffs and we were soon skirting the edge of the former RAF Dale. It's quite remarkable how much of the concrete

Our walk eventually took us to Marloes Sands - almost deserted apart from the occasional dog walker and looking in pristine condition.
Marloes Sands with the islands of Gateholm in the foreground

and Skomer in the far distance

As we reached the far end of Marloes Sands, the footpath descended with a delightful array on wild flowers on either side, and with the prospect of another climb up the other side where we paused for our lunch break.
The wild flowers bordering the coast path at Marloes Sands
Stu and Brian set the world to rights
Looking back at the descent we had just made
Gateholm Island - almost an island with

Skokholm in the distance

We carried on, now on the top of the cliffs passing en route Albion Sands, Rainy Rock and Deadman's Bay and a mist covered Skomer island now came into view

We rounded the headland and made for the almost deserted car park at Martin's Haven. A quick trip back to Dale to meet up with Geri and Ginny , then it was time to say farewell to Sue and Stu who were facing the long drive home followed tomorrow with an even longer drive to Switzerland.