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PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH 2010-2014

Lydstep to Saundersfoot [10.2 miles]

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Day 3 and we drove back to Lydstep; parked our car in the National Trust Car Park and walked round Lydstep Point then dropped down and negotiated a complicated path through Lydstep Haven Caravan Park;


Lydstep Haven

past Proud Giltar and through the gates onto the firing range on Giltar Point where we eventually stopped for coffee looking across the South Beach towards Tenby.

Caldey Island
above 2 photos courtesy Mike Starr

Panorama of Giltar Point
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Panorama of Tenby from Giltar Point
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We took the long descent from Giltar Point and came out on South Beach and walked towards the forbidding Fort St Catherine where we climbed up on to Castle Hill to watch the comings and goings of the ferry to Caldey Island and the almost Bank Holiday like atmosphere that was Tenby.

We went round Castle Hill passing the harbour and walked along the sands of North Beach. We left the beach via a flight of knee-punishing steps and started to climb First Point, Second Point and Bowman's Point - stopping in a shady seating area for lunch on the way.

From this point the path becomes even more undulating (or as one member of the group styled it "uppy and downy") mostly in woodland with the occasional path along the cliff top. We finally rounded Monkstone Point and thankfully the final descent to the beach of Saundersfoot Bay where we walked along to the Harbour and ice creams all round. It was tempting to do another mile or so to the start of the Pembroke Coast Path - but common sense prevailed. It only remained for us to wait for the bus back to Tenby where Mike tried really hard to upset the 'locals' and a second bus back to Lydstep. 10.2 miles for our final day and 31 miles for the three days.

Because we're worth it
photo courtesy Mike Starr


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East Trewent to Lydstep [8½ miles]

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Our Bed & Breakfast location

Day 2 and we set off after a full breakfast from East Trewent and picked up the coast path where we left off; through Freshwater East, eventually ending up climbing out and up West Moor Cliff to Swanlake Bay when we spied the way down and sat on the rocks and had coffee.

Panorama from West Moor Cliff of Freshwater East
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Panorama of Swanlake Bay
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Then it was up East Moor Cliff where Manorbier Bay revealed itself. Lots of people here (it was half term and a Sunday to boot) and the weather just perfect.


Manorbier Castle dominates the bay

As we climbed out of Manorbier Bay Mike contrived to do a spectacular dive into the brambles which mercifully prevented him from slipping down the adjacent cliff. Had he managed to get into the piked position he would surely have rated a perfect 10! Not long after this excursion this sign became ever more frequent.

The thought of lunch prompted us to drop down the 165 steps to Precipe Bay where 3 of us took off our boots and socks and went for a paddle. Beryl was even more adventurous and prepared herself for a swim! But the water was absolutely freezing and so we contented ourselves with a cooling paddle and then lunch.


Getting ready to paddle
photo courtesy Mike Starr

Panorama of Precipe Bay
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OK - so what are we supposed to do?

The 165 steps back up weren't too bad and we soon got to the top; skirted Manorbier Camp and headed via Skrinkle Haven...


Skrinkle Haven

... to Lydstep Point where we headed up to the village of Lydstep; along the main road and down into Manorbier where we found our B&B. Another good day and 8½ miles.


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Stack Rocks to East Trewent [12.3 miles]

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The Route

The Walk

We arrived in Pembrokeshire at about 9.30am - shortly after a most horrendous thunder storm with torrential rain and lightning had visited the area - fortunately by the time of our arrival it was light rain with sun breaking through. The arranged taxi took us to our start point and at 10.30am on a rather cloudy morning we set off on our 3 day adventure from Stack Rocks car park.


Ready for the off

A cautionary note

Our first port of call was the Green Bridge of Wales which, for a first glimpse of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, took a bit of beating.


The Green Bridge of Wales

Then we entered the Castlemartin firing range and headed east. It would be unfair to pick out any particular bay which stood out as spectacular as each time we came across another bay we just stood and stared in wonder, however of particular and scary note was Huntsman's Leap.


Huntsman's Leap
photo courtesy Mike Starr

By the time we reached St Govan's Chapel we were ready for lunch - so we dropped down and examined the building after which we descended further and had our lunch on the rocks. The sun was hot and we soon took off our waterproofs and fleeces and warmed up nicely.

Panorama from St Govan's
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After packing up and climbing back to the to it started to spit with rain. The nearby black clouds persuaded us to put all the waterproofs back on again after which rain accompanied us to Broad Haven South when the sun came out again. Beryl said it would be a shame to miss Bosherston Lakes and so we took the path that went round the lakes


Beryl waterfowl spotting at Bosherston Lake
photo courtesy Mike Starr

and then continued on our way rounding Stackpole Head and descending onto the beach at Barafundle Bay where we sat in the dunes and had coffee.

Panorama of Barafundle Bay
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Looking back to Barafundle Back
photo courtesy Mike Starr

The coastline by now had become more undulating and the path narrowed and at times was very close to the edge of the cliff. We passed through Stackpole Quay and continued east and soon our destination came into view. Unashamedly we cut across the neck of Trewent Point and headed towards our excellent B&B at East Trewent having covered 12.3 miles.


Freshwater East - not far to go now
photo courtesy Mike Starr


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