PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH 2010-2014
Today we're hoping for some decent weather. We set off up the hill out of Porthgain and stand like a load of lemons by the white harbour entrance marker.
The obligatory pose
The white navigation marker at Porthgain
The Island of Ynys-fach - looking towards Trefin
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We spent a few the ruined Melin Trefin, an old corn mill at Trefin which served the community inthe 19th century.
The ruined corn mill at Trefin
We climbed up and away from Trefin and above the bay of Above Aber Draw there are disused mining buildings and a convenient place to stop for a coffee as the sun came our and warmed us up.
Ynys-fach has an arch
Coffee break at the old mine workings
A great view when drinking your coffee
Plenty of work to do on this stretch of the coast
We we were now back on top of the cliffs again as we headed roughly east and north for Abercastle. Pyll Llong is a small bay overlooked by high cliffs. We spotted a number of seals and their pups in Pwll Olfa. One particularly advanced pup was swimming around with its mother which we all found quite enchanting.
Pwll Olfa bay in the foreground
followed by Pwll Llong then Pwll Whiting
A juvenile wheatear danced along the path ahead of us
and posed on this gate
Mother and pup in Pwll Olfa bay
We headed towards Pen Castell-coch, a distinct peninsular connected to the mainland by a narrow neck.
Pen Castell-coch headland
& the ruins of Castell Coch
A natural arch with the island of
Ynys Duellyn in the background
Looking back at Pen Castell-coch headland
Descent into Abercastle
We dropped down to the pretty creek leading to Abercastle. The bay is guarded by the small island of Castle Island (Ynys y Castell). Between the island and the mainland Strumble Head can be clearly seen.
A view of Strumble Head from Abercastle
We were now getting hungry but had a spot of bother finding an odour free location for our lunch - the cliffs at this point are quite protected from the wind and we passed field after field of brassica type crops which whiffed quite a bit. We eventually found a bank beside the path and settle down to eat.
Finally we arrived at the shingle beach at Aber Mawr.
Almost at Aber Mawr looking back the way we came
Looking ahead to Trwyn Llwynog
Aber Mochyn in the foreground with
Porth Glastwr behind
All set at Whitesands Bay
After the superb weather of yesterday, today's was just a little disappointing. We parked at Whitesands Bay, posed for the obligatory mug shot, and then set off along the coast path following the path we took in June (when it rained). Soon we spotted the first seals of this holiday.
Looking back to Whitesands Bay
Ahh...seals n pups
It was pretty blustery round St David's Head and we were soon heading down and away from it and looking forward (and up) to Penberry - an impressive hill that was right in our path.
On the way we found a convenient wall which sheltered us from the strong breeze and had our coffee then set off to climb over Penberry - not quite up to the summit, but a good long pull up the hill. It was with relief that we paused for a moment to re-group as we looked back at St Davids Head.
St David's Head looks a long way back
t's hard not to exclaim over the geology
"There they are" Sue spies more seals
Now we had a good long steady downhill stretch and along the cliff tops, stopping every once in a while for more seals and their pups before we arrive at Abereiddy.
The final descent to Abereiddy
It seems ages since we were last down here and it's good to team up with Sue and Stu for another bit of the coast path. This time we're starting on a piece of path that Geri and I walked 4 years ago on our very first visit.
We first made our way to Stack Rocks - not without incident when Emily, our sat nav threw her toys out of the pram and tried to send us into the Castlemartin Camp!
The Green Bridge of Wales
Before we left Stack Rocks, it was a good opportunity to show Stu & Sue the Green Bridge of Wales.
Then we drove to Stackpole Quay and set off.
We're on our way
looking east along the coast to the red sanstone cliffs
It was a glorious day with sunshine nearly all the way - blue sky enhanced the sea and a gentle breeze kept us cool as we walked along the coast path.
Our first stop was the beautiful Barafundle Bay - almost deserted today with just a handful of people about as we came down the stone steps onto the sands and walked below the dunes to climb back up onto the cliffs.
We stopped for a coffee near to Raming Hole and shortly after comtinued along the path to peer into Sandy Pit on our way to Broad Haven South.
Broad Haven South
The lagoon at the entrance to Bosherston Lily Ponds
As we came down onto the beach we remarked on Church Rock in the Bay itself. At the rear of the beach was the lagoon marking the entrance to Bosherston Lily Ponds which we are gong to visit next spring (all being well).
We crossed the sands and as we did Geri spied a couple of beached jellyfish as we made our way across to the steps leading upwards and on to St Govan's Head.
St Govan's Head
We were ready for lunch by the time we arrived at the steps leading down to the 13th century dimunitive St Govan's Chapel, so we counted down the 75 steps to the chapel floor, then passed through to the rocky cove below where we sat in the sunshire for a break.
St Govan's Chapel
Targets on Castlemartin Range
It was time to the final stretch along the Castlemartin Range to our desination. We passed Huntsman's Leap (still a difficult concept to take on board) then Saddle Head and the Castle headland. Finally, the Green Bridge of Wales came clearly into sight. We were walking near to targets on the range on our right, and exclaiming over cliff geology on our left - quite bizarre. Bullslaughter Bay backed by high limestone cliffs was our next port of call. Strange that no one knows whether the name refers to a happy bull, or a cattle slaughter area.
Moody Nose point in the foreground with Stack Rocks
& the Green Bridge behind
Finally we re-visited the Green Bridge, now looking slightly different to our view of it first thing this morning.