PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH 2015-
Our final walk on this short break was a bit of an experiment. As the bus service was still running the winter timetable, we were unable to make use of the Puffin Shuttle today, and so we decided to do a 'there-and-back' walk. Starting from Porth Clais and going as far as St Justinian's - then an about turn and back the way we came.
The weather started where it left off yesterday, a little overcast but with the prosprect of an improvement later. We set off from Porth Clais noting that the tide was well out, and turned right and started heading towards St Justinian's. The weather was bright and cool - just right for walking and we set a reasonable pace along the coast path.
The natural arch between Ogof Lie-sugn & Ogof Golchfa
As we left Porthlysgi Bay (complete with dead seal) we became the centre of interest.
Geri being monitored by the locals
The island of Carreg yr Esgobb
Looking ahead to Porthtaflod Headland
Ramsay Island just visible beyond
We continued around the headland towards Porth Henllys with the weather slowly improving all the while as Ramay Island came into view. The gorse was stunning and once again I was reminded of the flavour of hot cross buns, while Geri favoured the coconut option. As we turned to our right we could see that the tide was making quite a current through Ramsay Sound, and as we approached Carn ar Wig we decided that a sheltered spot would be perfect for our coffee break, and maybe would serve for lunch when we returned.
Panorama of Ramsay Island
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We were preparing to leave when a male seal appeared alongside the shore just below us. Clearly he was having as much trouble making progress against the tide as the tourist rib was having at The Bitches near Ramsay Island.
Tourist rib examines The Bitches
As we rounded the headland we got our first view the works that has recently started on the replacement lifeboat station and slipway at St Justinian's which is costing a cool £9.4m. The St David's new Tamar Class lifeboat RNLB Norah Wortley, for which the new station is being buit was purchsed in 2013 for £2.7m, and lies at anchor offshore.
Work under way for the new lifeboat station
with RNLB Norah Wortley in the foreground
We continued to St Justinian's and eventually arrived at the new works building site. The coast path has been diverted for the duration f the construction and which should be complete in 2016
Building the new lifeboat station
Artist's impression of the new lifeboat station
We sat for a while in th sun watching the comings and goings of workers who appeared to be in the process of pouring concrete for the piles to support the walkway down to the new station. Meanwhile, visitors were waiting on the slipway of the old lifeboat house to board their boats for a trip to Ramsay Island.
We then turned around and started to head back to Porth Clais. Back through the diversion and onto the coadt path once again. Even though we had only just come in the opposite direction, it felt like a completely different walk, and gave us encouragement to try this kind of walking again. We continued to retrace our steps and again stopped at Carn ar Wig for our lunch only pausing en route to inspect yet another two arches we had missed on our outward walk.
The arch near Ogof Mary
and another near Ogof Felen
Reluctantly we set off to complete our walk and remarking that as the sun was now out how different the rocks and bays looked compared to a few hours earlier.
It was as we were rounding Porthtaflod and climbing I spotted a movement out of the corner of my eye. It was an adder, and as I turned to point it out to Geri it disappeared. Then, as we watched, it reappeared and slithered further off the path and into the undergrowth.
Panorama of Porthlyslgi Bay & island of Carreg yr Esgobb
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We were now very nearly back at Porth Clais. There were a lot more people on the path than there were earlier, and as we turned the headland to Porth Clais we stopped to have a chat with a couple who were heading out onto the coast. The tide was now in and made Porth Clais look completely different to 5 hours earlier.
We really enjoyed our walk with Sue and Stu last year, and as the weather was looking reasonable, we decided to do it again. As before we left Dale and took the road up the hill but this time our attention was drawn to the 'wood art' beside the road.
After about 350 yards we turned right onto the footpath and headed over to the signal tower/beacon light at Watwick Point. We continued towards the three signal/beacon towers at West Blockhouse Point where we stopped for a coffee on a convenient stone bench as we did last year.
Primroses at Castlebeach Bay
At a point in Mill Bay known as "Harry's Carthouse" in the last 12 months, the coast path has collapsed, necessitating a diversion.
The location of the collapsed section
The collapsed section of the path
We crossed the fields towards the lighthouse and turned left through the gate following the coast path to Westdale Bay where we left the coast path briefly to find a quiet sheltered spot for our lunch.
Geri remarked on the lace effect the sea made on the sand
at Westdale Bay
Finally we then turned away from the coast path across the neck of the penninsula and back to the car.
The first day of our 2015 ventures onto the Pembrokeshire Coast path found us once again re-visiting the walk from St Brides. The bus was on time and we were soon deposited near to the coast path and set off.
It was a glorious day with the sun shining and clear blue skies. There was a cold wind blowing onshore which kept us very comfortable, but at times it felt quite chilly.
We revelled in the walk today and it seemed that in no time we were approaching Little Haven and started meeting people walking in the opposite direction. One couple told us how bad the weather had been the day before and that this was the first day they were seeing the bay properly.
Violets everywhere on the path
We continued through Little and Broad Haven, and after stopping at a convenient bench for our lunch, continued on our way to Nolton Haven. We again stopped to chat to a couple who told us about an interesting walk through Haroldston Woods which we though we might just try if the weather turned iffy.
On the way to Nolton Haven
We eventually reached Nolton Haven- still in sunshine and having enjoyed our early start from Bucknell to walk this wonderful stretch of path again.