PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH 2015-
Once again, Geri was lumbered with trying to sort out our holiday let. Very generously she drove us to Penally where we set off quite close to our end point of a couple of days ago. We weren't able to pick up our route from our last walk as it was a weekday and the firing range was active.
We crossed the railway lines and headed up towards the entrance of the Penally Range; following the fenceline west towards Valleyfield Top.
Penally Range and the view back towards Tenby
We headed to Frank's Shore on our way to Proud Giltar. The cliffs here are really rugged.
Proud Giltar with Lydstep Haven in the distance
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Lydstep Haven was ahead and the huge mobile home holiday site. I can recall last time we passed through we got slightly muddled so decided where possible to stick to the sea shore this time.
We negotiated peaceful Lydstep Haven, walking along the beach for the most part. We found it amazing that so many of these homes had build complex wooden verandas so that owners got an unobstructed view of the sea. Some of these constructions looked quite scary and we wondered of any of them collapsed!
Manorbier Camp was looming on the horizon, so we stopped at Horseback for a quick coffee break before we continued towards the camp. An information noticeboard nearby advised us that the camp trains soldiers to fire high velocity missiles over the sea at remotely controlled Banshee aerial targets. (adding helpfully) When firing is taking place you may hear the drone of the Banshee and the loud bangs of the missiles. Well for quite some time we had heard lound bangs, and so we wondered if we might even see/hear a Banshee.
Skrinkle Haven came next with its interesting cliff arrangements.
Skrinkle Haven with Manorbier Camp on the headland
As we got really close to Manorbier we heard this strangge noise - we saw this 'aircraft' coming from the east just over the cliffs, and suddenly the engine cut out. We were amazed - this was a Banshee, and we saw it all happening in front of us!
This is how the Banshee 'lands'
We continued round the camp, having to go inland to do this, and then stopped for a while after we discovered where these drones were being launched from. As we passed by the camp we could see them being worked on and being towed round to the launch site.
Banshee being towed to the launch area
Open air workshop
Banshee launch area
After passing the camp, the cliffs changed quite dramatically to red sandstone as we approached Manorbier and the castle.
Looking back from Precipe to Manorbier Camp
we saw a couple of Banshees being launched during our time there
Looking ahead to Priest's Nose headland
Manorbier Bay and the Norman castle
As we climbed back onto the cliff tops after passing through Manorbier, Freshwater East could be seen in the distance. The walking was quite easy here, spending ost of the time on the cliff tops, but with the occasional up and down.
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Having passed the beautiful Swanlake Bay we rounded one more headland at West Moor Cliff and arrived at Freshwater East. Our final walk of the year.
Disappointingly, Geri was unable to join Sue, Stu and me for our walk today. Problems with our self-catering accomodation meant that she volunteered to man the telephone whilst the catastrophic events of the previous day were to be sorted out.
We drove in convoy to our finish point west of Tenby at Penally where we parked Stu's car in the station car park. Then we drove to Amroth to a convenient car part within a spit of the start of the coast path.
Sue contemplates the grey green sea
It was a dull sort of day and we needed no encouragement to step out and get on with the walk. In a shortish distance from the start we entered one of 2 tunnels lit from the floor with red led lights. Quite spooky and we remarked that inside these tunnels there was no exchange of "Hello"s with other walkers passing the other way.
Approaching the first tunnel
It didn't seem like it was that long that we entered Saundersfoot and I was put to the test to find a way through the town to the next section of the coast path. In the event we made it through without incident.
We continued along the coast path and came to a decision point at Monkstone Poijnt which, in the event, turned out to be totally wrong. Having followed other people's encounter at this point in the walk it has to be said that the sign posting leaves a bit to be desired. Suffice it to say that we started to go down (quite a long way) and ended up on the secluded Monkstone Beach.
Heading down to Monkstone Beach
nothing for it but to turn round and clim back up again
Of course, the climb back up seemed to go on for ever but eventuall we regained the coast path, and, flinging a sneer at the misleading waymarks, continued on to Tenby where we eventually stopped for a well deserved lunch on a convenient bench overlooking North Beach.
The promendade overlooking North Beach
We set off ofter our lunch and tooks the steps down onto the sands where we passed Gosker Rock which in the mists of time was once part of the cliffs before erosion eventually marooned it as a small island/rock which little boys just love to climb.
We became aware of a load of dead and most unappetising jelly fish. Sue remarked that it was hardly surprising that they weren't being eaten by the gulls as the jelly fish looked most unpleasant.
View of the two lifeboat houses from North Beach
We had hardly walk more than 100 yards when we saw a gull perched on one of the jelly fish. I have to say that its feeble pecking attempts bore out our belief that these creatures just weren't worth the effort. The gull agreed with us and soon flew off in search of something more sustainable.
A gull with high hopes
We were soon clambering round the backstreets of Tenby and eventually emerged back onto South Beach opposite St Catherin\e Island. The beach stretched away into the far distance to the west, and we plodded along, enjoying watching wind surfers being challenged by the conditions and ripping through the water at great speed.
South beach looking back to Tenby
We were looking to exit south beach at Penally. When the time came we slightly overshot our turning point, but soon found our way through the dunes. Then it was a shot matter to cross the railways lines and return to Stu's car.
Our final visit to Pembrokeshire for 2015. We had driven down from Bucknell and decideden route to our holiday accomodation in Freshwater East, to walk round DInas Head.
We arrived in good time to do the walk and had our lunch in the car park before we set off.
Soon we were up on the cliff tops and looking back at Fishguard Bay and the sands at Pwllgwaelod.
We were round the first main headlad on Ogof Hen-castell in bright sunshine, and it was getting quite hot.
We passed a few folk who were looking intently down on the shore, but although thy were convinced they were looking at a seal, a quick look through my binoculars said otherwise.
We reached the trig point at Pen y Fan and took in the glorious view, with Fishguard Bay behind us and Newport Bay ahead of us.
All we had to do was to carry on round the headland/island dropping down to Pig y Baw and the church at Cwm-yr-Eglwys.
Newport Bay and Newport from Pen y Fan
Once we had passed through Cwm-yr-Eglwys we turned right and cut across the 'neck' of the headland back to the car park and our start point.