PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH 2015-
Porth Clais to Whitesands - [6.71 miles]
Day 2 of this visit and we're off to walk one of our all time favourite sections of the coast path. This walk has a bit of everything with plenty of ups and downs; great habitat for the inevitable stonechats and wheatears; offshore islands and of course sealife of all kinds, but mostly seals in Ransey Sound. The every present new lifeboat house at St Justinians has proved to be quite a spectacle over the last two years, and on our last visit the house was open to visitors. Sadly on our visit the lifeboat was away towing a broken down fishig vessel back to Fishguard.
We set off from Porth Clais - the tide was in for a change and as we gained the cliff tops and headed towards Porthlysgi Bay the sun came out. It wasn't long before we spotted the St Justinian's lifeboat heading across the bay just beyond the island of Carreg yr Esgob (Bishop's Island).
The St Justinian's lifeboat passing Carreg yr Esgob
Grassholm Island on the horizon
We continued to Porthlysgi Bay where the path takes us right down and onto the beach where we paused to take in the beach art.
The peninsula of Carreg Frân in the foreground
with Carreg yr Esgob beyond and the distant southern tip of Ramsey Island beyond
Beach art at Porthlysgi Bay
We stopped shortly after leaving Porthlysgi Bay for a coffee break, sitting on a convenient wall and watching the lifeboat crew training in the bay.
The St Justiian's lifeboat crew ttraining in Porthlysgi Bay
We were soon rounding the headland and got our first view of Ramsey Sound and the island
As we walked northwards we saw numerous Barrel Jellyfish (Rhizostoma Octopus) close to shore, lazily wafting their way towards the near shore.
Barrel Jellyfish in Ransey Sound
A little further on, the now completed lifeboat station came into view. The old slipway is now used by local sightseeing boats to board passengers.
The old and the new lfeboat stations
>The large red sandstone natural arch near to Castel Heniff
We were now looking for somewhere to stop for lunch. Although the weather was fine, there was a chilly wind blowing from the north west and so after we'd passed St Justinians, the search was on. We eventually found a pleasnt and sheltered spot which we took ownership of, much to the dismay of a large party of walkers who pitched up about 10 minutes after our arrival.
The final part of our walk took us along the cliff tops to Whitesands Bay.