Tenby and Penally

Mad dogs and Welshmen go out in the mid day rain!

Only two walkers today. Mrs Navigator is on a spending spree in London, Chris has man flu and Paul had suggested I check the weather forecast, he had!

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And so it was just The Navigator  and I  who parked up in Tenby, at least the parking was free. Suitably togged up we set off to walk through Tenby now quiet compared to the busy summer period. Near South beach we walked alongside the golf club and turned off to walk through Kiln Park Holiday Park.

In one of the many old kilns we stopped for a coffee.

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From here we headed inland to follow footpaths into Penally.

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Ruin cottage overlooking Penally

A welcome bus shelter was found where we had lunch before deciding this was madness and we headed back to Tenby. However just to be perverse our inward journey was along a wet and windswept South beach with a good surf running.

 

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It’s nice in the summer

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A possible shelter

Apart from one brave dog walker, whose collie was clearly in its element we had the beach to ourselves.

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Colourful homes overlooking South Beach

A rather steamy car ride  soon had us back into Carmarthenshire. I can’t, wouldn’t dare speak for The Navigator but I enjoy these wilder days as long as I know a warm home is waiting at the end of the day.

The shortage of photos is due to the awful weather.

Gwaun Valley Pembrokeshire

Following a spell of grim weather our little group were feeling the effect of cabin fever and despite a poor forecast for Monday a walk was on. The destination being the Gwaun Valley.

Mrs Navigator took the sensible option and stayed home whilst The Navigator, Paul, Chris, Daisy the Dog and I hoped for the best.

It did not start well for me as my usual organisational skills were found wanting when I found that my boots had been forgotten. I had to make do with the old, tread-less trainers I was wearing, I was going to get wet feet that was guaranteed.

Our route

The walk started on a good woodland track and IF there had been some sunshine it would have shown off its autumn colours. We stopped for a coffee above the Afon Gwaun before heading away from the river heading east and then south to Tregynon and more woodlands.

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Tregynon

Tregynon

Waterfall near Tregynon

Waterfall near Tregynon

Near Llanerch we joined a minor road passing Pwll y Broga and then near Banc y Rhyd cutting down to again follow a woodland path to Llanerch and the minor road back to the car.

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

An outdoor kitchen for a local primary school

An outdoor kitchen for a local primary school

We passed the famous Gwaun Valley pub, the Dyffryn Arms but known far and wide as Bessies where beer is still served from a jug.

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Bessies

Despite the drizzle, overcast day and my very wet feet it was good to be out.

Abercastle Pembrokeshire

Today’s walk (5/10/15) was a coastal walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path based at Abercastle.

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Abercastle

We walked inland to start and soon came across the cromlech Careg Sampson. From here we headed south west to the village of Trefin where we stopped for a coffee break.

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Careg Sampson

The route headed west taking in Ynys Barri – The Navigator thought of my childhood where visits were made to Barry Island the seaside resort not that far from Cardiff.

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We were now back on the coast path and headed back to Abercastle via Porthgain.

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Abercastle

St Brides Pembrokeshire

With the Navigator back from another foreign trip our Monday walks are back on.

The decision for this Monday was, in his words “an old fashioned coastal walk”.

A circular walk from St Brides, first inland and then back along the coast taking in Marloes Sands, Martins Haven, Musslewick and back to the car, almost 11 miles.

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Mrs Navigator was not with us as she was nursing a bad back, so it was Paul, myself and him. Leaving Carmarthen it was pouring down but we had to believe the forecast which told us that Pembrokeshire would be bathed in sunshine – it was.

We parked the car in St Brides and headed inland towards Marloes Village where we had our first coffee break.

St Brides Church

St Brides Church

Ready for planting

Ready for planting

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Thatched cottage Marloes

There is a clocktower here to the memory of Baron Kensington

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Clocktower Marloes

From here we continued south passing through the old second world war airfield to the coast at the eastern end of Marloes Sands from which the tide was slowly retreating. A steep  descent to us to the beach where there numerous dog walkers, most other popular beaches in Pembrokeshire  have dog restrictions until the end of September. We now had blue skies and with a good surf running it was idyllic, Pembrokeshire at its best. Nowhere better for a lunch stop.

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Skokholm

Marlois Sands

Marloes Sands

new OS markers in case of navigation error

new OS markers in case of navigation error

Marlois beach

Marloes beach

breaking surf

breaking surf

Rock formation

Rock formation

More rocks at Marlois beach

More rocks at Marloes beach

Looking back to marlois sands

Looking back to Marloes sands

From Marloes Sands we climbed back up to the coastal path looking out at the islands of Gateholm and Skokholm.

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Gateholm and Skokholm

The path leads on to Deer island and around to Martins Haven and the view of yet another island, Skomer. At Martin`s Haven we met Iolo Williams the Welsh TV naturalist just back from a diving break.

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Deer Park

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Skomer

He may well have been filming the seals and their pups of which there were many in the inaccessible  coves.

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Seals and pups

New seal pup

New seal pup

The sea views were just fantastic in the clear air, Pembrokeshire never fails to impress.

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Skomer

Martins Haven

Martins Haven

The other wildlife spotted were choughs and gannets.

A cracking day.

St Davids

Our friends, Paul and Angela, had not walked one of our favourite stretches of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, a circular walk from Caerfai Bay taking in Porthclais and St Davids, and on a lovely warm day an introduction was made.

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We were lucky to park next to the cathedral despite it being a busy day and started the walk with a coffee and cake at the tourist information centre.

From here we walked down to the coast path at Caerfai Bay and turned to walk west. A stop was had at St Non’s to visit the chapel and view the alleged health giving spring.

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The walk has magnificent views of cliffs and the clear blue sea. we saw people enjoying the area in kayaks, rock climbing and a group coasteering.

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Porthclais soon came into view and we clambered down to the harbour wall and walked along the sand to the road leading into St Davids.

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We had hoped for lunch at the Farmers Arms, but they had just finished serving food. However we were directed to their sister pub just up the road, The Bishops. where we were refreshed with local ale and food.

Moylegrove

“The Navigator” had resumed our normal Monday walking as THE PROJECT was nearing the end of the hard landscaping. Today’s walk was a circular walk based on Moylegrove and would take in part of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and some inland walking.

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We had a full house today with the addition of Paul, Chris and his dog Daisy.

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From the car park it was an uphill start and then a small error as we followed a lane which used to lead to the coast but has now been diverted. We soon got back on track and a welcome elevenses was had overlooking the “Devils Cauldron” a collapsed cave. We used to canoe into this underneath an archway leading from the sea.

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We shared our break with a number of grey horses some of whom seemed keen to share in our food, they were out of luck.

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The walk continued steeply down to walk close to the water feature and then up. Anyone who may think the coast path is “flat” is in for a surprise. The coast path took us into Ceibwr Bay where we crossed a lovely slate bridge across the stream.

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The path gave fabulous sea views and many rock formations. We were treated to sights of a flock of choughs and a kestrel quartering the cliffs. One of the path signs had us scratching our heads as it mentioned the Appalachian Trail. But here is the answer

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We had lunch before turning inland and heading south back to the car in Moylegrove. Daisy was clearly becoming a little warm and sat for a while in a little stream.

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The Pembrokeshire coast never fails to please

Porthclais Circular (near St Davids Pembs)

It appears that summer may have arrived. It was certainly a glorious day today. With “The Navigator” back in charge of routes, a walk in Pembrokeshire was chosen.

He was still on the look out for suitable plants for his project and the walk would be partly inland near wet areas and then back to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to close the circle.

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We parked in the National Trust car park in Porthclais and headed east on a footpath through Porthclais Farm and onto the entrance of the Warpool Hotel. Here we turned towards St Davids and then on the footpath leading to a converted mill (shown roughly as Water Mill on the map).

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We walked along a quiet lane before turning north on a footpath to Ffynnon Llygad, a path which warns of wet ground, but following a dry spell it was not too bad. We did see lots of yellow flag iris, orhids and ragged robin.

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Another lane was joined and we turned west and then onto a path which led to the coast at Porthselau. Here we saw some brave children, albeit in wetsuits enjoying the waves.

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The coast path was alive with spring flowers including thrift, squill, foxgloves and a low lying flower similar to gorse.

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Whilst on the path we spotted a kestrel hovering very close to the cliff and whilst “Mrs Navigator” was taking a photograph a young blue tit landed on her camera! We also saw gannets out to sea looking magnificent as they folded their wings and dived into the sea, and there was one seal. My camera didn’t capture any of these, but perhaps “Mrs Navigator” will email hers to me and I can then edit this post.

A lunch stop was taken near Point St John and we continued around the coast with views of Ramsey Island across the sound.

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At St Justinians the scenery suddenly appeared somewhat industrial with a huge crane and a floating rig. These are temporary until the new Lifeboat station is built. There is also an experiment taking place using the currents of Ramsey Sound and an underwater turbine. In contrast there is the ruin of the medieval chapel where it is said the remains of St Justinian is buried.

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The route took us past some sea arches and other rock formations until we turned inland through Treginnis where there is a city farm.

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The coast path was rejoined at Porth Henllys and the views were just stunning. “The Navigator” continued a recent precedence and he bought us ice creams as a fitting end to an excellent day out.

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Trelerw (Pembs)

With Mr and Mrs Navigator up to their welly tops in major landscaping and needed to be home in the week to give instructions to the digger drivers, our weekly walk took place on Sunday.

The weather continues to be fine, although there was a keen wind blowing today. Our venue was near the hamlet of Trelerw a small valley between Solva and St Davids with a convenient National Trust car park.

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The walk took us down to the coast path and at Nine Wells we headed inland to the old RAF aerodrome, which is now a nature reserve,with glorious bright yellow gorse and lots of cowslips.

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Cowslips

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We joined a minor road which led us the outskirts of St Davids and down to the coast at Caerfai Bay

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As in my last post the spring flowers were blooming everywhere.

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With April’s weather continuing to be dry and warm I managed to persuade my better half to visit one of our favourite walks.

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This entails a circular walk based on St Davids with a pub lunch in the Farmers Arms.

We started from Caerfai Bay and walked west along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and had our first stop at St Nons Chapel.

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The spring flowers were indeed blooming but despite being a volunteer in the National Botanic Garden of Wales I am hopeless with plant names.

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On the way back to the car we called in the information centre where they are holding a celebration of Alfred Russell Wallace and his part in the discovery of evolution through natural selection.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Russel_Wallace

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Pwllcrochan

They are back and and there is no longer any danger of becoming lost.

We headed first for Pembroke so that the “Navigator” could look at sheds. With that accomplished we drove to Pwllcrochan to start our walk.

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The car park was  adjacent to the Church of St Marys which apparently is owned by Texaco.

 

We headed south east to overlook the Pembroke river and further to the Milford haven waterway. from here we turned to the west and had lunch near to Angle Bay.

 

 

Following our lunch the coast path was joined and the route took us north around the headland where we viewed the austere Fort Popton, which is now a private property owned by Texaco.

 

The coast path was joined again which led us back to Pwllcrochan via the Nature Reserve.