Warren Farm, Warren, SA71 5HS

Weekend 2 (13 & 14 May) with overall difficulty: 74

Start at Stackpole Quay on 13 May at 9.30 am and walk 11 miles to Warren Farm

Summary

The stage starts with the Stackpole Estate built by the Cawdor family and now in the care of the National Trust, crosses Barafundle and Broad Haven south, passes the enchanting St Govan’s chapel, a hermits cell built in the cliff at the stage end, and ends by crossing Castlemartin Range East with towering sea cliffs and stacks with The Green Bridge of Wales and Stack Rocks, before heading inland to the Farm.

The route

  • From Stackpole Quay, we’ll climb up the headland and down again to the stunning Barafundle beach, which is hardly ever out of numerous lists of the best beaches in the world
  • The easy path up to Stackpole Head continues almost on the level all the way to St Govan’s, except when it drops down to Broad Haven South. We’ll head to the back of the beach to cross the stream by the bridge at the end of Bosherston Lilyponds before walking across the beach
  • We’ll head up the steps on the far side of the beach, maybe grabbing a quick ice cream from the Slow Pig van as we pass
  • Next is the super little low-tide beach at Trevallen before an easy stroll to St Govan’s Head and down to the chapel
  • Head west on a level track past the impressive chasms of Stennis Ford and Huntsmans Leap. If we’ve got the energy, Hannah knows a decent scramble route down to Flimston, or we can stop at Bullslaughter to explore the caves
  • Take a look at Stack Rocks, teeming with nesting sea birds in May and June, and the natural arch of the Green Bridge of Wales before heading inland directly north to the farm (heading for the steeple) as the ranges west of here are out of bounds

Tides

Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft
13 Sat
01:27 1.17 3.8 5.58 18.3 07:28 6.60 21.6 5.43 17.8 13:42 1.27 4.2 5.33 17.5 19:44 6.65 21.8 5.39 17.7

Distances

Stackpole Quay to Broad Haven South : 3 miles, (4.8 km)  
Broad Haven South to St Govan’s : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
St Govan’s to Stack Rocks : 3 miles, (4.8 km)  
Stack Rocks (Range East Open) to Warren Farm : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  

Overall difficulty: 34

Start from Warren Farm on 14 May at 9.00am and walk 11 miles to Angle

Summary

This stage can be a tough route with many steep uphill sections but has some amazing views over the Irish Sea

The landscape changes as you reach the dune backed surfers paradise of Freshwater West beach, location for several Hollywood films.

The path takes you across the Angle Peninsula into the shelter of the Milford Haven waterway and views of the Napoleonic fort of Thorn Island and journey’s end at The Old Point House pub, a short walk from the village.

The route

  • From the Farm, we’ll walk the new permissive path adjacent to the road to Freshwater West, though it is a little treacherous underfoot in places
  • After a brief second breakfast at the award-winning Café Mor, we’ll walk the length of the magnificent Freshwater West before heading through the dunes and over the cliffs
  • The next section is strenuous and there are no escape routes until we reach West Angle Bay (toilets and cafe), with lots of ascents & descents, past WWII pillboxes and even the remains of an Elizabethan fort at East Blockhouse
  • The path passes the old Napoleonic fort on Thorn Island before heading east into the more sheltered Milford Haven waterway
  • The path is easy now but with quite a few stiles as it crosses numerous boundaries through bracken, late bluebell woods and across fields
  • Our destination for the day is just past the Point House Inn, overlooking tranquil East Angle Bay, so we might have a brief pause at the pub before a short walk back to the village to be picked up – though if we stay too long it might be more of a wade, as the point gets cut off at high tide

Tides

Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft
14 Sun
01:59 1.30 4.3 5.36 17.6 08:00 6.45 21.2 5.16 16.9 14:12 1.44 4.7 5.01 16.4 20:16 6.49 21.3 5.05 16.6

Distances

Warren Farm  to Castlemartin : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
[Freshwater West ] : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Freshwater West to East Blockhouse : 4 miles, (6.4 km)  
East Blockhouse to Angle Village : 4 miles, (6.4 km)  

Overall difficulty: 40

[Text paraphrased from the Visit Pembrokeshire and  PCNPA websites and various Coast Path guidebooks.]