Warren Farm, Warren, SA71 5HS

Weekend 5 (10 & 11 June) with overall difficulty: 126

Starting at Martins Haven on 10 June at 10.30am and walking 14 miles to Nolton Haven

Summary

This is Haven heaven, stringing together 6 bays with a ‘Haven’ name: Martin’s Haven, St Bride’s Haven, Little Haven, Broad Haven, Druidston Haven and Nolton Haven. It’s a relatively easy walk to start with, as there’s very little change in elevation until you pass Little Haven. It gets a bit more strenuous after.

The route

  • Head east from Martin’s Haven for 1½ miles
  • The tide should be out, so we’ll take a look at Musselwick Sands before veering round to the north.
  • After a couple of miles, we’ll turn a corner and spy both St Bride’s Haven (toilets) and St Bride’s Castle, a 19th century baronial mansion, now a plush self catering complex
  • St Bride’s Haven was the site of a Mesolithic flint factory
  • Proceed along gradually higher cliffs until you emerge onto a very short section of road
  • The path then drops rapidly towards Little Haven, finally descending steep steps to The Cobb
  • Unfortunately the tide will probably still be too far in, so we won’t be able to walk to Broad Haven along the beach to avoid the steep hill in between
  • A gradual gradient north of Broad Haven will bring us to a spectacular viewpoint at Haroldston Chins
  • We will take to the road for half a mile as we pass The Dru and the nearby hobbit house, before we head down a track to the beach
  • It’s a bit steep up the far side but it’s not sustained. It’s fairly level until we drop gently down to Nolton Haven

Tides

Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft
10 Sat
00:32 1.33 4.4 5.28 17.3 06:34 6.50 21.3 5.17 17.0 12:48 1.33 4.4 5.17 17.0 18:51 6.65 21.8 5.32 17.5

Distances

Martin’s Haven to Musselwick : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
Musselwick Sands to Tower Point : 3 miles, (4.8 km)  
Tower Point to St Bride’s Haven : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
St Bride’s to Strawberry Hill : 4 miles, (6.4 km)  
Strawberry Hill to Little Haven : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Little Haven to Broad Haven : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Broad Haven to Black Point : < 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Black Point to Druidston Chins : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Druidston Chins to Druidston Haven : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Druidston Haven to Nolton Haven : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  

Overall difficulty: 70

Starting at Nolton Haven on 11 June at 10.30am and walking 12 miles to Caerfai

Summary

This is one of the most popular sections of The Coast Path, with good reason. It’s a real rollercoaster ride, though, with many steep descents and ascents. The obvious place to take a break is the stunningly picturesque village of Solva.

The route

  • The gradient out of Nolton Haven is gentle, but don’t let this fool you into thinking this is typical for the rest of the day’s walk.
  • Not far past the distinctive ‘lump’ of Rickets Head, the path drops down to a hollow, where a tall chimney is all that remains of a coal mine.
  • Climb back up the other side and a gentle slope then takes you down to Newgale beach.
  • We’ll reach Newgale as the tide is past halfway out & dropping, so we may find that it’s possible to walk all the way to Cwm Mawr along the sand: the normal route heads steeply up hill and even more steeply down the other side
  • Several more ups and downs bring you to a pebble-backed beach just before Solva.
  • The path up onto The Gribbin from here is very steep and taxing but the view is stunning once you get to the top
  • Proceed along the ridge, past a rocky outcrop, to pick up a wooded path on the left
  • Walk along the harbour wall, right to the end, where a few steps take you back onto The Coast Path. When the path splits, take the steeper fork on the right.
  • Turn left onto the lane and past the front of the house with a turret.
  • Before long you reach the remains of a promontory fort ramparts, just before the path dips down to Porth y Rhaw. Look over the precipitous cliffs to spot the remains of three tugs that went aground in 1986.
  • Caer Bwdy, a little pebbly beach, comes next. The climb back up to the cliff top is the last of the day unless we decide to visit Caerfai beach to cool off. The south facing beach is hemmed in by steep cliffs and is usually a sun trap.

Tides

Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft
11 Sun
01:06 1.31 4.3 5.35 17.5 07:07 6.49 21.3 5.18 17.0 13:21 1.35 4.4 5.14 16.9 19:24 6.64 21.8 5.28 17.3

Distances

Nolton Haven to Newgale : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
[Newgale Beach] : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Newgale to Porthmynawyd : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
Porthmynawyd to The Gribin : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
The Gribin to Lower Solva : < 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Lower Solva to Porth y Rhaw : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
Porth y Rhaw to Caerbwdy : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  

Overall difficulty: 56

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