Warren Farm, Warren, SA71 5HS

Weekend 7 (1 & 2 July) with overall difficulty: 134

Starting at Trefin on 1 July at 10 am and walking 13 miles to Strumble

Summary

This route feels very remote indeed, especially as you approach Strumble. There are some super little beaches en-route and some spectacularly high cliffs, which also mean that it’s quite strenuous.

The route

  • Head out on the Coast Path as it winds its way round high cliffs to the quaint little cove at Abercastle.
  • If we have ooompf we’ll take a short inland detour to see Carreg Samson, an exposed burial chamber with an enormous cap stone
  • The coast west of Abercastle is rugged and interesting. Before long you reach the tranquillity of Abermawr beach, an idyllic sun trap, well sheltered from the prevailing winds
  • Just around the corner, at Aberbach, is where a local farmer caught a mermaid, according to local folklore
  • Just past the inaccessible beach at Pwllcrochan, the path climbs a long way up to the ridge above Pwll Deri. The views are spectacular
  • Just before you reach the youth hostel at Pwll Deri, you can walk through the old farm on the right to go to the summit of Garn Fawr. It’s steep, but the views over the Pencaer Peninsula are worth the effort
  • A good downhill section follows. The path to the lighthouse is rocky, with a few uphill gradients, but it’s mostly downhill
  • A little reed filled vale is particularly pleasing, not long before the finish
  • Strumble is a great place for watching passing seabirds, especially in spring and autumn as migrating birds are passing. It’s also a popular place for spotting porpoises

Tides

Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft
1 Sat
05:39 1.93 6.3 4.16 13.6 11:42 5.68 18.7 3.76 12.3 17:58 2.15 7.0 3.54 11.6

Distances

Aber Draw (Felin) to Abercastle : 3 miles, (4.8 km)  
Abercastle to Aber Mawr : 3 miles, (4.8 km)  
Aber Mawr to Penbwchdy : 3 miles, (4.8 km)  
[Pwllderi towards Penbwchdy] : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Pwll Deri. to Strumble : 3 miles, (4.8 km)  

Overall difficulty: 71

Starting at Strumble on 8 July at 10am and walking 13 miles to Pwllgwaelod

Summary

This could be described as The Last Invasion Trail, as it’s where the last invasion of Britain took place. This route can be quite taxing as it’s both rugged and undulating, but there are plenty of opportunities to take breaks. A detour into Fishguard is obligatory to see the last invasion tapestry.

The route

  • Walk eastwards over some pretty rugged and undulating cliffs. One bay named Aber Felin Bay is particularly popular with Grey Seals. You can see as many as a dozen lounging about on a sunny day
  • After about 2 miles, you come to a monument on Caregwastad Point. It commemorates the failed last invasion of Britain, when a force of French conscripts scrambled ashore in 1797. A more difficult landing place would be hard to find!
  • Another 2 miles brings you into the cliff top village of Goodwick, overlooking Fishguard Harbour. Follow the road down to the village centre
  • Proceed along The Parrog or seafront and head up the steps on the far side
  • The Coast Path bypasses Fishguard town centre, by following the cliff edge, but we might turn inland after the cannons to head into Fishguard for lunch and to see the Last Invasion tapestry in the Town Hall
  • Once you’ve thoroughly explored Fishguard, head down the hill to Lower Town. This quaint old harbour was where Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’ was filmed in 1971
  • Walk up the hill, alongside the main road, until you get to the car park. A short distance from here is Fishguard Fort, complete with the cannons that fired on the French ships, forcing them to land their troops at Carregwastad.
  • After a few miles, you reach a caravan park. Walk straight through the middle.
  • Before you reach Pwllgwaelod, there’s a lovely little secret beach with steep paths down and up again the other side.
  • Pwllgwaelod is a nicely enclosed, gently shelving beach. The refurbished old pub behind the beach is a perfect place to end the walk.

Tides

Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft Time Height Range m ft
2 Sun
00:08 5.77 18.9 3.62 11.9 06:39 2.18 7.1 3.59 11.8 12:43 5.47 18.0 3.30 10.8 19:03 2.33 7.6 3.14 10.3

Distances

Strumble Head to Carnfathach : 4 miles, (6.4 km)  
Carnfathach to Harbour Village : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Harbour Village to Goodwick Parrog : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Goodwick Parrog. to Lower Town : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
Lower Town to Fishguard Fort : < 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Fishguard Fort to Aber Grugog, Penrhyn : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  
Aber Grugog, Penrhyn to Headland West of Hescwm : 1 mile, (1.6 km)  
Headland West of Hescwm (Aber Bach) to Pwllgwaelod : 2 miles, (3.2 km)  

Overall difficulty: 63

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