Coasting through the Bank Holiday in Pembrokeshire   7 comments

Half Term and time for a well deserved holiday. It was a holiday of two halves, the first half being spent in Pembrokeshire, courtesy of TBF’s friend who kindly let us rent her lovely cottage in Llangwm for the long weekend.

 

Illness was in the air unfortunately. I was still recovering from a nasty virus and cough but TJS had it full-blown all through the weekend and was in very bad way. We attempted to head out on the Saturday. It looked promising with the threat of showers so we headed down to Stack Rocks. Within minutes of stepping from the car the rain arrived. It looked like a brief shower and all was sunny a few hundred yards out to sea but it rained non-stop for 18 hours. The day was pretty much washed out and we spent the rest of the day relaxing at the cottage.

The Sunday promised much better so we returned to try again as I was keen to explore more of this stretch of coast. We were without TJS who too poorly to come with us and looked really sorry for himself. Such a shame when a cold ruins a long looked forward to holiday.

Stack Rocks is a superb place with some amazing features and wildlife. The arch known as the Green Bridge of Wales is perhaps it’s most spectacular feature.

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

We also saw seals and of course the Razorbills and Guillemots that crowd the isolated stacks. The population is huge with every spare spot nested and hundreds more in the air and fishing in the sea. It’s a fantastic site

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

We strolled along the coast, the sheer edges and blow-holes are spectacular and fascinating but it makes for long walking as you hug the coast.

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

We found a fine spot amongst the wild flowers on the coast for lunch

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

TJF was slowing down and seemed to have had enough coastal walking. I was keen to explore further so TBF took her off to Broad Haven South for some beach fun while I walked the coast to meet them.

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

The coast here is absolutely magnificent, one of the finest stretches of cliffs that I know. The land side is pretty much flat but the cliffs are pretty much sheer vertical limestone pocked with caves, arches, blow holes and incised narrow inlets. The coast path official route runs a few hundred metres inland for the most part and misses all this. Most people seem to follow this route so by sticking rigidly to the cliffs and following its exact line, I had it mostly to myself

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

As befits such an intricate coast, it’s full of evocative and unusual names for the various features. Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, Moody Nose, Mewsford Point, The Castle, Newton Saddle, Huntsmans Leap, Long Matthew Point

The walking is surprisingly tough as the ground is hard under foot and the distances deceptive. Several times I had to detour the best part of kilometre to achieve a distance of a few feet.

There were a couple of these inlets where with a brave leap you could hop across the narrow sections. I declined.

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

There was one amazing headland at least a hundred metres across that had a cave all the way beneath it from one side to the other. I made a vow to return and kayak this whole section on a calm day. It would be a magnificent expedition.

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

This section was rock climbing heaven and there were dozens of people scaling the cliffs. I watched several parties of all ages having fun and the rock is perfect for climbing. Vertical but solid and lots of holds.

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

I pressed on past St Govans Chapel (nice and photogenic but swarming with tourists) and on to St Govans Head (spectacular and deserted).

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

By now I was pretty tired and footsore and as I suspected, the Funsters were starting to wonder where I was. The coastal scenery was still delivering superb vistas but I had to up to the pace to meet them before they called out the rescue teams 🙂

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

If there is s more interesting and intriguing stretch of coastline I’m yet to see it and considering the many wonders it has to offer and relative accessibility you can have whole sections to yourself. Just make sure you stick to the line of the cliffs or you’ll miss all the fun.

7.3 Miles

7.3 Miles

A cracking day was finished off with a BBQ in the tranquil surroundings of Llangwm.

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

On our last day, TJS was feeling a little better so it seemed only fair to have a lazy beach day at Marloes, one of our favourites.

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

We did nothing much except laze on the beach, re-route water flows (my personal favourite), poke about in rock pools and watch the tide come in. The weather looked on the cusp of rain for  a while but eventually it turned into a scorcher.

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

Simple pleasures today

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

The evening back at Llangwm was beautiful and calm and I spent a happy hour snapping the boats in Llangwm Pill. It really is the most tranquil place made all the more fascinating by the way the tide creeps in out, almost un-noticed. Kind of creepy in a way

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

broad haven south, Bullslaughter Bay, Flimston Bay, green bridge, green bridge of wales, Huntsmans Leap, llangwm, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Moody Nose, Newton Saddle, pembrokeshire, St govans chapel, St govans head, stack rocks, The Castle, llangwm Pill

And then it was off to our friends in the north for the second half of the match

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7 responses to “Coasting through the Bank Holiday in Pembrokeshire

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  1. Are you catching up on your posts now? They seem to be being published with an alarming regularity at the moment…………

    Spectacular coastline with wonderful photos. With two mad dogs though, we do tend to avoid walks along cliffs like that! We’re rather afraid we’d go back with less than the full complement of pets at the end of the day.

    And speaking of nasty viruses, I’m currently off work for a couple of days with what the Doc called viral tracheitis 😦

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    • Sorry to her that you’re not well Chrissie – hope that clears up before holiday season is upon us.

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      beatingthebounds
      • Thanks for that Mark 🙂 Never mind being right for the holidays though, I’m taking early retirement a week on Wednesday too – I’ve got celebrating to do!

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        • Ohhh – lucky you! Right for a very long and well-deserved holiday then.

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          beatingthebounds
          • My posts alarm you!!! What did I say 🙂

            I’m only about four posts behind at the moment. Been behind for a year now but it does give me a chance to revisit some great trips.

            Definitely a coastline to take care with the dogs. The cliffs aren’t especially high but they are very sheer indeed. Even I had some dizzy moments in a couple of spots

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  2. What a fantastic stretch of coast! I’ve always wanted to visit, what with Sean raving about the coastal path, but now you’ve reinforced that intention.

    “Are you catching up on your posts now? They seem to be being published with an alarming regularity at the moment…………”

    I can only assume that you took your ball home when England were knocked out of the World Cup and that you aren’t getting the wonderful weather we are. Or have given up on sleep.
    Impressive anyway.
    Keep them coming, you will be reminding me about what I’ve been up to!

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    beatingthebounds
    • Well worth a trip is Pembrokeshire. One or two busy spots but mostly pretty quiet and unspoilt (other than Milford Haven and its oil refineries)
      When I get a weekend at home I can normally knock out 2 or 3 posts and then post them through the following week. I have been out a few times in the sunshine.
      In expectation of certain failure I never left the house and the ball was close by my side 🙂

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