All around the Marloes…..

Lovely day from dawn to dusk – oh this is how every summer should be! Today we went down to the Marloes and our first visit was Musselwick Sands, having parked up at Marloes Beacon, this was a shortish walk across fields and then down some steps etched into the black rock.

The beach is breathtakingly beautiful and because it is a bit off the beaten track, there is only space for about 4 cars, otherwise a couple of miles walk from Marloes, it was practically deserted.

As the tide was low we were able to go onto the second beach, which we had to ourselves.

So Poppydog could chase around after the gulls as I paddled along this spectacular beach before taking 5!

Poppydog taking 5 too!

After a couple of hours the tide was cutting off our private beach so we decided to move on.

A couple of miles up the road to the NT car park at Marloes Head and a walk to Martin’s Haven where the boat trips to Skomer Island set off.

From there up to the lookout station at Wooltack Point with spectacular views to the right, towards Newgale

Out to sea towards Skomer Island and beyond

We continued along the coastal path, southwards and yet more stunning scenery created by these fabulous rocks, all named but too many to mention or indeed identify!

Arriving at Gateholm Island with a little show of the sandy beach that is Albion Sands, though it does not appear to be accessible from the cliffs above.

And finally around Gateholm Stack to take a look at Marloes Sands, yet another remote beautiful sandy beach.

Just a tad too far for us to explore properly and enjoy – will have to save that for another day.

On the drive back, I had to stop and take this beautiful glittery scene over Newgale Sands.

Two thoughts of the day:

We could happily spend a couple of months to explore Pembrokeshire fully, the beaches are plentiful and stunning.

The site is full again for the weekend but surprisingly doesn’t seem to attract families!

The Havens a trio of delight….

Another cloudy start to the day, but the sun won through by about lunchtime, by which time we were in our way to a quick visit to Broad Haven.

A lovely sandy beach (no dry sand so I guess, no high tide beach, as with many of the beaches along this stretch), probably busy in the summer as quite built up around but Broad Haven looks to be a nice resort. After a stroll along the front we headed back northwards along the very narrow road that follows the coast to Druidston. There is parking for about 10 cars along the side of the road around the valley leading to Druidston Haven and wow – what a beauty!

A beautiful sandy cove, pretty waterfalls down the rock face, little piles of stones in the most tucked away inlets and crystal clear, warm turquoise seas.

This beach is quite remote, with no houses around and just a small hotel up on the cliff top, however a few other people had found this beach but there was plenty of beach to go around and we spent a lovely few hours enjoying it.

A couple of miles further down the road, we popped down onto Norton Haven, another pretty mostly sandy cove with lovely warm welcoming waters. The beach was a bit busier as there was a car park, a few houses and cafes but lovely and warm.

Another lovely day!

Two thoughts of the day:

I wonder how busy these small little remote beaches get?

Still a lot of beaches to explore here in Pembrokeshire- do I whizz around those in south Pembrokeshire or save them for a return visit? Hmm!

A pretty little harbour village called Solva….

Cloudy start to the day, but the afternoon cleared up nicely and it was warm with a light breeze so perfect walking weather. We parked up in a lay-by (I dislike paying to park the car) at the top of Solva, which is a pretty little village of freshly painted cottages, running along either side of the main coast road (A487) down a narrow and steep valley. I am so pleased that I read the Caravan Club directions which suggest avoiding this road when towing!

The little harbour runs quite a way inland and as we were planning to walk up the coastal path on the opposite side of the valley, Poppydog had a quick swim and play in the river before we set off.

And then it was a steep hike up the path, rewarded by a pretty view back down on the main part of the village and up the inlet, which is well used by smaller craft.

We followed the ridge along to the neck of the harbour and then the steep path lead down to the sheltered little cove of Gwadn.

From here it was another steep climb (note to NT – footbridge would be much appreciated!) up the other side, before the path sort of levelled out as we meandered along the cliff edge with grazing land to our left and fab sea views to our right.

We reached our destination as the sun was winning the battle only to realise that the two bays of Porth Gwyn and Aber-West are only accessible by sea or a serious bit of abseiling!

Never mind, we found a rock to sit on and enjoyed the view from above!

A nice circular route back was via open farmland and shrubby valley footpaths.

Then back down to the river for a dip and play for Poppydog and a drink for me.

Walking back up to the car, via the footpath gave splendid views up and down the inlet with all its flotilla.

And this very pretty, freshly painted cottage sitting at the top of the footpath!

Two thoughts of the day:

I don’t need the TV on to know the current score!

OK so I’ve given in – now watching extra time! Come on England – make us proud!

Newgale Sands watching the tide come in….

Breezy and cloudy start to the day, it actually felt a little chilly! Unperturbed we layered up and made an early start with a short drive to Newgale, found a large lay-by on the main road to park in, by which time the sun was out to stay and I was overdressed!

We wandered across the moorland down to the beach, which is sandy, backed by a stony ridge of sea defences and goes on and on!

The middle of the beach is subject to a summer dog ban but the still left us plenty to enjoy and of course there was a plentiful supple if Poppydog sized pebbles got her to chase, bury, dig up and whatever else!

The water was lovely and warmish (let’s be honest the sea is never warm!) as it had been heated by the sun across the shallows as we paddled along the beach. As the tide came in we took a walk along the back of the beach before heading back to camp.

Two thoughts of the day:

If you had a bike and weren’t squeamish about cycling along the narrow lanes you would not need a car to enjoy a holiday here.

To be fair if you weren’t trying to visit every beach you wouldn’t need a car or a bike!!

Porth Clais and Porthlysgi Bay….

Another stunning day, so off to the NT car park at Porth Clais we went. Porth Clais is a pretty long narrow natural harbour, today with crystal clear blue waters.

After a quick dip for Poppydog we ventured up the coastal path, heading north and were immediately blessed with stunning views along the coastline.

Out to sea this area is scattered with islands and rocky outcrops, adding to the beauty of this glittery seascape.

Along the path there were many opportunities to look down the rock face into the deep blue sea and on one such rock face we spotted somebody enjoying their solitude behind a huge pink umbrella!

Around a couple of headlands, the footpath started to wind its way down as we neared Porthlysgi Bay.

Here we took a break on the mostly stoney beach, enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and a cooling paddle before making the return journey.

On our way back, a family were enjoying jumping off the harbour wall at Porth Clais into the clear sea – I’m not in the slightest bit brave, but it did look appealing – ah well we’ll make do with another paddle from the slip!

Two thoughts of the day:

All the beaches we have visited since arriving at this site, are within walking distance of St David’s (max 2 miles) – another reason why St David’s gets my vote as the best city!

Surprised not to see more kayaking around these pretty little coves and islands.