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Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Section 2- Tenby to Freshwater East

By Dave Roberts   

on September 11, 2011    4/5 (1)

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Section 2- Tenby to Freshwater East

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20.03 km 386 m

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Activivity Type: Moderate Walk

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Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Section 2- Tenby to Freshwater East

Day 2 of the Pembrokeshire Coastal path takes you from Tenby to Freshwater East. Make sure you’re up to date with the firing times at the firing range, or you might find this walk more exciting than expected.

Route Start  Dinbych y Pysgod OS Map Required Public Transport Bus Services
Route End  Cyffylliog Difficulties?  n/a Facilities Plenty en route

I found myself at the wrong side of this town, so i had to walk through it again to get to the coastal path. I didn’t find it particularly touristy, but busy. It’s definately a well presented town despite the tourism, and was pleasantly surprised. Beware though that there are no indicators I found in the town of where the coastal path goes. So making for the promontory the castle lies on, i eventually made it to the North Beach. Second mistake of the day was made by following the path alongside the railway and then a section of main road before returning to the shore. Walking the beach would have been much better.

Like Rhode Wood yesterday, it was on leaving this beach that the walk proper started. Giltar Point is an excellent viewpoint back to Tenby, and you need to scramble a little to get to the actual point. This is also a rifle range, Penally, which has a number that you can ring 01834 845950 to see if they are firing. Some rather large red flags are placed at entry points on firing days, so it should be pretty obvious that they’re active.

The coast here isn’t dramatic, but the views are good. Lydstep Haven is a large park for chalets, with a private bar for residents, so move on. Towards the end of the beach, take steps right and up the hill. The path junction left is pretty obvious, and the path continues in an up and down roller coaster over to Skrinkle Haven. There are steps leading down to this beach, and would be an ideal place to stop for a break. There’s also a youth hostel here (Manorbier), where peole were today playing many hand drums.

Further military presence must be passed, the Marorbier Camp, but again it’s all clearly signposted, and following a pleasant coastal path youre soon in Manorbier. It’s meant to be a quiet beach, but was packed today (the curse of the School holidays). A small diversion leads to the carpark noted on the map and there was fortunately a van selling welcome drinks, though expensive.

Pull up the hill, and through someone’s garden before continuing on to Freshwater East. There’s only Swanlake Bay, where I had to stop to tend to burning feet. It was something to do with buring my insoles on a woodburner the previous night, and having to use bog standard insoles wasn’t bearing well for my feet. It was a quiet beach, with plenty of jetsam washed up making it a little tatty. A final up hill took me up and over West Moor Cliff and then down to Freshwater East’s wide beach.

It was a little busy here, but my feet appreciated a cooling paddle. It was a much better walk than the previous day, and a quick look at the ongoing route shows that it gets much quieter from this point onwards. This initially busy section would certainly make you appreciate the wilder parts a lot more.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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