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Pembrokeshire Walking Holiday 3th - 6th July 2013

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This trip to Pembrokeshire turned out to be the best so far and we made 4 walks In total and also some good carns were climbed in the process. The Pembrokeshire Coast is a national Park and was established in 1952, it is known for its spectacular Coast line that I can confirm is one of the most rugged and wild I have seen to date. It is famous for its rare Wildlife, Neolithic barrows, burial chambers and huge golden beaches, with some dramatic Cliffs thrown in for good measure. The purpose of this trip was to join up some previous tracks and complete a large section of coastline we left from our last trip down there in 2012. Also we have family down in Haverfordwest and was good that we could visit them in the process. We walked nearly 37miles with an Elevation gain of some 2,420 metres so I can confirm that these walks are hard going also with the recent heat we have been having, sometimes it made for hard work.

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Campsite Info
We took a new tent this time and hoped for some grand weather, however when we were putting it up the weather was grim and it was a bit gusty, we persevered and finally got it up without problem, however there were some colourful language in the process. We tried a new site by the name of
Lleithyr Farm (loc) near to the City of Saint Davids, it turned out to be a great site with loads of facilities for both campers and caravans etc, a good little shop was on site that provided plenty of provisions. The best bit of the site was the location near to the rugged coastline with the huge Carn Llidi virtually in the back garden.

The Trip and Transport Info
As I wrote the purpose of the trip was to complete a section of Coastline between Fishguard and Saint Davids. On a previous trip we walked from St Nons bay (
Loc ) to just north of Carn Perfedd (Loc). This trip was different as we used public transport so instead of walking rounds we could do straight lines and cover far more distance. The rugged coast line is covered by an excellent bus service that runs regularly and costs very little to use. We used the city of Saint Davids as a base and it made for a short walk from the camp site to the bus stop. The Bus service to use is the 404 Strumble Shuttle that runs from Saint Davids to Fishguard with a lot of stops in between to drop you off. You catch the bus in Saint Davids in (Loc) New Street but please check the timetable when you get down there, a lot of walkers use this service and you can soon find help catching the bus.

The Walks

The First Trip.
The Strumble Shuttle took us to the small village of
Trefin where we soon picked up the coastal path and headed East to the village of Porthgain. Back in the 1900's they used the port to transport Slate, much later when this industry had finished they turned to brick making if you look around the port you can still see buildings from the historical heritage . After a while and some hard cliffs to get around we arrived in the old quarry of Abereiddy a place we have visited before, this small quarry was next to the sea and when they finished extracting the slate the flooded the area and it now forms the place called the blue Lagoon. After again more cliffs we started to get near to the first big Carn on route "Penberry" (Loc) much further to the south than Carn Llidi (Loc), Penberry had a good path towards the summit however a little scrambling was required to reach the top, which had spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Our legs were getting tired now as we made our way south East of the flanks of Llidi and down towards the Youth Hostel (Loc) which was near to the campsite, a truly great hard walk, a few pints of Fullers 1845 to put back vital energy reserves was needed back at base camp.

The Second Trip
Trefin to Strumble head Lighthouse
The light house remains one of our favourite places and it is remote in its location but is worth the drive down some very narrow roads to get there.
Strumble head lighthouse (Loc) was constructed in 1908 and stands at 17m tall, its light from the huge mirror can be seen some 26 nautical miles in clear weather and guards a very dangerous stretch of sea, (at least 60 ships have been lost around the area), the lighthouse is now unmanned and was fully automated in 1980. After a good look around we again headed south along the well trodden path towards Carn Fawr (Loc) at 213m its a good climb to the top and one we have done twice before on previous trips. Apart from the lovely views and wildlife the only village you come across on this walk is Abercastle, this village again is a small harbour and they traded in slate & Grain, and is also famous because it was the the landing point for a Sailor called Alfred Johnston and and he single handedly sailed from America to wales in the first atlantic crossing

Third Trip.
The third walk started again at the lighthouse and we headed east along the coast towards the fishing & Ferry port of
Fishguard. This was the hottest day of our trips and it was a scorcher,with temperatures well in the mid twenties, this made for hard work along the route as it was very up and down cliff walk. I think the hot weather made the seals bask on the rocks and we spotted over Thirty. We have visited Fishguard before a few times but we had a while to have a look about and find out some history. It was the the scene of the Battle of Fishguard the last French invasion of England in 1797, some 1400 troops landed along the coastline at Carregwastad Head (Loc), it lasted only a couple of days until the fresh surrender that was signed in the Royal Oak pub.

Forth Trip
A small walk was needed to kill some time before we had to pack up the tent. Carn Llidi is a good little climb with a bit of scrambling to do before you reach the summit point at 181m in fact watch your step near to the top it can be quite dangerous. Carn Llidi stands as a great view point and you can see for miles at the top, we wanted to visit the summit near to sunset time but never got around to it.

Wildlife around the coastline.
A vast varied amount of wildlife can be seen around the coastline both in and out the water. Wild Foxgloves are everywhere and a huge population of birdlife can be seen. We spotted Stone Chats , Sedge Warblers,Gannets, Oystercatcher Buzzards, and Kestrels . Seals were also spotted in vast numbers along the coastlines we think they were grey seals but we are not certain as they look the same when we consulted our books back home.

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