When the sun is bright on an autumn morning it is time to put all else aside, grab the boots and a picnic and head to the coast.
We drove to Nolton Haven, nestling on the edge of the sand on St Bride’s Bay in Pembrokeshire and on the old Pilgrims Route to St Davids. The Haven was used by smugglers in the old days, ideally suited to them by the protection of the surrounding cliffs.
The walk took us up past the Mariners Inn, turning right past the old chapel and following the lane up the hill.
We noticed the seaward wall of the chapel and couldn’t believe the effect the weather has had; we imagined birds and mice sheltering in the nooks and crannies.
We wanted to turn onto the coastal path but the walk actually follows the lane for a further mile to Druidstone Haven (named after a Norman named Drue, not after a Druid!) where you will notice the Eco House; referred to by the locals as the Teletubby House (really named ‘Malator’ and owned by an MP).
We took the footpath through the dunes towards the beach, and then turned right up the steps to the cliff path.
I saw these little toadstools; do you know what they are? – there were many scattered clumps along with wild scabious.
We followed the coastal path back to Nolton Haven. What wonderful panoramic views stretching towards St Davids in the North.
This walk is only about 2 miles but there is some climb involved. It is half of a figure-of-eight, starting at the public car park behind The Mariners Inn. The idea was that, after our picnic, we would walk the second loop which leads to the old stone and brick ruins of the old colliery. However… arriving on the beach, lying on the sand with a picnic, enjoying our siesta in the sunshine, we felt too relaxed to carry on! Another day…
This walk was from a collection in a book by John Fenna called ‘Heritage Walks in Pembrokeshire’, ISBN 1-95058-574-1. It doesn’t seem to be in print anymore but if you can find a second-hand copy, it really is a lovely and easy-to-follow book.
Map: OS Landranger 157 St Davids & Haverfordwest: 860 186
Easy parking in the public car park, along with public toilets. The Mariners Inn serves food. Ice creams and cold drinks on sale just above the car park.
This walk – or the full figure of eight version – is a good one for taking in the views from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path when staying in one of our holiday cottages in Nolton Haven.