Richard Hayward

Richard Hayward Deceased

Guidebook Information
Coast to Coast Walk



Pembrokeshire Coast Path Guide
Of Dragons and Wildflowers



Explore the coast of South Wales, blanketed with wildflowers each spring.  Visit woollen mills, ancient tombs, a reconstructed Celtic village, and St. David's Cathedral.  Discover the beauty, history, and people of Wales.  B&B list, pub notes, maps, etc.
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Guidebook Excerpt:

Pwll Deri to Trevine (9 or 11 miles). . . . The next mile and a half to Penbwchdy Head is a high-level, level walk along the edge of the 200-foot Pembrokeshire Plateau. The path becomes stony under- foot and rises slowly to the viewpoint above Penbwchdy Head. It threads between farmland and cliffs, providing a natural rock garden for wildflowers, sea birds and even butterflies. The undulating farm fields that sweep inland from the coastal cliffs require a wide-angle camera to capture their full effect. There is no access to this stretch of the coast by road. Those who stay on the road -- one mile inland -- remain unaware of the spectacular scenery available just over the hill.

At Penbwchdy Head itself, a short detour onto the headland will bring you to a small circular drystone wall shelter of mysterious but modern origin. It is an impressive example of a simple drystone wall about 12' in diameter -- and may tempt you to try one in your own backyard! It works equally well as a windbreak, campsite or picnic spot, although not as a rain shelter since it is roofless. (Add a roof to the one in your backyard, and create a "Welsh gazebo.") Although modern in origin, the rough stone structure manages to capture the spirit of old ways in an ancient land. Because stones are real, things made with them seem to have existed forever. This ingenious little shelter is no exception.

Several paths lead across Penbwchdy Head. Just keep the water on your right and the fields on your left, and you'll be fine.

Having risen slowly to the viewpoint above Penbwchdy Point, the coast path now descends slowly to Pwllcrochan Bay where there are two steep sections. The first descent needs more steps. The second down and up can be avoided by an unofficial short cut. Turn left at the stile, hop across the small stream, and follow the wire fence to join a path obviously used by locals. However, the initial crossing of the stream and scramble up beside the fence are for the nimble-footed only.

Next comes a gentle mile-long stroll around to the two sheltered pebble beaches of Aber Bach and Aber Mawr. This stretch is delightfully level and smooth underfoot. The first cove -- smaller of the two -- is my favorite. It seems to evoke creativity in people -- whether in the form of baby stonehenges on the beach, or eccentric sculp-tures tucked into the cliffside as collages of colored stones, coat hangers and old bed springs.
Also recommended:

Landranger Map #157 (St. David's...) 


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