Pen Anglas headland walk

Pen Anglas, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire

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Coastal heath and stunning geology at Pen Anglas headland, Pembrokeshire © Sid Howells

Coastal heath and stunning geology at Pen Anglas headland, Pembrokeshire

Beautiful lichens thrive on the rocks at Pen Anglas headland, Pembrokeshire © Andrew Tuddenham

Beautiful lichens thrive on the rocks at Pen Anglas headland, Pembrokeshire

Try walking barefoot on the Pen Anglas headland walk © Karel Mujica

Try walking barefoot on the Pen Anglas headland walk

Discover spectacular geology on the National Trust headland at Pen Anglas © NTPL/Joe Cornish

Discover spectacular geology on the National Trust headland at Pen Anglas

Route overview

A circular walk off the coast path from Goodwick across rugged coastal heath, reaching the stunning volcanic rock formations at Pen Anglas headland. Great views across Cardigan Bay and a barefoot walking path make this a family-friendly adventure walk into the wild.

Route details

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Route map for Pen Anglas headland walk
  • Directions
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  • Bus stop
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  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Turning circle at Harbour Village, grid ref: SM948392

  1. Follow the Pembrokeshire Coast Path from the turning circle at the end of the road at Harbour Village. The path descends steeply and can be slippery after rain.

  2. At the wooden hand gate, turn left and head northwards. Keep an eye out for passing ravens and peregrine falcons.

  3. The path reaches a wooden kissing gate with a National Trust omega sign ('Pen Anglas'). Don't go through this gate - bear right instead, keeping the post and wire fence to your left. Follow the path for 325yd (300m) to a stile.

    Show/HideFishguard Bay and Goodwick harbour

    The 900m long breakwater for Goodwick harbour stretches out from the cliffs below. The harbour was opened in 1906 and for a short time was a transatlantic port.

    Coastal heath and stunning geology at Pen Anglas headland, Pembrokeshire © NTPL/Sid Howells
  4. Cross over the stile into the National Trust land and follow the path through the heather and gorse towards Pen Anglas. The route passes close to two small fields that were enclosed with dry stone walls some 200 years ago.

    Show/HideCoastal heath

    The heather and gorse of the coastal heath is pruned and checked by strong wind, salt spray, grazing cattle and occasional fires.

    Beautiful lichens thrive on the rocks at Pen Anglas headland, Pembrokeshire © NTPL/Andrew Tuddenham
  5. At an old shipping navigation marker post, turn right to follow the firebreak path for 300yd (270m) towards the sea.

    Show/HideCoastal heath and barefoot walking

    Awaken your senses with some barefoot walking along the firebreak path between Direction 5 and 6. The worn path along the centre of the firebreak is soft and peaty with a scattering of low vegetation, grit and rocky outcrops. Watch your step and be prepared to get dirty. You'll make a direct connection with the wild spirit of the place and tick off one of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

    Try walking barefoot on the Pen Anglas headland walk © NTPL/Karel Mujica
  6. Follow the line of navigation markers to Pen Anglas headland. The harbour fog siren is housed within the small brick building. You might see grey seals in Pen Anglas bay, to the west.

    Show/HideThe volcanic landscape at Pen Anglas headland

    Volcanic rocks surround the fog siren. Below the stone obelisk lies a section of six-sided basalt columns of the type also seen at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and on Staffa in the Hebrides.

    Discover spectacular geology on the National Trust headland at Pen Anglas © NTPL/Joe Cornish
  7. Retrace your steps. Carry straight on past the navigation marker at Direction 4. Head across a grassy area to re-join the Pembrokeshire Coast path before gently climbing inland.

  8. Follow the coast path by turning left at the overgrown remains of a dwelling (Crincoed). The grassy path runs for 65 yd (50m) to Direction 3, the kissing gate with a National Trust omega sign ('Pen Anglas'). Retrace your steps back to Harbour Village.

End: Turning circle at Harbour Village, grid ref: SM948392

 © NTPL/Joe Cornish
  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2 miles (3km)
  • Time: 1 hour to 2 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 157
  • Terrain:

    A well-maintained but naturally uneven coastal path which can get muddy after heavy rain. Cliff edges and rocky terrain near point 6 - keep children and dogs supervised. The coast path has some sharp gradients, a stream crossing, stiles and kissing gates. Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead, as the walk passes through grazing areas for cattle and ponies.

  • How to get here:

    • By bike: NCN Route 4 Fishguard 1 mile (1.5km), see Sustrans
    • By bus: 410 - Fishguard Town Service stops at Harbour Village
    • By train: Fishguard & Goodwick station 1 mile (1.5km), National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950 www.nationalrail.co.uk
    • By car: A40 or A487 to Goodwick. Take turning to Harbour Village from Goodwick square.

     

  • Facilities:

    • Free public car park at Harbour Village
    • Pubs, cafes and public toilets in Goodwick, 1 mile (1.5km)

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