Marloes Sands and Mere walk

Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire

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Marloes Sands from the air © Sid Howells

Marloes Sands from the air

Gateholm, on the Marloes Peninsula © Sid Howells

Gateholm, on the Marloes Peninsula

Marloes Mere on the Marloes Peninsula © Sid Howells

Marloes Mere on the Marloes Peninsula

Route overview

A coastal path with magnificent island views and seascapes as well as a very fine Iron Age coastal fort. Inland there's the Mere with breeding and migrant wetland birds.

Route details

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Map showing the route of a 1 mile walk above Marloes sands, Pembrokeshire
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Marloes Sands car park, grid ref: SM789082

  1. From the south end of Marloes Sands car park turn right by the emergency phone, following signs to the Youth Hostel (YHA) and toilets.

  2. A short distance after the toilets, take the path to the left through a self-closing gate signposted to the beach.

  3. At the next self-closing gate you'll be able to see the islands of Skokholm and Gateholm.

  4. When you get to the coast path you'll see Marloes Sands to your left. You turn right here, and continue towards Gateholm Island.

    Show/HideMarloes Sands

    There's a glorious sweep of sand at Marloes. The cliffs are layered with grey shale and red sandstone.

    Marloes Sands from the air © Sid Howells
  5. As you come level with Gateholm, Skokholm is ahead of you with Skomer coming into view on the right.

    Show/HideViking names

    The names of some of the islands off the Pembrokeshire coast come from the Vikings who raided these shores in the 9th and 10th centuries.

    Gateholm, on the Marloes Peninsula © Sid Howells
  6. Just before the earth ramparts of the Iron Age coastal fort there's a finger post pointing back towards Marloes Mere and the youth hostel. Follow this back towards the lane.

  7. As you walk back along the lane, look for wetland birds on Marloes Mere to your left. Spend some time in the bird hide before retracing your steps back past the youth hostel to the car park.

    Show/HideBird watching

    You might see gargany, teal and sedge warblers from the bird hide on Marloes Mere.

    Marloes Mere on the Marloes Peninsula © Sid Howells

End: Marloes Sands car park, grid ref: SM789082

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 157
  • Terrain:

    Moderate to rugged coast path, some gradients and gates. Dogs welcome, please clear up after your dog and keep on a lead where there is livestock.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: NCN Route 4 runs through Haverfordwest, then as for car journey. See Sustrans for details

    By bus: The Puffin Shuttle runs from Haverfordwest to Marloes from May to September. See timetables or check Traveline-Cymru for details

    By train: Haverfordwest 12 miles (19.3km), Milford Haven 9 miles (14.5km) and Pembroke Dock 13 miles (20.9km). See Traveline-Cymru for details

    By car: B4327 from Haverfordwest to Dale. After Mullock Bridge (near Dale) take right hand turn signposted to Marloes and Skomer Embarkation. Follow road through Marloes to Martin's Haven car park

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