Martin's Haven - the Deer Park walk

Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire

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Ponies grazing on the Deer Park, Marloes © Andrew Tuddenham

Ponies grazing on the Deer Park, Marloes

See if you can spot seal pups. © Phil Newman, Countryside Council

See if you can spot seal pups.

The Deer Park, Marloes Peninsula © Sid Howells

The Deer Park, Marloes Peninsula

Route overview

A short but spectacular walk around the end of the Marloes peninsula. No deer to see, but lots of seals (pups in autumn), heather and wildflowers, spectacular rocks and sea views. You'll see most of Pembrokeshire's islands from here.

Route details

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Map showing the route of a 1 mile walk round Martin's Haven Deer Park, Pembrokeshire
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Martin's Haven car park, grid ref: SM760090

  1. At the far end of the car park go through the gate on your left and follow the path along the field edge behind Rath Cottage.

  2. Go through the next gate and turn right along the coast path. After a few yards go through another gate onto the Deer Park. Another gate to Rath Cottage (private) is on your right.

  3. Follow the path round the coastline of the Deer Park, enjoying the views of the off-shore islands. Skokholm lies to the south (on your left), and Grassholm with its gannets is on the horizon. The treacherous waters of Jack Sound lie between the deer park and Midland Isle. If it's not too breezy, sit for a while and watch the seabirds

    Show/HideGrazing

    Welsh mountain ponies graze the deer park to keep this important habitat in good condition.

    Ponies grazing on the Deer Park, Marloes © Andrew Tuddenham
  4. The rocky bays below the cliffs are used by seals.

    Show/HideSeal pups

    Look out for seal pups in late summer and autumn. About 50 Atlantic grey seal pups are born each year on the beaches around the peninsula. You can view them from the cliff top without disturbing them.

    See if you can spot seal pups. © Phil Newman, Countryside Council
  5. At the far corner of the Deer Park, climb Wooltack Point for spectacular views across St Bride's Bay.

    Show/HideSea fishing

    This is a popular spot with sea anglers. Pollack, wrasse, mackerel and even conger eel are regularly caught by fishermen on Wooltack Point.

    The Deer Park, Marloes Peninsula © Sid Howells
  6. Climb to the coastguard hut. This is now an active coastwatch point operated by the National Coastwatch Institute. Enjoy the views - this is a great place for a picnic on a sunny day.

  7. Follow the path down and back towards the car park. The path and steps pass through the ramparts of a 3,000-year-old Iron Age coastal fort.

  8. At the gate in the wall, turn left for the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve information centre and boats to Skomer, or carry on up the hill and back to the car park.

End: Martin's Haven car park, grid ref: SM760090

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

    Uneven cliff top path, mostly short grazed turf. Dogs on leads welcome.

  • How to get here:

    By bus: Service 400 Puffin Shuttle from St David's to Milford Haven, or see Traveline-Cymru

    By train: Stations at Haverfordwest (12 miles/19km), Milford Haven (9 miles/14.5km) and Pembroke Dock (13 miles/21km); see Traveline-Cymru for more details

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

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