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Birds, rocks and seals walk at Marloes


A circular walk around the Marloes Peninsula, with its sandstone rocks on the south side and volcanic rocks on the north side. Enjoy great views of Pembrokeshire’s islands and a sea teeming with wildlife.

A bird's eye view of Marloes Sands
A circular walk around the Marloes Peninsula Sid Howells


Map route for birds rocks and seals walk at Marloes
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Marloes Sands car park, grid ref: SM789082


From the south end of Marloes Sands car park turn right by the emergency phone, following signs to YHA and toilets. A short distance past the toilets, take a path to the left, through a self-closing gate signposted to the beach. At the next self-closing gate, the islands of Skokholm and Gateholm come into view.


On reaching the coast path, you'll see Marloes Sands to your left. Turn right and continue towards Gateholm Island. As you come level with Gateholm, Skokholm is ahead of you, with Skomer coming into view on the right.

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Continue along the coast path and through the Iron Age fort. Enjoy the dramatic sedimentary rock formations along the coast. Skomer Island and Midland Isle gradually come into view. Grassholm, white with gannets in summer, can be seen on the horizon from the Iron Age fort.


At a footbridge, shortly before a white cottage, take the left fork towards more Iron Age ramparts. Follow the path round the coastline of the Deer Park.


The treacherous waters of Jack Sound lie between Deer Park and Midland Isle, while Wooltack Point offers spectacular views across St Bride's Bay. Seal pups can be spotted on the small beaches at the west end of Deer Park in late summer and Jack Sound is a popular haunt for porpoises.

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There are wonderful panoramic views from the former Coastguard Hut, which is now used by the National Coastwatch Institute. Leave Deer Park by the path down through the ramparts of the Iron Age fort and through the gate.


Turn left towards Martin's Haven and the Skomer embarkation point. Just before the beach, follow the coast path right and up the steps.

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The path continues east - with St Brides Bay to the left and West Hook Farm to the right. Enjoy the magnificent views across St Brides Bay towards Newgale, the Solva Coast, St Davids Peninsula and Ramsey Island.


After just over a mile, leave the coast path. Turn right through a self-closing gate and a 'West Hook Farm' National Trust omega sign. Then cross three fields to the road.


Turn left and walk along road past Trehill Farm. 440yd (400m) past the farm, turn right by two semi-detached cottages and down the track leading back to the car park. 110yd (100m) past the turning, a track to the right leads to a hide overlooking Marloes Mere.


Marloes Sands car park, grid ref: SM789082

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Birds, rocks and seals walk at Marloes


Moderate to rugged paths, some gradients and steps.

Dogs welcome, please clear up after your dog and keep on leads in the presence of livestock.

Accessible route: Martin's Haven car park to level section of south-facing cliff path.

Birds, rocks and seals walk at Marloes

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Birds, rocks and seals walk at Marloes

How to get here

Marloes, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA62 3BH
By train

Haverfordwest station 15 miles (24km).

By road

B4327 from Haverfordwest to Dale. After Mullock Bridge (near Dale) take right hand turn signposted to Marloes and Skomer Embarkation. Turn left in village at sign to Marloes Sands or carry on through and turn left at Murchin’s Cottages. Nearest post code SA62 3BH.

By foot

Marloes and the Deer Park are on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

By bus

315 Puffin Shuttle, Haverfordwest to Marloes, daily May to September. Stop is 550yd (500m) from car park by Murchin’s Cottages.

By bicycle

B4327 from Haverfordwest, along numerous country roads.

Birds, rocks and seals walk at Marloes

Facilities and access

  • Car parking charges at manned car parks - Marloes (OS: SM 779082) Martin's Haven (OS: SM 763089) - £5
  • Dogs welcome, keep on leads in presence of livestock