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Marloes Peninsula coastal walk

Walking

Explore this beautiful heathland peninsula, which has amazing views over the Pembrokeshire coast and is teeming with wildlife, such as seals, seabirds and porpoises.

Map

Map route for Marloes Peninsula coastal walk

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 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.

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2

On reaching the coast path you'll see Marloes Sands to your left. Turn right, however, and continue towards Gateholm Island. As you come level with Gateholm, Skokholm is ahead of you with Skomer coming into view on the right. Just before the earth ramparts of the Iron Age coastal fort, a fingerpost points back towards Marloes Mere and the youth hostel. This makes an alternative short walk of 1.8 miles (2.9km). The earth ramparts you may come across on this walk protected the occupants from land attacks. The fort marked on the map has long since been lost to the sea. The deer park was also once defended by a large Iron Age fort.

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3

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.

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4

At a footbridge, shortly before a white cottage, take the left fork towards more Iron Age ramparts and follow the path round the coastline of the deer park. The treacherous waters of Jack Sound lie between the deer park and Midland Isle, while Wooltack Point offers spectacular views across St Bride's Bay. There are wonderful panoramic views from the former Coastguard Hut, which is now used by the National Coastwatch Institute. Take time to explore the deer park and, when you're ready, leave by the path down through the ramparts and through the gate.

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5

Turn left towards Martin's Haven and the Skomer embarkation point. Just before the beach follow the coast path right and up the steps. The path continues east, with St Bride's Bay to the left and West Hook Farm to the right. Enjoy the magnificent views across St Bride's Bay towards Newgale, the Solva Coast, St David's Peninsula and Ramsey Island.

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6

After just over a mile (1.6km), leave the coast path, turning right through a self-closing gate and a West Hook Farm National Trust omega sign then cross three fields to the road.

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7

Turn left and walk along road past Trehill Farm. Just over 430yd (400m) past the farm, turn right by two semi-detached cottages and down the track leading back to the car park. (Just over 100yd (100m) past the turning, a track to the right leads to another hide overlooking Marloes Mere.)

End:

Marloes Sands car park, grid ref: SM789082

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Marloes Peninsula coastal walk

Terrain

Moderate to rugged paths, some gradients and steps. Accessible route: Martin's Haven car park to level section of south-facing cliff path.

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

Marloes Peninsula coastal walk

Contact us

Marloes Peninsula coastal walk

How to get here

Address
Marloes, Harverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
By train

Haverfordwest, 12 miles (19.3km); Milford Haven, 9 miles (14.4km); Pembroke Dock, 13 miles (20.9km).

By road

B4327 from Haverfordwest, along numerous country roads.

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.

By bicycle

B4327 from Haverfordwest, along numerous country roads.

Marloes Peninsula coastal walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on leads