Dinas Island spectacular walk
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A circular walk with steep ascent and descent for some of the finest views anywhere on the Pembrokeshire coast. This is not a long walk but one to test your fitness, with plenty of reasons to stop and admire the scenery.
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Start: Pwllgwaelod car park, grid ref: SN005398
From Pwllgwaelod beach, turn right uphill following Coast Path signs. At the cattle grid, turn left through a kissing gate.
The path soon begins to climb sharply and includes 40 steps. You'll pass through heather and gorse on either side. After a stiff climb you'll reach a stile and the path becomes easier. Your reward is fine views across Fishguard Bay.
Look across Fishguard bay towards Pen Anglas and Carreg Wasted
The path soon becomes steep again as you round a corner you'll see the highest point of Dinas Island, Pen-y-Fan, ahead. Newport comes into view on your right. To your left, past Fishguard, is Carreg Wasted, scene of the last French invasion of Britain in 1797.
Pause at the Ordnance Survey Trigonometry Station (OS trig point) to take a well-earned rest and enjoy the views north to the cliffs at Pen-yr-Afr and inland to the Preselis. Look for the rugged summit of Carn Ingli above Newport.
On a clear day you'll have fantastic views from the trig point.
Its mostly downhill from here but steep. Follow the path downhill. 55yds (50m) beyond a kissing gate the path divides. The main Coast Path plunges away to your left you can see it snaking round the coast. If this looks too exciting you can follow a broad path along the fence to your right. The two paths reunite further on.
Look for Needle Rock below you. Seabirds breed here in early summer.
Guillemots are some of the sea birds which nest on Needle Rock
The bay at Cwm-yr-Eglwys comes into view. Go through the kissing gate which leads to a shady section of the path, but take care: it is rocky with tree roots.
A timber footbridge leads onto the road. Follow this down to Cwm-yr-Eglwys and past the WC on your right. Look at the remains of the church, destroyed in what became known as the Royal Charter Storm of 1859. Between 25 October (when the Royal Charter was lost) and 9 November a series of storms around the coast of Great Britain resulted in 325 ships being wrecked and 748 lives being lost.
Follow the path along the right hand side of boatyard, signposted Pwllgwaelod 2/3 mile, and walk straight ahead through the car park and alongside some caravans on your right. You'll see the footpath by a solid wood panel fence in the far right hand corner.
Walk back to Pwllgwaelod through the valley along a tarmac path. With the rise in sea levels, Dinas Island will be a real island again one day.
End: Pwllgwaelod car park, grid ref: SN005398
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 3 miles (5km)
- Time: 2 hours
- OS Map: Landranger 157
Steep, rocky coast path, sharp gradients, steps, stiles and kissing gates. Dogs on leads welcome - livestock nearby.
- How to get here:
By bike: NCN Route 47 Fishguard 6 miles (9.6km) or NCN Route 82 Cardigan 6 miles (9.5km), see Sustrans
By train: Fishguard & Goodwick station 6 miles (9.6km), see Traveline-Cymru for details
By car: A487 St David’s - Fishguard road. Take turning to Pwllgwaelod and Bryn-Henllan NE of Dinas Cross. SA42 0SE
- Pub, parking and toilets at Pwllgwaelod (not National Trust)
- Parking and toilets at Cwm-yr-Egwlys
- Camp site and holiday cottage at Dinas Island Farm (National Trust tenanted)
- Telephone: 01437 720385
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/strumble-head-cardigan/