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Amroth to Tenby

This is a 7 mile walk. We drove to Amroth, left the car, walked back to Tenby and went back with another car to pick up the first. We walked from Amroth through to Wiseman's Bridge, there is a nice pub here where you can get a drink and/or meal. From Amroth, you walk very close to the coastline, through several tunnels to Saundersfoot via Coppet hall. This is called the 'Miner's' walk. Once in Saundersfoot, there is a steep climb up onto the headland the other side at Monkstone point, worth the climb. The walk from Saundersfoot back to Tenby is probably one of the most taxing around the National Park and be careful, you are very close to the edge at times. There are quite a few steep climbs on this part of the walk so you will need to have a level of fitness to manage it. You arrive in Tenby at North Cliff after passing through Waterwynch. At Waterwynch, there is a lovely house built at the water's edge, very pretty. At North Cliff, it is downhill all the way into Tenby.

Bosherston Lilyponds circular walk

Mayday bank holiday 2013, we parked up in Bosherston car park. So surprised that the charge for parking by the National Trust was now £5. Had it not been a bank holiday, we would probably have parked on side of road but there was no space anywhere. As a note, if you are a member of the National Trust, you get discount. We set off and took a right, this is about a one mile walk to Broad Haven Beach. We didn't go onto the beach today but headed off up into the headlands. Once at the top of the hill you have a choice, either follow the coast, this will take you on an 8 mile circular walk through Barafundle Bay then Stackpole Quay and back to Bosherston. However, today we took a left, away from the coast and followed through fields and woods until we came to a group of people working. We stopped and had a chat, they were National Trust volunteers repairing a pig pen. As we hadn't been this way before, they kindly directed us back to Bosherston. On arrival back at the lakes, we saw a mother swan with 8 cygnets under the bridge, so cute. From here, we took the alternative route back to Bosherston. I think this is a new route as we haven't noticed the sign before. It takes you up above the lake and you finally descend by Grassy Bridge to head back to the car park. The walk was probably about 4 to 5 miles and not strenuous. A nice cup of tea was in order so we went to the cafe in Bosherston, sat out and had a sandwich and pot of real tea before heading for home. Total time in Bosherston: approx 3 hours

Bosherston 8 mile circular walk

This walk is approximately 8 miles, there is a map on the side of the toilet building in Bosherston car park to guide you. We started off at Bosherston car park, walked to the fork and turned left. Follow the walk over the first bridge and take a left off the main path to Grassy Bridge, the second bridge you come to a Bosherston Lily Ponds. From here, walk over the bridge and up through the fields passing through Stackpole Estate. There is electric cabling along both sides of the path. Follow this path as far as it will take you and you arrive at Stackpole Quay after about 2 miles. You can stop here for a cuppa and sandwiches or delicious cake. Walk past the cafe and bear right. This will take you up some steep steps to the headland leading to Barafundle Bay, about 1 mile. Walk across the beach at the bay and head upwards on the other side. At the top, follow the coast all the way. The day we went, the Welsh Mountain Ponies were grazing, so beautiful and peaceful. A bit further on and the cliffs are shear and are used by rock climbers. You can see the rope links along the way. Be careful not to go too near the edge! After another 3 or so miles, you can see Bosherston. You have to cross several styles to take you back down onto the path for the Lily Ponds before heading back to the car park. This is quite a long walk, not too strenuous but you can be assured of a good nights sleep and a healthy appetite.

Cresswell Quay circular walk via Lawrenny

This is a really long walk, I would guess it is about 10 miles. It takes you through fields and is not very well signposted, we lost our way on several occasions, that's probably why it was 10 miles or so. We parked in Cresswell Quay, where I might add there is a lovely pub, and crossed the river to the other side via the stepping stones. You can only cross the river when the tide is out but there is an alternative route if it is in. You don't come back across the river, so don't worry, you won't be stranded. We used a book with directions on this one but the instructions were not at all clear so if you are going to attempt it, be prepared for many distractions. The walk takes you all the way to Lawrenny, a beautiful inlet where many boats are moored. There is a caravan park here, a pub and a real nice eatery right on the front of the quay. We stopped off in Lawrenny and ate the picnic I'd prepared, we were already tired and it was a struggle to get walking again with full stomachs. The walk back takes you along mostly quiet country roads, not so nice, but you get to see lots of villages and beautiful houses. Back at Cresswell Quay, we were so hot and achey that we had to have a drink in the pub, and why not!

Freshwater East circular walk via Stackpole

Landshipping Quay

Llys-y-Fran

This is another circular walk around Llys-y-Fran dam. It's about 8 miles and takes you through woods all the way around the lake. It's not strenuous but there are some steep inclines in places, especially at the end of the walk as you climb back up to the car park. There is a cafe, gift shop and toilets. Along the way, there are notice boards showing the wildlife in their habitats. It's worth taking a picnic to eat half way, up on the hill overlooking the lake. If you have a dog, you are asked to keep it on a lead. To get to Llys-y-Fran, take the turning off on the right after Canaston Bridge, on the road to Haverfordwest from Tenby or St Clears.

Porthclais circular walk via St Davids

This is one of my favourite walks, about 8 miles. We parked in the National Trust car park in Portclaise, the other side of St Davids, and headed off on the path that takes you up onto the headlands on the right hand side of the quay. It was April I think we did this and it was a really blustery day but it was so refreshing. It is a long walk, about 8 miles, and not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs, be prepared with plenty of water and picnic. The walk takes you all along the coastline to Whitesands Bay and you pass Ramsey Island, which is 1 mile from the mainland, separated by the The Bitches, a notorious stretch of water with strong tides where this has been the scene of many shipwrecks. Even the St David's lifeboat, the Gem, ran aground in 1910. We stopped at the St Davids lifeboat house for our picnic and sat and enjoyed the view. The coastline is really rugged and there are no man made paths in places, so a good pair of walking shoes or boots is needed.

Scotsborough Woods

It was a warm sunny day, but not quite nice enough to go on the beach. We took the dogs, Molly and Saffy off for a walk through the woods. Scotsborough Woods can be entered from Bell's Corner (top of Heywood Lane in Tenby) or from an entrance at the bridge before Gumfreston on the Pembroke road. The walk takes about an hour.
We started from Bell's corner. On the left hand side, leaving Tenby as you come around the bend, follow the path as far as it will take you - right through Scotsborough Woods. The dogs love it, there's plenty of exploring for them to do. Before leaving Scotsborough Woods, there is a fork in the path. If you take the right hand path, this takes you out to Gumfreston. The left hand takes you through fields behind Oakridge Acres and eventually out at Serpentine Road. Where the path forks, there is a ruin. We didn't know what it was. After looking it up, this used to be an old manor - Scotsborough House.

It is possible to trace the house back to the 15th century or even further. Stephen Perrot of Popton was mayor of Tenby in 1413 and owned Scotsborough House. The residence early in the 17 century belonged to Rhys ap Thomas, whose monument is in Tenby Church.
Edward Lluyd stayed there and in a letter dated 28th Feb 1697, there are records that he discovered undescribed zoophyts by dredging here and many new sorts of figured fossils among which a figure of a flat fish represents one of the greatest rarities observed by the curious (this was in the St Florence Valley which was at that time tidal. Could the “flat fish” have been a Trilobite)?
The house was sold by the ap Rhys family early in the 18 century and was abandoned in an 1824 epidemic of smallpox.
Picture of the ruins at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mykg/5514503089/

Tenby to Manorbier

This is another walk of about 8 miles. Quite an easy walk except for when you nearly reach Manorbier and have to climb over rocks to get back onto the path, so unsuitable for anyone unsafe on their feet. You leave Tenby from Giltar point and walk around the coastline to Lydstep, a haven which is also a caravan holiday park. You will cross the army firing range when leaving Tenby, so you will need to check first if there is firing, as the path is closed during these periods. There are red flags flying when it is closed and sentry soldiers alerting you where you can and cannot go. Once in Lydstep, walk to the far end of the beach and continue the path across the headland to Manorbier. You will arrive at Manorbier beach. If you walk up past the castle, you can get a drink and food at the cafe on the brow of the hill opposite the church.