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Strumble Head

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Strumble Head
Author: HappyHiker, Published: 19 Jan 2019 Walk Rating:star0  Strumble Head Walking Guide in Pembrokeshirestar0  Strumble Head Walking Guide in Pembrokeshirestar0  Strumble Head Walking Guide in Pembrokeshirestar0  Strumble Head Walking Guide in Pembrokeshirestar0  Strumble Head Walking Guide in Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire, Trefasser
Walk Type: Coastal
Strumble Head
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Strumble Head Walking Guide in Pembrokeshire boot  Strumble Head Walking Guide in Pembrokeshire
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A 7 mile circular walk around Strumble Head on the Pembrokeshire coast. This is a fairly easy walk from Garn Fawr around Strumble Head, a prominent headland on the North Pembrokeshire coast with a lighthouse on a small island Ynys Meicel linked by a bridge. You are likely to see the ferries plying between Fishguard and Rosslare in Ireland. There are precipitous cliffs and on the rocks below there is a chance you may see seals. Dolphins and porpoises can also sometimes be seen. At the end of the walk there is chance to explore the Iron Age hill fort and trig point at Garn Fawr.

The walk is relatively flat with only steady gradients. It follows a mixture of footpaths and bridleways as well as some quiet roads. There are some stretches of the coast path that have steep cliff drops alongside, so take care with children and dogs. You will need to negotiate several gates, stiles and some stepping stones over a ford. Allow 3.5 hours.

The walk starts at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park free car park at Garn Fawr. To get there, turn off the A487 Fishguard to St. Davids road where signposted to St. Nicholas (Tremarchog). Go through the hamlet to Harmony and turn left, signposted Strumble Head. Nearest post code SA64 0JJ (although this is for a nearby farm, not the car park itself, so use the map to guide you).

Walk Sections

Start to Trenewydd
Start to Trenewydd

Start point: 52.0081 lat, -5.0627 long
End point: 52.016 lat, -5.0437 long

Turn left out of the car park, immediately getting great views of the sea and the lighthouse at Strumble Head. Keep on the road, passing (but ignoring) a footpath on the left at Tarn-y-Myndd. Take the bridleway on the right about 200 yards further on, marked with a fingerpost bearing a horse and rider.

At a three-way fingerpost, keep straight ahead. Ignore a right turn a little further on through a gate with a blue arrow. You come to a footpath on the left marked with a fingerpost, but ignore this and stay on the main bridleway straight ahead, passing between two large stone gateposts. When the bridleway splits at a Y-shaped junction, turn left. Go through a gateway and keep right. The bridleway passes between the buildings at Trenewydd onto the main road.

Trenewydd to Porthsychan
Trenewydd to Porthsychan

Start point: 52.016 lat, -5.0437 long
End point: 52.0252 lat, -5.0542 long

Turn left then almost immediately right by a powerpole on to National Trust property. Although this path is signed to indicate it is a public footpath and track to Goodhope and Penrhyn Cottage only (perhaps suggesting that you can go no further), in fact the track does legitimately link with the coast path. I confirmed this with NT employees who were seen there at the time. Immediately after the gate, the track forks, but keep straight on as indicated by the yellow footpath arrow.

You enter the National Trust land of Goodhope at a cattle grid. The track goes over a ford where there are stepping stones. As you pass a line of large boulders on the left (presumably to prevent parking) look out for a fingerpost on the left which is a permissive path to the coast path. Cross the stile there and turn right.

This footpath meets the coastal path. Turn left and follow the coastal path (designated by the acorn sign). You soon come to the pleasant little bay at Porthsychan which makes a pleasant lunch stop for your sandwiches.

Porthsychan to Youth Hostel
Porthsychan to Youth Hostel

Start point: 52.0252 lat, -5.0542 long
End point: 52.0074 lat, -5.0719 long

The coast path later meets the access road to the lighthouse. Turn right and then follow the signs to stay on the coast path (there is no access to the lighthouse itself).

About 900 metres further along, you will pass a stone cairn overlooking the lighthouse. After another 2km, ignore a stile on the left marked Private. Eventually the coast path arrives at Pwll Deri Youth Hostel. Turn left to reach the road.

Youth Hostel to End
Youth Hostel to End

Start point: 52.0074 lat, -5.0719 long
End point: 52.0083 lat, -5.063 long

At the road, cross it and take the left-hand of the tarmac drives to Pwll Deri Holiday Cottages. After Swn-y-Morli cottage, turn left and immediately right over a stile by a power pole. A short distance up the hill, you come to a wooden post with faded yellow footpath arrows. Turn right. At a wooden stile above a cottage with white painted chimneys, ignore it and carry straight on towards the stone bluff in front of you.

The path does a short steep climb behind a stone cottage before heading right to a T-junction of footpaths. Turn right to return to the car park, or turn left should you wish to inspect the Iron Age hill fort and trig point first – it is no more than 300 yards or so.

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