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|Marloes and Wooltack Point|
|Author: HappyHiker, Published: 20 Jan 2019||Walk Rating:|
|An 8.5 mile circular walk taking in Martin’s Haven and Marloes on the Pembrokeshire Coast. This circular, coastal walk explores the headland west of Marloes village. It takes in some dramatic coastal scenery with views to a number of islands, the remains of an Iron Age fort, a World War II airfield and the village of Marloes itself. The first landmark is the former Wooltack Point Coastguard Station. It is situated at the highest point of the headland and operated until 1969. It is a typical coastguard station construction and now a Scheduled Monument, owned by the National Trust who refer to it as Haven Point Coastguard Station. It reopened in 2016 as part of the National Coastwatch organisation and is run by volunteers. Beyond here is Wooltack Point, looking out over Skomer Island. This was last permanently inhabited in 1950 and is now famous for its birdlife, notably puffins, sea life and flora.
From further along the route, you see Gateholm Island, a tidal island (although access would not be easy due to steep sides). There does not look to be a great deal there although it was the subject of a Time Team dig and has remains of a Bronze Age settlement. At Hooper’s Point are the substantial remains of Dale Airfield. This was a Royal Naval airfield, constructed in 1941 and operational by 1942. Vickers Wellington bombers took off from here, hence the length and size of the runways. They engaged in convoy protection, anti-submarine patrols and bombing raids in Occupied France. From Hooper’s Point, the route turns inland to the peaceful village of Marloes with a good pub, the Lobster Pot. The village has an unusual 30ft clock tower, in an Arts and Crafts style erected by the Pembrokeshire Liberal Association in 1904 in memory of William Fourth Baron Kensington. The clock still functions.
The walk includes several steady climbs and descents throughout. It follows a mixture of tracks, lanes, bridleways and the coastal path. The coastal path has steep cliff drops so take care with children and dogs. You will need to negotiate several flights of steps, kissing gates and gates. Allow 4 hours.
The walk starts from the National Trust car park at Martin’s Haven. Although it gets very busy, due to it being the start point for boat trips to Skomer, it has a large overflow area, which I doubt would ever be full. To get to St Martin’s Haven, take the B4327 from Haverfordwest. Follow the signs for Marloes and drive straight through the village. The road ends at the car park. Approximate post code SA62 3BJ.
|Start to Wooltack Point|
Start point: 51.7347 lat, -5.2437 long
Turn left out of the car park and walk along the road. At the end of the road, go through a gap in the large wall and a walkers’ gate, then climb the rough steps ahead. At the top of the steps, bear right. The white coastguard station at Haven Point, also known as the Wooltack Point Station, is visible. Make your way to it.
|Wooltack Point to Gateholm Island|
Start point: 51.7378 lat, -5.2528 long
After exploring the furthest headland, retrace your steps a short distance to join the path following the coastline. At this point, you are following a concessionary path. As you join the main Coastal Path (i.e. the path which joins directly from the car park), there are visible signs of an ancient fort (embankment and ditch).
|Gateholm Island to Hooper's Point|
Start point: 51.7238 lat, -5.2273 long
Beyond Gateholm Island you reach the large bay of Marloes Sands. You will come to an attractive beach with steps down should you wish to spend some time on the beach. At the far side of the Marloes Sands bay, you reach Hooper’s Point. There are views here to St Anne’s Head. Walk round this for a short distance, keeping your eyes peeled for a fingerpost to the left, in the middle of the point. Walk round the point as far as you want to, noting on the left the end of a wide concrete runway of the disused airfield. When you are ready, make your way to the fingerpost. There is a faint path to it.
|Hooper's Point to Clock Tower|
Start point: 51.7121 lat, -5.2018 long
As you get closer to the fingerpost, join another wide concrete roadway (which may have been a runway, or access to one). Follow this concrete way, passing a two-way fingerpost and later, passing through a gate, with a yellow direction footpath arrow. Ignore a turn here to the left and stay on the concrete way. Eventually, the concrete bends sharply right. Just round the bend is a walkers’ gate with yellow arrow. Go through this and follow the broad track.
|Clock Tower to End|
Start point: 51.7311 lat, -5.1971 long
There is a bench here where you could pause for a picnic. Turn left along the road, passing the Lobster Pot Inn. Walk through the village, passing the National speed limit signs. Opposite a large lay-by on the left, turn right following a public footpath fingerpost.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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