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Solva and Pointz Castle

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Solva and Pointz Castle
Author: HappyHiker, Published: 22 Jan 2019 Walk Rating:star1 Solva and Pointz Castle, Pembrokeshire Walking Guidestar1 Solva and Pointz Castle, Pembrokeshire Walking Guidestar1 Solva and Pointz Castle, Pembrokeshire Walking Guidestar1 Solva and Pointz Castle, Pembrokeshire Walking Guidestar1 Solva and Pointz Castle, Pembrokeshire Walking Guide
Pembrokeshire, Solva
Walk Type: Coastal
Solva and Pointz Castle
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Solva and Pointz Castle, Pembrokeshire Walking Guide boot Solva and Pointz Castle, Pembrokeshire Walking Guide boot Solva and Pointz Castle, Pembrokeshire Walking Guide
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A 5.5 mile circular walk from the village of Solva in Pembrokeshire. This circular walk explores some rugged coastal scenery on the Pembrokeshire coast, before turning inland and returning to Solva via an ancient burial chamber which, unlike many similar notations on maps, is clear and unmistakable. Solva is an attractive village at the head of an inlet flooded by the sea (a ria) which provides a natural protection from the ravages of the ocean. It was a major port during medieval times. Lime burning was also important and old lime kilns can be seen alongside the quay. At low tide, there is a beach by the mouth of the inlet. The furthest point of the walk is Pointz Castle, no longer a castle, simply a farm with an overgrown motte and bailey. Returning from here, the route passes through the tiny, attractive hamlet of Lochvane before arriving at St Elvis Farm (no Hound Dogs seen!). Here, there is a double-chambered Neolithic tomb with two large capstones. The site is reasonably well preserved, despite having suffered damage in 1890, when a farmer decided to give it the ‘benefit’ of some explosives! The farm is named after St Elvis who died between 527-531 AD.

The going is mostly straightforward but with a moderate climb out of Gwadn Bay. It follows a mixture of tracks, quiet lanes, field paths and the coast path. The coast path has steep cliff drops alongside so take care with children and dogs. You will need to negotiate several flights of steps, footbridges, kissing gates and gates. You may come across livestock, including cattle, in some of the fields. Allow 3 hours.

The walk starts from the large car park by the harbour in Solva, off the A487, which runs through the village. The car park is pay and display for most of the year (generally March to November). The car park can fill up quickly at peak holiday times, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Approximate post code SA62 6UU.

Walk Sections

Start to Lime Kilns
Start to Lime Kilns

Start point: 51.8743 lat, -5.189 long
End point: 51.8725 lat, -5.1905 long

From the car park in Solva, we will be following the Coast Path, walking down the left-hand side of the estuary as viewed from the car park. Cross a bridge at the rear of the car park over the stream then turn left following the fingerpost signed for Newgale 5.5 miles and Coast Path. After a few yards, just to the right of a power pole, climb some steps, once more indicated by a Coast Path sign. Pass a three-way fingerpost and ignore the path to the left. Just beyond here, some old lime kilns are passed.

Lime Kilns to Gwadn Bay
Lime Kilns to Gwadn Bay

Start point: 51.8725 lat, -5.1905 long
End point: 51.8698 lat, -5.193 long

Continue along the Coast Path, ignore a path to the right and keep climbing. Just beyond here is a three-way fingerpost but once more, keep straight ahead following the Acorn sign. Shortly after here is a good viewpoint, looking over the little Gwadn Bay with a large rock out at sea with the name St. Elvis Rock.

Gwadn Bay to Dinas Fawr
Gwadn Bay to Dinas Fawr

Start point: 51.8698 lat, -5.193 long
End point: 51.8641 lat, -5.1771 long

Drop down to cross the footbridge at the rear of Gwadn Bay and climb the path at the far side. This is the start of the National Trust land of St. Elvis Farm. Inland is a pretty valley with a ridge on the left (which we will climb on the return leg).

Continue along the coast to reach the prominent Dinas Fawr peninsular (pictured). You can walk along a narrow path to the end of the peninsula to enjoy the views but, particularly in a few places, this is not for those who suffer any vertigo problems! It was especially dramatic, with mist coming and going when we walked!

Dinas Fawr to Pointz Castle Farm
Dinas Fawr to Pointz Castle Farm

Start point: 51.8641 lat, -5.1771 long
End point: 51.8699 lat, -5.1535 long

When you have finished at this peninsular continue on the coast path. Further along you will go through a walkers’ gate bearing a notice indicating you are at Dinas Fach (pictured), another long thin peninsular. The main significance of this is that you need to be sure you are past this point before turning inland. The path turns inland not far past here, at a steep narrow bay. Follow the path down to a small footbridge. Cross and turn left along a broad track.

Cross a second footbridge then take the first path on the right, soon passing a three-way fingerpost. A short climb takes you to a walkers’ gate, through which you turn right and follow the right field boundary. Follow the field boundary as it bends left, arriving at a gate, next to a water trough, where you go through, to follow the public footpath fingerpost.

In the next field, follow the left-hand boundary and in the far-left-hand corner, go through a kissing gate and then turn left along a broad track. The track soon divides but ignore the left-hand arm. You will emerge to a tarmac lane at the edge of the farm buildings, once the site of Pointz Castle. (The original motte was just to your right). At the tarmac lane, turn left along it.

Pointz Castle Farm to St Elvis Farm
Pointz Castle Farm to St Elvis Farm

Start point: 51.8699 lat, -5.1535 long
End point: 51.872 lat, -5.1786 long

Follow the lane for half a mile to the tiny hamlet of Lochvane. Walk straight through it, staying on the broad track as it bends left, but within a few yards turn right through a walkers’ gate along a hedge-lined footpath. Follow this path through several gates and, when it opens into a field, keep to the right-hand boundary of this one and then a second field. Solva comes into view. At the end of the second field, join a broad track leading to St. Elvis Farm.

St Elvis Farm to End
St Elvis Farm to End

Start point: 51.872 lat, -5.1786 long
End point: 51.8745 lat, -5.1889 long

Here, turn left before the farm buildings through a walkers’ gate. After a hundred yards or so, turn right to follow the fingerpost for Solva 1 Mile. Just in front of you are the large stones of the burial chamber (pictured), in a fenced enclosure. There is a gate so you can get a close inspection. The onward route is to the right of the burial chamber (as you approach).

Continue along the broad track, heading for the bottom right-hand corner of the field to a kissing gate. Go through this and follow the fingerpost for Solva. Further along there is a short fingerpost, somewhat hidden in the foliage. Fork right here to follow the sign for Solva. At the sewerage treatment works, the path forks. Keep right and the path forks again within a few yards. This time keep left.

The path climbs quite steeply to a kissing gate, overlooking Solva. Follow the path round to the right. It then descends the other side of the ridge. When it joins another path, turn left and return to the car park where the walk began.

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1 Comments for: "Solva and Pointz Castle"

Excellent walk with some great views. well defined footpaths. My family and I really enjoyed this walk

By Patrick Greatrix on 17 Apr 2019

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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