These are events that have finished.

Saturday 26 May 2018: St. Brides Pump House visit and Prehistoric Archaeology of the Park presentation

Details: The pump and engine are running again for the benefit of Friends, families and St. Brides guests and the building has also been renovated by the Park recently. Chris Taylor will be on hand to show members around and answer any questions: it’ll be great to see the nearly 100 year old pump in operation. Everyone will have the opportunity to have a ‘hands-on’ role, but this is oily, moving machinery, and so do be careful. Chris would like to set up a small band of members who would be able to assist in the routine maintenance and demonstration of the facility, so talk to him if you are interested.

On completion Delun Gibby, the NPA archaeologist, will give a presentation on prehistoric Pembrokeshire. This promises to be really interesting and will help you to better understand the context in which you should look at our rich number of prehistoric sites.

Timings and Meeting Point: The pump house will be open from 13:30 to 16:00. There is no start time per se, so drop in at any time in that window. The pump house needs to close sharp at 16:00 to give Chris time to close up and make it to the archaeological presentation which starts at 16:30, for an hour, in the conservatory at St Brides Castle. There will be a cup of tea available at the start of the presentation.

There is ample car parking at St Brides Castle (SA62 3AL).

Lead Organiser: Chris Taylor (01646 600225) for the pump house and Ian Pattinson (01239 821631) for the archaeological presentation.

Tuesday 8 May 2018: Stepaside Iron Works – Walking in Brunel’s Footsteps

Details: The Stepaside Iron Works walk is a long figure of eight walk through industrial Pembrokeshire, incorporating: the tramway to Saundersfoot; Colby Gardens; the ironworks and much more. We will walk from Stepaside to Wiseman’s Bridge and then over the hill to Amroth and on to Colby Gardens – there is a great NT coffee shop there(!) – and then it’s back to Wiseman’s Bridge for either a picnic on the beach or a self-arranged lunch in the pub. Longer walkers can carry on after lunch to Saundersfoot and back to Stepaside. Walk assessed as Easy

Timings and Meeting Point: 10:30 – 16:00 (for the long walkers). Meet at Stepaside Iron Works car park (on right hand side immediately before the heritage park.
OS Ref SN14003 07611

Dogs: Well behaved dogs welcome.

Lead Organiser: Margaret Sandland (01437 731163)

Saturday 21 April 2018: The Marion Herbert Gate Walk

Details: A stunning walk from Whitesands Bay to the Marion Herbert memorial gate, incorporating the best of Pembrokeshire: – dramatic coastline, towering rocky outcrops; and flat open plains. And a shroud of colourful, coastal flowers. Oh, ….. and a big dollop of history and legend!! Along the way we will pass the ancient chapel of St Patrick, Coetan Arthur burial chamber, Iron Age field systems: and WW2 remains. Magnificent views dominate throughout, particularly to seaward, including the Smalls lighthouse – with its own tragedy to tell! And to the North, rugged coastline, far distant Strumble Head light and mighty Garn Fawr – rising majestically. Looking inland we will see the remains of the small Quaker settlement, Maes-y-Mynydd – murder took place here and the haunted still watch! And impressive Carn Penberry beckons – and so many stories to tell ……. !!

This walk has been assessed as ‘Easy but moderate in places

Distances: This figure of eight walk offers Friends the choice of a short and a longer walk. The Short Walk is about 3.5 miles and is assessed as ‘easy/moderate’ in places. And the Longer Walk is about 8.5 miles and again is assessed as ‘moderate’/easy’ in places.

Start Location and Timings
The walk will start at Whitesands Bay car park (OS Map Reference: SM73429 27192) at 10:00 and, for long walkers, we should finish about 16:00. Note there is a flat rate car park charge of £5.

Meals
We will aim to have a picnic on route and before the long and short walkers split up. There is also a café at the Whitesands Bay car park for refreshments at the end of the walk.

Lead and Queries
Ian Pattinson (01239 821631). No need to book.

6 – 8 April 2018: Visit to Portsmouth and Bucklers Hard

A weekend event to explore the connections between the Royal Navy in Portsmouth and Pembrokeshire, during the Visit Wales ‘Year of the Sea’.

We will visit the Portsmouth Historical Dockyard and see, close up, the Royal Navy (RN) of yesterday and today in surrounds strikingly similar to Pembroke Dock: and we will gain a wonderful insight into the building of wooden warships at Bucklers Hard just as it was in the early days at Milford.

In addition to these visits you will be able to hear a presentation on the history of the RN at Milford and Pembroke Dock and another on the RN today. You will also receive a presentation from the Friends of the New Forest on the issues and challenges they face today.

Friends will need to make their own transport and accommodation arrangements, but car sharing is encouraged.

Full details here, the closing date has now passed but if you want to join in then let Ian know by 29 March latest.

Lead Organiser: Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)