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.