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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.

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)


Tuesday 27th March 2018: Visit to Milford Haven Port Authority

Details: A visit to Milford Haven Port Authority for presentations on the operations of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry, and a detailed account of piloting and berthing the huge LNG carriers in Milford Haven.  This will be given by two Senior Pilots, John Pearn (a member of the Friends), and Mark Johnson.  References will be made to the Simulator Training Unit recently commissioned by the MHPA.
After a lunch break, we will meet at the Marina for a walk around the facility, and view the new locking arrangements.

Timing and Meeting Point:

Morning:  Report to Reception in the MHPA Building, Gorsewood Drive, Milford Haven SA73 3EP by 09:45  for a 10am start.  Parking available in the car park at Gorsewood Drive. The presentations will take approximately two hours followed by a break for lunch.  Many facilities are available at Milford Marina to make your own arrangements.

Afternoon: Meet 13:45 at the Milford Marina, in the car park on the sea front, near to the Pier Head dock entrance.   It is anticipated the event will finish before 1530hrs.

Members can attend either or both events.

Lead Organiser: Chris Taylor (01646 600225). No prior booking required.