Coast Path day ten

Pembrokeshire coast path

St. Justinian’s to Solva.
There is limited parking at St. Justinian’s, but a regular bus service operates from nearby St Davids. If you are looking for somewhere to stay I would highly recommend the cottages at Trefeiddan Farm. The tiny harbour here is exposed to the elements, but used for boats out to Ramsey Island, fishing and pleasure craft – for the best boat trip around the island contact Falcon Boats.

Trefeiddan, Pembrokeshire

The 1911 lifeboat station is till there, but in 2016 a new state-of-the-art station was built. As you walk south you will soon come across the very large Iron Age fort of Castell Heinif and you will also be able to see industrial relics such as the old winding gear at Carn Arwg, which was used to get goods across the Ramsey Island farm. As you look acros to the island you will see and possibly hear the roar of the wild waters of the Bitches in Ramsey Sound.

After Penmaen Melyn, there is gigantic glacial boulder and then relics of the old copper mine , once known locally as Cuba. This was closed in 1883 after a fatal accident. A little bay is good to take a break in at Porthlysgli – named after an Irish chieftain – there is edible sea kale here in abundance.

A little further on are the ruins of a previous lifeboat station used from 1869- 85 where the boat the Augusta was used. This stretch of coast is popular with coasteering and kayaking groups, so you may be able to enjoy watching them below. The sheltered little harbour of Porthclais, served the pilgrims, disciples and traders of St Davids for centuries, but is now mainly used by pleasure craft, canoes and kayaks. This is another picturesque place where the remains of Pembrokeshire’s industrial past can be seen – lime kilns, quarries and the old gasworks building. A summer cafe, all year round car park and toilets are a little inland. The creek here dries out at low tide.

Solva lime kilns

The next notable point as you walk on is the sacred place of St. Non’s bay – birthplace of Wales’patron saint, David, in 462. His mother gave birth in the midst of a great and terrible storm, but this is now a tranquil place with a holy well, chapel and retreat. Climbers love the vertical cliffs nearby and the red and purple sandstones begin here that you will see everywhere later at Caerfai. This bay can get busy too as it is the nearest beach to the city of St Davids and there are some camping and caravan sites too.

The Iron Age theme continues at Penpleidiau with another fort and later remains of a small Celtic settlement can be seen at Trelew. Nine holy wells are situated near the small cove at Porth Y Rhuw – the path here has steep slippery gradients and sometimes Welsh black cattle grazing around the Iron Age embankments.

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Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne is now enjoying realising her long-held ambition to work as a Community Photojournalist and to celebrate her passion for the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire. Usually accompanied by her Pembrokeshire border collie, Cwtch.

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