A circular walk.
Always a family favourite, this walk is a must for many regular visitors to Pembrokeshire – it has stunning coastal scenery, beaches, an inland stroll and fascinating industrial relics! OS Explorer map OL35 is the best one to use and you can plan your route and timings to take advantage of some great food too – a meal at Porthgain is highly recommended. There is the Sloop Inn or the Shed Bistro and , in the summer, ice-creams too either there or at the van in Abereiddi car park. The seasonal coastal bus service stops at various points and there are opportunities to participate in coasteering, kayaking or even cliff-jumping at the Blue Lagoon.
The lagoon was created by blasting an exit to the sea at the close of the quarrying work in the 19th century and is just one of the remains of the industrial past of this region. Abereiddi has pretty cottages tucked into the cliffs, but nearer the beach is a row of derelict cottages dating back to the busy quarrying years of the Victorian age.
A long tramway linked the quarry to the port at Porthgain and for over a century Porthgain was a hive of industry. Today fishermen use the old brickworks for storage, and the little harbour is just used by them and some pleasure-craft. Granite from this area was used to build many of the great Victorian buildings in London and Liverpool.
If you walk from Abereiddi to Porthgain you will pass many bays far below and you can access the beautiful beach of Traeth Llyfn – only accessible from the coast path, it never gets busy. Save some energy to climb back up the steep iron steps that replaced the original steps cut into th stone by World War Two Italian prisoners of war. Parts of the beach get cut off quickly as the tide comes in, so check the times.
There are steps down into the harbour at Porthgain too. This pretty village is well worth exploring and has galleries and a little green. Walk out of the village towards Llanrhian to access the track back to Abereiddi, which passes Ynys Barry Holiday Cottages and takes you across fields.
Thanks to Ianto Mor Photography for all the images.