Pembrokeshire Coast Walk 11. Angle Peninsula & Freshwater West

This walk covers the coast path and countryside of the Angle Peninsula in South Pembrokeshire. The start point was the beach car park at West Angle Bay, post code SA71 5AX, which is situated at the end of the road from Angle village. This walk is a circular route, first following the coast path south to Freshwater West, before cutting across countryside and down to Angle Bay then around to West Angle Bay.

We head left from the beach and walk along the edge of fields following above the coastline with a gentle climb above the magnificent inlet of West Angle Bay.

The track continues closely following the coastline, soon reaching the historic ruins of an old military defensive lookout ‘East Blockhouse’, directly across the waterway to the Dale Peninsula.

There are magnificent views of the dramatic cliff scenery and the many small bays which are a feature along this section. A highlight here was a great sighting of a peregrine falcon in full flight display. However there is a sign that the 3.4 miles ahead is a “challenging stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path”.

The walk does become challenging in parts as the landscape becomes more undulating with a few hillclimbs and descents, even a scramble in one section. The path winds above and around a number of inlets and small bays to make it a very enjoyable walk even if a stretch for the old calf muscles!





As the path approaches Freshwater West there are superb views offered by the high vantage point of the magnificent wide beach and rolling waves, famous for their appeal to dedicated surfers.

Freshwater West beach

We walked across to the far end of the beach, after all we are on this journey to complete the coast path route, so we have to cover all the miles, with no gaps!

No visit to Freshwater West is complete without a stop at the famous ‘Cafe Mor’ trailer serving all manner of freshly prepared food, locally sourced of course, and drinks. Perfect to take a break here across the road to sit on the bank above the beach and watch the surfers trying to catch some waves.

Feeling suitably reinvigorated we walked uphill on a path across lovely countryside fields, reaching the ridgeway which overlooks Freshwater West.

We then walked along the country lane and past the local historic building ‘The Rocket Cart House’ which has a prominent lookout tower. In the 19th century the tower was used to identify ships in distress in the waterway and a cart would be launched from here down to the bay and a rocket with a lifeline attached would be fired towards the ship to rescue sailors, and so the name ‘Rocket-Cart House’.

The Rocket Cart House, Angle

We followed a country lane downhill to join the coast path where it trails around Angle Bay. Overlooking the bay is an unusual 14th century ‘Tower House’.

An unusual Tower House near Angle Bay

We took a lunch stop at an old historic pub dating from the 16th century, The Old Point House Inn, enjoying a drink and taking in the view from the garden overlooking Angle bay. *see update below

The Old Point House 2019
View over Angle Bay

Back on the coast path trail we headed along field tops overlooking the Milford Haven waterway, along this section there’s a fine view of Thorn Island, which has an impressive Victorian era defensive fort that looks like the setting for a villain in a Bond movie!

Thorn Island Fort

The path then gently drops to West Angle Bay, a splendid beach with a wide sweep of golden sands. Nearby is a beachside cafe, The Wavecrest, a lovely place to enjoy some drinks & snacks after this coastal walk.

Route Recap

> This circular walk covered 11.4 miles of the Angle Peninsula:

> Recommended rest stops:

Wavecrest Cafe, West Angle

The Old Point House Inn

We have now completed 45 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, from Amroth.

Join us again for the next stage of our coast walks as we continue along the southern banks of the Milford Haven Waterway on walk 12.

3 thoughts on “Pembrokeshire Coast Walk 11. Angle Peninsula & Freshwater West

  1. Pingback: Pembrokeshire Coast Walk 17. Dale Peninsula – Short Walks & Long Paths

  2. Cato

    Another fascinating walk. Apart from the usual spectacular scenery, the interesting thing about this quite long walk was the unusual selection of buildings – including the pub of course.
    Sighting of a peregrine is always a treat although they are moving into towns and cities now. Marvellous stuff Rich as always.

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