Our 11th walk in this series covers the coast path and countryside of the Angle Peninsula in South Pembrokeshire. This walk was completed in Spring 2019 with fine blue sky weather, perfect conditions for a coastal walk.
Our start point was the beach car park at West Angle Bay which is situated at the end of the road through Angle village. This walk was done as a circular route, first following the coast path south to Freshwater West, before cutting across countryside to Angle Bay and completing the walk at West Angle Bay.
We head left from the beach then turn right and across fields following above the coastline with a gentle climb leaving behind the magnificent 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 becomes challenging in parts with the undulating landscape meaning a few hillclimbs and descents, even a scramble in one section as you pass a number of inlets and bays. It’s a very enjoyable walk though even if a stretch for the 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.
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’.
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’.
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
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. The island which has a Victorian era defensive fort looks like a film setting for the lair of a Bond movie villain!
Our walk is completed returning to West Angle and magnificent beach with its wide sweep of golden sands. Worth noting are facilities at the beachside cafe, The Wavecrest, the perfect place to grab drinks & snacks after a walk.
> This circular walk covered 11.4 miles of the Angle Peninsula:
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* Sadly, The Point House pub closed its doors in 2020, bringing an end to a long history and a walkers favourite on the coast path. Read about it Here
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.