4.2 of 5 (4 votes)

Newgale to Druidston Haven

A leisurely walk (coast) in national park Pembrokeshire Coast starting and finishing in Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), Wales, about 7.10km (4.41 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 97m (318ft)
Loss 32m (104ft)
Max. Elevation 80m (262ft)
Elevation (total) 129m (422ft)
Start
Newgale
End
Nolton Haven
Distance 7.10km
(4.41mi)
Duration ~2:15h
Difficulty  
Leisurely
3Created by John Walker on 13 Jun 2015
This is a short section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, combining beach and cliff walks as well as some industrial history. The start and finish points are accessible by bus, especially during summer months. There are some steep sections and short sections on quiet minor roads. The views are spectacular!

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Waypoints

OS Grid SM847223
We caught the #411 bus from St. David’s to Newgale Beach. There’s a shop, a pub and public toilets there.
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Going South from the bus stop the Coast path follows the main road, almost immediately crossing the Brandy Brook, a stream forming the Landsker boundary between Welsh & English speaking regions.
About 0.16 km (~0.1 miles) from
OS Grid SM848218
Newgale beach has a shingle bank piled high next to the road, above a 3km long sandy beach, not visible around high tide. The Coast Path follows the main road for around 500m then bears right.
About 0.28 km (~0.17 miles) from
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After almost 1 km the path leaves this road, to the right, following the cliff edge. The first signs of ancient mine workings appear. The cliffs south of Newgale have been eroded to reveal coal seams.
About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
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A derelict chimney still remains, just off the path, beyond Cliff Cottages. The mine shafts went out under the sea and were prone to sea incursions. Mining ended around the start of the 20th century.
About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
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The path passes Black Cliff and prominent Rickets Head, a rocky eroded headland, barely connected to the remaining cliffs by a narrow & crumbling causeway. The clifftops were a riot of wild flowers
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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After several stiff climbs and descents on this section the path descends gently into the head of a bay at Nolton Haven, small tourist village now but formerly an important port for coal shipment.
About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid SM859185
Here, next to a minor road is a pub, car park and public toilets. From the minor road outside the pub the Coast Path heads uphill, taking the right fork when the road almost immediately divides.
About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SM859184
Just beyond a chapel the Coast Path is signed, going back to the right. It follows the cliff on the edge of the haven bay, then above another sandy beach with natural arches and many caves.
About 0.08 km (~0.05 miles) from
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As the path turns inland a strange, low, ultra-modern building appears, its long glass wall partly buried at each end in earth banks. It has a green roof and an incongruous steel chimney sticking up.
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
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The path descends to Druidston Haven, another wide sandy stretch on which riders exercise horses. Two small streams join here to enter the sea and the Coast Path goes inland, between these streams.
About 0.23 km (~0.14 miles) from
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Where the Coast Path meets a minor road turn right to follow the road uphill, passing another eco-property, a small octagonal building now with wind turbine and solar panels. originally a croquet hut
About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
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Just beyond is the Druidstones hotel and restaurant. Continue up the road for another 200m and follow the Coast Path acorn sign to the right, beside a road on the far side of a wall.
About 0.15 km (~0.09 miles) from
OS Grid SM861166
At the top, at a field boundary the path goes right, away from the road, approaching the cliff edge at a view point, Druidston Chins. There are great views in all directions across St. Brides Bay.
About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid SM863166
Enjoy the views of Skomer & Ramsey Islands and Carn Penberry then go back along the path, to catch the Puffin Shuttle bus (#400) from near the Druidstones hotel, to St. David’s or other places.
About 0.22 km (~0.14 miles) from

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