St. Govans Head to West Angle
There were heavy rain showers in the night and these continued in the morning but by the time we had been picked up by the taxi and dropped off at St. Govans Head the sun was shining. I'm glad we did the section from St. Govans Head to Stack Rocks (about 3 miles of walking) in good weather as it is the best part by far of the southern section of the path and definitely worth a visit but of course as it is across an artillery range only open on weekends and bank holidays. Because of this as well the path was very busy with visitors. Some notable features were the cliffs themselves, Huntsmans Leap, Stack Rocks and the Green Bridge of Wales. Stack Rocks were just covered in sea birds predominantly razor bills – the symbol you see all over Pembrokeshire denoting the national park.
It is the Coastal Cruiser Service that is the bus service from Prembroke and out along this coastal promontory, there is the 387 and the 388 one goes clockwise in a circle ad the other ant-clockwise. At Stack Rocks we had a picnic lunch then picked up the Coastal Cruiser to take us to Freshwater East (this meant we didn't need to walk along busy back roads to by pass the Castle Martin west artillery range).
We walked along the beach at Freshwater West then picked up the coastal path and there is a warning here that the path is quite severe for about 3 miles. There was quite a bit of up and down but not really too bad but we hardly met anyone on it. After this section the path goes through a number of fields gradually descending to West Angle. We had a bout an hour to wait for the bus and debated whether we could manage another section round to Angle but decided against it. Glad we did as it was nearer 3 rather than 2 very easy but miles to Angle but it still took us over an hour. At West Angle we bought and ice cream and sat on some sheltered benches waiting for the bus. Out of the shelter the wind was really strong and cold. We thought the bus would be turning round in the road just where we were waiting and got up just before the bus was due to find it already waiting a little further down the road. Glad we made the effort to go and look other wise we would have missed it!
The bus took us back to Pembroke and our only option back to Manorbier was a train due in about an hour. It is about a 10 minute walk from the castle (where the bus dropped us) to the train station and we decided to buy fish and chips for tea and we ate these at the station waiting for the train. We were joined by some young lassies out to Tenby for the night – they totally ignored us – I wouldn't say they were exactly interesting possibly more soap operaish! Once again the train was on time and worked really well although we couldn't believe how many level crossings it had to stop at.