Wooltrack Point to Marloes, Pembrokeshire
Wooltrack Point offers a great start to hiking ...
This walk from Wooltrack Point to Marloes in Pembrokeshire offers some stunning coastal scenery along the beaches of Wales. It is an easy-going, gentle walk that proves a great introduction to the world of hiking. Here's the realbuzz.com guide on planning your walking route.
Name and location of walking route: Wooltrack Point to Marloes, Pembrokeshire
Walking distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent of walk: 0.26 miles (415m)
Duration of walk: Four hours
Terrain of walk: This walking route follows the well marked and trodden Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and small country tracks. The going is fairly steady without too much ascent and it is an ideal opportunity for those new to hiking to hone their navigation skills.
Description of walking route
Dramatic cliff scenery, sandy beaches and relatively flat terrain all combine to make this the perfect coastal walk. The walking route keeps to the coastal path and allowing sea views for most of the route. Enjoy the stunning views out to Skomer Island and Skokholm, and a well earned pit stop on the golden sandy beaches of Marloes Sands or Musslewick Sands. This walking route won’t leave you breathless from the physical exertion but simply from the breathtaking views ...
- Start in the Martins Haven National Trust car park (SM 760 089).
- Walk down to the stone gates and cross the stile passing an old coast guard hut on your way to Wooltrack Point.
- From here turn south and walk the coastal path enjoying breathtaking views including Marloes Sands.
- After descending some steps leave the coastal path to ascend a track up a narrow valley until you reach a lane.
- Turn right and walk for about half a mile (800m) keeping a lookout for the stile just after passing a farm on the right.
- Cross the stile and follow the footpath (keeping off the farmer’s field) to the right hand side.
- Walk aross another stile onto a road and turn left (you can take a detour into Marloes village or save your visit until the evening).
- Follow the road and cross the stile on the right, taking the footpath down to Musslewick Sands (our favourite part of the walk).
- From Musslewick Sands, follow the coastal path as it meanders around the coast but generally in a westwards direction until you arrive back at Martins Haven. The walking route passes East Hook Farm here — a great spot to camp and to start and finish the route.
Tips for this walking route: Take some binoculars — this part of the Pembrokeshire coast is a wildlife haven for birds, grey seals and porpoises. You can also enjoy stunning views to St Brides Bay and St Davids Head from Wooltrack Point.
Pack the sun cream — walking on coastal paths can be deceptive as the cooling effects of the moist sea breeze mean that you don’t always notice the effects of the sun until it is too late. If you have the time, take a day boat trip over to Skomer Island, where a short three to four hour walk will take you on a circuit of this outstanding nature reserve. Here you can see colonies of sea birds, seals, porpoises and you might even spot a short eared owl!
Walking facilities on route and in the local area:
- East Hook Farm Campsite Set right on the cliffs adjacent to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path you’d be hard pushed to find a campsite offering more stunning views! For more information see realbuzz.com's top 20 campsites.
- Foxdale camping and B&B — Marloes.
- The Clock Tower Restaurant — Marloes, enjoy some superb food at this friendly restaurant.
- The Griffin — Dale , pop into Dale to enjoy some great food and watch the windsurfers in the bay while the sun sets
- Masons Arms — Dreen Hill, enjoy superb steak and other dishes at this awesome pub.
- Marloes Sands Youth Hostel Tel: 01646 636667
OS map required: OS Explorer (1:25 000) OL36, OS Landranger (1:50 000) 157
Other information for this walk:
- Pembrokeshire and Gower Walks (Pathfinder Guide) by Brian Conduit, published by Jarrold.