A Circuit from Porthgain.

Start. Porthgain.

Route. Porthgain - Trwyn Elen - Fford Felin (lane) - Awel-for - Henllys - Felindra House - Porthgain.

Notes. We've already visited Porthgain this week so I,m left with little to say, only if you fancy a meal at a reasonable price I'd well recommend the Sloop Inn, we've drove there for our evening meal a number of times and have never been disapointed, unlike the weather today.

The weather gods were out in force, we sat in the car deliberating weather it would be safe to wander above high sea cliffs with a storm ripping across Pembrokeshire, in the end as you can see we togged up and bit the bullet. To the right of the harbour a path climbs to a white navigation marker, one of two marking the entrance to the narrow haven, we climbed into a howling wind and driving rain. Heads down hoods up we battled on above high cliffs with sheer drops onto foaming white water, it may have been uncomfortable walking but the views along the cliff tops were spectacular.

We battled our way to Trwyn Elen a headland overlooking Gribinau to Ynys-fach an immense stack detached from the mainland. On we wandered two steps forward, two involuntary to the right the wind was so strong, passed Llanlleifer then above Pwell Crochan before descending passed a stone circle to access a tarmac lane. We could have descended the lane to Aber Drew, a the tiny creek then on to Trevine in search of shelter and warmth, instead we ascended the lane to gain access to a path cutting through fields.

Field paths guided us to a farm lane which in turn lead to Henllys Farm, we turned right yellow arrows pointed the way, passed Felindre House then through yet more fields as we slowly descended back into Porthgain. Having neglected to seek out the inn at Trevine we made straight for the warmth of the Sloop Inn, what better place to end a wet and windy walk above Pembrokeshire sea cliffs.

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The narrow entrance to Porthgain Harbour.

Brick hoppers line the harbour front, look we're not the only clowns out today, the two figures in red are wandering around Ynys Barry the route we did the other day.

Ascending to the headland to the north of Porthgain, looking across boiling seas to one of two navigation beacons guarding the entrance to the narrow harbour.

Wrapped up against the elements, Sue ascends into strong wind and driving rain.

Stormy conditions on the Pembrokeshire coast.

Approaching the second beacon.

Battered by a summer storm, Ynys-fach seen across Gribinau.

Jagged rocks and formidable conditions, the sort of surroundings that make you feel alive.

Looking to Pen Castell-coch from the easy descent to Aber Drew.

Looking down on Aber Drew.

Still raining but dykes and hedgerows shelter us from the power of the wind.

The farm lane leading to Henllys.

Back at Porthgain about to take refuge in the Sloop Inn.

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