Treginnis Peninsula and Ramsey Sound.
Start. Porth Clais.
Route. Porth Clais - Llech Cyllyll - Ogof Lle-sugn - Picrite - Porthlysgn Bay - Traginnis Peninsula - Maen Llwydwyn - Porth-henllys - Pen Pedol - Porthtaflod - Penmaen melyn - Carn ar Wig - St Justinian's - Rhosson Ganol - Trefeiddan Moor - Clegyr-Boia - Rhos-y-cribed - Porth Clais.
Notes. This walk sets out from one of the most scenic locations imaginable, the small harbour of Porth Clais, meandering along cliff top paths above a massive assortment of rocks and boulders, islands and islets litter the coast a perfect backdrop for a stunning coastal walk. We were told to look out for porpoises and seals in Ramsey Sound but only saw the latter, of more interest the speed of which the tide flooded through the narrows.
We left Porth Clais the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path under foot, on reaching a number of lime kilns the path ascended into stunning coastal scenery, every step of the way twisting and turning above hidden coves and secret bays, around every corner dramatic scenery welcomed us. At one point our route gently descended to Porthlysgi Bay once home to the St David's lifeboat, a steep ascent followed before we reached Porth Henllys and the low walls of a ruined building. This and a pond slightly inland is all that remain of a mill.
On we walked, the Treginnis Peninsula was picture perfect, the path then skirting Ramsey Sound the views still stunning, the brightly coloured lifeboat station at St Justinian's tilted into view, but now the tide was flooding, witnessing it flow through the sound was a sight to behold, it didn't seem to bother the seals hunting for food under our feet in the shelter of the cliffs. After passing the ruins of Treginnis copper mine with the lifeboat station growing larger with every step we stopped for a brew and some lunch.
Lunch over we continued to St Justinian's, now for the boring bit, narrow country lanes, tarmac under foot all the way back to Porth Clais. It wasn't that bad, the lanes were narrow, quiet, lined with hedgerows alive with summer flora and noisy insects, bird life in abundance. Passed Pwll Trefeiddan a large tract of wetland we wandered, under the prehistoric hill fort christened Clegyr-Boia before finally descending passed Rhos-y-cribed holiday homes to our starting point.
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Lime Kilns at Porth Clais.
The 12th century habour built to service St David's now a home to pleasure seekers.
Skirting the fringe where land meets sea.
Views over Carreg Fran to a distant Scomer Island.
Viewing the south end of Ramsey Island from Picrite.
Not a soul in sight, deserted and secluded Porthlysgi Bay, not always so this idyllic bay was once home to the St David's Lifeboat.
Above Maen Llwydwyn viewing Carreg tr Esgob, the small island with the needle shaped gash through it,
Sue strides out along the meandering coastal path.
The abandoned mill at Porth Henllys.
Tucked away out of the prevailing winds Porth-henllys, below our feet Porth Hennlys the first place we encountered seals.
Ramsey Island across Ramsey Sound, the small outcrop of rock in the centre of the shot is The Bitches home to a colony of seals.
Above Carn ar Wig the Lifeboat Stations at St Justinian's come into view.
Let the jagged edge of the Treginnis Peninsula carry the eye over The Bitches to Ramsey Island.
Scupltured by the action of the sea stunning coastal architecture.
The massive cliffs of the Pembrokeshire coast.
Dramatic rock scenery on the approach to St Justinian's.
Built in 2016 the new Lifeboat Station at St Justinian's.
The old station locally known as the Lifeboat House.
In the shadow of Clegyr-Boia looking over the pastoral lands of the Treginnis Peninsula.
Descending into that notch, Porth Clais journeys end.
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