West Hook Farm Camping, Pembrokeshire

West Hook Farm

Marloes
Haverfordwest
Pembrokeshire
SA62 3BJ

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Marloes Peninsula and Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Marloes Peninsula - Coastal Walk

Martin's Haven - the Deer Park walkThe National Trust - West Hook FarmWest Hook Farm campsite is situated on the Marloes Peninsula, which is within part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and forms the westernmost tip of the southern shore of St Brides Bay.

If you have a couple of hours to spare and want to explore this beautiful peninsula then try this moderate 5 mile circular walk that starts at the campsite and follows the coast path and also explores some of the inland trails across Marloes Mere. You can download a PDF of the route details and map.

Check the excellent National Trust page on things to see and do on the Marloes Peninsula. Have a look too at Short walks in West Wales - a National trust guide to short walks in West Wales that are only up to three miles long but are packed with things to see and do.

Martin’s Haven - the Deer Park

Just 10 minutes walk from the campsite, the Deer Park was originally part of the Kensington estate of St Brides, but has never actually contained any deer. So no deer to see, but lots of seals (pups in autumn), heather and wildflowers, spectacular rocks and sea views. So enjoy the dramatic coastal scenery and chances to spot wildlife and you'll also see most of Pembrokeshire's islands from here too.

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Birdwatching at Marloes Mere

Marloes Mere is a great place for birdwatching. It’s an especially good place to see waterfowl and birds of prey in the winter months. Walk down the lane from the Marloes Sands car park and stop often to look across the wetland. There are two hides overlooking the mere, where you can sit quietly and wait for things to happen.

Marloes Mere

Pembrokeshire Coast Path - 186 Miles of Breathtaking Coastal Scenery

Best Coastal DestinationIn 2011 National Geographic Magazine
voted Pembrokeshire the second best coastal destination in the world.

 

Gateholm Island The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail twists and turns its way through 186 miles of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain. From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.

Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park —Britain’s only coastal national park – the trail displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life, as well as evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present.

In its entirety the Coast Path represents a formidable physical challenge - its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is said to be equivalent to climbing Everest — yet it can also be enjoyed in shorter sections, accessible to people of all ages and abilities, with the small coastal villages strung out along its length offering welcome breaks and added enjoyment.

daleOpened in 1970, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path was the first National Trail in Wales. 75% lies within designated conservation sites and 85% within the boundaries of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

As well as offering walkers spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife, the Trail also passes through a landscape in which humans have lived for centuries and which they too have helped shape. This is an area largely forged out of the activities of fishing and farming, as shown by the small, coastal settlements and the farmed landscape. These villages were not just providers of food, they also linked Pembrokeshire to what was, in the days before road and rail, the major highway of the sea.

MarloesAlong the path you can see many reminders of this maritime tradition from the Neolithic cromlechs and Iron Age promontory forts to the churches and chapels of the seafaring early Celtic saints and their followers. The Vikings took interest in the area, reflected today in a legacy of place names such as Goodwick near Fishguard and the islands of Skomer and Skokholm.

Throughout the length of the 186-mile trail small quays, lime kilns and warehouses, and sites like the brickworks at Porthgain in North Pembrokeshire, are reminders of a industrial tradition, although little remains today of Pembrokeshire’s once prosperous anthracite coalfield in the south.

 

camping field looking to sea