Walking around Penberry

Penberry bungalow is situated on one of the many access paths that connect the coastal path to the road network.  Simply walk past the bungalow and you can access the coast path. You can take the path northwards towards Fishguard and Strumble Head lighthouse or head south towards St Davids Head, Whitesands beach and beyond.

Alternatively you can head diagonally up to the top of Penberry rock to enjoy the splendid views and sunsets across the whole of St Davids Peninsula, which stretches before you like a magic carpet.

WALK – Abereiddy – Porthgain circular walk, include a light lunch – Duration 3 – 3 1/2 hrs

 

Take a short drive from Penberry bungalow towards Abereiddy beach.

 

From the bungalow,  turn left at the end of the lane and drive approx 2 miles. You will pass Berea chapel on your left, proceed for a further 500 yards or so to turn left at Caerhys Organic Farm. Follow this road down the hill to Abereiddy beach car park.

 

Get on your sturdy walking boots and set off, heading north toward the Blue Lagoon. The Lagoon is an abandoned slate quarry, recently the site of the Red Bull world cliff diving championships, and fine for swimming.  After a brief pause take the path northwards again.

 

This is a really bracing  cliff top walk with the sea on your left and interesting farmland to your right. After a mile or so you will come to the stunning beach called Traeth Llyfn, also known as Barry Island beach. It’s well worth taking a detour down to the beach via the concrete and galvanised steps especially if the tide is out. Good surfing and swimming can be found here but do be aware of the riptides.

 

Back on the path, another mile or so further along the cliff top you’ll find yourself at the granite quarry and industrial historical village of Porthgain. Once the hive of industrial activity, this village once employed well over 100 people exporting stone, bricks and slate from Abereiddy, which was connected by a light railway across the valley. The slate was trimmed at the slate yard in Porthgain and exported from the specially built harbour. Lots of information can be found at the Sloop Inn, where you can also enjoy a well earned drink or perhaps a light lunch.

 

You will have already passed the Shed restaurant on the quay, well known for its award-winning fish and chips. Suitably refreshed, make your way out of the village on the road taking a right fork for Barry Island Farm. Walking through the farmyard and take the old tramway route back to Abereiddy and your car. Wow, what a day !

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