Pembrokeshire Coast Path : Stackpole – Broad Haven – Castlemartin
What is there along this section of the route, apart from amazing scenery and stunning cliffs and beaches? Well, there are blowholes, tanks and a magical chapel built into the cliff face.
There’s a great variety of geology on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and many eye catching sites of geological interest. At the northern end of the coast path there are craggy volcanic outcrops but here in this southern section the geology is limestone. The land is mainly flat limestone plateau but go to the edge and you have some dramatic coastal scenery.
From the wide sandy beach at Broad Haven, the coast path leads up onto the clifftops. The flat, grassy terrain on top of the cliffs makes easy walking but you have to watch out for blowholes! Heading in the Stackpole direction you pass this enormous one.
Going in the other direction, the path heads south, up onto Castlemartin artillery range. If the range is active there’s an alternative path which takes a detour inland but it would be a real shame to miss this section.
St Govan’s Chapel
The highlight of this section of the path is the magical St. Govan’s Chapel, dramatically built into the cliff face. Its origins are steeped in legend but it is thought to be from the 13th century and to be built on the site of a much earlier hermit’s cell – possibly a St Govan from the 6th century. A steep path leads down from the cliff top and it was well worth the climb down. Hopefully this will be the subject of a future post!
Some stats: The coast path is 186 miles long. A lot of it is along clifftops and there is a total of 35,000 feet of ascent and descent.