Time  9 hours 6 minutes

Coordinates 3425

Uploaded August 31, 2015

Recorded July 2015

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near Marloes, Wales (United Kingdom)

Beautiful hike around the Marloes and Dale peninsulas which largely follows the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and crosses inland between Musselwick Sands and Gann Estuary. The walk offers steep cliffs, beautiful beaches, an estuary, quiet countryside, the picturesque village of Dale, views of several offshore islands, lighthouses, moors, a disused airfield and much more. Be aware this hike takes you along steep cliffs: be careful and stay away from the edge. The route crosses a bridge in the Gann estuary which is only accessible 3.5 hours either side of low tide (see waypoint). Choose your starting point and direction in such a way that you can make this crossing. As the beaches are better visible and more beautiful at lower tide, it is best to plan your hike in such a way to make most of the low-tide anyway. Do not forget your binoculars as I saw gannets diving for fish, raven, egrets, and seals, among others. Hiking times Martin’s Haven-Marloes 1:10 hours; Marloes-Gann Estuary 1:05 hours; Gann estuary-Dale 0:30 hours; Dale-St. Ann’s Head 1:40 hours (incl. visit to three beaches); St. Ann’s Head-Westdale Bay 1:05 hours; Westdale Bay- Martin’s Haven 2:15. Hiking times are approximate and include some time for taking pictures, etc.
The hike starts at the parking lot at Martin’s Haven, which is where the ferry to Skomer leaves, but you could alternatively start e.g. at Marloes, Dale, or Pickleridge. You follow the Coast Path along St Brides Bay towards Musselwick Sands, where you could go down to along some black rocks. Here you leave the coast path and go to Marloes and then follow public foot paths through the fields towards Mullock bridge passing by Winterton farm. Here there were some stretches through fields with young cattle very interested in me, following me closely to the stiles at the edge of the fields (not suited for dogs). At Mullock bridge you get to the asphalt road and follow this to Mullock, where you go south towards the Gann estuary. At the mouth of the estuary you find the bridge (see waypoint) you can only cross at low-tide. After the bridge you follow the Pickleridge dam to the asphalt road taking you to Dale. From Dale, you follow the small asphalt road towards Dale Fort Field Centre (private property) and a about 200 hundred meters before the Fort you turn right on the Coast Path which you follow all the way to the lighthouse at St. Ann’s Head. On the way, I visited 3 beaches, at Castlebeach Bay, Watwick Bay and Mill Bay. At St. Ann’s Head there is a short path taking you to some awesome rock formations (mind the drop) and back. From there you follow the coast path towards Westdale Bay. Here you have a great view of Skokholm Island, and later also of Skomer and Grasholm in the distance. Near Westdale Bay you have a good view of Dale and Dale castle. You can descend to the beach at Westdale Bay and then continue on the Coast path. After climbing up the cliff you take a small detour to the disused airfield (see waypoint), and afterwards continue on the coast path towards the beautiful beach at Marloes Sands. I took a swim here, and then continued past Gateholm Island towards Martin’s Haven. Near Martin’s Haven you take a detour to Wooltack Point where I saw gannets diving for fish close to the coast, and to a lookout point where you have a great view of Skomer, St Brides Bay and Marloes peninsula.
The only places where you can find something to eat and drink are Marloes and Dale, and a kiosk at the ferry in Martin’s Haven. If you have less time you could skip the Dale peninsula and turn inland at Dale past the castle on the public footpath towards Westdale Bay. This would save you about 9.5 km or 3 hours.
  • Photo of Castlebeach Bay
  • Photo of Castlebeach Bay
  • Photo of Castlebeach Bay
  • Photo of Castlebeach Bay
Small beach. The coast path goes down to the beach.
  • Photo of Dale
  • Photo of Dale
  • Photo of Dale
  • Photo of Dale
Small village on a sheltered bay (Dale Roads) with a pebble beach, a few bars/restaurants, and a water-sports center. The restaurants were all closed before 10 a.m. when I passed by.
  • Photo of Disused Airfield
  • Photo of Disused Airfield
  • Photo of Disused Airfield
  • Photo of Disused Airfield
Here you get to a disused airfield where you can walk on former runways. The weeds are crumbling the concrete.
  • Photo of Footbridge
  • Photo of Footbridge
  • Photo of Footbridge
  • Photo of Footbridge
  • Photo of Footbridge
  • Photo of Footbridge
This footbridge is only accessible 3.5 hours either side of low-tide. See the picture of the sign you can find near the bridge.
  • Photo of Gann Estuary
  • Photo of Gann Estuary
  • Photo of Gann Estuary
  • Photo of Gann Estuary
  • Photo of Gann Estuary
  • Photo of Gann Estuary
Beautiful estuary. The estuary goes all the way inland to Mullock Bridge.
  • Photo of Gateholm Island
  • Photo of Gateholm Island
  • Photo of Gateholm Island
  • Photo of Gateholm Island
This tidal island can be seen clearly from the coast path, but is not part of the hike.
  • Photo of Lighthouse St Ann's Head
  • Photo of Lighthouse St Ann's Head
  • Photo of Lighthouse St Ann's Head
  • Photo of Lighthouse St Ann's Head
There are two lighthouses at the tip of the Dale peninsula.
  • Photo of Lookout Point
  • Photo of Lookout Point
  • Photo of Lookout Point
  • Photo of Lookout Point
  • Photo of Lookout Point
There is a small cabin at Lookout Point. You have magnificent views towards Skomer Island, Wooltack Point, the Marloes peninsula, and the sea almost all around.
  • Photo of Marloes
  • Photo of Marloes
Small village with a shop and a few bars/restaurants.
  • Photo of Marloes Sands
  • Photo of Marloes Sands
  • Photo of Marloes Sands
  • Photo of Marloes Sands
  • Photo of Marloes Sands
Beautiful beach south of Marloes. At low-tide you can swim and surf here with the right conditions.
  • Photo of Martin's Haven
  • Photo of Martin's Haven
This is the small harbour where the ferry to Skomer docks.
  • Photo of Mill Bay
  • Photo of Mill Bay
  • Photo of Mill Bay
  • Photo of Mill Bay
  • Photo of Mill Bay
Small beach with rocks and sand. There are also the remains of a ship wreck. There is also history on this beach. Henry Tudor landed at Mill Bay in 1485 before the Battle of Bosworth, after which he became King Henry VII of England.
  • Photo of Mullock Bridge
  • Photo of Mullock Bridge
  • Photo of Mullock Bridge
  • Photo of Mullock Bridge
There is a bridge here on the former Dale-Haverfordwest road across the Gann estuary.
  • Photo of Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Musselwick Sands
Beach near Marloes. You can go down near some black polished rock, but I did not go all the way to the beach.
  • Photo of Path to Gann Estuary
Here a public footpath starts which takes you through fields to a small paved road which then takes you to the edge of the Gann estuary.
  • Photo of Path to Martin's Haven
  • Photo of Path to Martin's Haven
Here the coast path starts taking you from Westdale Bay to Martin's Haven via Marloes Sands. Close to Martin's Haven you leave this path to make a detour to Wooltack Point.
  • Photo of Path to Mullock Bridge
  • Photo of Path to Mullock Bridge
  • Photo of Path to Mullock Bridge
  • Photo of Path to Mullock Bridge
  • Photo of Path to Mullock Bridge
  • Photo of Path to Mullock Bridge
Here a series of public foot paths start taking you from Marloes to the asphalt road at Mullock Bridge. You walk through fields with cattle.
  • Photo of Path to Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Path to Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Path to Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Path to Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Path to Musselwick Sands
  • Photo of Path to Musselwick Sands
This path takes you from Martin's Haven to Musselwick Sands.
  • Photo of Path to St Ann's Head
  • Photo of Path to St Ann's Head
  • Photo of Path to St Ann's Head
  • Photo of Path to St Ann's Head
  • Photo of Path to St Ann's Head
This path takes you from the road from Dale to Fort Dale to St Ann's Head.
  • Photo of Path to Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Path to Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Path to Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Path to Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Path to Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Path to Westdale Bay
Here the path from St Ann's Head to Westdale Bay starts.
  • Photo of Pickleridge
  • Photo of Pickleridge
  • Photo of Pickleridge
  • Photo of Pickleridge
  • Photo of Pickleridge
Pebble ridge at the edge of the estuary with some lakes at the land side of the ridge. The ridge takes you from the footbridge to the parking lot on the Dale road.
  • Photo of Rock formation
  • Photo of Rock formation
  • Photo of Rock formation
  • Photo of Rock formation
Strange rock formation near St Ann's Head. Watch the steep drop! You need to walk a narrow footpath beside the lighthouse fence to get there and back.
  • Photo of Watwick Bay
  • Photo of Watwick Bay
  • Photo of Watwick Bay
  • Photo of Watwick Bay
  • Photo of Watwick Bay
  • Photo of Watwick Bay
To get to this sandy and sheltered beach you need to go descend about 45 m from the coast path on a steep path and go back the same way.
  • Photo of Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Westdale Bay
  • Photo of Westdale Bay
Beautiful beach with rough waves and cliffs on both sides. Not really suited for bathing.
  • Photo of Wooltack Point
  • Photo of Wooltack Point
  • Photo of Wooltack Point
The western point of Marloes peninsula. You have a good view of Jack Sound (the sea strait between Skomer and the main land), Skomer and Midland Isle, and sea birds. I saw gannets diving for fish close to the coast.

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