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Ramblers gamble paid off John Reeves walk leader said.

Eight members of the Pembrokeshire Ramblers took a chance on the weather when they assembled at Penally station car park on Sunday  29th July 2018, for a nine circular walk via New Hedges and Tenby. The forecast was not promising as they set out up hill in light rain, passed Penally Abbey on the road leading from The Ridgeway.  The route was then along the footpath that runs behind the sports ground to Gumfreston Bridge.

After crossing the road the path was through fields below Gumfreston Farm, the stiles on this section of the route are not for the faint hearted or people with short legs as most of the treads are missing! On leaving the fields it was a steady climb up the concrete track leading to North Astridge then along farm tracks and fields to “The Folly”, where lunch was taken beside the stream. The rain had held off after leaving Penally so most of the waterproofs had been discarded by now.

After lunch it was a pleasant walk through the woods to Knightson Farm and the main road at New Hedges. On crossing the busy road the route was down the quiet country road to Waterwynch Bay. The plan was to walk along the sand to Tenby North Beach but after previously checking with the RNLI this plan was abandoned for the safe option of following the Coast Path via Allen’s View into Tenby.

From Tenby it was a straight forward walk above South Beach to the path that runs between the rail line and the golf course and terminates at the main road just east of Penally station. The walkers arrived back at the start point, in the dry, by 3.45 glad that they had taken a chance on the weather.

Text and images by John Reeves.

Haverfordwest Urban Adventure with John Bayliss

A group of 27 Ramblers met on Saturday 4th August at Haverfordwest Football Club car park on a warm cloudy day to enjoy a 7mile walk on some of the lesser known footpaths around Haverfordwest and along the Western Cleddau. The first part of the walk was a circuit of north Haverfordwest on wooded paths often only a few yards from major roads and built up areas. Many walkers had never been on these paths before and were amazed to find this “secret rural idyll” so near to the town.

During the second part of the ramble the group headed north along higher ground to the eastern side of the Western Cleddau. Lunch was taken here which gave fine views back towards the town. The Ramblers passed Prendergast paper mill (converted from a cotton mill in 1816) which produced quality paper for which the town became well known. Next following the Ramblers followed the path through woods and across fields by which time the sun was now shining and temperatures were rising.

On the return journey the walkers followed parts of the same route before taking a path closer to the river. All agreed that these lesser known paths were both picturesque and interesting and well worth exploring. After the walk many Ramblers enjoyed a welcome drink at “The Lost Coins” public house.

Text and images by Madeleine Bland on behalf of walk leader John Bayliss.