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Walk with Liz Beresford from Sandy Haven to Gelliswick .

On a very dreary morning on 18th August, with poor visibility, an enthusiastic group of 23 assembled at Sandy Haven, Milford Haven. The aim of the walk was to try out part of a footpath that has been closed for 60 years. The reason for the closure, by Act of Parliament, was the purchase of the land in 1957 to build the Esso Oil Refinery. Recently the new owners South Hook LNG company liaised with the Pembrokeshire National Park to reinstate the footpath.

The group headed up the narrow lane from Sandy Haven to nearby Herbranston and soon found the stile that indicated the start of the footpath. The grass was long and very wet so we didn’t see the footpath at it’s best. Nevertheless by the time we’d safely negotiated the path which runs parallel to the first hole at Milford Haven golf club,  the weather had improved considerably.

A brief coffee stop at Gelliswick Bay was welcome with the promise of lunch soon after. Crossing in front of Gelliswick Yacht club we headed back in the direction of Herbranston but now along the coastal path. This proved to be the most enjoyable part of the walk with excellent views of the mouth of the Haven taking in St Anne’s Head and Angle. Two buildings of interest to historians are the South Hook Fort and Stack Rock fort. Built in 1865 and 1852 these forts were part of  the defences of the entrance to Milford Haven .

This circular walk of 6.75 Miles is relatively easy and takes in lovely coastal views and some of industrial history of Milford Haven. The nearby Taberna Inn was the post walk destination for most of the group.

Text and image by Liz Beresford .

Walwyn's Castle to Little Haven with Chris Wellings

The weather was looking good as 21 ramblers gathered at Walwyn's Castle church car park on Sat 25th August to begin the walk. After giving a brief description of the walk ahead, we set off in the sunshine through the church yard over an old stone stile passing what is believed to be the remnants of the ancient castle and entered the nature reserve. We walked through the reserve around the lovely lake until we came to the country road. After a short walk along the road we followed the footpath until we reached another road where we turned left before finding the footpath on the right which took us across the fields to The Flags. Here we crossed another road where we picked up a footpath that led us through fields to yet another road that we followed before picking up a footpath that led us down a green valley to the outskirts of Little Haven. We soon arrived at the busy little beach and enjoyed our lunch on the sea wall where we watched the activities going on.

Fully refreshed we continued the walk uphill along a quiet country road until we found the altered footpath on our left which took us through several fields where we occasionally stopped to enjoy the marvellous views of the Pembrokeshire coastline behind us. After passing Rosepool Farm we soon arrived at Syke Farm and walked on through the fields to Wood Farm and headed on towards Little Rickeston passing another lake almost hidden in the woods. We walked through woods and over a newly constructed bridge until we climbed a stile and entered some pasture land where the path was not clearly marked.

Despite this we found our way through the fields to the next stile that took us into the woods and on to Woodsend before following a track towards Rosemoor. Before the end of the track we took the footpath on our left and headed for another small lake in the woods before coming out at Syke Farm again where we picked up the road that passed the large Syke quarry then took the footpath which led us through the woodland and back to the nature reserve and lake where we started. Then it was just a short climb up the hill to the car park. The sunny weather, the varied countryside, lovely views and good company combined to make it a very enjoyable day out.

Text by Chris Wellings. Images by Zoe Lauder.