Strumble Head

Strumble Head

Route: Strumble Head

Area: Pembrokeshire

Date of walk: 25th September 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.5 miles

Ascent: 1,500 feet

Weather: Sunshine and clouds, very strong winds

Anyone following this walk is recommended to bring a pair of binoculars. Strumble Head is one of the prime locations on the North Pembrokeshire coast for sealife watching. Dolphins, porpoises and whales may be seen, and in late summer the bays below the cliffs become maternity wards for baby seals

We parked near the Strumble Head lighthouse on Ynys Meicel, and followed the undulating Wales Coast Path as far as the head of Porthsychan. This marked the start of an inland section, mostly along quiet country lanes, with occasional views across the fields to the sea

Eventually we left the road to start the easy ascent of Garn Fechan, a hill which leads to its taller brother, Garn Fawr. Both hills are surrounded by rubble ramparts, examples of Iron Age defensive settlements. From the summit of Garn Fawr, which is easily attained, there were fabulous views in all directions. We would have lingered here longer, but a ferocious gale was doing its best to blow us off our feet, and so we set off down the western flank of the hill, quite steeply at first

Lower down we rejoined the coast path, which enjoys wonderful views throughout. We passed above a rocky cove at Pwll Deri,  and from here we had a good sighting of at least 40 seals, many of them babies, lolling around on the stony beach. Eventually the lighthouse came back into view and we followed the coast path past it and back to the start of a superb walk

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