Route: Tenby

Area: Wales, Pembrokeshire

Date of walk: 9th September 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.9 miles

Ascent: 450 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy, with some bright spells and a couple of light showers

The coastal town of Tenby is well preserved and has avoided the over development which has spoilt many other seaside resorts. Its old town and harbour are well worth a visit in their own right

We parked in the public car park next to the tourist information office and walked through the old town towards the sea. After descending some steps we arrived on South Beach and set off along the sands, aiming for the distant rock outcrop of Giltar Point 

After a very pleasant stroll we arrived at the end of the beach and followed a stepped path onto the headland. It’s not necessary to visit the extreme tip of Giltar Point but we decided to do so – this involved some clambering and minor exposure at one point. We then retraced our steps back to the main path, part of the Wales Coast Path

There followed a delightful section of the walk as we followed the cliff top path heading west, with the sea on our left and an MOD firing range on our right. Take care not to depart from the path, if you veer too far to the left you will be dashed on the rocks and if you stray to the right you may become target practice

We managed to survive and at the end of the range we turned back in the direction of Tenby and descended to the road, passing under a railway bridge along the way. This section of the walk was not scenically pleasing, and we were glad to turn off at the village of Penally and return to South Beach via the local golf course, where there is a risk of being struck by an errant golf ball. We then walked back into Tenby, retracing our steps along the beach (the exact route here depends on tide times, but there’s plenty of room, even at high tide, and the risk of being cut off and drowned need not be added to the other perils of the walk)

There remained time for a stroll around the picturesque old town and its harbour to round off another superb walk on the Pembrokeshire coast

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