Pembrokeshire walks - Strumble Head
Looking for a gentle Coast Path walk The Rees' headed to Strumble Head.
Strumble Head was one section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path that we hadn't ticked off our list, so with an okay weather window, today was the day.
Duration: 2 hours including bus trip.
Length: 3.5 / 4 miles (5.6 / 6.4km)
Terrain: About 3/4 mile on quiet lanes then the Coastal Path. The path was beautifully maintained and with a couple of steep sections there's nothing too strenuous. There were families with children of 6 or 7 years upwards walking this section and judging by all the laughter and squeals they were having a great time.
Tip: Plenty of layers. We had everything from threatening dark clouds & keen cool winds to blazing sunshine. That's August for you! And binoculars; you never know what you might see.
Footwear: Walking shoes and trainers were the footwear of choice. The path was fairly dry except near the spring towards the end of the walk but I would imagine in wetter conditions the path would be more slippery.
If you're looking for a longer Strumble Head walk then download the route map from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
We weren't looking for a major hike so we planned to take The Strumble Shuttle from the car park at Strumble Head to Trefasser Cross (15 mins down the coast) then take the quite lane to Pwll Deri Youth Hostel and join the Coast Path there.
Arriving with 10 minutes to spare we took in the, bracing, views of Strumble Head lighthouse and cast our gaze out into the Irish Sea in the hope of spotting a porpoise or two. Not today.
The coastal bus - The Strumble Shuttle - arrived slap bang on time and we hopped aboard for the short journey down the coast to Trefasser Cross.
When you alight at Trefasser Cross follow the signs to Pwll Deri Youth Hostel and after a 10/15 minute amble you arrive (sticking my neck out here) at one of the best views in Pembrokeshire. The view from the back of the youth hostel all the way down to St Davids Head is breathtaking.
This section of the coast path really surprised me; it's truly stunning - whether it be the views or the heather or the wildlife (seals and chough). I do think that it's become my favourite stretch of the coast path!
It was one of those walks where you have to take your time. Stop. Take a deep breath and take it all in.
Even my 14 year old son was impressed - praise indeed.
Big thumbs up. Not to strenuous with plenty of distractions on the way if smaller legs are getting a little tired. We had hoped to see some seal pups in the coves but it looks like we were a couple of weeks too early (we walked on August 12th). Next time!
This Strumble Head walk is perfect if you're staying 48 hours in Fishguard and if you're looking for more walks suitable for children then read our adventures in the Preseli Hills: Pembrokeshire walks - Carn Meini.