The Coast Path

The 200mile long coastal path of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park comes along the clifftop at the public sandy beach at Sandy Haven on the opposite side to the Anchorage. It crosses the creek by the footbridge and comes up the narrow tree covered road in front of The Anchorage. A few yards uphill of the entrance gate is a sign indicating the path climbing the opposite side of the valley through a wooden gate and steps. If followed a splendid sea cliff walk with views of the entrance to Milford Haven can be seen. This leads to Lindsway Bay a walking distance of 1.7 miles from The Anchorage along the sinuous coast path. Lindsway Bay is famous locally for its wide sandy beaches at most states of the tide and the fact that in 1955 the Royal Yacht Britannia visited Milford Haven and the young Queen Elizabeth swam there. It was Lindsway Bay that became the favourite of the owner and his family. It is a better beach with large areas of rock free firm sand and does not become crowded in the summer school holidays. If one has young children and baggage it is best to get near to Lindsway Bay by car rather than follow the coast path. Drive one mile from The Anchorage to the sports field on the outskirts of St. Ishmaels village. Ample car parking exists at the club house. Park and walk across the back of the sports field to an asphalt path that leads direct to the coast path just west of Lindsway Bay. The path was asphalted and a gate to the coast path constructed in 2010 for invalid access. At the coast turn left and proceed a few hundred yards to the narrow path leading down the cliff with stone steps. The top of Lindsway beach is made of large rocks which at high spring tides will be all of the beach exposed. For most states of the tide there is much sand and good swimming. Between the gate and the path down to Lindsway a wooden memorial seat has been placed which has splendid views of the haven and Lindsway beach.

– John Roobol

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