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Marloes & Martin’s Haven Walk, Pembrokeshire Walks In Wales, UK

Marloes & Martin's Haven Walk - Pembrokeshire Walks

Marloes & Martin’s Haven Walk was about 6 miles in distance. The terrain of this walk route comprised of coast path, clear footpaths, a gravel track and quiet road sections. There were no stiles to climb over.

This walk from Martin’s Haven on the windswept Marloes headland takes in the open grassy cliff tops on the southern side of the headland. It offers great views of the coast and the islands of Skomer and Skokholm; both homes to important seabird colonies in the summer.

The route also passes the earthworks of an Iron Age fort near Gateholm island and visits Marloes Sands. After crossing the headland via the charming village of Marloes it visits the cliff tops above Musselwick Sands on the northern side of the headland and returns along the undulating cliff tops to Martin’s Haven.

Starting from Martin’s Haven car park leg one headed south east on the coastal path to Marloes Sands. Leg two zigzagged north east inland on a track, roads and paths via Marloes village to Musselwick Sands cliff tops. To complete the walk the third and final leg went west on the coastal path back to Martin’s Haven.

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Marloes & Martin’s Haven Walk Route

The Marloes & Martin’s Haven Walk route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with three legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from a car park above Martin’s Haven, heading south east along the coast path to Marloes Sands.

  1. From the bottom corner of the car park we passed through a gap and down a few steps on to a road.
  2. Turning left along the road we walked downhill to a right hand bend.
  3. Here we continued ahead to go through a gate in a high wall.
  4. Turning immediately left we followed a path gently uphill beside a wall.
  5. A the top we passed through a kissing-gate out on to the coast path.
  6. After a short way we went right over a short footbridge and through a gate.
  7. With sea to our right we continued on level ground above Deadman’s Bay and Skomer Island came in to view behind us.
  8. Continuing ahead we passed the earthworks of an Iron Age fort on out left before going through another kissing-gate.
  9. We soon approached Gateholm Island opposite Stokholm Island out to sea.
  10. Continuing on the coast path the terrain became a little undulating.
  11. We soon walking above the western end of beautiful Marloes Sands and ascending some steps.
  12. We then descended on the coast path to the main beach access path.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1.75 miles to this point, the second leg zigzagged north east inland on a track, roads and paths via Marloes village to the cliff tops above Musselwick Sands.

  1. Here we turned left and ascended a gravel track to reach a road.
  2. We turned right along the road for about 1.2 kilometres to a hedged bridleway on our left.
  3. Turning left down the bridleway we reached a road in Marloes.
  4. Turning left along the road through Marloes village, we passed the Lobster Pot on our left.
  5. We continued ahead along the road to leave the village.
  6. After ignoring a few tracks on our right we reached a footpath on our right as the road started to bend to the left into open countryside.
  7. We went right here through a gate and down the field edge.
  8. At the bottom of the field we went around to the left to descend to a fork in the path which was the coast path on the cliff top above Musselwick Sands.

Leg 3

Having walked about 4 miles to this point, the third and final leg headed west on the coast path back to Martin’s Haven car park.

  1. Here we turned left and followed the undulating coast path to the west.
  2. We passed through two gates before descending steps into Martin’s Haven.
  3. Here we turned left and ascended along a road, passing an information centre on the right.
  4. We followed the road around a left bend and uphill.
  5. Finally we went up a few steps on the right and through a gap back to the car park.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Pembrokeshire hiking holiday during April 2016. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire to the starting location of Martin’s Haven, Pembrokeshire, on the coast west of Marloes village. We parked in the National Trust car park above Martin’s Haven at grid reference SM761089 which was also the start location of the hike.

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