and Whitesands Bay
point and OS Grid reference:
Park at Porthclais (SM739242)
– North Pembrokeshire.
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Porthclais is a small harbour set in
an inlet not far from St David’s. It is reputed to have been built in the
12th century as the port for St Davids. The walk takes in an
attractive stretch of coastline with some interesting rock arches. There are
old limekilns at the harbour. The walk takes in the St Davids St Justinians
lifeboat station at Porthstinian Harbour and the remains of St Justinian’s
Chapel. You pass “The Bitches”, a number of rocks in Ramsey Sound
between Ramsey Island and the mainland where the swirling currents are
obvious and just touch the end of the beach at Whitesands Bay.
This very easy straightforward walk starts
from either of the adjacent two car parks at Porthclais. One belongs to the
National Trust (so free if you are a member) and it has a kiosk serving
refreshments. There is some road walking but the roads are very quiet and
you will meet little if any traffic.
To get to Porthclais, head south-west out of
St Davids and follow the signs.
Turn left out of either car park (SM739242) and after inspecting the harbour,
follow the coastal path immediately to the right of the harbour (as viewed
from the road) indicated by the acorn sign. It is then simply a case of
following the coast path to Whitesands bay. There are good views of Ramsey
As you get to the area above the lifeboat
station at Porthstinian Harbour (SM
723252), behind the wooden hut are the remains of St. Justinian’s Chapel
viewable from the road only unfortunately as it is on private land.
The footpath passes between the small wooden
hut and the top of the goods delivery “mountain railway” servicing the
Continue on the coast path to Whitesands Bay
passing and ignoring a stile clearly marked as private, going to a campsite.
Follow the bay round beneath the campsite and
turn right away from the coast over a small stone “bridge” – actually
a single slab (SM 727260). Walk up the path ignoring a footpath to the left
past a large stone gatepost.
Your path joins a track marked “Private”
to the left so obviously you turn right and at the next broad track which is
the entrance to Pencarnan Caravan site, turn left.
On reaching the road (SM 730254), turn left
and follow it round the bend until you come to a road junction on the right
with no sign showing its destination (SM
735254). Turn right here. The map indicated there is a lake Pwll Trefeddan
here on the right but it was dried up when I passed.
At a crossroads, go straight ahead signed for
Porthclais and follow the road to your starting point.
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