Dinas Island Coast Walk
On the north-facing coast of Pembrokeshire the headland known as Dinas Island (it’s not actually an island - but with rising sea levels it might well be soon) holds some of the finest views in the county.
This is a circular walk that’s up and down in places but great for a morning or afternoon walk with slightly older children keen to explore the coast.
There’s a fairly steep climb involved and it would make sense to bring some sturdy trainers or walking boots. It’s more than likely you’ll see fishermen setting off their lobster pots or bringing in the catch of the day - and keep a look out for porpoise and seals that frequent the waters near the coast plus there’s plenty of seabirds to spot.
Walk time: Two hours
Difficulty: Moderate - one steep climb and walk back down again
Distance from Bluestone: 50 minutes
Toilets: At Pwllgwaelod and in Cwm Yr Eglwys
Parking: Easy to park in Pwllgwaelod
Food and drink: The Old Sailor is a welcome stop at the end of the walk
This walk follows the perimeter of the Dinas Island in a loop, with a couple of options to mix it up along the way.
1. Start by parking at Pwllgwaelod car park and from there go past The Old Sailor pub (one to note for the trip back) and walk down to Pwllgwaelod beach.
2. From here, pick up the coast path by turning right, then following it up a hill and left, through a kissing gate.
3. Keep walking - there’s a couple of stiff climbs to battle through - following the coast until you get to a trig point, where you’ll want to catch your breath and lose it again as you take it the stunning views over Fishguard.
4. You’ll have a choice here of either continuing on the main coast path, which takes a dramatic downward turn here to closely follow the coastline - or take the grassy path over the top of the cliffs. Either way, look out for the rock formations that are home to lots of seabirds.
5. The path then drops down to Cwm Yr Eglwys and its beach - if you keep following the coast path t the boatyard and then through the car park, you’ll see a path signposted Pwllgwaelod.
6. Follow this gentle path back to where you started through the valley.