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Circular Walk; Dale, St Anne’s Head & Westdale Bay

As this walk is around a peninsular, there is only a short section of road through Dale.   The walk is around 7 miles.


Directions to the Start of Walk; OS Map Ref 822053


Turn left out of the end of the drive.   Go to the end of St Issells Avenue and turn right at the Tee junction. Continue under the railway bridge, to the traffic island (Macdonalds is on your left).   


Go straight on at the island (3rd exit) up Merlins hill.   Turn left at the next island, into Scarrowscant Lane.   In 400 yards, turn left again opposite to the second hand car dealers (still Scarrowscant Lane).   Continue to the cross roads with B4327.   Turn left towards Dale.   


In about 7 miles, you will arrive at a crossroads.   Turn left here, still following the B4327 towards Dale and Marloes.   The road is well sign posted, but you need to turn right, in a couple of miles, at the tee junction.   


Continue straight on at the Marloes turn and proceed into Dale. Go straight through the village, bearing left in front of the yacht club (if you miss the turn you will have to go all around the one way system).   Pass the Griffin public house and follow the narrow steeply rising lane for approx mile until you see a footpath finger post on your right.   Park on the grass verge opposite.


The Walk

St Annes Head Map

Follow the coast path as directed by the finger post, passing the beacons at Watwick Point (a tall concrete tower) and West Blockhouse Point (3 shorter concrete towers).


Having past West Blockhouse, you will shortly see St Anne’s Head Lighthouse in the distance along with various associated coastguard buildings.


The path descends into a steep valley, behind Mill Bay, before climbing up again into a large field.   Look out on the left for a plaque commemorating the landing of Henry Tudor, prior to his victory over Richard III at Bosworth Field.


The path goes through a gate and follows the wall of a disused garden to a bridle gate.   Continue in the same direction across the meadow until you reach the wire fence in front of the coastguard cottages.   Turn right and follow the fence to the kissing gate.    Go through the gate and then along the road past the old lighthouse.   In a short way, the coast path continues to your left.


Follow the coast until you reach Westdale Bay, where the path steeply descends via wooden steps.   Turn right at the bottom over a stone stile.


Follow the path at the foot of the valley across the meadow.   Go through the bridle gate and continue in the same general direction along a rough farm track, until you reach the road.


Turn right along the road, shortly bearing left into Dale.   In mile you will reach a ‘Y’ junction.   Take the right fork and go past the Post Office to the tee junction.


Turn right and return to the car.   Alternatively, you can turn left and walk the few yards to the Griffin for refreshments (probably richly deserved after 6 miles of walking!).