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Circular Walk; St Brides, Musselwick & Marloes

We chose this particular section of coast path as the return route is over footpaths, with only one short section of road.  A lot of work has been done, to improve accessibility, by replacing stiles with gates.  There are only 2 stiles remaining, on the return path from Marloes.   One has a dog gate whilst the other has a largish gap along side it which our German Shepherds can get through.   The walk is about 5 miles.

Directions to the Start of Walk

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.   The B4327 turns left to Dale and Marloes. Continue straight on for 2 miles (signposted to St Brides).   At the 2nd sharp left hand bend (by a phone box), bear right and drive the short distance to St Brides.   Park on the grass verge by the church.

The Walk

St Brides Map

Start your walk by continuing on in the same direction as the road, across the back of the beach (crossing a stream) and up to a bridle gate.   

Follow the cliff path through 4 more bridle gates, for about 2 miles (the sea is on your right) until you reach a finger post, by the 5th gate, just above & before Musselwick Sands.   

Musselwick SandsFollow the path down into the valley, until you reach a stony path that comes up from the beach.   Turn left here and in 200 yards, the stony path ends in a field. Bear right, as indicated by a finger post and follow the grassy path between hedge bank and stock fence to the top of the field.   The gate here leads to a lane.

Turn left and walk the short distance to the village of Marloes.   About 120 yards past the village sign, you will see a grassy path bearing to your left.   In a few yards, this becomes a stony farm track.

NB There is a pub in Marloes, called the Lobster Pot. If you wish to call in, then do not turn up the grassy path but continue along the road. The Lobster Pot is on the right. Once refreshed, you will find a path almost opposite to the pub, alongside the church. This will take you back to the stony farm track, mentioned above. Turn right when you reach it.

In about 400 yards, you will reach a house called ‘The Old School’.   Go through the kissing gate immediately in front of you.   Walk across the field, with the hedge on your left to a stile and then over the next field to a kissing gate. About half way across the third field you will see a stile on the left at the top of some rough stone steps.   Cross this and continue in the same general direction, down a track, with the hedge now on your right.

At the end of the track, turn right onto another stony farm track.   Ignoring the first footpath that you come to, continue on until the track almost reaches a road.   Here you will see a kissing gate on your left. Go through this and walk across 4 fields (each connected by bridke gates) with the hedge on your right. At the end of the 4th field go through a bridle gate onto a rough lane and then through a further kissing gate opposite.   Cross the meadow, with the wall on your right, over another lane, until you reach the church. Go through the gate at the back and walk through the churchyard back to the car park.