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Circular Walk; St. David’s Aerodrome
& Nine Wells
This is an interesting walk, of just over 4.5 miles. It starts at the now disused RAF airfield, near to St David’s and includes a short section of the Coast Path. The airfield was a base for Halifax heavy bombers, during WWII. All of the buildings (with one possible exception) have long been demolished but the concrete runways, taxiways and dispersals are still more or less complete. This is very evident from the Google Earth view of the station. We think that the place has a very atmospheric, almost spooky feel about it.
Directions to the Start of Walk; OS Map Ref 797261
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). Turn right at the island (4th exit) into Freemens Way. At the end of Freemens Way, continue straight on at the traffic island and lights, turning left at the next island towards the A487 and St Davids.
Follow the A487 over 2 more islands and then drive for about 10 miles, passing through Newgale, Pen y Cwm and the turn off to Brawdy.
About 1¼ miles, after the Brawdy turn, look out for a small lane, on the right, opposite to St Elvis. Turn here. Follow this lane, over the crossroads and then turn left at the tee junction. Drive down to Middle Mill and turn left over the bridge. Go straight on at the crossroads towards Whitchurch. When you reach the village, turn right opposite to the church. Drive for ½ mile until you reach a right hand bend with a wide concrete lay by on the left. Park here.
Go through the bridle gate at the far end of the lay by. Follow the concrete path (the old perimeter taxiway) for 1¼ miles. Go through a bridle gate and turn right onto a small lane.
Walk for 450yards, ignoring the Fachelich turn, until you reach a ‘network’ of gateways. There is finger post on the left here, which points down a grassy lane between two earth banks. Follow this path for 500yards, crossing the A487 into a small lane opposite. Follow this lane for about 450yards until you reach a sharp right hand bend. Go through the bridle gate at the crown of the bend. Follow the right hand hedge across the field, through a farm gate and across a further field to a bridle gate. This leads onto the Coast Path, where you turn left.
Walk the Coast Path for ½ mile, descending the steps down into Caer Bwdy Bay. Cross the bridge over the stream and turn away from the sea with the stream on your left. In a short way, you will go through a bridle gate and past a lake, arriving at an old concrete airfield road. Here there are the footings of some RAF buildings, whilst in the distance there is a large brick built barn which may well be the sole surviving airfield structure.
Turn left and walk 300yards to the end of this road, re crossing the A487, at Nine Wells, into the lane almost opposite which is signposted to Llanungar Fach Caravan Park. Follow this lane for about 700yards until you reach the tee junction at Whitchurch. Cross over and go through a wooden kissing gate and along a path between 2 banks. This path soon follows one of the old runways, before veering right and crossing it. Go straight on, through a wooden kissing gate, over a bridle path and through a further kissing gate. Follow this path the short distance to the taxiway, where you started. Turn right and return to your vehicle.