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Although Strumble Head is one of the more distant parts of Pembrokeshire from Haroldston (about 35 minutes drive), we chose this particular walk as we believe that it is the ‘jewel in the coast path crown’. The views are simply stunning! The route is about 5 miles. The path is probably best suited for the more agile walker.
Directions to start of walk – OS Map Ref 893387
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. At the next island (Blands the Vauxhall dealer is opposite) take the 5th exit onto the B4330 towards Croesgoch.
In about 7 miles you will reach the village of Hayscastle Cross. Pass straight through and within ½ mile you will reach another small community. Pass through this also and take the first turning on your right, immediately on leaving the 40MPH zone, signposted to Castlemorris.
Cross the B4331 at Castlemorris and continue for ½ mile bearing left in Llangloffan at the signpost to Aber Mawr. Drive for almost 4 miles, over 2 cross roads and passing the turning to the Woollen Mill and the turning to Aber Mawr until you reach the Tee junction. Turn left here and immediately left again, signposted to Pwll Deri. In about ½ mile you will see a finger post & stile on your left. Continue on for 200 yards and park on the wide lay by on the right.
Opposite to the lay by, there is a small walled picnic site which must surely have one of the best locations in Pembrokeshire (or anywhere)!
Retrace your steps down the lane for about 200 yards and cross the stile, previously mentioned, now on your right.
Follow the coast path which shortly climbs up onto a high ridge with fabulous views all round – of the ocean to your right and Pembrokeshire to your left.
In just over a mile, the coast curves to the left & drops to a much lower altitude. You will cross 2 stiles before descending into a narrow valley. Ascend the other side, crossing 2 further stiles until you reach a sheep pasture. Walk across this field to yet another stile. The path descends into a shallow valley, before reaching a fork. Ignore the right hand branch, which is the next stage of the coast path. Continue to bear left up to a farm gate which leads to a rough green lane.
Follow this lane over 2 more stiles and past a lake and a cottage. At the end of the lane you will reach a gate which lets into a field. Continue in the same general direction, keeping to the track at the left hand edge of the field. The track finally passes a farm (Velindre) before reaching the road. This is the lane that you drove along earlier.
Turn left and walk to the Tee junction. Turn left and left again and return to your car.