stage 10 — South Pembrokeshire

1–7 July 2013

Includes Freshwater West one of the best beaches in all of Wales and site of rthe Harry Potter shell house, military ranges, land speed records, Dylan Thomas and coracles.

  1. day 75 – Pembroke to St Govan’s Chapel

    miles walked: 28   completed: 843.3   to go: 217

    the second longest day, oil and power, whisky and waves, ribs in the rock

  2. day 76 – St Govan’s Chapel to Freshwater East

    miles walked: 7   completed: 850.3   to go: 210

    a short damp day starting with a steep hill, walking an embroidered landscape, a change of rock means a change of scene, and hubris: a walled cliff top surrounding a demolished mansion

  3. day 77 – Freshwater East to Saundersfoot

    miles walked: 15   completed: 865.3   to go: 195

    a badgers and a dolmen, being the outsider: HIV and holiday camps, seaside holidays and Famous Five adventures

  4. day 78 – Saundersfoot to Amroth

    miles walked: 3   completed: 868.3   to go: 192

    in which Fiona and I travel through dark tunnels and across wooded cliffs, to get to the end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

  5. day 79 – day off – Tenby and Caldey Island

    a lightening visit to the island of the saints, fear of loss and a gift of cake

  6. day 80 – Amroth to Laugharne

    miles walked: 11   completed: 879.3   to go: 181

    I negotiate a beach, sink in a ford, walk where a poet has trod, and meet a philosopher chef

  7. day 81 – Laugharne to Llansteffan

    miles walked: 15   completed: 894.3   to go: 166

    the deserted path of the first Carmarthenshire estuary, a glimpse of Dylan Thomas’ boathouse, no rest at the Pilgrim’s Rest, but water from a mythical queen

  8. day 82 – Llansteffan to Carmarthen

    miles walked: 9   completed: 903.3   to go: 157

    a walk on the sands and a curious community, learning from locals, and the dog who was afraid of hats