This weekend I explored parts of the South Pembrokeshire coastline near the Castlemartin Range. Along this stretch of coastline you can walk from the Green Bridge until as far as you wish east along the coastal path.
Before heading out to Stack Rocks and Green Bridge of Wales be sure to plan ahead, double check the ranges are open to the public; the road which leads to the car park passes through an MOD army tank range and is closed during certain times on military training days. Phone Pembroke Visitor Centre – 01437 776499 or Castlemartin Range – 01646 662367 or check online at Castlemartin Firing Range.
This part of the coastline is one of the most beautiful and stunning scenaries, depending on how far you walk you will see Stack Rocks, Cauldron, Flimston Ridge, Flimston Bay, Crocksydam and Moody Nose, also St. Govans Head.
Green Bridge of Wales is your first port of call and not far from the car park. It is a dramatic natural rock arch, recently damaged by winter rough storms. The bridge would have once been double the span that it is now but wontinuous weathering and erosion have reduced it to its current state. The bridge is truely impressive and a pedastal rock feature of Wales. There is also a viewpoint here which marks the boundary of the Castlemartin Firing Range, from here the coastal path heads inland past Flimston Chapel and through the military range and joins the country roads to the village of Castlemartin.
A little further along the cliff walk is Stack Rock, or also known as Elegug Stack. There are several other rock pillars nearby but these two stand out more noticeable when walking along the path. There is also a small bay behind the Stack Rocks with a small cavern which climbers descend towards. Both rock pillars are also nesting grounds for Guillemots during Spring and Summer making it a great place to sit with a picnic, watching and listening the birds and the waves.
As you keep walking along the cliff path you’ll next pass The Cauldron which is a very small area that is believed to have been an area of an ancient settlement and fort. There is also a blow hole which during strong winds and high seas I expect would be very dramatic. Soon you reach Flimston Bay which has two small stacks which help to identify the bay as its own. Embedded in the cliff edge there is also a memorial plaque in memory of Trooper Thomas who fell to his death in 1990. Flimston Bay is a stunning beach from every angle, whilst it may be very rocky it looks like the perfect spot to explore the neary cliffs and coastline – but there is no access. As you carry on walking past the memorial plaque you will find yourself with a incredible view of the cliff line. Plus you are able to see the Green Bridge and Stack Rocks too.
The next bay you will reach is Bulslaughter Bay, again another incredible landscape. I believe the final access to the shore is down a steep grassy path. The sand is golden with rockpools and streams heading towards the sea, the beach is backed by impressive limestone cliffs and small caves. Like all of this area of land the beach is only accessible during certain times of the week, but as you can’t see this beach from the coastal path and its roughly a mile east from the car park you may just find yourself enjoying this beautiful bay all to yourself.
I think this has to be one of the most impressive walks and areas I’ve explored of the Pembrokeshire coastline. Now I’m just waiting for a wet and stormy day to see it in a completely different light.
There is a coastal bus which services the local area
Open all year round, but mainly weekends and bank holoidays due to Castlemartin live firing range.