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Looking across the bay at Pwllgwaelod at the south western corner of Dinas Island

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Route No. 485 - Sunday 9 September 2012
Dinas Island circuit - 6km
Pembrokeshire Coast . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL35 North Pembrokeshire


The beach at Pwllgwaelod where we parked to start our walk around Dinas Island
The beach at Pwllgwaelod where we parked to start our walk around Dinas Island

Setting off along the path from Pwllgwaelod to Cwm-yr-Eglwys
Setting off along the path from Pwllgwaelod to Cwm-yr-Eglwys

Path through a car park at Cwm-yr-Eglwys
Path through a car park at Cwm-yr-Eglwys

The headland here, called Dinas Island, is owned by the National Trust. As we set off in the late morning sunshine there were a few people sitting at the tables in the pub beer garden next to the beach. We followed a wheelchair friendly path from map ref. SN004399 heading east across the southern end of the headland for about a kilometer to the south eastern corner of the head land at Cwm-yr-Eglwys, map ref. SN.014401.

This week my wife and I are staying in a holiday cottage on the Pembrokeshire Coast a couple of kilometers east of Fishguard. The weather forecast for today was for a bright start with showers developing during the afternoon. We drove a little way east along the A487 and turned left off the main road at Dinas Cross to drive through Bryn-henllan to a car park on the coast at Pwllgwaelod, map ref. SN005399, at the southwestern corner of the headland.

Wheelchair friendly path from Pwllgwaelod to Cwm-yr-Eglwys
Wheelchair friendly path from Pwllgwaelod to Cwm-yr-Eglwys

Path past a boat park at Cwm-yr-Eglwys
Path past a boat park at Cwm-yr-Eglwys

Approaching the beach at Cwm-yr-Eglwys
Approaching the beach at Cwm-yr-Eglwys

Ruined church of St. Brynaeh
Ruined church of St. Brynaeh

There was a violent storm in October 1859 that destroyed the church and wrecked many ships along the coast. Now only the gable end with the belfry remains.

The village here gets its name from the ruined church of St. Brynaeh next to the beach. This celtic church was built in the 1100's.

Model coaster of the kind wrecked in the storm of 1859
Model coaster of the kind wrecked in the storm of 1859

The bay at Cwm-yr-Eglwys seen from the coastal path
The bay at Cwm-yr-Eglwys seen from the coastal path

The sea front at Cwm-yr-Eglwys
The sea front at Cwm-yr-Eglwys

Coast path around the eastern side of Dinas Island
Coast path around the eastern side of Dinas Island

Comparing dolphin sightings
Comparing dolphin sightings

Coast path on the east side of Dinas Island
Coast path on the east side of Dinas Island

Along the way we met people who had spotted a small pod of 5 dolphins just off the headland. My wife stopped for a few minutes to look whilst she waited for me to catch up and she was lucky enough to see them briefly about 200m away.

From the church yard we followed the Pembrokeshire coastal path northwards and then northwest around the headland. The path climbed steadily all the way for about 2km from beach level at the ruined church to a trig point on Pen-y-Fan at a height of 142m.(410ft) at Dinas Head on the northern end of Dinas Island.

Heading north on the coast path from Cwm-yr-Eglwys
Heading north on the coast path from Cwm-yr-Eglwys

Coast path around the eastern side of Dinas Island
Coast path around the eastern side of Dinas Island

Looking out from the coast path to the headland east of Newport
Looking out from the coast path to the headland east of Newport

A steep climb on the east side of Dinas Island
A steep climb on the east side of Dinas Island

Coast path on the east side of Dinas Island
Coast path on the east side of Dinas Island

Pwll Glas on the eastern side of Dinas Island
Pwll Glas on the eastern side of Dinas Island

Coast path heading south west fro Pen-y-Fan
Coast path heading south west fro Pen-y-Fan

Rocky headlands through the mist and rain
Rocky headlands through the mist and rain

The driving rain continued as we made our descent of about 1.5km from the Dinas Head trig point back to the car park at Pwllgwaelod. We were soaked and we drove back to our cottage to get dried out and have a hot drink, but this short walk had been a lovely introduction to the Pembrokeshire coast.

As we approached the trig point on Pen-y-Fan at the top of the climb the rain started. It was just drizzle at first but it soon developed into a heavy downpour in a strong wind and it did not stop for the rest of our walk. The coastal scenery here is wonderful and even through the rain and low cloud it was still impressive.

The trig point on Pen-y-Fan on Dinas Island
The trig point on Pen-y-Fan on Dinas Island

Rocky headlands through the mist and rain
Rocky headlands through the mist and rain

Dinas Island is owned by the National Trust
Dinas Island is owned by the National Trust

Returning to Pwllgwaelod through the driving rain
Returning to Pwllgwaelod through the driving rain

Back at Pwllgwaelod in the mist and rain
Back at Pwllgwaelod in the mist and rain