A coastal view from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

National Trail Officer's Survey 4: Power Station to Pembroke

22nd May 2014

13th May 2014

Today I set out to survey from the Power Station back to Pembroke.  I caught the 8.40 from Milford to Pembroke (Co-op) and then after about 40 mins wait caught the Coastal Cruiser at 10.03 towards Angle.  The electronic bus forecast live update at the bus stop does not have the Coastal Cruiser on it! The ‘hail and ride’ walker busses will pick up and drop off anywhere it is safe.  The driver was happy to drop me at the Power Station turning giving me a 1.5 mile (2.4 km) road walk to join the Coast Path.  

I tend to do survey walks that are aimed to fit in the working day (more or less) and surveying is slow about 2km per hour depending on the number of maintained items and detail of the survey.   The problem with the Coastal Cruiser walks is that they are a late start and the last bus back to Milford is 4.37pm.  For this reason I will bus out and walk back to the van for the rest of the Coastal Cruiser walks.  (If you were finishing at Haverfordwest the last bus leaves Pembroke Castle at 6.51 pm.)

Photo: Across the Pembroke River

Power Station to the main road into Monkton where you could park is approx.  3 miles or 5km footpath and 1.2 miles (1.9km road), with a further 0.8 mile (1.3km) pavement to the Castle bus stop.  It takes about 2 hours to get to the path, but that’s from Milford, about 45 mins from Pembroke, the Coast Path walk takes about 2.5 hours.

Photo: Woodland flowers (Lambeeth Pill)

This is a quiet woodland and farmland walk with steep valleys at Goldborough and Lambeeth Pills.  A Pill is the name for a tidal creek.  In May the woods are a blaze of colour with wild garlic, bluebells and campion dominant.   The start of this walk is dominated by the gas fired power station and the pylons that carry the power to the rest of Wales.  The wires buzz and hum in damp weather, but today was fine and the power station soon drops behind and one can appreciate the quiet bustle of undisturbed nature.  After Lambeeth farm yard the path drops down to pass some ruins and cross an old pack horse bridge, what stories rest here I wonder.  A steep rise through woodland brings me to a disused lane full of wild flowers, then down again to Goldborough Pill. At Goldborough Pill there is a fairly unusual square kiln.  Almost every beach and creak (in non-limestone areas) has a lime kiln.  Lime and often coal was brought in sailing ships to feed the kiln where lime to sweeten the acidity of the land and cement buildings together was produced.  Usually the ruin of the kiln keeper’s cottage and an access track will be found nearby.  After a very minor road walk the Path again crosses farmland with views across the Pembroke River towards Pennar.  The mudflats are important for overwintering and breeding birds.  Soon I come to Monkton,  the Coast Path through towns is waymarked with metal signs banded to lampposts, supplemented with sticky waymark discs.  Once in Pembroke or Pembroke Dock you have some good hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops and the option of buses and trains to various locations.

Photo: Goldborough Pill Kiln

The walker bus used was the 387 Coastal Cruiser.  Visit http://www.pembrokeshiregreenways.co.uk for full bus details. 

 

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Woodland flowers (Lambeeth Pill)
Goldborough Pill Kiln
Across the Pembroke River