Planning your walk


Planning Your Walk

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Adobe Acobat PDF, Print Version Dale to Neyland
16 miles, (25.7 Kilometres)

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In the map, drag the onto the Coast Path. Find out how it was done on our main Park Website.

Double check the tide tables for the two tidal crossings to avoid long detours on road.

There are now no stiles on this section, except for one just south of Herbrandston on the high tide alternative route.

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0.6 miles, often busy, road with no pavement. 0.4 miles stony causeway. 0.6 miles sandy beach which is quite difficult walking. 4 gates at Musselwick Farm. Stepping stones at The Gann Crossing.

The tidal crossing at The Gann can only be crossed for sure three and a half hours each side of low water. The high tide route is 1.6 miles of narrow busy road with no pavement. Also 1.6 miles of farmland footpaths often with grazing cattle. 1 stone stile beside cattle grid, 8 gates (and 3 gates at Musselwick).

Musselwick to Wenall Bay : 2 miles, (3.2 km)
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A steep hill to the West of Monk Haven and to the east of Monk Haven Folly. 2 Gates (the gate at Monk Haven Folly is not wheelchair accessible).

Wenall Bay to Sandy Haven : 2 miles, (3.2 km)
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Gentle gradients and wide views of the Haven when approached from St Ishmael's. The steps gates and hills are all near Sandy Haven. 4 wicket gates, 1 kissing gate, 25 steps.

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A mistake with the tide tables leads to this 4 mile detour. It is mostly on road, at least half of which is busy main road. Much of the road is narrow, with no pavement.

Not marked on most maps is a 400m off road permissive route just north of Herbrandston.

6 gates, 1 stile.

Sandy Haven to Gelliswick : 4 miles, (6.4 km)
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Sandy Haven Pill - the local term for an inlet - is a peaceful tidal creek. It used to have a ferry, but can now be crossed at low tide by a footbridge and stepping stones.

If the causeway is not submerged it is possible to walk the beach to where the next stream flows across the beach (The Mun’s Mouth), rejoin the Coast Path there. The gradients on the Coast Path above the beach are not severe.

0 stiles, two flights of concrete steps at South Hook Jetty with 95 steps, 2 wicket gates, 2 kissing gates and 1 narrow kissing gate on South Hook Road.

Despite the apparent hardness of the Old Red Sandstone, the section west of The Muns Mouth has one of the fastest rates of erosion on the coast. The National Trail has been realigned inland some four times here since 1989. The section East of The Muns Mouth is a surprisingly wild and little-used section of the Coast Path, given that it is close to a big town.







Gelliswick to Venn Farm : 3 miles, (4.8 km)
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This National Trail does not have a designated route through the larger towns, the maps and guides show various recommended routes, but the walker will choose the route that suits, depending on their need for accommodation and supplies. A route has been way-marked through the towns with acorn markers stuck to lamposts and road signs, usually high up, however these are vulnerable to both vandals and new paint. Use of a map is advised.

Brown signs with the acorn have been added to street signposts etc, look out for these now between Monkton, Pembroke and Gelliswick. Also look out for the acorn symbol on the County Council's green footpath signs.

Venn Farm to Hazelbeach : 3 miles, (4.8 km)
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Cross fields and woodland walk. Great views of the Dragon Liquid Natural Gas Plant and the Waterston Tank Storage Depot. 10 steps, 11 gates. 4 large wind turbines now dominate the skyline to the eastern side of this section; 2 are very closed to the Coast Path.

Hazelbeach to Neyland : 2 miles, (3.2 km)
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Only slight gradients on this road section. Half is a fairly quiet narrow road with no pavement, half is a pavement walk on the sea front.