Fairly easy walking on the mainly level wave cut Marloes - Dale plateau with the occasional short climb out of steepish valleys cut by glacial meltwater at the end of the last Ice Age. A walk of contrasts starting on the wild and treeless Atlantic coast with spectacular views of the rugged offshore islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm, and ending in the gentle, pastoral and in places wooded shelter of the Milford Haven waterway. This section is close to accommodation and the village shops, pubs and cafes of Maloes and Dale. The many access points and excellent coastal bus service makes this a popular area for short and circular walks.
There are now no stiles on this section.
Open to the full rage of the Atlantic storms, this section has some very sheer cliffs and active erosion threatens the National Trail. The Trail cuts across the neck of the western peninsula (the Deer Park), although there is an alternative footpath that provides this worthwhile extra loop.
New views open up, with the islands of Skomer and Skokholm interrupting the expanse of ocean. 2 kissing gates and a wicket gate through the Deer Park (grade 3) or three wicket gates accessed from Martin's Haven Car Park (grade 2).
The path passes through the grand Iron Age Fort at Watery Bay and the fairly level cliff top plateau continues. Views of storm-sculptured rock formations give way to those along the magnificent Marloes Beach as one turns the corner above Gateholm.
1 kissing gate, one flight of 15 steps, slight gradients.
At each end of this walk steep descents and ascents take the walker from 150 feet to sea level and back again on steep, stepped slopes. In between the cliff path is fairly flat. Approached from Dale airfield gives access to a gentle walk.
6 wicket gates, 130 steps, 6 hills.
(Grade 2 using the access footpath along the airfield).
The Coast Path route is again on a nearly flat cliff top plateau with no steep hills.
0 stiles, 0 steps, 2 kissing gates, 1 wicket gate. The southern 250m at St. Anne’s Head is on a very quiet private road.
A fairly flat section apart from the steep hill down to Mill Bay and up again.
0 stiles, 2 wicket gates, 1 kissing gate, 50 steps. Good views across the Milford Haven Waterway of Angle Peninsula, oil tankers and the ferry to Ireland pass frequently.
Accessed from West Blockhouse this is a fairly level section but near Dale Fort there are few moderate hills.
9 wicket gates, 35 steps.
The route passes through some woodlands, there are some irrigation ponds (for early potatoes) close to the path - dragon and damsel flies abound in their season.
A long steady hill along a narrow road. The paths off through the woods are not an alternative route. Watch out for the nettles if a car comes. Glimpses of windsurfers between the trees give early indications of Dale’s importance as a watersports centre.