Welsh Walks: Walk Around Strumble Head

Posted on 06/06/2021 By

Hefyn… A talking picture.

Bertie: “Wake up, Hefyn! we are going back to Wales. I am on holiday with Bobby and the other bears. You are narrator. Over to you mate.”

Hefyn: “Aahhh, boyo. I have been waiting for this! You did that fantastic walk round Strumble Head last October and now we can share it with our readers. If you haven’t been to Pembrokeshire, make sure you do before you snuff it. It’s glorious. Has the best beaches in the world. The most wonderful islands and wildlife. It might rain now and again, but that’s why it is so beautiful. Next week we will tell you all about where Bobby and the bears are staying. But for now, here is one of the best walks in Wales and, therefore, the world.”

Cael diwrnod
(have a lovely day)

A Welsh Walk around Strumble Head

Map outlining the walk around Strumble Head.

Green: Main walk. Orange: Alternate diversion near the end of the walk. Click on the map for a larger version).

This walk is glorious. Even the car parking space is extra special. Being directly opposite the memorial to the Welsh poet Dewi Emrys. The words on the memorial translated are:

“And these are the thoughts that come to you when you sit above Pwll Deri.”
Car park at Strumble Head.

Car parking.

Memorial to Dewi Emrys and looking out to the sea.

Memorial to Dewi Emrys.

The plaque on the memorial.

The lane leads to the Youth Hostel, with reputedly the finest view of any hostel in Britain.

The walk starts at the coast path sign at the entrance to the hostel. It’s then coast path with the sea on the left all the way to Strumble Head.

YHA Pwll Deri, with the view out to sea.

YHA Pwll Deri… (Bobby’s stayed there a few times).

Bertie, Eamonn & Trevor sat on a bench, with the view and the sea behind.

The start of the walk. Nice seat.

View across the sea.

Deal pup basking on a rock.

Seal pup in the autumn. These in October in any cove visible from the path.

Carn Llidi.

Carn Llidi. Highest point on the coast near St David’s (far distance).

Gorse at Carn Llidi.

Inlet bays at Carn Llidi.

Garn Fawr.

Garn Fawr. The highest point, at the end of the walk.

The path approaching Strumble Head.

Strumble Head just round the corner.

Bertie, with Strumble Head Lighthouse in the background.

Strumble Head Lighthouse.

Watch the light phases. They tell mariners which lighthouse they are seeing the light from:

Information poster for the derelict WWII observation building.

Strumble Head has an old derelict WW11 observation building. Perfect for bird watchers. Lots of information posters. Click for full size version.


Strumble Head seabirds poster.

Strumble Head "The Sea" poster.

Sea Trust's People's Porpoise Project.


Murky view from the observation building.

The weather starting closing in when we were inside the observation building.

The Irish Ferry viewed from the observation building.

The Irish Ferry from Fishguard.

The lane from Strumble Head, with Garn Fawr in the distance.

From Strumble Head the walk heads inland along the lane, with Garn Fawr at the top of the hill.

Classic Pembrokeshire cottage.

Classic Pembrokeshire cottage.

Slightly run-down cottage for sale.

Needs TLC.

Road junction to St Nicholas.

Turn right. The weather turned later and we took the diversion route (shown orange on the map). So we decided to go back the following day to go over Garn Fawr.

On top of Garn Fawr

Bertie on top of Garn Fawr.

Sun reflecting on the sea from the top of Garn Fawr.

Bertie sat by the Trig Point on top of Garn Fawr, with the ssea in the distance behind.

The Trig Point on top of Garn Fawr.

View across the Pembrokshire countryside.

Bertie sat of Garn Fawr, with the sun reflecting on the sea in the background.

View from Garn Fawr of the Pembrokshire coast with the sea in the distance.

Bertie on the Trig Point.

Golden sunset over the sea as seen from Garn Fawr.

A panorama from Garn Fawr:

And back to the car. We really liked the following description of virtually the same walk without the Youth Hostel, but parking at Strumble head. Beautiful photography.


Lighting a Candle for Diddley

Bertie sat in front of a computer viewing the photographs in this blog, alongside a candle lit for Diddley.


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  1. Chris Norman says:

    Brought back memories of learning to walk again 2014. I managed Garn Fawr but some of the coastal path dips I struggled with. Enjoyed the pictures.

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