Pembrokeshire Coast Path – Day 2 – Giltar Point to Freshwater West

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  • Day 2: Giltar Point to Freshwater West
  • Distance: 40.9km
  • Ascent / descent: 979m / 1012m
  • Weather: sunny and hot

We were up to see a gorgeous sunrise this morning… if everyday is like this, then we’re in for a very special treat!

Just before sunrise, looking back at Tenby

Just before sunrise, looking back at Tenby

KC waiting for the sunrise

KC waiting for the sunrise

Sunrise at 5:14am on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Sunrise at 5:14am on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

KC ready for our first big day on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

KC ready for our first big day on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Military firing range on Giltar Point

Military firing range on Giltar Point

Looking out to St Margaret's Island and Caldey Island

Looking out to St Margaret’s Island and Caldey Island

Some interesting looking sheep mesmerised by the sunrise!

Some interesting looking sheep mesmerised by the sunrise!

Sunrise

Not long after the above picture, we saw a fox that after seeing us, ran down into the cliffs.

Cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches

Cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches

Cliff views

Cliff views

It's a gorgeous day, if not a little hot, to be walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path!

It’s a gorgeous day, if not a little hot, to be walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path!

Freshwater East beach

Freshwater East beach

Looking back at the path we've come along

Looking back at the path we’ve come along

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Barafundle Bay Beach

Barafundle Bay Beach

KC with Barafundle Bay Beach in the background

KC with Barafundle Bay Beach in the background

Barafundle Bay Beach

Barafundle Bay Beach

At Barafundle Bay, we took our shoes and socks off and went into the water up to our knees to try and cool down… the water was absolutely freezing! With numb legs we exited the sea, sat on a rock and brushed off the sand before continuing on our way.

Pembrokeshire Coast PathPembrokeshire Coast PathPembrokeshire Coast Path

At Broad Haven, we headed inland to Bosherston for two reasons, we were starving and hoping to get a pub meal, and the coastal trail was closed due to firing on the MOD range. Luckily, St Govan’s Country Inn pub was open (although it was after 3pm so they were serving a limited menu) and we filled up on good old pub grub with a huge slice of apple and pear pie for dessert.

A cute cottage in Bosherston

A cute cottage in Bosherston

Leaving the pub we could hear what sounded like cannons firing in the distance, confirming what we already knew, that we had to take the Castlemartin Range Trail detour.

Taking the 'Castlemartin range trail' detour

Taking the ‘Castlemartin range trail’ detour

Taking the 'Castlemartin range trail' detour

Taking the ‘Castlemartin range trail’ detour

Taking the 'Castlemartin range trail' detour

Taking the ‘Castlemartin range trail’ detour

The detour was through a lot of overgrown farmland and it was a hot day, so it really came as no surprise to either of us to see the following creature slithering through the grass.

A grass snake, the first snake I've ever seen in the UK

A grass snake, the first snake I’ve ever seen in the UK

A grass snake, the first snake I've ever seen in the UK

A grass snake, the first snake I’ve ever seen in the UK

Not only a grass snake, we then also saw a badger! This was also the first time I’ve seen a badger in the UK (I’d never seen one anywhere until just recently in Japan on my bike trip).

A badger

A badger

Wherever possible, we took the road if it was parallel to the fields, just to get out of the overgrown grass. It was a long day!

Sunset at Freshwater West Beach

Sunset at Freshwater West Beach

Admiring the sunset at Freshwater West Beach

Admiring the sunset at Freshwater West Beach

PCP2 elevation profile from Garmin Connect

PCP2 elevation profile from Garmin Connect

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