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We booked a week at a cottage (the Coach House) by Hayston House http://www.haystonfarmhouse.co.uk/stay.html close to Pembroke for the week. It is perfect for 2 people, very comfy bed and except for a washing machine, nothing else we could want. However, hand washing a few bits and pieces is no problem.
From our golf winnings we had decided to buy a new projector for South Africa and took great pleasure in trying it out last night. Although we don’t have a screen here we took down the picture above the fireplace and projected onto that. Very effective.
The Coastal Path here was bounded on one side by a disused airfield and I would call typical rolling heathland. Fortunately the path was fairly smooth as Mike was absorbed by the cricket, whenever he could get a signal. At the start of the day a draw looked out of reach for England, which would have resulted in the Ashes being lost.
Our choice of walk today was to drive out to the far end of the Angle peninsula (West of Pembroke) and walk eastwards on the southern shore towards Freshwater West beach. A harder and longer walk than yesterday, about 13km there and back. However we were fortified by tea and cake from the lovely Wavecrest Cafe before starting.
However, Ben Stokes put in a remarkable performance and won the day. Needless to say as I write this Mike cant remember much about the hike itself!
The first part of the hike was fairly mellow, gently undulating, however after rounding East Pickard Bay, it changed to much sharper short ups and downs as we traversed valleys cut into the cliff line. Both of us found it hard work and on reaching the overlook to Freshwater Bay decided against climbing down and then back up again – leaving it for another day. Glad we did as I developed blisters on both feet!
What are my impressions of the day;
- coming across Thorn Island Fort, the island was fortified in the 1850’s to protect against the Napoleonic threat. Very imposing, but today peaceful with yachts sailing past, ferries from Ireland coming and going and families playing on the beach at West Angle Bay
- looking to see if we could make our way across to Sheep Island, fortunately decided not to try in our trainers, good decision as slightly further along the path we saw there was a section of sea cutting off the headland – hence its called an island! Read the map J
- Lying on the grass by East Block House at the end of our hike enjoying the sun on my face whilst waiting for Mike to catch up on the cricket
- being very happy to be out and about on a beautiful day hiking along the cliffs