Angle Coastline Walk (Short Route)
Angle village has an excellent coastline walk; in fact, you can take two. Both trails put you on the same route. The longer one will take you further out to the Angle Peninsula. I decided to take the shorter way this time as I wanted to spend some time at Chapel Bay Fort, a recently opened museum full of historical treasures.
Parking is at West Angle Bay. It is also free for the day, and there is a cafe nearby if you decide to eat before you depart on the coastline walk. There is a lot to see on the trail until you get to Chapel Bay Fort, then it is a two-mile walk across fields & woodland, making it difficult to look at the views of the coastline until you reach the lifeboat station. There is also plenty of features to see around the village too when making your way back to the car park.
Parking & Location for Angle Coastline Walk
Parking for walking along the Angle Coastline is at West Angle Bay. You can also use this area for the long walk; alternatively, you can park at Freshwater West on the long route.
West Angle Bay to Chapel Bay Fort
The trail begins at the car park near West Angle Beach which is currently free to visitors. It can be hectic during the summer period so it would be best to turn up early. As you make your way to the beach, a coast path winds along the edge where you finally meet Chapel Bay fort. In between these two points is Thorne Island.
Chapel Bay Fort
Chapel Bay Fort is a Grade II listed building, completed in 1891; it was constructed initially as part of the coastline defences along the Pembrokeshire coast. The Army left in 1932 but was used again during World War Two. It is now a museum with access by road or on foot with an entrance fee of five pounds at the time of writing. I had a great time here, there is so much military history to see here & the information from the guide was great. There is also plenty of old weapons to see. It has not long been open to the public & the work that put into Chapel Bay Fort has been commendable. If you get a chance, give it a visit, well worth it.
Final Leg of Angle Coastline Walk
After spending some time at the Fort, the walk takes you to the other side of Angle to the RNLI station, a busy place for rescues. Trees & woodland mostly obscure most of the view between the station and the fort. Just after the station, you will find a derelict building (a former RNLI station), then Old Point House, a farmhouse pub dating back to around 1500 with magnificent views overlooking Angle Bay. After the public house, there is a beautiful view of the bay itself overlooking the peninsula including the mouth of the Cleddau. After this you can find a Pele tower, a medieval defensive structure dating back to the 14th century currently Grade I listed.
After passing the Pele Tower, you come into Angle village where you see the church, shop, another pub (Hibernia Inn) & a road leading back to the other side of Angle. It took me about three hours with stops & a visit to chapel Bay Fort. The paths along this stretch are generally not too steep, so a nice & easy walk. More details about the trail I had taken is available here.
Other Nearby Coastal Walks
Pembrokeshire has miles upon miles of coastline to walk. Other interesting walks not too far away from Angle Village can be viewed in the links below.
- Green Bridge of Wales to Bullslaughter Bay – A lovely coastal walk on the Castlemartin Ranges with lots of coastal features.
- Castlemartin Range Walk – Another nearby walk of historical interest.
- Barafundle Bay – Another place to visit which is not too far away when travelling by car.
I also have a selection of canvas prints available of selected areas & features around Angle. You can view them here.