Angle Coastline Walk, Pembrokeshire

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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.

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As soon as you park up, you are greeted by West Angle Bay, a great little beach that also offers free parking.
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Walking along the Angle coastline on the way to Thorne Island. Dale Peninsula is in the distance.
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Looking back to West Angle Bay while on the coastline walk, a beautiful view of part of the Angle peninsula.
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Approaching Thorne Island, on the island is a fort built in 1854 to defend Milford Haven from any invasion by France. Thorne Island was later converted to a hotel in 1947.  Since 1999 it has been bought & sold a few times.  The current owners are restoring Thorne Island.  On 30th January 1894, the ship Loch Shiel struck the island and sank.  The crew & passengers survived, but the cargo of whisky from the Loch Shiel washed ashore.  The load caused some trouble over the weeks after the sinking, including deaths.  More information about the wreck & the shipment can be read on the Coflein site.
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More great views of the coastline as you continue.

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.

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A 30mm Aden Cannon, one of the many military weapons on display.
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Various types of ammunition on display at Chapel Bay Fort. Don’t get into an argument with these guys.
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Officers Mess at Chapel Bay Fort
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On display at Chapel Bay Fort is a 10-inch 18-ton mark II rifled muzzleloader dating from the 1860s and 1870s. It is the most significant gun on display in Wales.
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The muzzle gun & Officers Mess.

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.

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The view from the RNLI Station in Angle. A lovely view overlooking Milford Haven & beyond.
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Angle Bay at Low Tide.
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Pele tower in Angle Village, a medieval defensive structure dating back to the 14th century.

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.

I also have a selection of canvas prints available of selected areas & features around Angle.  You can view them here.

2 Comments

  1. Anna
    6th October 2018

    Thanks for the write up . My husband and I enjoyed the walk so much ! Beautiful views.

    Reply
    1. Chris Ball
      7th October 2018

      Thank you Anna, glad you enjoyed the walk.

      Reply

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