Marloes (pronounced in the English way: “Marlows” rather than the Welsh “Marloys”) is one of Pembrokeshire’s westernmost larger beaches. It faces out into the Atlantic, making for spectacular waves, and even though it is one of the many large, golden sand beaches across the county, the many rocky outcrops across the beach make it quite unusual and distinctive.
What it’s like:
The beach is a long stretch of golden sand, curving round towards the south end of the beach. It’s a wild and remote beach, with amazing rock strata across the cliffs that make it appealing for climbers, and striking rock outcrops littered across the beach that perhaps might remind visitors of parts of Australia’s or New Zealand’s coastlines.
Up at the north end of the beach, low tide will reveal a tempting land bridge to Gateholm Island, whilst Skokholm sits a couple of miles off the coast.
How to get there:
Head from the farm back through Pembroke and head north on the A477 towards Haverfordwest & Milford Haven. You’ll cross the Cleddau Bridge over the Haven: the amazing views up & down the Haven make the small toll fee well worth it.
Although it sometimes feels quicker to head into Haverfordwest & all the way out on the B4327, the shortest route is to head west through Milford Haven, turning right after you rejoin the B4327, just before Dale. Pass through the village of Marloes, keeping an eye out for the left turn towards the beach itself. There’s a car park at the end of the road, park there & walk back along the road past the turning to the Youth Hostel. The footpath will be on your right, opposite a small passing place.
Be warned, it’s a fair old way down to the beach, and there are no facilities, so take the chance to nip to the loo & carry drinks/snacks with you.
What to do when you’re there:
- Take a picnic! It’s a lovely setting for lunch or a bbq, especially at sunset when you’ll probably have the beach to yourselves
- The fields opposite the lower part of the path are home to some very confident rabbits; they’re usually out playing even in daylight
- Take a walk across the beach, but keep an eye on the tide. You’ll usually be able to scramble over the foot of the cliffs to get back to dry land, but why spoil a good day out
- Try your hand at some easy rock climbing. The angle of the cliffs make it an easy spot to start at, but try to climb along them (instead of up) so you dont’ have too far to slide when you come down – intentionally or otherwise!
Other things you should know about it:
It’s a very long way out to Marloes, you may feel like the drive is taking forever, but the final destination is well worth it.
Time Team did a dig on Gateholm (see http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team/episode-guide/series-19/episode-1) (http://www NULL.channel4 NULL.com/programmes/time-team/episode-guide/series-19/episode-1) – they rigged a zip wire to access the island whatever the tide