Dinefwr Ramblers

Carmarthenshire

Castlemartin Range Walk 30th September 2018

The weather report promised an overcast but dry day.  In the event however we suffered perpetual drizzle and a couple of showers en-route to the rendezvous point.  In all we numbered fourteen, with our National Park guide Peter Royale and his colleague Nicky.  A couple of guest Ramblers also turned up.  Many of the experienced and wiser members donned their waterproofs, but the careless incumbent writer had put too much trust in the weathermen and had left his behind.  He fell back onto his contingency and donned a blue bag under his outer layer. Soon afterwards however the weather brightened and thereafter we enjoyed a splendid day.  The blue bag was soon dispensed with.

Seal and pup

All credit must be given to Peter our host who was extremely knowledgeable in matters of history, nature and the environment and who took the time to communicate all the various aspects of the walk in the most eloquent and laid-back manner.  We were entertained with the military presence, ornithology, archaeology, geology, botany, and even tales of Queen Victoria’s visit to the splendid farmhouse now a ruin.

The coastal scenery was breathtaking with incredible undulating and discontinuous layers of sedimentary carboniferous limestone and pillared sea stacks defying gravity on the brink of collapse.  One colossal sedimentary layer had become exposed and depending upon your viewpoint could have been interpreted as the world’s largest skateboard park or Pembrokeshire’s largest smile.  Many different kinds of fossils were to be found in abundance.  At the water’s edge were seals with their pups, and other wild life along the coastal path, such as a hare who just literally popped up from the undergrowth in front of our eyes.

At one point we all participated in a clean-up of a beautiful sandy beach at the request of our backmarker and guide Nicky.  We set-to with gusto and cleared a substantial amount of plastic which was rewarding and also saddening as we could not impact the greater scale of the problem.

 At the end of the walk a substantial collection was made for the Pembrokeshire Coastal Park.

 A big thank you to the organisers and the National Park for such a splendid, relaxed and educational day rambling.

Mike O.

Sea stack

Monday, January 21, 2019