We first discovered Newgale on a visit to St David’s. It was a late afternoon in summer – that magical time of day, tinged with golden light, when families retreat to their tents and camper vans for tea. Rounding a corner in the road, the unexpected sight of Newgale’s stretch of sand and the flat of the campsite behind took our breath away. We couldn’t stop, but we knew we would have to return.
And return we did, but this time on foot, for Newgale is a great destination if, like us, you enjoy a good coastal walk. Its lengthy beach can be reached from the Pembrokeshire coastal path, which we joined at nearby Solva.
We set off from the Gribin, the rocky ridge that runs alongside Solva’s sheltered harbour. Wildflowers now wave in the breeze at the Gribin’s end where once an Iron Age hill fort stood, and walkers pause to enjoy the magnificent views.
Stopping to gaze for a while we see the St David’s peninsula stretching along the horizon behind us. Ahead lie valleys leading to pebbly beaches and sandy coves.
As we near our destination, the view of Newgale once again causes us to catch our breath. The beach extends before us as a long, wave-washed, sandy line backed by sea-tumbled stones. White clouds scud above us, as breakers crash in from the Atlantic, bringing with them pretty pebbles, shells, and an abundance of spider crab legs and carapaces.
Coming down off the coastal path leads straight to Sands Café where we enjoy a generous lunch and rest our weary legs. Conveniently, the stop for buses travelling in the direction of Solva is directly opposite the cafe, and so, lunch finished, we are shuttled back in no time at all.
Images by Helen Duncan