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Wonders Of The Coast Path

  • Episode:

    4 of 6

  • Title:

    Pembrokeshire

  • Transmission (TX):

    Thu 13 Aug 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 33 2020 : Sat 08 Aug - Fri 14 Aug

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 29 Jul 2020

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Series overview

Wales is the only country in the world with a designated path that stretches around its entire coastline. 

Opened in 2012, the Wales Coast Path stretches for 870 miles from just outside Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south. 

Sean Fletcher goes on an epic journey to travel the length of the Wales Coast Path, meeting the people who live and work along its route and immersing himself in a range of coastal adventures. 

This is an ITV Cymru Wales production for ITV

Episode 4 - Pembrokeshire

This time, in Pembrokeshire, Sean meets a family who have moved to the coast to live off-grid and takes part in an archeological dig to unearth the secrets of a medieval chapel. 

Then he joins members of a Blind Society to find out how they use sound to experience the coast and discovers baby seals at Castlemartin military firing range. 

The first port of call is to the Watkins family who live outside Newport, who are dedicated to living sustainably in a house built out of recycled materials. “I was getting quite stressed out at work, working long hours and busy days,” explains Charis Watkins who, like her husband, Matthew, had worked as a vet.  

“We didn’t really have much time for each other, and just wanted to be more self-sufficient.”

Matthew adds: “And find a bit of space, replace concrete and tarmac and things like that with grass and trees.” 

Next stop is an archeological dig at St Patrick’s Chapel, Whitesands Bay near St Davids. There, National Park Authority archeologist Tomos Jones talks of the work being done to uncover hundreds of bodies, buried in early medieval times, and now under threat from the sea.

Tomas says: “We are excavating some burials.  A mix of adults and children and some very small infants.  Some of the remains actually predate the sixth century.” 

“Just by chance we have the coast path running by the site. We have had lots of people coming and asking what’s going on so it’s great that we are getting the community involved.”

Heading south, Sean joins national park ranger Ian Meopham and a group from the Pembrokeshire Blind Society as they walk from Haroldston Chins to Broad Haven.

Ian says: “Sometimes, I think as sighted people, we rely too much on our vision and we don’t use our ears, we don’t use our sense of smell.  So it’s a really good reminder from the group how rich this environment is.”

The final stop on the Pembrokeshire section of Sean’s tour along the coast path is the Castlemartin Training Range. Here, park ranger Lynn Houlston takes the presenter to see a newly born grey seal pup. She says: “The mums will feed them for about three weeks, and then that’s it. She abandons them after that and they are on their own.

“After week one she will start taking them out into the sea and showing them how to catch their own food and how to swim.”