Dale Fort is set in a spectacular location high on the cliffs within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, giving superb views over the sea.
Built in 1856 to defend the Milford Haven waterway against invasion, it has been a field centre since 1948.
Dale Fort is right on the Wales Coastal Path, has four beaches within walking distance and is a short drive to both Marloes Sands (NT) and Skomer Island, renowned for its populations of puffins, guillemots and razorbills.
The Centre is within easy reach to local surf beaches, West Dale (5 minutes drive), Broad Haven (20 minutes drive) and Newgale (40 mins drive).
Dale Fort has a Solar P.V. installation producing sustainable electricity and also has an on-site jetty for easy direct access to the sea.
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We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our residential centres offer a range of room sizes and layouts from single and twin up to larger dormitories. Note: not all centres have single/twin rooms. All rooms are subject to availability. Some rooms are en suite and others have shower and toilet facilities close by. Please contact us if you want to discuss your room requirements.
Each centre also has places to relax during any free time such as a lounge, games room and outdoor space.
For one day visits you are usually asked to bring a packed lunch unless it is specified otherwise.
Residential visits include freshly prepared seasonal meals, with a hot breakfast, packed lunch and choice of evening meal. Food is sourced locally wherever possible and we can cater for most dietary requirements. All of our residential centres have been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here Bronze Award which recognises organisations which go the extra mile to make sure visitors are receiving healthy, nutritious and sustainable meals.
To get a better idea on what food we offer at our centres, please see our sample meals
Dale is a popular location for sailing and windsurfing but the village has a long sea-faring tradition. In the 16th century it was one of Pembrokeshire’s most important ports and had a reputation as a smugglers’ hideout, while ships were still being built at Dale in the 1850s.
There are sheer Old Red Sandstone cliffs along the peninsula, with a nearly flat cliff-top plateau which is the result of wave cut erosion when the sea was 200 feet higher some 400 million years ago. The Dale peninsula is largely treeless, but this walk takes in long slopes down to the sea that are unusual for being heavily wooded.
Dale Fort offers excellent views along the Haven Waterway. The Victorian fort was built inside a far larger Iron Age settlement and was a key part of Milford Haven’s 19th century defences. Dale Fort is 150m of the Wales Coast Path.
Travel to Dale Fort
As part of our environmental commitment we encourage all visitors to travel by coach, train or public transport.
By road – From the M4 (Junction 49) follow the A48 to Carmarthen and then the A40 to Haverfordwest. From Haverfordwest take the B4327 to Dale. Follow the road into the village of Dale. Take the left-hand fork in the road following the waterfront. Just after the Griffin Inn there is a turning to the left sign-posted ‘Field Studies Centre.’ (Not suitable for coaches). The Centre is located at the end of the lane. Please be careful on the lane, it is very narrow with only a few passing places.
By train – The nearest railway station to the Centre is Milford Haven. Visitors arrange their own transfers.
By bus – Please visit https://www.fflecsi.wales/locations/pembrokeshire/. Fflecsi operates within a set zone and is available anytime between 7.30am and 6.30pm (Monday to Saturday). Travel can be booked by downloading the Fflecsi App from the App Store or Play Store. Alternatively, you can book by phoning 0300 234 0300 (Mon-Sat: 7am – 7pm/Sun: 9am – 6pm). There is no coach access to Dale Fort, a drop off in the village is required.
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