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St Davids Holiday - July 2017

We gradually arrived at the Y Glennydd Hotel for our return visit after five years to be greeted by the same manager, Tim. In the evening we had the first of many good meals. During the week the staff were extremely patient with our varied breakfast requests.

On Sunday, the A party took the bus to Broadhaven to walk to Solva. We stopped at the Newgale beach for lunch and a paddle.

As with the A party, the B party also took the 8.45 am bus to Broadhaven. The weather to start off with was misty with a lot of low cloud so not good for views. Having got off the bus the B party therefore decided to commence the walk with sustenance at the local café. Much refreshed we began the walk in earnest until the lunch break at Nolton Haven. After lunch we carried on towards our destination with the weather improving as the day wore on so much so that we were able to appreciate the lovely Pembrokeshire coastline which is renowned for its beauty. As we walked around the cliffs there was interesting protruding rock formation, from one angle looking like a sphinx. We finished the walk in Newgale in brilliant sunshine and from there caught the 3.15 pm bus back to St David's.

In the evening a few of us went to a special Evensong service. It was very enjoyable with sunlight bathing the cathedral, and lots of hearty singing from the congregation and an impassioned sermon. Some members of the choir were presented with gifts as they were moving on to other parts of the country.

On Monday the A party walked from Solva to Whitesands. We had a great view across to Ramsey Island as we turned 'the corner' to head north. We had lunch at Porthclais and bought ice creams from the National Trust kiosk. Most of us had a nap in the hot sunshine. Later we had a tea stop at St. Justinians at another kiosk. By the kiosk was a fence with a sign stating that people who were interested could visit the ruins of the chapel. Sonia managed to persuade someone in authority that she was interested and was let in.

The B party walked from Newgale to St. David's.

On Tuesday the A party walked from Whitesands to Trefin. This was the most rocky section, including St David's Head. We had afternoon Tea and a pub stop at Trefin.

The B party walked from St David's to Whitesands. They had a coffee stop at Porthclais. Vanessa, Chris and Mary enjoyed a swim/paddle at Whitesands.

Before dinner, William, Vanessa and Chris B attended another Evensong which featured some of the Rachmaninov vespers. Later we played Pictionary. The team consisting of Shona, Alison, Sonia and Mary romped ahead to victory.

Wednesday was our day off. Some caught a boat to Ramsey island to birdwatch while others went to Haverfordwest and/or on to Milford Haven. In the evening, we played a Sherlock Holmes game which we found quite challenging. One particular question had us crying with laughter as I was unable to read beyond this sentence: “Poor Charlie has run out of lamp oil at an inopportune moment …”. A more sedate game of scrabble was being played in the bar.

On Thursday the A party walked from Trefin to Strumble Head. There was a good amount of rock scrambling as we approached Strumble Head. Greg was slightly concerned that we may miss the bus! Our usual bus driver stopped for her smoke break at Trefasser Cross. At Porthgain the B party got on our bus along with the actor couple, Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory with their two children. They did not appear to have been recognised by most of the passengers.

The B party had walked from Whitesands.

On Friday the A party walked from Strumble Head to Fishguard. Our bus driver stopped for another smoke break at Porthgain on the outward journey. Towards the end of our walk we saw and heard a large amount of howling seals. At Fishguard we walked down to the edge of the harbour in the hope of finding a teashop but were disappointed and so headed back uphill to the town. In the teashop, to our surprise, we were joined by four of the B party; Brian, Shona, Mary and Alison.

The B party walked from Porthgain to the Woollen mill at Trefasser Cross. Four of them walked ahead, found the Woollen Mill to be closed and jumped on a bus to Fishguard. The remaining party did make it back to base!

In the evening we went for a stroll to the chapel of St. Non and on the way back saw some bats.

A party walked 61 miles in the week and Shona personally walked 76.72! according to her gadget.

Thank you to Peter for organising another great holiday, and for leading the B walks, and thanks to Greg for leading the A walks.

Chris, Eva & Greg

Photos

Maps of the walks

Pembroke Coastal Path - day 1

Pembroke Coastal Path - day 2

Pembroke Coastal Path - day 3

Pembroke Coastal Path - day 4

Pembroke Coastal Path - day 5