Pembrokeshire Easter 2014
Not on my normal theme, but here is a wee write up of my holiday last week in Pembrokeshire with my best friend’s Zoe and Sam. We stayed in a cottage just outside of a village called St Nicolas, which was without doubt one of the finest cottages I have ever stayed in.
Ours is the one on the right, complete with log fire big beds and stunning views of the Strumble head area and sea.
A few hundred meters from the cottage is a standing stone, which we investigated (as you do) at the time I noticed what appears a raised circle in the ground near by but as it was 7pm and getting cold on the first night I didn’t investigate further. Later I found out it was a stone circle.
On our first day we walked the next leg of the Pembrokeshire Coastal path, which started in Fishguard (where I finished last time) and ended 9 miles further along the coast at Strumble Head Lighthouse.
I have no idea why the sign post had a knitted cover but it was rather cleaver with knitted fish and water.
In this picture(not very clear) we see one of the headland bits we walked around with a very nice cottage with its own beech, miles from anywhere. In summer this looked heaven in winter, winter might be another matter.
Here we are at Strumble Light House at the end of days one walk. Or should I say the the end of the planned walk, we had planned to get a taxi back to Fishguard from here, and had to walk a couple of miles back inland along the road to find a phone signal to call for the taxi. Zoe is waving her skull’s flag (she thinks she is a pirate) why ear muffs on a sunny day? It was windy.
We returned home and I lit the fire whilst food was being cooked. We all relaxed in front of the fire watching the flames do their dance.
As I am still gaining fitness (taking a long time) I didn’t walk on the second day, but did a taxi service back to Strumble head so Zoe and Sam could walk on again another 8 mile or so leg to a beech called Abermawr where lots of the headland had been washed away form the winter storms. I met the two of them for luck on the beech and we all sat in the sun relaxed.
Back at the cottage Zoe and me climbed up the crags behind the cottage (because they were there) and wandered over the fields above the cottages.
We came across the Cromlech on the property, which dates to about 3000BC. This Cromlech is unusual in thats its top (cap stone) is held by only two rocks and not three. It balances very well and considering the age its lasted very well indeed. Its called ‘Ffyst Samson’. The views form the top are breathtaking, you can see the entire Northern stretch of the costal path and the countryside around for miles.
To get back to cars, we found another old relic in the field on the way back to the cottage, what looked like an old Morris 8 engine and gearbox (thanks Nick for the lead on that one). Speaking to the owner today (saturday 12th) It turns out that was there when they bought the farm in the 1970’s. I doubt it will last as long as the cromlech, but its has appeal in itself. I suggested they dig a hole and make it into a standing sculpture all of its own. If we return next year I will be taking my tools and see if I can strip it down a bit and move it down the hill for the owners as they wanted it moved but it was too heavy.
We had a great BBQ in the garden later with one of Zoe’s friend’s who lives local, we had a great evening of food and chatting.
Our last full day was a chill out day with laying and cooked breakfasts, some crabbing in Solva and a Bonfire in the evening with the group form the cottage next door.