A life less complicated

Having reached a crossroads in my life I am choosing to step off the treadmill that is my busy life and take time out to travel.  On October 5th 2017 I set off with my Springer Poppy in our motorhome (subsequently swapped for a caravan) ‘freedombird’ initially to explore the remote beauty of the UK coastline and then – well let’s see……

For our earlier adventures in Cornwall from October 5th 2017 to February 10th 2018 click here Cornish times

Abercastle but for once there wasn’t one!….

It was actually raining when we got up today! What is that about? It did however stop around lunchtime by which time we were on our way to Abercastle, a little fishing village, with a small NT car park for about 6 cars and not a lot else.

As you can see it was still quite damp and misty, but we stuck with it – though no dip for Poppydog as the harbour looked pretty muddy! Up the coastal path we went, finding a little stony beach around the first corner, ideal for Poppydog to have a run around.

On we walked towards Porthgain, the weather gradually improving all the while and as ever the seascapes, with the protruding shards of rock offering a dramatic link to the sea way below.

In the rising mist the white cairn of Porthgain could just been seen in the distance (though not visible on the photo).

Before reaching Porthgain we took a footpath inland across ripe barley fields and some wheat field still showing a whole spectrum of colours before being ready to harvest.

We then cut back out towards the coastal path to take a look at Carreg Samson, a 5000 year old burial chamber excavated in 1996 – amazing!

From here we clambered back down to the coastal path and after a little play on the beach we returned to brilliant sunshine on site!

Two thoughts of the day:

There is no doubt that bright blue skies and deep blue seas make for better photos.

Have decided that the South Pembrokeshire Coast will have to wait for a re-run – it is all too beautiful to rush!

A walk from St David’s to St Non’s and Porth Clais….

A mostly cloudy day today, but still very warm with a pleasant coastal breeze. We had missed a little section of the coastal path in this area, so, as to not travel too far, we parked up in a residential area of St David’s and took the footpath across fields to join the coastal path just before St Non’s Bay. On the way we passed the St Non’s Retreat and Chapel, with spectacular uninterrupted views of the sea.

These were both couple constructed in modern times but overlook the site of the original St Non’s Chapel, that was built on the site of the little house that St Non gave birth to St David in about 500AD (a very long time ago!).

The well, that allegedly sits on the site of an ancient spring that sprung on the day St David was born is close by along with a shrine to St Non’s.

The well waters are supposed to have ‘restoring powers for infirmities’ – well time will tell as Poppydog jumped in for a little cool down on the way past!

St Non’s Bay is not accessible but dramatic non the less with this natural arch being covered at high tide.

We continued along the coastal path, found a suitable spot to sit for awhile and just enjoy the views and absolute peace (my kind of retreat!).

Further along we came upon Porth Ffynnon a little sandy cove only accessible by sea or extreme rock climbing!

From there it was a short hop around the headland down into Porth Clais and a much needed cool down for Poppydog before we made the return hike along an inland footpath across fields.

Two thoughts of the day:

Though not by any means a religious experience, I guess I am on a kind of retreat?

Watching those grasses gently waving in the breeze whilst sat at the edge of the coastal path, just reminded me of how much beauty there is around us and how lucky I am to have the time to enjoy it!

Porthgain to Abereiddy and amazing blue seas….

Another beautiful day in paradise – this really is how summer should be! We drove to Abereiddy intending to walk along the coastal path to Porthgain, however, I’m afraid, I refuse to pay £4 to park the car in an overflow car park (field!) way up the hill above Abereiddy, so we carried on to Porthgain and parked for free! Oh yes!

Porthgain is a pretty little harbour side village, buzzing with life on this beautiful day with plenty of alfresco dining places all looking pretty full, several art galleries and of course a couple of ice cream shops – well worth a visit if you are in the area. From the harbour we climbed up to the coastal path.

With views across the harbour to the north at the freshly painted Cairn.

Up on the top we followed the path past some spectacular seascapes and look at the colour of the sea!

The architectural beauty of this natural archway and this carpet of flowering thistles.

And then beneath us the stunning beach of Traeth Llyfn.

Further along we came upon the Bluepool, a disused quarry, which is deep enough even at low tides for those mad enough to use the natural platforms and ruins of the quarry works to jump into the water from great heights.

We watched the jumpers for awhile and then continued on to Abereiddy beach, a sheltered cove of shingle and sand with easy access for launching kayaks and from where coasteering can be experienced.

From here we turned back towards Porthgain for a much needed cold drink and sit in the shade, to cool down a bit before heading back to site.

Two thoughts of the day:

Many of the nicest beaches we have seen have been those that are only accessible by walking along the coastal path.

Why would you jump from a great height into a pool, even when you know it is so deep that there is no chance of reaching the bottom?

All around the Marloes…..

Lovely day from dawn to dusk – oh this is how every summer should be! Today we went down to the Marloes and our first visit was Musselwick Sands, having parked up at Marloes Beacon, this was a shortish walk across fields and then down some steps etched into the black rock.

The beach is breathtakingly beautiful and because it is a bit off the beaten track, there is only space for about 4 cars, otherwise a couple of miles walk from Marloes, it was practically deserted.

As the tide was low we were able to go onto the second beach, which we had to ourselves.

So Poppydog could chase around after the gulls as I paddled along this spectacular beach before taking 5!

Poppydog taking 5 too!

After a couple of hours the tide was cutting off our private beach so we decided to move on.

A couple of miles up the road to the NT car park at Marloes Head and a walk to Martin’s Haven where the boat trips to Skomer Island set off.

From there up to the lookout station at Wooltack Point with spectacular views to the right, towards Newgale

Out to sea towards Skomer Island and beyond

We continued along the coastal path, southwards and yet more stunning scenery created by these fabulous rocks, all named but too many to mention or indeed identify!

Arriving at Gateholm Island with a little show of the sandy beach that is Albion Sands, though it does not appear to be accessible from the cliffs above.

And finally around Gateholm Stack to take a look at Marloes Sands, yet another remote beautiful sandy beach.

Just a tad too far for us to explore properly and enjoy – will have to save that for another day.

On the drive back, I had to stop and take this beautiful glittery scene over Newgale Sands.

Two thoughts of the day:

We could happily spend a couple of months to explore Pembrokeshire fully, the beaches are plentiful and stunning.

The site is full again for the weekend but surprisingly doesn’t seem to attract families!

The Havens a trio of delight….

Another cloudy start to the day, but the sun won through by about lunchtime, by which time we were in our way to a quick visit to Broad Haven.

A lovely sandy beach (no dry sand so I guess, no high tide beach, as with many of the beaches along this stretch), probably busy in the summer as quite built up around but Broad Haven looks to be a nice resort. After a stroll along the front we headed back northwards along the very narrow road that follows the coast to Druidston. There is parking for about 10 cars along the side of the road around the valley leading to Druidston Haven and wow – what a beauty!

A beautiful sandy cove, pretty waterfalls down the rock face, little piles of stones in the most tucked away inlets and crystal clear, warm turquoise seas.

This beach is quite remote, with no houses around and just a small hotel up on the cliff top, however a few other people had found this beach but there was plenty of beach to go around and we spent a lovely few hours enjoying it.

A couple of miles further down the road, we popped down onto Norton Haven, another pretty mostly sandy cove with lovely warm welcoming waters. The beach was a bit busier as there was a car park, a few houses and cafes but lovely and warm.

Another lovely day!

Two thoughts of the day:

I wonder how busy these small little remote beaches get?

Still a lot of beaches to explore here in Pembrokeshire- do I whizz around those in south Pembrokeshire or save them for a return visit? Hmm!