25 September 2013

We've just returned from a couple of days in the very west of Wales, Pembroke, staying in a holiday cottage in the pretty village of St Florence (http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/content.asp?id=2321).  

The part of Pembroke where we stayed is the bit between Carmarthen and Milford Haven on this map.  Not far from Devon as the crow flies but a very long 220 miles by road.
On a lovely sunny day we visited one of the top ten beaches in Wales, Barafundle Bay.  (See: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/20-best-beaches-wales-2013-2573728)
The beautiful Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire

The weather was warm, although a little breezy, which was good weather for walking along the cliffs. We parked at Stackpole, (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stackpole/) and walked towards the coast, then along the cliff top and down to the sands.

According to the National Trust Website:

Beautiful stretch of coastline with sandy beaches, wooded valleys and lily ponds

Stackpole is both a listed designed landscape and an internationally important nature reserve. Footpaths radiate from the site of Stackpole Court, a grand mansion demolished before the National Trust owned this area. Exotic plantings in Lodge Park give way to mixed woodland further upstream.
The famous Bosherston Lakes were created 200 years ago to provide a backdrop to Stackpole Court. They have evolved into a wildlife habitat famous for its otters, water birds and dragonflies.
unusual entrance to a beach!
Cliffs, sand dunes and tiny coves alternate along eight miles of coastline. Barafundle is a jewel of a beach set between limestone cliffs and backed by dunes and woods. This secluded bay can only be reached by a cliff path walk from Stackpole Quay, with steep steps at either end. Stackpole Quay itself is a tiny harbour used by local fishermen and small pleasure boats.
Broadhaven South, at the foot of the Bosherston Lakes, is another safe family bathing beach while Freshwater West, a few miles west of the main estate, is Wales's premier surfing beach. (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stackpole/)

The next day was a little showery so we went into Tenby and had a look around 

C4 'Grand Designs' transformation of the lifeboat station at Tenby  (www.channel4.com/programmes/grand-designs/episode-guide)

computer is on a go-slow to this will be continued and completed - very soon ...

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