Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Pembrokeshire; St Davids.

Easter Sunday, 1st April, 2018.
St David's Head, Porthgain & Abereiddi.

After a 45 minute journey on some very minor roads we arrived at Whitesands Bay car park soon after 09.30 and were one of the first cars parked. We then spent until early afternoon walking a circuit onto St David's Head, along the coastal path and up onto the summit of Carn Llidi. It was about 5 miles and taken at a relaxed pace with me scanning hard for Fridays snowy owl! Sadly it was very quiet with the best birds a male Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatear, 3 Chough and the usual Ravens, Stonechat and Meadow Pipits. Jenny found the only cetacean of our weekend; a Harbour Porpoise.
We had Cornish pasties for lunch in a now packed Whitesands Bay car park before heading NE to Porthgain.
The Porthgain area is smothered in relicts of it's bygone industrial past and we parked in the harbour in the shadow of brick hoppers before walking up onto the clifftop path and heading off towards Abereiddy past quarries and more derelict buildings.
We got to Abereiddy around 4pm and as forecast the rain started. We opted not to complete the circuit across fields but return to the car on the coast path. The rain got steadily heavier but we were back at the car before it really got going!
We explored St David's in the rain and went to the evensong service in the cathedral which was rather special.
In torrential rain we hunted for a venue for dinner and ended up back at the Harp at Letterston where we were welcomed like old friends and had a really good meal.

St David's Head

St David's Head

Ramsey Island 

burial chamber on St David's Head

looking east along the N.Pembrokeshire coastline

looking east along the N.Pembrokeshire coastline

looking towards Ramsey Island across Whitesands Bay

Wheatear - male
Wheatear - male


St David's Cathedral

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