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St Brides Bay

Up early this morning and have a shower (this one doesn't need a token or money!!).  Walk the length of Newgale Beach and back again finding the razor shells from the clams on the beach.  Meet a guy with cocker spaniel who had lived in Sydney and we swap yarns.  Drive to Haverfordwest and stop by at Kestrel Road where we lived when I was 13-16 years old.  Take Andrew out to St Brides Haven where one of the prettiest beaches is and a team of scuba diver instructors are taking advantage of the clear waters and safe beach to do some training.  Out to the tourist mecca of Tenby where I ring my school teachers from high school days.  Mr D tells me that Mrs D is not at all well having just come out of hospital after an operation for cancer so I wish them both well but we cannot visit.

Tenby
  We have lunch in an inexpensive cafe and I try the Welsh faggots with gravy, chips and mushy peas.

Onwards through St Clears, Camarthen, Llandovery to Carreg Cennen Castel.  This castle was built on a limestone outcrop and has incorporated a natural cave in it's construction.  After we drive through Swansea we move towards the Gower Penninsular and find a breathtaking campsite at Three Bays.  We are told that it has been rated as the most scenic camp spot in the United Kingdom.  The best scenic spot requires us to pitch the tent at the edge of a cliff overlooking a sandy cove on a very sloping piece of ground.   This means that in the morning we will wake up at the foot of the tent having slid down the slope!   As I prepare dinner and Andrew pitches the tent and makes up the bed, the tide comes in and a herd of about 30 wild ponies comes down to the water's edge and canter through the salt water !  Magic.

Tenby at low tide
  Then they move back up the cliff and graze across a golf course unpeterbed by the evening golfers hitting balls around the course.

Our camping neighbours prove to be an interesting couple.  He ( a catholic priest for 9 years) wants to know about our trip and how we managed to be away from work for 10 months.  Refuses to believe we resigned and jokingly suggests that we can confide in him, a complete stranger, if we were fired!  However, he gives us one great tip when he learns that I am a Morris Dancer.  He asks if we are interested in  pagan rituals or visiting stone circles and suggests that we visit New Grange in Ireland.  We do and I will try to give it justice when I get to that part in my diary.  It proved to be the most spiritual place I feel I have been in and the structure was built 5000 years ago, some 500 years before the pyramids in Egypt.

 

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St Brides Bay
St Brides Bay
Tenby
Tenby
Tenby at low tide
Tenby at low tide
Carreg Cennen Castle with limeston…
Carreg Cennen Castle with limesto…
view from defence window
view from defence window
view from tent at Three Bays Gower…
view from tent at Three Bays Gowe…
more bedroom views
more bedroom views
the duck theme again?
the duck theme again?
oohh so beautiful
oohh so beautiful
the Castle again and its views
the Castle again and it's views
Gower Penninsular
photo by: lealealou