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Date : Tues 17th May and Wed 18th May 2005.

Location : Swansea and West Wales.

Occasion : Part two of our week away.

Details : Leaving Swansea in search of old haunts and the flowers of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Weather : The forecast was good, but not reliable.


Swansea Bay and Mumbles Head from Sandra and Jackie's house

where we were staying in Swansea.


With the prospect of a few fine days we headed west to Pembrokeshire to stay at a favourite campsite at St David's.

Rather than drive direct there we made a detoured to St Brides Bay, through the back lanes to Druidston.

Here the Druidstone Hotel provides excellent accommodation and serves fine lunches on a terrace overlooking the sea.

What more do you want ?


A view of Druidston Haven from the cliffs.


The high cliffs just south of Druidston

that are called by wonderful names such as Haroldston Chins, Settling Nose, and Black Point.

Modern art. Lateral thinking to produce a new home by the sea - trying to blend in with the National Park ?

From below.

I think the architect had a great idea, but the interior in particular has more relevance to London or Paris than to Pembrokeshire. Unfortunately it looks a little under-used too. Do they do "holiday lets" I wonder?

Jagged cliff tops, testament to the power of the sea.


Druidston Haven
Myself and the dogs after our afternoon swim.

That reminds me of the old poem :

I must go down to the sea again

to the lonely sea and the sky . . .

I left my shoes and socks there

I wonder if they're dry ?

Fishermen on Newgale Beach

Black Cliff or Rickets Head from the Newgale road.

Northern St Brides bay

looking west past Solva out to Ramsey Island.


A light aircraft skimming the waves

and enjoying the day

Late afternoon and we've reached St David's. The campsite at St Justinians

is out on the headland and overlooks the Sound of Ramsey.

Time for a cup of tea.

We used to stay on this campsite a lot with our caravan each Whitsun.

It holds lovely memories of family and friends in profusion, of barbecues in the field, sitting on the beach, taking a boat to the island or mad boat trips on a big rib-inflatable around the cliffs and tidal areas of the sound.

At the end of the road, but hidden below the cliff, is the St Justinians Lifeboat

ready to respond to emergencies at sea.

The setting sun over the tower, in the grounds of St Justinian's House.


A short walk took us onto the headland to watch the sun finally set into a calm sea.


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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed . . . eating supper propped up against the car bumper.

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