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" West Wales - 2019 - Caerfai and Home"


Date & start time:    Saturday/Sunday 12/13th October 2019.

Stayed at :                Doves Cottage, Abercastle, Pembrokeshire, UK.   ( SM 852 338 )

Location of Start :   Caerfai Bay, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, UK.  ( SM 760 244 )

Places visited :        St Davids, Caerfai Bay, then heading for home.

Walk details :           A short walk on one of St David's sandy beaches.

With :                         Ann and our dogs, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                  Sunshine and heavy showers, perfect for rainbows.

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On our last full day we looked out of the cottage window and saw rather strange coloured seals in the bay.

They were bobbing about in the water and obviously communicating together.

However their swimming style was a lot less efficient as they slowly made their way across the bay.

You guessed it, they were humans . . .
 . . . partaking in a sport known as "coasteering".

The idea is to travel around the coast, exploring the cliffs and islands, without the aid of a boat or kayak . . . certainly a wet-suit sport today.

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As for ourselves we settled back and had another coffee !

During the day we called into St Davids to see friends John and Pauline

and then drove over to Caerfai Bay to give the dogs a run.

Caerfai is situated just south of the "city" and is part of the wider St Brides Bay which faces west into the wild Atlantic.

As we sat in the car park we could see a blustery shower approaching, so sat tight for a few minutes to let it pass.

The distant rocks in the picture are part of the southern tip of Ramsey Island,

with the closer ones being offshore rocks out from Porth Clais harbour and Porthlysgi Bay.

Sunshine after the rain . . . a good time to go down the beach for a walk.

There's a good sea running and large waves as a result of the wind.

The paved path takes us across the back of the beach, past a number of colourful canoes which have been stored by the fence.

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At the foot of the final steps

we reach the head of the beach where

all the seaweed has been washed ashore.

Also in the beach litter were several of what looked like

inflated pink plastic bags.


To the unknowing eye they look attractive

but these are the inflated sails of the sea creature

the Portuguese Man-of-War


They are classed as poisonous 'jellyfish', as the tentacles

can give a nasty rash if they brush past you in the water.

 They can still sting out here on the beach too.

The inflated sails help them float along

as, blown by the wind, they migrate across the oceans.


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Other than that, the beach is beautifully clean and we enjoy a stroll around,

protected from the breeze by trusty waterproofs.

The dogs really enjoyed the beach and the rock pools.

Some sea froth caused by the action of the waves was blowing across the sands.

In the breeze it blow up into the air, much to their delight . . .

They chased in and out of the surf.

 . . . and followed the froth up the beach till it was captured.

Sadly the showers were not quite far enough apart for us to have a dry walk.

This picture was only possible by turning back to the weather and keeping the camera well sheltered !

Still, if you don't like the weather . . . hang on a minute and it'll change.

Dramatic skies as the sun came out again.

Back to the beach steps once again.

Caerfai is a popular beach because of the low tide sand.

In the season the large caravan park on the fields above is very busy with visitors . . . today we were alone.

To extend the walk we headed not for the car but west along the cliff top, looking down on the bay from above.

The wider view of the bay and the headland with a small rock island known as Penpleidiau at its outer extreme.

On the headland adjacent to St Non's Bay we had a clear view west once again . . .

. . . with what looks like another squall heading our way. Time to retreat to the car !

The shower passed overhead as we sat in the dry

and produced a reasonable rainbow seen here over the top of the Twr y Felin Hotel

There was a better view a few minutes later on the main St David's road near the hamlet of Vachelich.

In the background to the left is Carn Llidi which we climbed at the start of the week.

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Friday and for that matter all the other days of our week have passed all too quickly. It is time to be heading home.

The local post box had am ironic date tab on it . . .
Bilingualism demands two abbreviations for the day.

Sad is short for the Welsh Dydd Sadwrn . . . and Sat short for the English Saturday.

We have to pack our bags and head home from our cottage at the end of the cliff.

As we head back to Swansea and the M4 motorway we pass through the last coastal village of Newgale

with its raised shingle beach forming a straight line across the head of St Brides Bay.

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The reason for our more easterly route home rather than taking the mid-Wales option

was to visit our elderly friend Ursula who is living in a lovely nursing home in Bridgend.

She and the other residents were also delighted to see our two dogs,

Dylan gaining access by virtue of his PAT Dog credentials, Dougal coming along for the ride.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix Tz60 Compact, or my Panasonic Gx8 mid-range System Camera.

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

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Previous walk - 17th October - West Wales - Gareth and Rhian

A previous time in the area - 30th April 2016 - West Wales - Swansea and Home

Next walk - 21st October - Back Home in Loweswater


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