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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids March 24th 2019

So let's talk about a quiz question? Where is the smallest city in the United Kingdom? Answer - Thanks to Pembrokeshire council Gabby is currently parked up on a leafy almost empty car park. Out of the front windscreen we can see the ruined but impressive Bishops Palace and the small cathedral of St David. St Davids has a cathedral. a bishop who sits upon his throne and a population at the last census in 2011 of 1,841 . It was originally granted its city status due to having a cathedral but this was lost and only restored in 1955. St Davids appears to be a one man street. Probably it has a High Street or a Main Street, a Church Street and a Chapel Street but little else. Am I being a little unkind now? ... read more
St DAvids cathedral
a close up on the cathedral
The nave

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids December 10th 2018

The caveat with a British holiday is always ‘if you get the sun’, but in July 2016 we did, and what a smashing few days we had. After a careful scrutiny of the Met Office’s weather forecasts we booked ourselves in at Caerfai Farm Campsite on the Pembrokeshire coast. It has great sea views and is only a fifteen minute stroll from the centre of St David’s. We had a five hour drive from Lancashire, down through the verdant Welsh landscape on winding country roads. St David’s is really a large village, but it’s classified as a city because it has a cathedral. It’s got pubs and restaurants aplenty and a dramatically beautiful coastline on its doorstep. You can eat, drink, walk, swim, go on a boat trip or just mooch around. Nothing earth shattering, but ... read more
Dolphins
Coast
Our accommodation

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids October 17th 2018

You may tire of my superlatives when I describe the sights here, but let me tell you: I don’t tire of seeing them! Wales is truly wondrous; they must have invented green. Yes, I know, there’s Ireland ahead (I go Saturday), so emerald is the color of October for me this year... One problem in showing you all this is that, as I drive through all this gorgeous scenery, there’s a dearth of places for me to pull over to photograph them. Along the highways, there are “lay-bys” (pulloffs), but each one is heavily thicketed, blocking the view. And out in the country, there is virtually no hope, as locals ride my bumper if I dare to slow for a driveway or turnoff. So, I’m cheating, sort of - I’ve found some good photos online of ... read more
The Mumbles
This is a two way street
View from my room

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids September 25th 2017

Waking up this morning and looking out the window there was some blue sky visible! Something we hadn't seen for a few days! Down to a delicious breakfast and then off to start our day at St David's. On our way through Solva, we noticed that the harbour had water in, so stopped to take as photo . Then on to St David's. We parked the car in the cathedral carpark, and went first to the ruins of the Bishops palace. This was quite a grand building- amazing considering the bishop at St David's had a budget of 350 pounds per year, while the one in Durham had 3000! ( this was a few hundred years ago!) There was good descriptions in each of the rooms, and we spent a while looking over the buildings. We ... read more
The bishops palace, St Davids
Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids September 24th 2017

Up early to talk to our girls before breakfast. It was 5pm in Melbourne , and they were off to celebrate my brother's birthday. We had breakfast, after our chat, then packed and moved on from Tudor Lodge. The weather again was unfavourable, and as we travelled, we went through patches of heavy rain. We were aiming to find the Tal-y-Lynn Railway on our way to Solva and thought we needed to go to Tywyn, where the railway begins. This railway was the first to open as a conservation railway. The Rev. W.A. Awdry (who wrote the Thomas the Tank engine books) wrote about the Lititle engines on this railway, Skarloey and Rheneus. As we were travelling to Tywyn, we came across a sign pointing us to the railway (one of the stations along the line) ... read more
Plaque at the station
Driver and fireman
Us!

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids August 19th 2016

As forecast the rain and wind did arrive overnight and this morning it is still raining so a good excuse to stay in bed a little longer as we are going to be later hitting the road to the far west of Wales. By the time we thought we had better be stirring, the sky was starting to look a little more like clearing. We haven’t had much rained off on us on the BBA V3 with the wettest days being when we have been travelling between accommodations. The west coast of Wales comes with some wild beauty and it may be that the wind that got up overnight might have made the seas on the coast the weather was coming from a little rougher and provide some photo opportunities. Our plan is to head northwest ... read more
Lower Fishguard river and basin
The houses along the quay,Lower Fishguard
The Stena ferry off to Ireland from Fishguard

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids July 16th 2016

Our week in Wales is almost at an end. It’s been pleasant but the weather has been a bit colder and wetter than we’d have liked and so that has slowed us down a bit. We didn’t walk as much as we’d have liked this week but we’ve spent more time in the car and our morning starts have been a bit later than normal. We’ve been staying in a village called Square and Compass, on the northern coastline of St David’s Peninsula and about 7 miles (10 km) from St David’s itself. Calling Square and Compass a village is probably exaggerating its size; it’s more a collection of houses strung along the road and served by a garage-cum-convenience store with a rarely-open pub up the road. We arrived here after a fairly long drive from ... read more
Marloes Sands
Marloes Sands
Marloes Peninsula

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids October 3rd 2013

If I am to be completely honest with you, I will admit that before choosing to study in Southwest Wales I was only vaguely aware of the fact that Wales existed. I had always wanted to travel all over the world and especially to the UK; but to say that Wales was my original and ideal study-abroad location would be a lie. Now that I have lived here for even such a small amount of time after traveling the UK for about one month, I can honestly say that Southwest, Wales is the most beautiful location that I have ever lived at the heart of. I mean this both in the physical sense as well as in the spiritual sense as well. I have moved from place to place various times throughout my childhood, yet all ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids June 6th 2012

Wednesday was nice & sunny again so we jumped in the car & headed down to St Davids & got tickets to Ramsey Island. We found the lifeboat station were the boats go from & after a bit of kerfuffle we found where we were meant to wait for our boat & waited. Boat turned up & we headed across the Ramsey Sound. The Island is lovely. We saw wheatears, mippets, oystercatchers, little auks, lots of gulls, seals, peregrin chicks, chough (in flight), jackdaws, beetles, big fluffy caterpillars and a herd of red deer. We did the Ramsey 3 peaks challenge (ok, non of the hills were that high, but they were quite steep!) & even got a tad of sunburn. Beautiful day for it! Had a good chat to many of the RSPB vols there, ... read more
Ramsey Island
Ramsey Island
Ramsey Island

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids July 26th 2011

17th June 5.15pm St Davids Day 10 I am trapped. It has been raining all day, and I mean ALL FUCKING DAY! It’s been chucking it down from when the wind and rain battered me awake in the morning until now at just after 5pm. Speaking of my rather rude awakening in such foul weather, as if it wasn’t unpleasant enough in itself I immediately had to deal with another pressing issue; a quite urgent need to urinate. Now I certainly wasn’t going to dash out in my underwear in such conditions, and the wind and rain were such that even the old open-both-tent-flaps-and-kneel-out-the-side trick was looking dicey at best. Not being in possession of a bottle I was willing to dispose of afterwards and quickly running out of time to come up with a solution, ... read more




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