Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a National Trail from Amroth in the south to St. Dogmaels in the north of Pembrokeshire. It covers 186 miles (300 km) of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Wales. There are some nice parts of this Coast Path near Tenby (e.g. Tenby to Manobier). All routes are well signposted, but proper walking shoes are recommended.
St Govan's chapel & the Stack rocks
Both these landmarks are a short drive of 20 minutes or so from Tenby. They are in an area used as an army firing range, and this has helped preserve its remote feel. It is also said that the wildlife is is relatively undisturbed - presumably they don't mind gunfire!
Dramatic limstone cliffs, bizarre rock formations and dizzy heights. 'Elegug' (Welsh for guillemot) Stacks or the 'stack rocks' are two pillars of stone; as their name implies, they are thick with seabirds: guillemots, of course, and razorbills. You'll also see a natural earch here, and other strange formations.
The tiny chapel of St. Govan, 18 by 12 feet, was built in early medieval times on the site of the cell of a C6th monk, and is situated halfway down one of these cliffs. A very simple rectangular building with a tiny bellcote and stone altar.
Not much is known about St. Govan - legend has it he was an Irish monk who managed to escape from pagan pirates when a rock crevice miraculously opened and closed behind him here (aka Pirates of the Caribbean).
For Arthurian enthusiasts, St Gowan is Sir Gawain, Arthur's nephew; according to local legend he is buried here, having retired to live out his days as a hermit after Arthur's death. There was a healing well here - now dry - once famous for curing eye ailments and rheumatic conditions.
Legend has it you cannot count the number of steps leading to the chapel. A different total each time you count tehm... so they do say. Another superstition has it that if you make a wish in the chapel before turning round to leave, it will be fulfilled.
Finding your way: OS SR967929. 7 miles south of Pembroke off B4319 to Bosherton. There's a car park and signed path to cliffs. For scheduled closings of the path, due to army exercises, check Pembrokeshire National Park Information Centres www.pcnpa.org.uk
A pleasant afternoon in Tenby
Here's me taking in a breathtaking seaview looking south of Tenby. There are practically no other tourists except locals who stroll up this slope. There's a rocky promontory which is a great spot for one to sit and relax, watching the waves gently brushing the shore. That's what I did for an hour there.
"Welsh birds !!!"
The seagulls round this neck of the woods are huge,it must be all the food the steal,just when you think the coast is clear...SWOOP, in they come for the kill,and off goes your sandwich.Bloody nuiscance...Sod the bird lovers !!!!
This glorious view was from `Parkers of Tenby`,a wonderful delicateson just off the main road.
They sell the best locally made chocolate ice-cream around.
Through the back of the shop is a small art gallery and a small patio area,to sit,look and enjoy you views and ice-cream.