Tenby Off The Beaten Path

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    Bosherston
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    Manobier Castle
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    Pembroke Castle
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    The Bosherston lily ponds

    by Spincat Updated Feb 10, 2008

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    Bosherston

    Bosherston Lily Ponds : a flooded limestone valley managed by the National Trust.

    Imagine a lily pond - then imagine vast lakes of lilies crossed by simple wooden walkways. This is Bosherston.

    Otters and birds are plentiful, and above you the wild Welsh sky...

    For fishing: Pike tench, roach, perch, and eels by permit only, from:
    Ye Olde Worlde Café, Bosherston Tel 01646 661216
    The National Trust Office, Stackpole Tel 01646 661359
    Pembroke and District A.C. Tel 01646 622712

    This is a wonderful place for walking and adventure - if you carry on down the path to the far side of the ponds, you get to the sea at a tiny untamed beach.

    This whole area, including the rock formations of Stackpole, Stackpole Quay (a mini harbour), tiny St Govan's chapel squeezed into a rock fissure and lovely beaches like Barafundle , is easily visited in day trips (with a car or bicycle) from Tenby.

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    St Govan's chapel & the Stack rocks

    by Spincat Updated Jan 12, 2007

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    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

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    Pembroke

    by HORSCHECK Written Feb 8, 2004

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    Pembroke Castle

    A daytrip by train to Pembroke takes about 30 minutes. Pembroke is famous for its Norman castle, which was rebuild in the 12th century. Moreover Pembroke has some attractive Georgian and Victiorian houses and some intact parts of a medieval town wall.

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    Saundersfoot

    by HORSCHECK Written Feb 7, 2004

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    St. Issell Church

    The popular seaside resort of Saundersfoot is easily reached for a day trip by train from Tenby. It has a nice sandy beach and a lively touristy city centre. The town can become very crowded in summer.
    A short walk outside the town centre the 13th century St. Issell Church is well worth seeing.

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    Manobier

    by HORSCHECK Written Feb 7, 2004

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    Manobier Castle

    Take a daytrip to Manobier, which has one of the best beaches in Pembrokeshire. The sandy beach is dotted with some rocks and sheltered by cliffs.
    The village is dominated by the famous Manobier castle. Manobier can be reached either on foot along the Coastal Path from Tenby or by train. The train station of Manobier is a short walk out of the village.

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