Caerphilly Castle

Like Cardiff castle, Caerphilly was reconstructed by the Bute family and donated to the Welsh government when double death duties and government confiscation of the coal industry made gifting them an attractive proposition. Unlike Cardiff, Caerphilly was not prettified by Capabilty Brown or William Burgess. It still retains its stark medieval grandeur – complete with … Read more

Cardiff Castle

Our travels took us away from Broad Haven on Wednesday morning, bound for Cardiff. We were sorry to leave the Pembrokeshire coast. One last look from dinner at Sunshine Italian… …and a last morning stroll along the beach. The train carried us past into green, rolling hill country and enormous estuaries (on the Twy and … Read more

Skomer and Skokholm from the sea

Tuesday, our last day on the Pembrokeshire coast, we booked a boat ride out to Grassholm, located east of Skomer. It’s the breeding spot for a vast colony of Gannets – some 39,000 breeding pairs. Alas, come Tuesday morn the wind was up and swells too high to venture out. So all we’ve got is … Read more

St. David’s Head

Monday found us back on the bus for a circular tramp ‘round St. David’s Head. After bussing through Haverfordwest to St. Davids, we boarded the Celtic Coaster (cousin to the Puffin Shuttle) for a lift to Whitesands Beach, starting point for our walk. This little bus loops around the two bits of peninsula on which … Read more

Little Haven

After a lazy Sunday morning at the bungalow (with gulls for company) we trekked over Settlands Hill into Little Haven.   Busy morning on the Broad Haven beach. These Havens are separated on the beach side by two long rock promontories, navigable by foot when the tide is out. The rock spit on Broad Haven’s … Read more