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Just one of the gems in Pembrokeshire - St David's
Pembrokeshire Coast (Wales)
Member Name: Flindy
Pembrokeshire Coast (Wales)
Date: 23/08/01, updated on 05/09/01 (146 review reads)
Advantages: Stunning coastal scenery, Fresh air, Historical interest
Disadvantages: Some places not accessible for the disabled
St David’s in Pembrokeshire is, not surprisingly, named after Wales’s own patron saint. The location is really spectacular, and if you are nearby I recommend you visit the town, or should I say city, for it has in fact gained city status although it is a very small city indeed! The Cathedral is lovely, and so is the nearby beach.
St David’s Cathedral dates from 1176, and has some beautiful carvings and architecture. The Cathedral is built from a purplish colored stone.
St David’s Cathedral lies in a hollow, and you have to go up before you go down so to speak, so prepare yourself for a little aerobic walking! It is well worth the effort though, once inside you can admire the tombs and effigies of the great and the good, light a candle in memory of someone perhaps, explore the nooks and crannies and read about the Cathedrals history. The tomb of Edmund Tudor is there; he was the Earl of Richmond and the father of Henry VII. There are other tombs too, of Bishops who were an important part of St David’s history over many hundreds of years.
The mortal remains of St David and St Justin are said to be in an oak casket inside the Cathedral. This is an important place of pilgrimage for Christians right up to the present day.
Another spot, which is a must to visit, is St Non’s Chapel and Well, which stands on a cliff top, overlooking the sea. St Non was St David’s mother, and the little Chapel is well worth a visit, it is not too far from St David’s by car. The well is said to be near the place where St David was born, and many people like to drink from it, as I intended to, until an inconsiderate tourist allowed her dog too pee in it! Needless to say, I was suitably put off :-)
The whole area is within the Pembrokeshire National Park, and is ruggedly beautiful, there are some fine beaches, perhaps some of the best in Britain. If you head for Caerfai beach, you will not be
disappointed, although it is a fairly steep climb when you come back, so not suitable for the disabled. However, if you go to the website listed below, you can find the locations of many other beaches which have flat and easy access, along with pictures and other tourist information.
Enjoy this part of Wales, which can be a lot less crowded than you think, even in high summer.