Pembrokeshire Coast Path – Day 2 

Date – 15 April 2017 (Good Friday)

Walked from – Manorbier YHA

Walked to – The Old Smithy, Merrion

Distance – 20.2 miles 

I’m sitting in my PJs, in the warmth of my B&B, listening to the rain do its thing – really quite heavily – outside. And I am oh, SO grateful that the 20.2 miles I walked today was done without the wet stuff falling from the sky, and without any mud either. 
Today wasn’t warm, but it was dry – and wow, it was beautiful. I was up and out on the dot of 7am, and aside from meeting one man (who used to work for London Underground – small word) and his dog at Manorbier beach, I only saw a few other people – all at a distance – until I got to beautiful Stackpole Quay and its conveniently located cafe (this blog is brought to you via the healing powers of hot chocolate). 
Highlights of today’s walk were the wonderfully named Barafundle Bay, the hidden, tiny 14th century St Govan’s Chapel, just off the easy walking route across the MOD base near Bosherton, and the elegant natural arch known (in English) as the Green Bridge of Wales. My favourite spot was just before the ‘bridge’ though – Stack Rocks are the Pembrokeshire Coast Path equivalent of a high rise building in a busy city, with every visible non-vertical centimetre of it populated with seabirds. My internet wandering tell me that I was looking at Guillimots, and possibly some Kittiwake too. All I know is, those slender rocks were teeming with birds, as was the sea surrounding them and the sky’s overhead. I’m no twitcher, but even I knew it was a sight to behold. 
Photos: near Stackpole Quay (photos 1&2) /the beach at Barafundle Bay (best name ever? Discuss.) / St Govan’s Chapel / The Green Bridge of Wales

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About silkakt

I'm a map addict. I nip out in my lunch break to go to the National Map Centre, just around the corner from where I work, to feed my habit. My fix normally costs £7.99 and comes in the form of an OS map, although I'm a big fan of Sustrans cycle maps, the Trailblazer walking guides and maps of the world too. And once I've got my new map, I start plotting - routes, adventures and an escape away from the office that I spend too much time in. Maps, quite simply, make the world a better and more exciting place.
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