Monday, 16 May 2016

Kentmere - 14 May

The Kentmere Parish Boundary climbs out of the valley near Capple How (our first and only new Birkett of the day) where we joined it. From there over Sour Howes to drop on to the Garburn Road for Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag and High Street.

There are few people on the west side of the horseshoe despite the 3 sponsored walks in the valley starting from Staveley. It is something of a surprise to find it is 2009 since Pauline and I were last here and I wonder how that could happen. This is a delightful place, quiet even on a busy day and easy walking or running with much to enjoy - we won't leave it as long until our next visit.

Thornthwaite Carg and High Street were busier, almost crowded, but it is good to see so many people out enjoying the fells and, so obviously, enjoying themselves.

Mardale Ill Bell then Harter Fell for the eastern side the horseshoe to Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts. The boundary wanders over Green Quarter which would involved some very wet ground indeed and so rather than spoil the day with gratuitous bog trotting we headed back to the car from Shipman Knotts.

Poppy contemplating Thornthwaite Crag in the distance

High Street, Nan Beild and Harter Fell

Windermere and much more beyond Wansfell

Looking back to Ill Bell and Windermere

Thornthwaite Crag

High Street

High Street

Mardale and Haweswater

North over Rough Crag to Kidsty Pike

Across the valley to Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick

Haweswater with the Pennines in the far distance

Looking across the valley

Across the head of Mardale

Across Kentmere

Poppy, reluctantly, has her paws washed

South over Green Quarter

Back up Kentmere

Back up Kentmere

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Tenby & St Davids - 09 May

With doom & gloom filling all the weather forecasts we decided not to commit to another night in Tenby or indeed near St Davids which had been our second plan. Waking to unexpected rain meant taking down a wet tent which definitely wasn't part of the plan. A further round of weather forecasts convinced us that we should enjoy a dry day, probably, and that it was very likely to rain for the day and a half thereafter. The plan became Tenby then St Davids and then home.

This worked better than we expected as we saw no rain until we were driving home when thunder storms raged overhead, convincing us that heading home was for best.

On a quiet, dull Monday morning - quite a contrast with yesterday.

St Davids

There is little to see that isn't part of or in some way associated with the Cathedral although I did resist the Patagonia kit in a sale.

Tenby and More - 08 May

From Maenclochog to Tenby via St Govan's, Flimston and the Green Bridge of Wales with a plan to walk the coastal path between St Govan's and the Green Bridge of Wales. From St Govan's the walking would have been very easy as long as everything was securely tied down. The return leg, into the wind, would have been much less pleasant and we didn't have to think about it too long before deciding to leave our walking boots in the car.

St Govan's

Wikipedia says "One story says Govan was an Irish monk who travelled to Wales late in life to seek the friends and family of the abbot who had trained him, variously identified as Saint David or Saint Ailbe of Emly. Another story identifies Govan with Gawain, one of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table; another that he was originally a thief.
Govan was set upon by pirates, from Ireland or the nearby Lundy Island. The cliff opened up and left a fissure just big enough for him to hide in until the pirates left. In gratitude, he decided to stay on along the cliff, probably to help warn the locals of the impending pirate attack if they were to return.

St Govan lived within a small cave in the fissure of the cliff. This is now reached by a long flight of stone steps, the number of which is said to vary depending on whether one is ascending or descending.

The present small vaulted chapel of local limestone was built over the cave and dates from the 13th century although the site may have been of monastic importance since the 5th century. St Govan may be identified with Sir Gwaine, one of King Arthur's knights, who entered into a state of retreat in his later years. Originally St Govan caught fish and took water from two nearby springs. Both are now dry; one was where the medieval chapel now stands, the other, which was lower down the cliff, later became a holy well. A legend says St Govan's hand prints are imprinted on the floor of his cave and his body is buried under the chapel's altar. The cave was once a popular place for making wishes."


An abandoned village within the firing range

Green Bridge Of Wales


Needs no introduction.

Maenclochog & Foel Trigarn - 07 May

Rain showers are still travelling through the Preseli Hills early on Saturday morning, as forecast. Probably all the marshals have their fingers crossed that the rain will pass through early while the runners, suspecting a warm day, will be hoping for cool showers all day. In the event, the rain passes through quickly and we have a dry day marshalling  on Foel Trigarn.


Maenclochog Church

One of the two garages

The other Both have workshops, both offer MOTs but sell different fuel.

Corner Shop

Corner Shop (2)

Foel Trigarn

Foel Trigard Trig Point One of the three cairns which give the hill its name.

Preseli Hills