Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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.

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