Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Lydstep Circular 1

To celebrate my wife's birthday I had booked a short break at the Celtic Haven between Tenby and Manorbier Pembs. The weather forecast for Saturday was looking good and a walk to Manorbier along the coast was decided on.


Caldey Island

Lydstep Bay

Climbing up from the beach from Lydstep Bay we walked through a woodland thick with wild garlic.

Wild Garlic

This part of coastal path does have some steep up and downs but the promise of a cafe lunch kept Mrs Bob going.

One of the Ups

Apprentice navigator

Just as we stopped for banana break a sea mist suddenly appeared which spoiled the views although inland was fine.

The mist comes in

Nearing Manorbier we passed a zawn, a  narrow slot in the cliff and then a cromlech known as the Kings Quoit and examples of spring bursting out.

At last Manorbier

Kings Quoit

Turning into the bay, Manorbier castle came into view.It was closed due to a wedding taking place.

Manorbier Castle

No it's not!

Manorbier Church

Anyway we were heading for the cafe "Beach Break" where we had a good lunch.
Suitably refreshed we headed back partly inland to avoid some but not all of the ups and downs.  Not far from Lydstep a young family were walking in front of us when we heard one of them shout that they had seen a snake!  They had indeed, an adder sunbathing just off the path.  This was a first for my wife and has now probably put the aforementioned family off country walking!

An adder

Back at the cottage we had a well deserved cup of tea and then I went for a swim - not in the sea but a swimming pool and shortly after a two course meal in the restaurant. If "The Navigator" reads this he should realise that not all walks have to be through bogs and mud sitting in a damp field drinking from a flask! He won't change.

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