At the western most coast of the British Isle, there is St. David’s, Wales, and it is stunning.
We came in after driving for hours behind a “wide load” vehicle through the countryside. It was a slow, agonizing trip.
But at the end was the small coastal town of St. David’s.
The town in Pembrokeshire, Wales, is billed as the smallest city in Great Britain, both in size and population. It is also the final resting place of Saint David, the country’s patron saint. The village of St. David’s was given city status in the 16th century due to the presence of St David’s Cathedral but lost the recognition in 1888. City status was restored in 1994 at the request of Queen Elizabeth.
St. David’s is a unique area. It is very Welsh. You see the signs in the Welsh language everywhere, and the food has local favorites like Welsh Cakes. There is also fabulous seafood to be had. The nearby fishing village of Solva provides an endless supply.
And on the edge of town is a great visitors center with a beautiful art gallery.
It was time to see the famous Wales’ coastline.
Late afternoon and before the predicted rains, I decided to take a walk down the side road to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and Caerfai Bay.
The Irish Sea is treacherous and notorious for very strong tides and large numbers of offshore rocks. And it brings in lots of rain.
The whole area has a rather “new-age” vibe, with surfers, druids and artists all in the mix. There are a number of interesting archaeological sites along the coast such as burial chambers, Stone Age hut circles and Iron Age field systems. It is also said this was the site where St. Patrick stood when he had the vision to travel to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity.
This walk along this lonely cliff was one of the highlights of my summer. I felt like I was on the ends of the earth.