By Clazel

Walking Wales - in the footsteps of the ancients

Another glorious day.
We planned a 5 miles round walk the highlight of which was St David’s Head, the western most Welsh point. As we walked in we saw a wheatear with feathers outstretched engaged in a courtship ritual. Later we noticed some stone circles 8 in total, and on further investigation discover that they date from the Iron Age, circa 100AD, and are the remains of circular stone built huts - part of an early settlement (2nd extra top L). It’s here we see the black redstart - a new bird to me. The seascapes are stunning - both J and I are entranced - wild flowers in their glory in the spring sunshine.
Onwards to St David’s City - it sounds a bit like a pilgrimage-and perhaps it is - for me there is a sense of the sacred. Covid limits our visit to the Cathedral and grounds, but the ruined Bishops Palace and the Cathedral are imposing. The Cathedral stems from the 12th century, on a site reputed to be where St David himself founded a monastic settlement 600 years earlier. (2nd extra top L bottom R)
On our way back we detour to the Careg Sampson burial chamber, we have it to ourselves, another ancient dolmen type burial chamber, in a stunning location with the sea as its backdrop ( bottom R 2nd extra)
And then there’s the birds - what a wonderful location for photographing them, Mr and Mrs stonechat are first extra
Think we will be coming to West Wales again - blue canoe still waiting for an outing!

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