Week commencing 31st Aug, four of the Sunday Cruisers group (Brian Sidoli-Morris, Steve Hield, Steve Kefford & Mark Williams) undertook a 5-day break in the stunning Pembrokeshire countryside.
With 3 rides over 3 days totalling 157 miles & with 12,500 ft of ascent, it proved a challenging but extremely enjoyable tour.
Basecamp was the Caravan & Camping Club site at Berea, about 6 miles north of St David’s, which had terrific views out across Cardigan Bay..
Basecamp was a mix of 3 small tents (the happy campers) & a caravan (luxury appreciated!).
The rides were loosly based on Long Lost Lanes of Wales.
Day 1 – Only The Stones Remain – 60 miles with 5,100 ft ascent
Goodwig’s welcome to visitors:
Crymych Arms – most westerly point of the route – pub sadly closed, but an excellent café just opposite:
Waldo’s stone up in the Preseli Hills – a standing stone commemorating Waldo Williams, poet, patriot, pacifist & quaker.
View from the Preseli Hills looking out over the Pembrokeshire Plain:
Day 2 – Celtic Coast – 46 miles with 3,250 ft ascent
Mark decided to have a rest day & Steve H. only wanted a half-day, so only 2 of us completed this whole route.
St Davids Bishop’s Palace ruins:-
St Davids Cathedral – making St Davids Britain’s smallest city:-
Strumble Head lighthouse, the most northerly point of the route, stands imposingly on St Michaels Island & whose light we could see reaching the campsite at night:-
Day 3 – St Brides Bay – 52 miles with 4,100 ft ascent
Nolton Outdoor Cinema – was showing Jaws that night:
Broad Haven – the others had left me on my own as they were too keen to tackle the hill up towards Little Haven:-
Dale – the most southerly point of the route – with views out across the picturesque harbour & onwards towards Milford Haven: