Coastal capers, cakes and cathedrals…

A coastal drive from Cardigan to St David’s Cathedral…

The previous evenings’ night caching escapades had left us feeling a bit groggy and we had to do a double-take when we arrived at the car park in Cardigan the next day to see that all of the pay machines had been vandalised. Obviously we were happy that we didn’t have to pay but it was a shame for Cardigan, or at least that’s what we thought…it turns out that it’s actually been great for business! Swings and roundabouts eh?

Cardigan had some really quirky shops, including a nice bookshop down a little side street and a fantastic sweet shop where we all inevitably parted with cash!

Yum Yum sweet shop in Cardigan

Yum Yum sweet shop in Cardigan

The owner of the shop said that they had close to 700 jars of sweets, so if you can’t find something to satisfy that sweet tooth in there, then there’s something wrong with you 😉

Munching on our sweetie stash we headed over to our first cache of the day, Take-a-seat, which took ages to find as the name of the cache had nothing to do with where the cache was hidden! Very deceptive!

A short walk away was the cache Slip-away which was a nice easy find before we all jumped back in the car to head off around the bay to Poppit Sands to find God’s Layer Cake. An interesting route across rocky ground led us to GZ where we were in search of a type of geological rock formation called either a syncline or an anticline (depending on the direction of the arch in the rocks). We soon found exactly what we were looking for, and combined with the challenge of getting to the cache I decided to give it a favourite point 🙂

Mum making her way over...

Mum making her way over…

We ate our lunch on the rocks by the beach, and watched the waves for a while, before getting back on the road. Our aim was to stop in Fishguard to break up the journey, but on arrival in the main car park we quickly changed our minds and decided to push on to St David’s instead. 

St David’s is perched on a stunning part of the Western coastline of Wales, paths snake through and teeter along steep cliff edges offering clear views across the sea, and with a wide variety of flora and fauna it’s great for taking a few snaps. 🙂

St David's Peninsula

St David’s Peninsula

It’s also great for caches too and we managed to find Coco’s Beach – Tyddewi #20, The Ranger – Tyddewi #22

Inside St Nons Chapel, part of the coastal walk

Inside St Nons Chapel, part of the coastal walk

CocoBeans – Tyddewi #4 and Marras’ Magic – Tyddewi #27 before we headed back down from the coastline towards St David’s Cathedral.

St David’s Cathedral…

We decided to change out of our walking boots back at the car and have a look for the cache Merry Vale Tyddewi #1 which was a D4 T2.5…MrB decided to make it a T4 with the route he took as well but the rest of us trooped around the correct way 🙂 However could we find the darn thing once we got to GZ…could we ‘eck as like! 🙁

Mum with the view from St David's Peninsula

Mum with the view from St David’s Peninsula

Never mind though because just around the corner was our next stop the incredible St David’s Cathedral.

St David’s Cathedral is a very attractive building, it sits away from the main road, majestically, by a little river, next to the ruin of The Bishop’s Palace (on the left in the picture below).

St David's Cathedral

St David’s Cathedral

The Cathedral’s grounds were officially consecrated in 1131 and, in 1181 building work on the Cathedral that stands today started. It has been continually added to in the decades since to create the outstanding piece of architecture that remains today.

River Alun next to Cathedral

River Alun next to Cathedral

It’s a wonder there is anything left though after it’s history of Viking raids, earthquakes, tower collapses and the ruinous damage caused during the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII. Either way, we were all thankful for a look around!

The rooms, some of which are very resplendent, all have their own separate charms. I particularly liked the Holy Trinity Chapel, which had a really elegant roof design and The Treasury which was jam packed with some very ornate religious artefacts.

It’s definitely worth treating your feet to a tap dance across it’s ancient stone floors, they suggest a donation of £4.50 to keep up with the running costs of the Church, which I think is more than fair for what you get to see in there. 🙂

Heading back out into the fresh air we trundled off in search of Cathedral View 2 – Tyddewi #9 but yet again we were foiled by our inadequacy and left without a find. Happily our luck finally changed for our last cache of the day, St Davids Cathedral, where we made a quick find. Hooray!

View from St David's Cathedral

View from St David’s Cathedral

So, now we can officially tick St David’s, the smallest city in the UK, off the bucket list! 🙂

The drive back took us past Newgale which had the longest beaches we saw that holiday, I imagine it’s great for kitesurfing, and no doubt really busy during the summer for that reason!

The Scrabble board and wine came out when we got back. It’s something we all enjoy as a family laughing like hyenas when the rude words inevitably end up on the board. I’m highly competitive when it comes to Scrabble and Mum won the first game so it was all to play for in the second which I thankfully managed to win before we all hit the hay for the night.

We probably would have had to stay up until I won a game so maybe they let me who knows?! Either way we all went to bed pretty upbeat. Mum and my Bro had plans to have a look around Narberth the following day whilst MrB and I were looking forward to testing our nerves on the rides at Oakwood Theme Park.

Stay tuned to find out if we managed to tackle one of Europe’s most loved rollercoasters in part four of our tour around Pembrokeshire! 😉

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