The Southernmost Point of Pembrokeshire

View West from St Govan's HeadAfter reaching the highest point  in Pembrokeshire, I wondered about reaching other extremeties – the most southerly point, St Govan’s Head, being the obvious one since it’s an exciting jutting headland, with crashing waves, and St Govan’s Chapel tucked into the cliffs where St Govan landed on the run from pirates according to the legend. It’s about a 40 mile round trip from Saundersfoot area – taking the shortest route that winds through lots of pleasant lanes, though busy with holidaymakers on the day we did the trip. There’s a military firing range right by St Govan’s, but usually it seems to be open. On the day we did the ride it was viable to visit the headland but the coast path to the west was shut. That’s a particularly good bit of the coast path and well worth doing when viable – sea stacks, arches, tremendous views over the swell – this is likely to be good just here because it’s open to the full westerly swell. The area has a long military history as you can see when walking to the point – there are big storage bunkers and some old tracks left from the days when targets were put on tracks on the headland as part of the firing ranges. There’s a good view of Lundy too – visible, in reasonable weather, due south. It was a hilly route since we went down to sea level a few times, and not so many other cyclists. It’s a pity diesel engines haven’t been banned or phased out – it surely must be coming soon since they pump out such a stunning amount of dirty fumes on a hill. Rather spoils the pleasure of a steady climb on a bike. The picture is the view from St Govan’s.
Greenhouse in JulyThis picture is of my greenhouse. It’s over full due to having rather a lot of tomato plants but there’s something lovely about a greenhouse surrounded by flowers and veg. I’m growing squash and rhubarb, and there’s an apple tree (Ashmead’s Kernel, two years old but with three apples currently). I’ve got four apple trees – Bountiful being the only cooker (though it gets sweeter if you leave it on the tree for a while and can be an ‘eater’), but a great tree and highly productive once it gets going.

Amroth beach with a windsurferI managed, at long last, to go windsurfing at Amroth – a very good beach for windsurfing since there’s plenty of space and it’s sandy, rather than rocky. Force 4 SW with about 4 other windsurfers out at one point, and a few kite surfers too. Gentle sea too, as can be seen, small to moderate swell – great for the sort of mellow windsurfing that I think is where I am, so to speak.

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