Monday 4 April 2016
Trefin to St David’s Head
St David’s Youth Hostel
I wasn’t in a hurry to leave the nice hostel as it was only a couple of miles to Porthgain and I was determined to stop there for lunch.
It had been 10 years since I last went to the Sloop Inn for a wonderful lobster lunch and I was keen to repeat the experience.
As it happens (on recommendation of some people I met while walking) I went for morning coffee at the Sloop and then went to The Shed restaurant for my lobster lunch (with a glass of wine). Delicious.
Porthgain was a hive of industrial activity in the early 1900s. The harbour was originally built to export locally quarried slate and was then expanded to cater for road stone and bricks made from the slate quarry waste.
It was worth stopping for a log lunch because the sun came out for the afternoon, although it was hazy so the visibility wasn’t great. I walked past the slate quarries on the way to Abereiddy.
One of the quarries had a channel blasted to the sea to flood it and is now a 25m deep pool known as the Blue Lagoon. It has been used for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. I contemplated a triple somersault with pike but remembered I’d forgotten my swimming costume. Shame.
The walk to St David’s Head was nice in the afternoon sunshine.
I could see North Bishop of the Bishops and Clerks islands and then, when I rounded the Head, Ramsey Island loomed large.
St David’s Head itself was a stony peat bog filled with gorse, so quite difficult walking.
Whitesands Bay looked busy and there were surfers in the sea but I headed inland to the Youth Hostel and basked in the evening sunshine there for a while. The hostel was basic but nicely appointed (unfortunately YHA ones don’t provide free tea bags and milk).I had the 4-bunk bed dorm room to myself, which was just as well because it was so small that me and my kit filled it. Dinner was a ration pack as I was 3 miles from the nearest shop (St David’s).