Tuesday 12 April 2016
Manorbier to Tenby
Meadow Farm Campsite
It was very misty and damp when I left the youth hostel. It was a good job I walked the extra bit for the views yesterday afternoon as it was not possible to see further than about 50m. Caldey Island was invisible and there were no views at all to speak of.
I walked through a large caravan park at Lydstep, but apart from that I didn’t see a thing through the mist all morning.
Unsurprisingly there was no firing at Penally Camp, which has been used for ‘musketry’ training since 1860. This meant I could cross it and go and take a look at the trench system that had been dug there in 1914 for training soldiers departing for the Great War. It is the only known surviving example of a trench system in the UK. It was quite atmospheric wandering through the trenches in the mist. I kept my whistle in my pocket.
Giltar Point is only a kilometre from Caldey Island and should have great views all along the coast, just not today.
I arrived at Tenby (Welsh name translated as the little fort of fishes) via walking along the beach. The old town is surrounded by the remains of a mediaeval stone wall and is built on a hill.
I stopped in a cafe for some lunch and then wandered down to the harbour to see about getting a boat to Caldey Island. Nothing was sailing due to the fog (I still couldn’t even see much of the beach). I decided to walk to the campsite heading out of Tenby and pitch my tent (no wind today).
As I was pitching the tent the mist finally started to clear. I applied sunglasses and suncream, changed my boots for sandals and wandered back down into the town; suddenly I could see it. I saw Castle Hill that intersects the 2 beaches and I could see St Catherine’s Island (which is actually on the beach) and the Victorian fort atop it.
Finally, out of the mist appeared Caldey Island, not very far away at all.
I could even see around the coast as far as Worm’s Head at the tip of The Gower peninsula.
I sat on a bench on Castle Hill in the late afternoon sunshine admiring the views.
It was blissful in the sunshine and I sat there for a couple of hours just enjoying the beauty and the sound of the sea.
Eventually I wandered back up the hill to the campsite for a shower and to change before heading back down again for some dinner.
I decided on the spur of the moment to treat myself to a nice meal at the Ocean restaurant overlooking the bay. A good way to end the day.