St Davids to Tenby

Pink rocks at breakfast time
Pink rocks at breakfast time

The day started misty with a few drops of rain. We took our breakfast down to the beach and admired the rock pools with their populations of sea anemones and the lovely pink hues of the rocks. After packing up, NCN4 took us down narrow lanes to avoid the main road until we had to join it to reach Newgale with its lifeguards, surfers and big waves. It was warm and sunny by now and Christine wanted a swim but Rowan was adamant that we needed to get past the next very hilly section before lunch so we kept going as far as Broad Haven. Exhausted by the heat and hills, we took a long break here for lunch and Christine got her swim, albeit with smaller waves. Rowan and I enjoyed a longer rest in the Ocean Cafe.

We spotted a sneaky shortcut to Johnston to avoid a circuitous route around Haverfordwest and joined the trackbed of the former Narberth branch, closed in 1963, as far as the high road bridge over the river. It was a long steep pull up to the road for the ride over the Cleddau estuary and through Pembroke Dock, a charmless rundown industrial settlement. Soon we were in Pembroke, a traffic-free route taking us around the castle but missing the town.

We looked at Lamphey Palace a couple of miles further on and then a lovely high level run into Tenby with lovely views of the coast to our right. With its beaches and mediaeval walls, Tenby is a fascinating town, one of our more interesting resorts. We shopped at Sainsburys and camped at Windmills campsite on the other side of town, very peaceful but within walking distance. It rained heavily during the night.

Rest day in Tenby