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Monday in Pembrokeshire

We drove through military land, past tanks and signs warning not to touch debris, and I was a little bit scared, but we then reached the car park for Stack Rocks safely.

In our 30 year old guidebook, the AA Illustrated Guide to Britain's Coast, Stack Rocks is called Elegug Stack. "Elegug" is from the word "heligog", which is Welsh for guillemot, and there were indeed a lot of them. Heligog! Heligog!

The stacks were spectacular as was the Green Bridge of Wales, an archway formed by the sea. I wandered along the clifftops there, on springy ground, staring out at the sea below, and saw another arch formed by the sea and then the remains of a fort.

St Govan's Chapel was where I visited next. It's a tiny chapel, with a number of legends surrounding it - If you count the steps leading down to the chapel, it is said to always be different from when you count them going up. (Guidebook says 52 steps, I counted 76.) Another legend says that pirates stole the bell from the chapel but it was rescued by sea nymphs who placed it on a rock which rings when struck. I looked for sea nymphs but none were to be seen.

In Freshwater West, I wandered on the beach and then on the headland, stood inside a seaweed hut, which would have been used for drying seaweed to make laver bread with.

In the evening, I walked on Tenby's North Beach again, amongst the jellyfish, and then later than that, I watched the sky turn pink.


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That doesn't sound very pleasant!

I was on Tenby's North Beach just a couple of weeks ago! And saw three enormous dead jellyfish there. And got somewhat sunburnt. My first visit to Pembrokeshire, which was extremely lovely.

I managed to avoid the sunburn at least. It was my first visit also, and it did indeed seem lovely! I spent most of the time wandering on the various beaches in the area.

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