An Early Morning Walk In St Mawes

 

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A lovely early walk from the centre of St Mawes up to the Castle, but looking at that sky you can see within a few minutes the rain came pouring down!

Henry VIII had St Mawes Castle, which is still beautifully preserved built to protect Falmouth Harbour and guard the entrance to the safe anchorage in the Carrick Roads. Three huge circular bastions arranged in a cloverleaf pattern with multiple gun ports were formidable defences!

Today the Castle stands intact and although re-fortified throughout its history, it is a Tudor time capsule waiting to be explored. It is set in landscaped grounds, providing excellent views of the coastline and across to Falmouth.

Tenby – A Lovely Place To Visit

Mounted print of “Tenby Reflections” I am delighted to that sold this print of “Tenby Reflections” to a collector in my home town of Swansea. Remember the introductory price of £25 (and that covers shipping) last only until 8th October so order your Christmas gifts early! Buy your Tenby print here The post Tenby…

via Tenby Prints selling… — Emma Cownie Artist

Port Eynon Bay – Gower

 

This bay is an award winning sandy and safe beach and suitable for waterspouts in an area designated of outstanding natural beauty.

  • Lifeguard on Duty May – September
  • Carpark
  • Seasonal Dog Ban on some parts of the beach

 

The bay is a popular beach resort beside the village of Port Eynon. To the south west of the bay and is the most southerly point of the Gower Peninsula. Port Eynon is situated on the Wales Coastal path and being well signposted from Rhossili and Oxwich.

At the far end of Port Eynon Bay stands the eighteenth century ruin of the old Salt House, originally extracting salt from the sea, it is thought that the business was run as  cover for smuggled goods. Possibly a goof theory considering that most of the local population of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries appeared to have been involved in smuggling, and on one occasion hidden in the church.

Take time to visit the Churchyard where there is a memorial to the three lifeboat crew who lost their lives at sea in 1916. The lifeboat station was closed in 1919 and a new one opened in Horton in 1968.

Port Eynon is well worth a visit – put it on your to do list!

 

 

Rhossili – Gower Peninsula, Swansea

Rhossili is a small village and community on the tip of the Gower Peninsula in Swansea. In an area which has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Although it was a slightly murky day and had been raining, I thought on my first visit this bay was truly amazing!

And I am not alone, for it has been voted Wales Best Beach 2017 and one of the UK’s top beaches for five years running in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards. The views are breathtaking overlooking the golden sand of Rhossili.

At low tide there is a huge expanse of beach  approximately three miles long, and it is possible to walk across the bay to Llangennith or across the Worms Head. The views which are spectacular from many of the walking routes and you may be lucky enough to see some dolphins or basking seals.

The bay is reached via steps from the small village of Rhossili and whilst quite a treck will be certainly worth it!