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And here is Part 2

Yeees, I did say there would be another part to this. Behold!

Basically, as I did the walk, this part is where I decided to walk up the cliffs and try to reach a beach far, far away. Further than it seemed actually and by the time I saw it in the distance, I was tired and it was getting pretty close to when I’d have to go home, so I turned around and came back.

Remember the image last post of the cliff? Well, this picture is from the top just along the way and shows how popular the beach is, even in winter, judging by all the footprints and dog tracks.

Foot prints, although annoyingly ruining a smooth surface, are quite artistic in a way

Foot prints, although annoyingly ruining a smooth surface, are quite artistic in a way

Moving along the cliff in the direction of Barafundle Beach, you see a very nice close up of Church Rock. Still doesn’t look like a church to me but there we go. From some angles (obviously not this one), it apparently looks like a Scotty dog, but I guess its how you are wired up as to what you see isn’t it? Alas at low tide it pretty much looks like a rock to me…

I can only presume that this rock looks like a dog from offshore, as I can't see it from here

I can only presume that this rock looks like a dog from offshore, as I can’t see it from here

Along this track, there a quite a few hidden bays and lovely sandy beaches. There seems to be no way to get to them apart from abseiling, so they are pretty much undisturbed which makes them very photogenic. Lucky me! Apparently, this one is called Box Beach. No idea why but maybe it’s a reference to the fact there are lots of caves just up the cliffs that acted as boxes for storage in times gone by? Talking of caves, there are some quite deep depressions in the cliff top just up from here too, but they are so wide that I couldn’t fit them in the picture! If I had a scale it would have been more impressive, but maybe next time I will find a way.

Box Beach, with a returning boat from the islands in the distance

Box Beach, with a returning boat from the islands in the distance

The next large beach is more of a cove and was (if you have seen the video, please refer to the archive) full of birds making quite a racket to be honest. However, it’s nice to see them acting naturally and they fact they have a roost where they can relax. The rock in the middle to the left is named Pinnacle Rock and it’s pretty obvious why to be honest! In the distance, the cliffs are Stackpole Head where I headed next…

Pinnacle Rock and Stakpole Head in the distance...long way down I assure you

Pinnacle Rock and Stakpole Head in the distance…long way down I assure you

The wind was really picking up but the sun was still out which I was glad of, as it brought out the positively alien colours in the lichen on the head. Nothing else really grows here apart from scrubby grass so I guess it has all the chance it needs to flourish…all I did to extract the real colour from it was to use a polariser on the lens.

I admit I checked the settings when I saw this picture, but this is how it really appeared...go look!

I admit I checked the settings when I saw this picture, but this is how it really appeared…go look!

I had pretty good timing in all, because as I headed back, the cirrus had built up to a fairly solid layer of haze/cloud on the horizon and things were getting milky and the sun was being covered. So, as this began to happen, got a quick snap out to sea with some lovely curves on the gathering cloud in the distance before it all collapsed into plain white. I do know a follower who will particularly enjoy this picture 🙂

A view out to sea, the Bristol Channel, next stop is the island of Lundy

A view out to sea, the Bristol Channel, next stop is the island of Lundy

Well that was that walk..hope you enjoyed the piccies and if you are nearby, why not borrow someones dog and drag it around?! I think you’ll find it worthwhile but bear in mind, you will need some pretty good boots and head for heights.

Should have some weather pictures coming up soon, so the next subject may change from the land to the sky, hope to see you there. Thanks for dropping by again.

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Broad Haven South – Part 1

Hello!

Yes, this title would suggest that there is going to be another post at some point. I have lined up the next set of pictures already, so I am committed now! Anyhow, no excuses for the length of time since posting this week, let’s just get on with it.

As you may see from the title, this was a walk I took in the area of Broad Haven south beach…or is it Broadhaven? Maps disagree. I took it upon myself to go out as it was a lovely winters day at this point (it was a while back) so this situation lends itself more to taking pictures as there are fewer people about to get in the way.

To get to the beach, you have to go through the Bosherton Lily Ponds, owned by the National Trust and the main reason you have to pay to abandon your vehicle, although I don’t begrudge ÂŁ1 for a days parking, unlike some who line the road outside!

Fairly uneventful walk down to the start and I apologise in advance for the very beige pictures throughout the post, as the trees hadn’t started to bud significantly at this point. The scenery was still very nice and if you took a side path up a hill, you got a pretty good view almost at the very start…

The view down the currently empty Lily Pond to the beach

The view down the currently empty Lily Pond to the beach

Also, I was greeted by a few “interesting” bridges that traversed shallow water (you could see the dead reeds at the bottom) made of a mix of concrete, wood and bolts. I sure these were pretty original and repaired as and when needed but they didn’t seem all that stable and I was thankful there weren’t lines of people passing each other as I am sure there are in the Summer.

I suggest a sign here that says "Single-file or Swim" but I suspect I may be ignored

I suggest a sign here that says “Single-file or Swim” but I suspect I may be ignored

From these bridges, you get a lovely view down towards the beach along the reed beds. Yes, it’s not very photogenic if I’m to be honest, but stop complaining, there’s a blue sky, cirrus and contrast; this is a thing to be celebrated!

A view along the extensive reed bed; those of you with eagle eyes will see a cairn of sorts on the hill. Not sure what that signifies, as it was unlabelled

A view along the extensive reed bed; those of you with eagle eyes will see a cairn of sorts on the hill. Not sure what that signifies, as it was unmarked

Around the corner, I almost bumped into a couple who had stopped in the middle of the path. I wasn’t exactly sure why to be honest, so I mentally tutted and walked around them to be confronted by a man hand-feeding little Robins. Bless! Now, that’s something that you don’t see every day….alas, they wouldn’t pose on him, but I did manage to catch a picture of this cheeky chap daring me to get closer!

"You going to just stand there, or is there bread?!"

“You going to just stand there, or is there bread?!”

Come to the end of the track past the reeds and you are afforded a lovely view, complete with bench for those of us of a lower fitness level, of the well used path to the lovely sandy beach and in the distance, Church Rock. In terms of distance, this is very close to shore, only 150 yards or so and is quite dramatic close up.

The "drain" from the Ponds out towards the beach with Church Rock in the distance. Mmmm, I know, I haven't seen a church like that either!

The “drain” from the Ponds out towards the beach with Church Rock in the distance. Mmmm, I know, I haven’t seen a church like that either!

As a beach, it’s way up on the list in Pembrokeshire apparently; it has very high water quality and its south-facing location and dramatic cliff views backed by sand dunes and expansive National Trust woodland and Lily Ponds which are located behind the beach make it quite a draw. I wandered a little further on to take a picture of the contrast in rocks and sand to illustrate the “microcosm”…

The varied landscape in such a small area that draws so many people to this beach

The varied landscape in such a small area that draws so many people to this beach

I confess I have only been a few times but I’d go there if I had a dog or a family to drag along! Does this look a touch familiar? It should do, as I posted a video of this spot not so long ago to encourage you to absorb the natural beauty…if you can’t recall, have a look through the archives, I’m sure you will find it.

Anyway, that’s the first part of my loop and the landscape I saw, the next set of pictures are from the top of the cliffs to be added shortly…thanks for stopping by.

Remember, if you like a picture, please feel free to ask for a print, don’t just pinch them for free!

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