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  • The Wild and Wonderful St David’s Peninsula in Pembrokeshire, Wales

    The Wild and Wonderful St David’s Peninsula in Pembrokeshire, Wales

    St David's Peninsula in Pembrokeshire Wales is a glorious mixture of wild countryside and interesting cultural sites. It encompasses two national treasures, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. I had already walked small sections of the latter during previous sojourns in Newport, St David’s City and Tenby …

  • Newport in Pembrokeshire, Wales - a Holiday Haven

    Newport in Pembrokeshire, Wales - a Holiday Haven

    Newport in Pembrokeshire, Wales stretches along the estuary of the Nevern River that goes down to the Irish Sea in Newport Bay. I started my walk around the town at the Iron Bridge and followed a very easy stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path that runs alongside the Nevern Estuary. The path is lined with trees on both sides with occasional glimpses of the estuary beyond them. As always in Pembrokeshire my walk was enhanced with the friendly greetings of passers-by ...

  • A Day Out in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales

    A Day Out in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales

    It was a very mixed group that gathered on by the tractor on Tenby beach as instructed. Old and young, able and not so able. There was no sign of a boat. Waves crashed on to the beach behind us as we all looked uncertainly at each other. There was no sign of a boat nor of anyone in authority. We all cheered up when a young man arrived, jumped into the tractor and reversed it and the jetty attached to it to the water’s edge. A few minutes later a boat arrived. As the boat nudged the end of the jetty each passenger was handed carefully aboard ...

  • St David’s, a Welsh Village that became a Charming City

    St David’s, a Welsh Village that became a Charming City

    St David’s on the ruggedly splendid Pembrokeshire coast in Wales is utterly charming. When I checked into the excellent Twr y Felin Hotel I had no sense at all of being in a city, albeit the smallest city in the UK. Close to my hotel, at the top of the High Street I found Oriel y Parc the visitor centre for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park which was designated as such in 1952 and incorporates St David’s Peninsula. The National Park was created to protect the environment and sets a fine example with its own visitor centre ...

  • The Cathedral and the City of Wells in Somerset, England

    The Cathedral and the City of Wells in Somerset, England

    Wednesday is market day in the City of Wells in Somerset, England. When I arrived in Market Place it was overflowing with stalls as it has done every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays for past 800 years. This market is part of the heritage of Wells and on a Wednesday it includes a Farmers Market. Wells also has a Charter granted by King John in 1201 to hold five Charter Fairs every year. These used to last for several days and involved feasting and entertainment in the evenings and trading in the market during the day ...

  • Panoramas and Portraits at the Excellent Twr y Felin Hotel in St David's Pembrokeshire

    Panoramas and Portraits at the Excellent Twr y Felin Hotel in St David's Pembrokeshire

    It was with great and justified pride that Emma showed me to my suite when I checked into the Twr y Felin Hotel in St David’s, Pembrokeshire in Wales. The Tyddewi (Windmill Tower) Suite occupies the three floors of the original windmill that was built here in 1806. This windmill had a chequered history being damaged several times in terrible storms and on two occasions its wings and paddles were blown off. Despite these misadventures the windmill ground corn intermittently for nearly a century until it ceased operations in 1904. New buildings were added and the windmill was first converted into a hotel ...

  • A Palace Fit for a Bishop in the English City of Wells

    A Palace Fit for a Bishop in the English City of Wells

    The City of Wells in Somerset, England is named for its wells that bubble up from an underground river fed by the rain water that seeps through the rocks of the nearby Mendip Hills. In Saxon times the presence of this water led people to believe that Wells was a sacred place and during this period the first church was built here. The main wells, the wells of Saint Andrew, are inside the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace and this was where I started my visit. I arrived just in time to join the tour of the grounds ...

  • Winchester, King Alfred's Capital of England

    Winchester, King Alfred's Capital of England

    Winchester in Hampshire, England is a very popular tourist destination. Coach loads of visitors arrived and depart on Broadway in the city centre. Watched over by an imposing figure – the Anglo-Saxon King, Alfred the Great. His statue, created by Hamo Thornycroft, was placed there in 1901 to celebrate one thousand years since Alfred became king of England and made Winchester his capital. Alfred had successfully defended Wessex, a region of Southern England, against attacks from the Vikings and whoever ruled Wessex inherited the title of King of England ...

  • The Cross, a Delightful Bed and Breakfast in Croscombe, Somerset

    The Cross, a Delightful Bed and Breakfast in Croscombe, Somerset

    Hospitality has been a long-standing tradition at The Cross in Croscombe, Somerset ever since this original medieval building was licensed as a public house in 1516. In those days it was called the Rose and Crown and retained this name until 1976 when it changed its name to the Bull Terrier. The doors of the Bull Terrier closed for the last time in 2014 and the property was sold. The new owner, Terri Chichester, undertook the huge task of converting this lovely building into impressive bed and breakfast accommodation ...

  • Exploring the Historic Waterways of Winchester in England

    Exploring the Historic Waterways of Winchester in England

    As I made my way across the water meadows of the River Itchen I found it difficult to believe I was not far from the city centre of Winchester. I was surrounded by leas of lush grass and thickets of trees. Beyond these I occasionally glimpsed the sparkle of water in the river. I was following in the footsteps of the poet Keats who found inspiration walking here during a stay in Winchester. Once upon a time, thousands of years ago, the River Itchen flowed through the centre of what is now Winchester. The Romans, skilled in engineering, altered the river flood plain and diverted the River Itchen further to the east. They also drained the land so that the town could be extended eastwards, allowing them to build over the former marsh. Just ahead of me, bathed in sunshine, were the beautiful medieval buildings of Saint Cross Hospital and the Almshouse of the Noble Poverty ...

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