Another trip across the Irish Sea, this time from Rosslare to Pembroke, was uneventful and very calm. We caught the morning ferry, picked up another rental car and headed to our accommodation at Fishguard. We had a quiet afternoon and caught up on the boring stuff like the washing.
One of my reasons for coming to this area was to visit St David’s – the smallest city in the UK. The designation of city comes from having a cathedral and being the seat of a bishop. The picturesque ruins of Bishop’s Palace are adjacent to the cathedral.
We visited the cathedral and took a walk around the city which has a population of about 1,500. It really is a rather pretty, small town quite aside from the cathedral. The location at the extreme south-west corner of Wales makes it very popular with people taking short or extended walks on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
The other place I wanted to visit was Haverfordwest, the principal town in the county of Pembrokeshire, which is where my father’s ancestors originated. We were unable to locate anywhere to park, there were roadworks in numerous places and I found it difficult to find any redeeming features of the town. In fact, I remarked to The Duke that I could understand why the family headed to Australia! That is probably a bit harsh but I will definitely not be rushing back to Haverfordwest.
Perhaps I should have taken more notice of the following quote from the Wikipedia entry for Haverfordwest:
Concerns about the relative decline of the historic town centre compared to the growth of the out-of-town centre retail centres at Withybush has led to Welsh historian John Davies expressing his concern that Haverfordwest was becoming “a medieval town surrounded by tin sheds”.
Our final destination in this area was a microbrewery, Caffle Brewery. We saw some of their product at a local store in St David’s so searched on the internet for the location and tracked it down at the Old Schoolhouse up a country lane.
The Duke purchased 2 different brews to try and declared one as good and the other excellent.