Local archaeologist, Helen Manley Jones starts her guided prehistory tours this Spring.
She will be running weekly car tours every Thursday, starting at Newport’s Tourist Information Centre and finishing with a visit to Castell Henllys Iron Age Village.
We are working with her on a bicycle version of the tours. The routes are not yet finalised – there is such a wealth of ancient sites in North Pembrokeshire that the possibilities seem almost endless. However, we are thinking in terms of three cycle routes to cater for different abilities/tastes.
More detail is on its way – we aim to have it all ready for Easter.
In the meantime you can contact Helen via her website ycwtch.com
Graham decided there was time for a road ride between the bands of heavy rain sweeping through Pembrokeshire lately.
Moylegrove is under 6 miles (9.5km) from Newport but feels more distant. You turn off the main road (A487) almost immediately to cross the Nevern estuary at the rebuilt iron bridge. After that the lanes are quiet and the views magnificent. The direct route takes you down a sharp slope into the pretty village centre. Nowadays the only cafe is at Penrallt Ceibwr Garden Centre. It is worth a visit if you don’t mind a steep climb to reach it. It is not far though – and think of sailing back down!
Another option, perhaps for warmer weather, is to divert down to Ceibwr Bay. The beach is a beautiful place for a picnic, a paddle or just to admire the superb rock strata on the cliffs.
A view of the cliffs at Ceibwr
It is also enjoyable to wander off on a side road – exploring tiny lanes is one of the pleasures of North Pembrokeshire. Having a good map is advisable as they don’t always end up where you might expect. On the other hand, if you are on holiday, you might enjoy getting a little lost. You can’t go too far wrong; the area is bounded on the one side by the Irish Sea and on the other by the Preselis (though you’d have to cross the A487 to get there).
We plan to prepare maps and short guides to popular routes for loan to bike hirers or to sell for a small price. This route will be one.
Although it is all on-road, people often ride it on mountain bikes for comfort and to make the short, steep parts less daunting.
Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day. The low winter light shows our North Pembrokeshire scenery to great advantage, so Graham set off on his mountain bike with camera.
That in itself was a triumph. Many times he has arrived home after a ride saying, “If only I’d had a camera……” or remembered to take it, only for the weather to change instantly.
This time, his aim to record key points in a ride in photos did work out – here are a few.
plenty of water about
This time, Graham’s comment on coming in was “The riding didn’t flow.” Looking out for likely photo-spots, stopping, manipulating gloves, camera case etc., in fact generally concentrating on the photography more than the riding, was a trial for him.
I’m guessing that photography-lovers know this but enjoy the hunt for the perfect image enough to compensate for the difficulties – or even see the riding as a means of reaching good photo locations.
I don’t expect Graham to morph into more of a camera nut than a mountain bike one – but I do think the results were worth the effort.