August 31, 2022: Pembrokeshire, Wales. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path gave us dramatic sea cliffs, lush pastures, sandy beaches, lily ponds. And as this is Britain, of course, a fine pub!
“Lovely the woods, waters, meadows, combes, vales,
All the air things wear that build this world of Wales.”
― Gerard Manley Hopkins
Walk and Pub
As we work our way round Britain, history, hikes and food are top of the agenda. We got two out of three today on a an easy 6-mile circular – Stackpole Quay and Bosherston Lakes. It provided an incredible variety of environments in a short hike on a sunny day in Wales.
Best of all, the Stackpole Inn and Pub was right near the end of the hike. A quality pub, I’ve learned, is the most important aspect of British countryside walk. While sipping a pint and waiting on our fresh fish, we enjoyed the Welsh voices lilting up and down like the hills and valleys of this land.
Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path ambles for 186 miles around its namesake peninsula, gaining 35,000 feet up and down. That’s more than Everest, and certainly more pleasant. One can follow it and similar linked paths entirely around the coast of Wales. This was to be our only hike here, however, as we are on to Snowdonia in the north.