Another weekend of settled conditions were promised and I wanted to fill the gaps, the south coast of Pembrokeshire was my next target. We finished our last paddle along the south coast at Stackpole Quay. The tide was flowing east to west through Caldy Island sound at around 0940 so a trip from Tenby to Stackpole Quay was formalised.
Jules was the only one keen to join me and it seemed silly to take two cars just for a shuttle. Jules suggested cycling and the thought had passed though my mind also. I wasn't keen on leaving my bike chained up while we spent the day on the water but what other option was there?
Our carefully laid plans were almost foiled however. Upon driving to Stackpole to drop off the bikes we noticed road closure signs. It just so happens a marathon was being held from Tenby and the surrounding roads were due to be closed for most of the day. What was plan B? We didn't have one...sod it! So it was a race to get back to Tenby before the race started.
Jules with Caldey Island, St Margaret's Island and Giltar Point.
Heading for Lydstep Point
I have heard the waters around here can get quite lively with wind on tide. It was lovely and calm on a day like today but the tide wasn't half moving. The limestone cliffs beyond Lydstep Point rose vertically from the calm waters allowing us to explore the caves and arches.
It was a bit hot with a few steep climbs but all in all it was a pleasant ride through rural Pembrokeshire. We got to Tenby just as the last two stragglers were finishing the marathon and opening the roads.
Well for me that only leaves one more section between Martins Haven to Freshwater West before I complete the Pembrokeshire Coast. Then there's the two open crossings between Porthcawl and Mumbles and Gower to Tenby to link them all up.