Saturday, 9 June 2012

Tenby [2] Castles

After Monday the weather went downhill. Tuesday was a total washout, but every other day seemed to be wet/murky in the morning then improving in the afternoon.

On Tuesday we went to Carew and wandered round the ruined castle. This is a beautiful medieval castle that was altered in the Elizabethan period with the addition of huge windows looking over the millpond (the Mill is one of the few remaining working tidal mills in the country) - this view is one of my favourites (though it's better without the rain).

On Wedneday we went to one of the best ruined castles in the country: Pembroke. As kids growing up this was our favouritest castle ever. There's loads to explore, spiral staircases to climb and, battlements to walk along. The castle originates from the Norman period, but in 1457 Henry Tudor was born in the castle. In 1485 he beat Richard III at the Battle fo Bosworth and became King Henry VII.

The Dungeon Tower
The Gatehouse
Courtyard with keep in the background

Under the castle is a huge natural cavern, that in the heyday of the castle, allowed direct access to the river. I love the colours in the rock.

Wogans Cavern (with girl in pink raincoat)
 We called in at Manorbier, but didn't stay long....

Manorbier beach looking west
Then stopped at Lydstep Head. This is another my favourite views, especially with weather like this - coastal views like this and sea this colour are the reasons I love Pembrokeshire.

We went plodging on South Beach (paddling) - the sea wasn't too cold

And we sat by the harbour and did the crossword!

I'll post a third and final installment of photos over the next few days!


Cherie said...

Great pictures! Loving the castle..I really need to do a UK tour =D

I'm having a giveaway on my blog. There is one extra day to enter =D

Karen M said...

Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing.