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Stunning St Davids, Travel Britain

St Davidís is Walesí smallest cathedral city positioned on an outcrop of western Pembrokeshire - in population more a village, swollen in summer by the many visitors who having discovered this hidden gem return time and again.. Some come on pilgrimage to the shrine of the patron saint of Wales died 601AD . Many revere the chapel and well of his mother St Nonn - where, legend says, a spring burst forth on the night of Davidís birth . St Davidís cathedral itself is imposing stonework the exterior hosting a vaulting interior lined with Irish oak . The nave was rebuilt after Viking sacking in 1078. Across the adjacent stream is the atmospheric Bishopís Palace built 1340 ( even new is historic here ! ) For adventurers and naturalists, the islands of Skomer , Skokholm and Grassholm can easily be reached by boat either from here or nearby Dale while Newgale sands provide the exciting waves and the surfer culture to match - in this part of Wales owning a wet suit is almost de rigeur . A gentler pursuit is visiting The Sampler Tearooms - walls lined with examples of the craft. For campers, Caerfai farm with its organic farm shop canít be beaten . Amble down to the small sand and shingle beach ; a good place for sheltered sunbathing as the coloured rock formations dotted with wild patches of gorse and thrift tower above you. Numerous rock pools provide sploshy slippery amusement for the younger members of the party and those feeling more adventurous can hike the coastal path all the way round to the delightful inlet at Solva . Then, perhaps ,head south for a night at the wonderfully eccentric Druidston hotel - just donít tell too many people - some treats are not for sharing!

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