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Research trip to Pembrokeshire

Published onOct 28, 2021
Research trip to Pembrokeshire
View from ferry.

I travelled to Wales on Monday 13 September on Irish Ferries 0845 crossing from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock. The crossing was calm, the weather overcast.  Traveling up Milford Haven Waterway to Pembroke Dock afforded a great view of the oil refinery and related machinery along the route. We arrived into Pembroke dock at 1246 and I spent the remainder of that day walking around the area of Pembroke Dock, visiting amongst other places, the Heritage Centre. This was a treasure trove of information and objects relating to Pembroke’s military and maritime history.

Large ship near Milford Haven.

Milford Haven Waterway

Pembroke Dock.

Pembroke Dock

Monkton Priory church

Monkton Priory church

The following day I took the Monkton Circular Walk, which starts and finishes outside the medieval church in Monkton, Pembroke. This walk brought me through deciduous woodlands and alongside Milford Haven waterway, passing sites of historical and architectural interest, including Monkton Church, Pembroke Castle and Mill Pond. I also passed the Defensible Barracks from which I had an amazing views over the Victorian town and dockyard of Pembroke Dock. Along this walk I met up with Martin Crampin of the Ports, Past and Present team, who accompanied me back to Pembroke. In the afternoon I took the opportunity to have a look around Pembroke Castle.

Defensible Barracks, Pembroke Dock

Defensible Barracks, Pembroke Dock

Lower Town Fishguard

Lower Town Fishguard

On Wednesday I took a bus to Fishguard changing at Haverfordwest. The bus passed through the main town of Fishguard and then down to the lower town, where I got out. Fishguard was unexpected, it was quiet and peaceful, a really beautiful place and I spent the rest of the morning exploring the surrounding area.  In the afternoon I took a walk around Dinas Head, which was close to where I was staying. The next morning, I continued to explore the port area and then took the 1300 Stena Line ferry, arriving back in Rosslare at 1630.

View of cliffs and sea at Dinas Head.

Dinas Head

View of the dock at Goodwick.

Leaving Fishguard

Breakwater at Holyhead

All photos by Julie Merriman
September 2021

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