Nicky Middleton-Jones, Ranger North Pembrokeshire and her favourite Pembrokeshire place.
Carn Llidi has to be my favourite place to walk. From the very first time I visited many years ago while on holiday, I knew it held many secrets that I’ve since come to know.The walk up the mountain (as my six year old son would call it) from the sea is a gentle uphill stroll, rising with every step. The excitement of what lies ahead builds inside and a game of ‘eye spy’ is never ending, as the higher we go the more we see.
As the main track ends at ‘High Winds’ we start to wind through the heather in single file, still chatting – planning the scramble up the rocks to the summit, and spotting ground beetles and butterflies on the way.
We walk all over the St David’s peninsula but nothing evokes excitement like the hike to Carn llidi and as we reach the peak of 186 meters the endless views are exhilarating. On a clear sunny day you can see from Strumble light house and Garn Fawr hill top to St Davids Cathedral, Treginnis peninsula and Ramsey Island.
We’re up in the sky high above the buzzards soaring below, we watch them glide past against the patchwork of green shaded fields. Everything we could ever wish for in a perfect afternoons walk in the countryside – here in one place.
After a scramble round the rocks and searching for more bugs we stop for a picnic and stare into the rugged landscape that is almost surrounded by the sea. The hidden history starts to unveil itself, from the Bronze age hut circles, and burial chambers, often evoking day dreams of what it was like to live here all those years ago.
Tranquillity, freedom; a place to day dream. Excitement and fun, we can get it all at the top of Carn Llidi.