My daughter had borrowed my car for the weekend and I really wanted to go to Aber Mawr about 12 miles up the coast. A friend reminded me of the shuttle bus that every day, from May to September, goes from St Davids to Fishguard following the coast road. Its been a while since I have caught a bus and I felt excited that I could get where I wanted to go without a long walk or cycle ride! So I got up early (for me) yesterday morning, packed a rucksack with food, a good book, camera and swimming gear and caught the bus which left St David’s just after 9.
The bus journey was wonderful and I loved going through all the villages that I would have normally bypassed on my route by car. A lovely Australian woman got on at Trefin and sat next to me and for about quarter of an hour we shared some of our stories. Sharing with a ‘stranger’ is so rich and in the moment and unattached – we didn’t even share names yet shared so much more, then said good bye! A glimpse into someone else’s life, then moving back into my own.
It felt wonderful to get to the beach, just after 10, with the prospect of being there all morning by myself, with a friend joining me later for lunch in the next cove Aber Bach.
I love being on Aber Mawr, and one of the main reasons is the stones that make up the beach. I have discovered that the huge pebble bank, which is its main feature, was thrown up by a great storm in 1859. Apparently, as the tide drops and the dark sandy beach is revealed, there are remnants of a drowned forest occasionally poking above the surface. The bay is backed by lovely woodlands and fields with high cliffs to the south and lower, crumbling cliffs to the north.
The pebbles that make up the huge bank are one of the real joys of the place for me. I took a few pictures of them to show you – the colours and forms are wonderful.
I didn’t read much of my book, I was so enjoying taking pictures of the pebbles and watching a seal play in the water right in front of me – I tried to get a picture of it and decided to give up trying and just enjoy watching it tumble in the waves. I then went in for a swim, screaming with delight as big waves broke over me! Every swim is different – the sea is constantly changing, the back drop of the landscape is so different in each cove and the sky, unless its clear blue, is a vast moving canvas of clouds and light.
The swim at Aberbach in the afternoon, with my friend Shayne, was wonderful. Aberbach is part of the same bay as Abermawr and 5 minutes walk further on. The sea was much calmer and such a beautiful colour. Once I have decided to get out of the water, as soon as I do, I invariably want to be back in the sea. The freedom and joy of swimming is powerful.
And then a walk through the beautiful Pen-yr-allt woods. We were chatting as we entered the woods then became quiet as the sight and feel of the place was literally enchanting. Shayne gave me a lift home so no tales to share of a return bus trip and I really want to take the bus another time as it added so much to my day.
This has been a long post as there was lots I wanted to share from such a magical day. These posts will not always be as long – and maybe sometimes longer!