The Smallest City | 30th June – 4th July 2016

St. David's in Pembrokeshire, is described in the literature as "the smallest city in Britain," which fairly describes the intimate feel of the place along with the imposing presence of its Cathedral and Bishop's Palace. Almost surrounded by coast, it offered our 11-strong group our pick of clifftop paths. A short walk through the city and we were soon looking down from the heights to the sea below on the left. Fittingly for early July, our two days of walks were blessed with weather that was very sunny, although blustery. More than one person commented on the bright Mediterranean blue of the sea. The walks were not overly difficult and gently paced, thanks to our leaders Tom Harrison and Colin Cottell and provided plenty of opportunity to look at the abundant bird life including gannets and choughs, as well as glimpses of a group of youngsters scaling the cliffs.

For the third day we opted for a boat trip to the nearby Ramsey Island, which is inhabited only by an RSPB warden and a couple of volunteers. As our group dispersed among the island paths it was possible at times to feel almost alone in the universe apart from the occasional seal and red deer sightings. Back in St. David's, in addition to visiting the nearby cathedral, we were also able to take advantage of a Constable and Turner exhibition at the city's art gallery.

As for our accommodation at the Y Glennydd hotel, although the lounge was cramped for a group of our size, could anybody have been presented with such an array of excellent food? The delicious sticky toffee chocolate pudding will be long remembered! Our thanks also to Hilary for the smooth organisation.

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