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FISHLOCK'S JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY; star picks outhis favourite plin Pembrokesh Trevor Fishlock.

IN Pembrokeshire the gods of small things have their work cut out. With so many gems and hidden treasures there''s more than enough to look after.

Babbaloobies, for example. And the oddly-familiar knight of Manorbier. The insolent faces in St David''s cathedral. The remarkable figures at Rudbaxton. The hats of Burnett''s Hill. The train queue of Tafarn Sinc. And the mysterious green door in Tenby.

Pembrokeshire doesn''t seem so small when you''re exploring it. Sir Benfro is an Atlantic province and mostly lies within a few miles of the tide. The fjord of Milford Haven and the Cleddau''s twin horns penetrate deep into the land. The 40-year-old coastal path threads through vistas of cliffs and capes.

Among so many stunning beaches - Whitesands, Marloes, Freshwater West, Barafundle, Newport, Newgale, Poppit - it is hard to agree on a favourite.

An 18th-century health craze started Tenby''s resort career. Doctors prescribed sea water dips for fashionable women. A memorial in St Mary''s church salutes Peggy Davies, the resort''s dunker for 42 years who died on duty aged 82.

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At St Michael''s church in Rudbaxton the monument to the 17th century Howard family has five painted figures, four carrying skulls.

To grasp the unity of coast and country just walk the bare slopes of Preseli. The highest Preseli point is Foel Cwmcerwyn, and nearby is Foel Eryr. The views are tremendous.

For a glorious perspective over Strumble Head take the walk to the hill fort of Garn Fawr.

Boat trips to the islands - to ? Pembrokeshire: Journeys and Stories by Trevor Fishlock, images by Jeremy Moore (Gomer Press, pounds 19.99) Caldey, Skomer and Ramsey - add adventure: close-ups of caves, cliffs, seals, dolphins and birdlife.

In Casnewydd Bach, Little Newcastle, see the memorial to Barti Ddu, Black Bart the pirate of the Caribbean.

And so to princess Nest, personable, sexy and brave. In 1109 Owain ap Cadwgan besieged Nest and her Norman husband Gerald of Windsor in Cilgerran castle. Owain was out to abduct her. As he burst in Nest urged Gerald to escape down the latrine chute. He did - and later his troops killed Owain.

Some historians think that all this may have happened at Carew castle, which has something in common with almost every place in Pembrokeshire - it has a story and the camera loves it.


Top to bottom: Carew Castle, Barafundle Bay and Carn Ingli Pictures: JEREMY MOORE
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2011
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