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A tail of a walk in Porthgain

Pembrokeshire Tourism - Thursday, April 11, 2019

A tail of a walk in Porthgain

Today we visited Porthgain, a few miles northeast of St Davids. This is a village with a harbour, nestling in an inlet on the north coast of Pembrokeshire. My owner parked in a free

parking zone next to an area of grass. It had two netted goals, one at each end. Excellent! Some children were playing football and I strained at the lead to join in. Even though I say so myself, my football skills are up there with the best. I know my owner agrees with me because she is always saying I am messy. But today I had to stay on the lead. Sigh.

As we walked towards the harbour I saw this big rusty gun resting across two walls next to a small building. The gun was found off the Pembrokeshire coast by a diver in 2004. It had come from an American warship, the Dan Beard, which had been sunk by a U-boat in 1944.

We carried on towards the harbour with its breakwater and stone piers. It all looked very impressive, but what really caught my eye were the imposing brick structures on the side of the cliff. These are big hoppers each of which were designed to contain various grades of ground stone which was then put onto ships and sold for making roads. As we walked along the quay at the base of the hoppers we passed a blocked-off tunnel. I tugged at my lead and peered into the darkness. The tunnel runs under the cliff to a nearby quarry where slate was once mined

We walked to the end of the quay to a small white building which used to be the harbour pilot’s office. Then we plodded up a whole load of steps to a gate at the top of the cliff. A sign on the gate said, “Dogs on Lead” and when we went through I could see why. The cliffs are very steep and you wouldn’t want to wander too close. Also, there were sheep grazing and a golden rule of being a responsible dog owner is that a dog should never worry sheep. Of course I would never do such a thing, at least, not while I’m on my lead.

We went over to a bench and sat down for a while looking out to sea. Nearby was a large white pillar and I could see a similar one on the cliff the other side of the harbour. Apparently the harbour is very difficult to spot when out at sea and the two pillars help to guide the sailors when approaching Porthgain.

We then walked back through the gate and down into the harbour. My owner had a meal at the fish and chip bistro known as the “The Shed”. In the industrial heyday of Porthgain this building was a machine shop. We sat outside and I had a nice drink of water from one of the dog bowls the bistro thoughtfully provides.

On our way back to the car we visited the Harbour Lights Gallery. We walked inside and my owner asked if it was alright to bring a dog in. The lady behind the desk said that I was very welcome as they were dog-friendly. We walked around the gallery admiring the works of art. I have always considered myself as a bit of an artist - pawtraits are my speciality. In some ways I am like the great Monet because whenever I meet people I generally make a good impression. I also do more extensive projects. For example, when my owner was painting her living room I produced what I consider to be one of my greatest works by tipping a pot of paint over the floorboards. I called it an example of abstract expressionism on a horizontal surface. But that’s not what my owner called it.

After we had a look around the gallery and we had bought some greeting cards we went back to the car. I had certainly enjoyed my visit to Porthgain. I had learnt a lot about industrial archaeology and I had enjoyed a cultural highlight of viewing some fine artwork. But as we drove off I looked over to the grass where more children were playing football. If only I had been allowed to show off my football skills ...

Note: This blog is part of a series written for the Visit Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Project. The project has received funding via the Tourism Product Innovation Fund (TPIF) supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government, the Fund aims to encourage new innovative product ideas working in partnership which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors.

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