History

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Iron Age coastal forts

St David's Head

North Pembrokeshire Coast St David's Head © Andrew Tuddenham

Look for the coastal fort at the end of St David's Head. These defensive positions were defended from attack from the land by ramparts.

Pwllcaerog

Pwllcaerog -Farm, Iron Age coastal fort © Andrew Tuddenham

This Iron Age coastal fort is on Pwllcaerog Farm, north-east of St David's. You can camp here, and it's only a short walk from the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddi.

Porth y Rhaw

Coastal fort of Porth y Rhaw, Solva © Sid Howells

One of the most spectacular forts, Porth y Rhaw is just west of Solva. Much of it has been lost to the sea over the last 3,000 years.

St David's Airfield

St David's Airfield was an active military airfield from 1943 to 1960. It was one of eight airfields built in Pembrokeshire between 1939 and 1945. It had three runways and a control tower.

The Monks' Dyke - Morfa Common

Morfa Common, on Solva's rugged coastline © Andrew Tuddenham

The Monks' Dyke or 'Ffos-y-Mynach' runs across the St David's Peninsula from Morfa Common in the south to Penberi on the north coast. It passes through three of our sites.

The Monks' Dyke - Dowrog Common

Traditional breed cattle grazing on wet heathland common near St Davids © Andrew Tuddenham

The Ffos runs across Dowrog Common near St David's. It's thought to mark the limit monks and priests could move from St David's Cathedral.

The Monks' Dyke - Penberi

St David's Head ffrom Penberry © Joe Cornish

The Ffos ends at Penberi on the north coast. You can retrace much of it with the help of an Ordnance Survey map, on a combination of footpaths and minor roads.

Porthclais Harbour

Porthclais Harbour

Porthclais Harbour

Spend time in Porthclais Harbour, which was built in the 12th century to serve the city of St David's. Visit the Kiosk, the former pump room of St David's Gas Works, which nowadays sells refreshments.

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