Coastal Adventure - March 2010

At the start of the Easter holiday 13 excited boys headed off to St David’s, along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, for an a long weekend filled with adventurous activities.

Fortunately the rain stayed away, making for perfect Spring conditions but wetsuits were very welcome as the sea temp was below 10°C. After a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning  we headed to White Sands beach to take advantage of the great swell to do some surfing. More that half of the group managed to stand by the end of the session; B Maxwell demonstrated his skills and he make it look easy.

An early try

After refuelling our energy supplies we took to the Irish sea aboard kayaks. The strong swell made paddling along the sea cliffs a real adrenaline rush.

Choppy!

The sun shone brightly and as the evening set, the tired but satisfied boys paddled back into the harbour – the day had surpassed many of their expectations.

We stayed on a farm a few minutes outside St David’s in a converted barn (a bunkhouse). The farmer cooked some fantastic meals for us including a tasty local Welsh stew called Cowl. Much of the produce and meat we ate was from the farm. After dinner on Saturday the farmer loaded all of us into his grain trailer which was hitched up to a huge tractor and he took us on an informative tour of his farm by moonlight.

The granite sea cliffs along this coastline provide some superb rock climbing locations.  On Sunday morning our guides took us to a popular spot not far out of town. After learning the basics on some large boulders each boy got a chance to do a few roped climbs with a difference. We started with an abseil down the rock face with the sea crashing into the cliff below (see picture, next page) and climbed back to the top. It was challenging but everyone gave it their best effort and there was a definite sense of achievement amongst the group afterwards.

B Maxwell - not on a surfboard this time

The highlight of the weekend for most boys was the final coasteering session. This involved jumping off rocks into the churning sea below and swimming close to the sheer sea cliffs. The adrenaline flowed and thanks to thick wetsuits the cold water was not a problem. Feeling the immense power of the ocean in a safe environment was an amazing experience.

Pembrokeshire certainly has a great deal to offer the adventure enthusiast. The boys got a taste of some exciting  new activities and everyone enjoyed a successful long weekend.

PGS