Author: Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley is a journalist who recently retired from working at The Oldie magazine. A Fleet Street veteran, he held staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for twenty years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health

One of the Lammas houses

Lammas Ecovillage.

At the end of a long track, off a narrow lane, off a minor road is perhaps Pembrokeshire’s most remarkable settlement: the Lammas Ecovillage. It might have been an echo of Tolkien’s Lembas in the name of the place, or the sight of grass-roofed houses peeping out of the landscape, or the way the stony […]

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View from the top

Foel Cwmcerwyn.

by Nigel Summerley You might think that Pembrokeshire’s highest point would be a struggle to get up to. But the drama of the prize – to be able to see across the whole county – is not reflected in the overall gentility of the ascent. Foel Cwmcerwyn is a 536-metre (1,759ft) peak. But the starting […]

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dyffrynt fernant - statue

Dyffryn Fernant Gardens.

by Nigel Summerley Passionate gardeners sometimes forget that a garden should be a place to sit and relax. But at Dyffryn Fernant there is ample evidence that this vital fact has been remembered. Not only are there countless benches and chairs tucked into seductive spaces at every turn, but the centrepiece of the garden is […]

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carn ingli - summit

A Walk in Wet Rain.

My host at the Seaview Hotel in Fishguard explained that there are two types of rain in Pembrokeshire: the dry rain (which only wets your clothes) and the wet rain (which penetrates your clothes and wets you). With rain forecast for the coming day, she said she hoped that I would encounter only the dry […]

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Singing the Blues in Tenby.

Tenby’s got the blues again – for the fourteenth time. Tenby Blues Festival hits town from Friday to Sunday (8-10 November) with more than 20 venues and a host of musicians. You’ll need to buy tickets for the main shows – taking place at the De Valence Pavilion, Church House and the Giltar Hotel – […]

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St Brides Bay, Pembrokeshire

St Brides – a walk around the castle.

  They say a walk is always quicker on the way back… And it certainly is if you go out along the coast south from St Brides Haven and return via inland footpaths. In fact, it’s probably best to allow two hours for going outward and one hour for coming back – because the coastal […]

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the ancient paths

Pembrokeshire and the Causeway of Belinus.

  What links the western edge of Pembrokeshire to Oxford and thence to a dragon myth tied to the very foundation of Wales? The answer is an ancient Celtic path known as the Causeway of Belinus. Almost everything about this dead-straight east-west line is surrounded by foggy folklore mixed with misty history. But one thing […]

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ruined watchtower at Monk Haven

Around St Ishmael’s.

  Away from its busy inland towns, Pembrokeshire offers huge helpings of tranquillity. And one of its most peaceful areas centres on the southern coastal village of St Ishmael’s. A footway alongside the village’s expansive sports field takes you to the coastal path. And heading east along the clifftops, you soon come to the vertiginous […]

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walk near Ritec

Even when it’s dry, it’s wet over there.

The ‘public footpath’ sign tucked away by the side of the Greenhills Hotel in the village of St Florence points behind a high, solid fence and gives the impression that it might well lead nowhere. But when I peeked behind that fence, I found the start of a narrow muddy trail that looked enticingly as […]

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Nigel Summerley

Pembrokeshire Settlers.

I fell in love with Pembrokeshire several years ago – and I’m not the only one to do so. There are many incomers who find the lure of south-west Wales irresistible. I wondered if part of what drives them here is a touch of what the Welsh call “hiraeth” – that almost untranslatable word for […]

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