Ilkeston Cam On Holiday 2002 - South West Wales
Part 16 - Pembroke Dock
The photos on this page were taken on Friday 19th July
The Friday of our holiday was a relaxing day just driving round
admiring the scenery and going nowhere in particular, stopping
when the fancy took us. Our picnic lunch was eaten on the southern
bank of the Milford Haven estuary near to Pembroke Dock. These
schoolchildren were just finishing a sailing lesson almost opposite
Burton Ferry (see Part 09), a place we had visited on the opposite
bank earlier in the week.
A few minutes later all the sails had been furled and the craft
were were safely parked in the shelter of the rock face.
A hive of activity on our arrival had quickly turned to a quite
peaceful setting in a matter of minutes leaving just driftwood
and seaweed on the rocks at the water's edge.
After lunch a short journey took us to Pembroke Dock where the
Irish Ferry was preparing to leave for Rosslare in Ireland.
Twenty four miles of sheltered waters make this an ideal place
for yachting and other water sports but even for landlubbers
like myself, colourful vessels provide attractive sights and
bring pleasure to the eye.
The town of Pembroke Dock grew up around the Royal Dockyard established
by the Admiralty about 200 years ago. It closed in 1926 but in
its lifetime fortifications were built to defend the docks. One
of the Martello towers has been restored and now houses a display
tracing the military history of the area.