to Milford. PEMBROKE. 28. Route. 211
of the castle. Henry 511. was born at Pembroke Castle in 1456,
but it is uncertain in which room. A good view of the ivy-draped
ruins is obtained from the bridge, on the road to Pembroke Dock.
A walk has also been formed round the exterior of the castle,
skirting the inlet of Milford Haven on which it stands and passing
the mouth of the above-mentioned cavern, which looks like an
The second noteworthy building in Pembroke is Monkton
Priory, an ancient Norman structure on the hill opposite the Castle,
somewhat resembling Dorchester Abbey (p. 220). The roofless
choir, which formed the monks' church, is Decorated. To reach
the priory from the castle we cross Monkton Bridge (to the S.) and
ascend to the right.
Pembroke is the nearest railway-station to Stackpole Court, St. Gow-
an's Head, and the Stack Rocks (comp. p. 209). The total round, return¬
ing by the direct road from the last, is about 17 M. Parties should take
luncheon with them, as no inns are passed. — From the station the
road leads to the S., passing St. Daniel's Church, on the top of the ridge,
to (3 M.) the entrance to the park of Stackpole Court, the seat of Karl
Cawdor, containing a few good pictures and a 'hirlas horn' like that at
Penrhyn (p. 292). The house is not shown, but the well-timbered park
and fine gardens are open to visitors. [A slight detour may be made, before
the park is entered, to Cheriton Church, which lies a little to the N.| Beyond
the house our road turns to the right, and then, 1 M. farther on, to the left.
1 M. Bosherston Church, with an old cross in the churchyard. — About 1 M.
to the S. of Bosherston, and 7'|2 M. from Pembroke, is "St. Gowan's or St.
Govan's Head, a bold limestone promontory rising 160 ft. above the sea.
In a narrow chasm by which the headland is intersected is perched St.
Gowan's Chapel, which tradition connects with the Arthurian knight Ga-
wain. The present chapel can scarcely be earlier than the 13th century.
About '(3 M. to the W. of St. Gowan's is the Huntsman's Leap, a deep and
narrow fissure in the cliff, which gets its name from having been cleared
by a fox-hunter, who, as the story goes, died of retrospective alarm ! A
little farther on is Bosherston Mere. — The "Stack Rocks, two columnar
masses of limestone, standing about a stone's throw from the mainland,
are 2'|2 M. farther to the W. .lust on this side of them is the "Cauldron,
a huge and magnificent chasm, which the sea enters by a natural arch.
In May, June, and July the Stacks are covered with myriads of eligugs
(a species of auk), puffins, and other sea-birds. The whole of this part of
the coast is fine, and good pedestrians may follow the line of the cliffs
all the way to (8 M.) Angle, on Milford Haven. All are recommended to
go as far the Wash, an inlet 'kM. to the W. of the Stacks. — The direct
road from the Stack Rocks to (6'|2 M.) Pembroke leads by Warvn and
Monkton (see above).
The road from Pembroke to (2 M.) Pembroke Dock (see below) crosses
the bridge on the N. side of the castle and runs in a N.W. direction. After
(3J4 M.) we reach a fork, whence either branch leads to Pembroke Dock.
That to the left is perhaps the shortest route to the dockyard. If we
follow it, we should avoid descents to the right, until we have passed the
Barrack Hill and reach an enclosed green to the right, on the other side
of which are the dockyard-walls. The gate is to the right.
From Pembroke excursions may also be made to Carew, Lamphey,
Milford Haven, etc.
On leaving Pembroke we have a good view of the castle to the
left just before the train plunges into a tunnel. 27 M. Pembroke
Sock or Pater (Bush, not far from the station), a Philistine-looking
town with 8-10.000 inhab., depends solely on its dockyard for