212 Route 29. ST. DAVID'S. From Haverfordwest
interest as well as existence. From the station we reach the ('/o.M.)
entrance by following the street leading to the main street and then
turning to the left. Visitors are conducted over the *Dockyard,
which covers 90 acres and employs 2-3000 men, by a policeman
(fee discretionary), but are allowed more time than at Portsmouth
or Plymouth; it is closed from 12 to 1.15 p.m.
Those who wish to cross to Milford Haven turn to the left on
leaving the dockyard and walk along the wall, passing a Hut En¬
campment, to Hobbes Point (ferry Id.).
A fine view of the beautiful *Milford Haven, the 'blessed Mil¬
ford' of Imogen ('Cymbeline', iii. 2), is obtained from the Barrack
Hill (p. 211), at the top of which is a fort. Comp. p. 200.
29. From Haverfordwest to St. David's.
16 M. Coach between St. David's and Haverfordwest thrice a week
(Tues., Thurs., and Sat.), leaving the former about 6.30 a.m. and the latter
about 4 p.m. (fare 2s. 6d., outside 2s.). A Mail-Cakt also runs daily in
connection with the London mails (fare 5s; return 7s. 6d.).
The road from Haverfordwest to St. David's traverses a hilly,
bleak, and somewhat uninteresting district. 4 51. Keeston Hill
(Inn). On a hill 1 51. to the right is Keeston Castle, an insigni¬
ficant ruin. — 2x/2 M. Roch Castle, a conspicuous ruined tower,
i/2 M. to the right of the road; it was built in the 13th cent, by
Adam de Rupe. The deep valley which it overlooks forms the W.
boundary of 'Little England'; beyond this we are again in a purely
Celtic district. We now enjoy a good view of St. Bride's Bay, while
the retrospect is also fine. — From (2^2 51.) Newgale Bridge (Inn)
the road skirts the coast nearly all the way to St. David's. About
lx/2 51. farther, to the left, is a tumulus marking the site of Poyntz
Castle, a moated grange of St. David's. — 2 51. Solva (Cambrian
Hotel), a pretty little sea-port at the mouth of the Solva river.
16 M. St. David's (Grove, at the E. entrance to the city; City,
to the N.), the ancient Menapia or Menevia, is situated on the brook
Alan, l'/o-M. from the sea, at the extreme 5V. point of the S.Welsh
peninsula, and in the midst of a strikingly desolate and out-of-the-
world district. It has been the seat of an episcopal see from the
6th cent., and is thus nominally a city, though in fact it is merely
an irregularly-built village with 1000 inhabitants.
A lane known as the 'Popples' leads from the centre of the vil¬
lage to the main gateway of the Cathedral Close, flanked by an
octagonal tower and a round bastion, beyond which we suddenly
obtain a *5riew of the Cathedral and its associated buildings, situ¬
ated, like other Welsh cathedrals (see pp. 190, 290), in a hollow t.
t A copy of the larg. work on St. David's Cathedral, by the Ren.
W. B. Jones (now Bishop of St. David's) and Mr. E. A. Freeman, will be
found at the Grove Hotel.