South Wales Photo Break 2019

An intrepid group of 9 club members made their way down to Pembrokeshire in early November to meet up at the Lovesgrove B&B for a short photographic break. What a great choice the Lovesgrove turned out to be for our base. Super rooms and the owner, ex policeman John Kilcoyne, is a larger than life character in every sense of the word. He and his daughter, were most welcoming and made our stay very comfortable and entertaining.

The Lovesgrove was also good in that it was very central to our planned photo locations and I think the furthest we travelled was about a 30 min drive.

Having met up about 2:30 on the Thursday and had tea and biscuits, we set off for Freshwater West for an evening and sunset shoot. After a great couple of hours, we had dinner at the Carew Arms, a brilliant place with excellent food. As it was opposite Carew Castle, we decided to head to the castle car park and do some night photography of the castle. So we ended up lighting up the castle using our car headlights!

Our first full day started with a dawn shoot at Broad Haven beach. After what looked as though it was going to be a disappointing dawn, the sky and water pools were suddenly flooded with colour. We probably ended up getting some of our best photos at this location.

Back to Lovesgrove for an excellent breakfast and then off to St Govan’s Chapel and St Govan’s Head. Whilst it was a steep climb down to the Chapel and beyond, the views were amazing. The walk along the cliff top was much easier, and again spectacular views along the rugged costline.  Next it was Stackpole Quay and then Barafundle Bay, the latter supposed to be one of the most beautiful bays in the UK.

To wrap up the day, we headed to see Elegug Stacks and Green Bridge, some stunning natural rock formations which are in the middle of an artillery and tank practice range!

The weather so far had been amazing, the next day started a bit more dreary and we started off at Pembroke Castle dodging the showers before heading for Tenby, again having to dodge some short showers. The upside was fantastic but rapidly changing light with a scattering of rainbows. On the way back to Lovesgrove, we stopped off again at Carew Castle to get some pics of it in actual daylight, even if it was rapidly fading.

We started our final morning with another dawn shoot at Church Door. Not as spectacular a sunrise as we enjoyed at Freshwater, but the rugged coastline more than made up for it.

Having had another good breakfast we left Pembroke and headed home. Some of us decided to stop off at Sgwd Gwladys or Lady Falls near Pontneddfechan in Powys. Although very different countryside to the coastal views we had enjoyed, this was equally stunning. It’s about a mile from the parking area to the actual falls (there are several in this area) but the walk itself is really beautiful and one of our party really didn’t want to leave.

This must go down as one of our best photo trips yet. The accommodation, the weather, the locations, the food and most of all, the company all worked perfectly. A brilliant trip and some stunning photo’s captured by everyone.

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