footpath flows along
hard to tear myself away
from this special place
This is my entry for our ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge: GATE
Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: FLOW and TEAR
Cee’s Which Way Challenge
The 10 minute walk down the valley from the treehouse that I was staying in, leads to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which you can see making its way towards Solva, going right past that Iron Age Hill Fort. The gate is to keep the grazing ponies in, this side of the gate.
More tales from the Treehouse:
To get to the public footpath from the Treehouse one needs to wiggle down through Elizabeth’s garden. The footpath runs from the National Trust car park near the road, straight down to the sea.
The treehouse can be seen from the path. More agile walkers have obviously chosen a quicker route by sliding down the bank.
Soon one enters the ancient unmanaged little piece of woodland
with the music of the stream beside you turning the walk into a dance
until you get to the ‘bridge’, which is tempting to cross, to follow in the fairies’ footsteps.
Hear the sound of the stream in this post……
Creatures pop out to say hello
and there are artful lichen arrangements on nearly every branch.
After passing the serenity of the old Millpond
you pass through a gate
and catch your first sight of the sea
Each time I walked that path, I stopped here and just noticed the change of atmosphere from an enclosed cosy woodland walk to this …….. the promise of that feeling of opening up, of expansion, that the next few steps will bring …… the moment of transition, I find there is power in that moment.
And then …. ooof!
Breathe deep, what a view.
The GATE in the very first photo lies just to the left, around the curve of the hill.
People used to live in this valley, you can still see the ruins of an old mill, and then further back in time, our ancestors, maybe even my ancestors, lived on the hill fort – what a place to live.
I had the valley more or less to myself for a whole month! what a feeling! I woke each morning with a smile on my face, not quite able to believe I had given myself this wonderful treat.
Next week’s Photo Prompt is
I’m really looking forward to your ‘GATE’ photos, please leave a link in the comments.