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 treehouseΒ 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.walk to the sea1

The treehouse can be seen from the path. More agile walkers have obviously chosen a quicker route by sliding down the bank.

Walk to sea 3

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.


41 responses to “Gate

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  3. Much of the woodland walk and the lichens is similar to a walk I will be ‘taking’ next Monday. I’m happy with a river but when it approaches the sea, that’s the best bit. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  4. What a marvelous walk!! Thank you for taking us with you 😊

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  5. Beautiful use of the prompt words. Lovely pictures. πŸ™‚

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  7. Great to be here and playing along again this week. Here’s my gate πŸ™‚

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  9. Hi Sandra here is the link to my gates
    Will you or Cathy be posting the links to all weekly photos like you did last year, it was great to see what others captured, (hint) ?

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    • Thank you for the link Denis. It’s good to know you liked the photo round – ups. After my time away it is taking me a while to get back into the swing of things. The weekly round up was quite a commitment, so I’m wondering about a monthly round up – what do you think? I used to go searching for the photos, but that took too much time, I will only link the ones left in the comments on my Photo Challenge Posts. Thanks so much for being there Denis.


  10. A fantastic photo essay Sandra, what a story.

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  11. You’ve again transported me so well to your visit in the trees!

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  12. Oh, it is simply breathtaking Daffy, I can just imagine that first glimpse of the sea in all its glory!

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  13. Love the visual journey you shared, Sandra. ❀

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  14. Murtagh's Meadow

    As promised I’ve posted some gates at

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  15. Murtagh's Meadow

    What a beautiful spot! I know I have some gate photos so will go rooting!

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  16. Thanks so much for playing along. Great photos. Love the moss.

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  17. Still more! This is amazing–I love all the photos and your great descriptions!

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  18. What a magical valley. I can just imagine that feeling you describe when seeing the first glimpse of the sea.

    My own gate is here

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  19. What a lovely valley.

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  20. Wonderful. Pembrokeshire is my favourite place in the whole world. We honeymooned in Stackpole almost 25 years ago and I still remember when we arrived, emerging from a narrow wooded lane and seeing the sea. Since then we’ve explored a lot more of this beautiful coastline, hope to return sometime this year. I thought your treehouse looked so special. We know of a couple of fairly remote farmhouses where we’ve stayed with the children but now we are just two the treehouse would be perfect.

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    • Oh it feels so good to ‘meet’ other people who know and love Pembrokeshire. Great to hear about your memories Sarah. I think you would really like the treehouse – obviously I’m completely in love with it! If you go there be sure to let Elizabeth know about our connection and of course I’d love to know about your stay too. πŸ™‚


  21. Ah wonderful! Another reason to visit Solva, no question of it πŸ™‚

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