From Carningli to Dinas Island

Dinas Head from the top of Carningli. Photo credit Heather Hill.

This beautiful photo was taken from the top of Carningli,  behind our local town of Newport. Although the rocky summit is only 347m in height I feel that it qualifies as a mountain  because of the way that it rises up steeply from the sea to dominate the town. At the top are the remains of an iron age hill fort and numerous hut circles dating from the bronze age. There are also memories of St Brynach, the 5th century Saint, who retreated here to commune with the angels (or perhaps just for a bit of peace and quiet).

From the top you can see Dinas Island in the distance, like a beached whale. This is not a true island but a  promontory. It is joined to the mainland by a swampy valley formed at the end of the ice age by a meltwater overflow from a glacial lake in the Preseli Hills.

Hugo Grotius - Stranded Whale at Dutch sea coast 1598

Hugo Grotius – Stranded Whale at Dutch sea coast 1598

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About bookvolunteer

I'm passionate about books, about Oxfam and about making the world a better place. When I'm not filling the shelves in Oxfam Wilmslow, I might be found reading the books I've bought in the beautiful surroundings of North Pembrokeshire.
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