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Hoyle's Mouth Cave

Cave / Rock Shelter


Visited 17th July 2003: I was supposed to be on a work jolly to Caldey Island, but when we arrived in Tenby we found that boats weren't sailing (no explanation). After a few hours in the pub, I made my excuses and walked south west out of town to find Hoyle's Mouth Cave and Little Hoyle Cave.

First off, I'd recommend against visiting either of these sites in the summer, because the foliage is thick, and you will get stung by stinging nettles! There's no signposting to Hoyle's Mouth Cave, so a GPS is handy (even then you'll be guessing). There are a lot of tracks through the woodland, and eventually I hit upon one that went up to the cave.

I don't usually go for pre-Neolithic sites, but circumstances brought me here, and it was pleasantly surprising. I hadn't brought a torch with me, so I didn't venture too far into the cave. Sitting in the entrance looking out over the damp vegetation that I'd struggled up through, I felt rather sublime. The peace and quiet was lovely. The cave is obviously used by local kids, because there were the remains of a camp fire in the entrance. What a great den!
Kammer Posted by Kammer
11th August 2003ce
Edited 3rd July 2005ce

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