The sleepy picturesque settlement of St Davids may seem like an unlikely place to get an adrenaline buzz, but if you know where to look then you can find some of the best water sports sites in the whole of the British Isles. I could tell you some of the interesting facts about the smallest city in Britain, and the historic church which draws the crowds, but the real thrill is to be found just a short distance down the road.
My first activity of the day was a spot of sea kayaking, and even though the bright blue skies of the day before had been replaced with a thick layer of grey clouds, that wasn’t going to stop me. After a few brief tips and a refresher course in kayak handling, we headed out towards the rocky coast, with some of the group showing a distinctly better paddle action than I did. Despite this, I managed to see some of the fantastic wildlife that people don’t get to see on the coastal path above the cliffs, and the banter from the guide was good too.
Next up was what I had been waiting for, an afternoon session of coasteering. One of the first things I would mention if you are thinking of going coasteering is that it isn’t just jumping into the water, there is a lot of swimming and climbing involved too. However, the thrill is worth all the work, with coasteering is becoming an increasingly popular option for corporate and team building events too. As with any good thrill seeking adventure, the best is kept till last, and with one final surge of adrenaline I took a leap out from the side of a cliff, with only the briefest moment until I had hurtled the twenty five foot drop into the sea below.
For those of you who are thinking of coming to St Davids, it isn’t the most accessible of places, but there is accommodation and camp sites in the area if needed. St Davids lies about an hour’s drive beyond the end of the M4 motorway in Wales, but if you’re looking for a thrill then it is well worth the effort.