Mutton Farm Caravan Site in 1975
Probably one of the biggest economic changes in the area since the war ended
was the steady rise that farming played in the local economy up until
the late 1970's. Since then however farming has declined and in its
place a growing
tourism industry is developing.
Pembrokeshire became famous for its early Potatoes
which was made possible by the mild winters and early springs. About a quarter
of the fields in the surrounding area grew early potatoes at the end
of the 1970's when farming peeked.
The summer of 1976 was a particularly dry one which
resulted in those farmers on the peninsula who could, to dig an irrigation pond. It was
out of one of the leats for the mill that the present day pond on the
way down to Porth-y-Rhaw was built.
The Notorious Nine Wells Bend
With the rise of motor car
ownership in the 1900's came increased traffic levels with the
consequence that accidents on the Nine Wells bend became a regular
occurrence. Not even the service bus was spared which was involved in
a head on collision. As many as 3 accidents in 5 weeks were being reported and
after much local protest, a 40 mph speed limit was introduced on this
section of the road in June
2009. See road accident page.
the coast at Porth-y-Rhaw
The track down to the coast at Porth-y-Rhaw
is an official Highway as the National Trusts road works sign (8
Nov. 2007) on the right shows.
access is limited to emergency services and local landowners.
Road works ahead (2007)
The rope swing (2007)
Health & Safety
After over twenty years
attached to a tree branch just below the Pink House, the tug boat
rope swing became a victim to 'ealth & safety.
During this time, children and
adults, young and old alike had much fun swinging off the ledge
and over the valley floor without any major incident. However in
2008, the landowner - the National Trust decided on health and
safety grounds, that the rope had to be removed and the branch
Nine Wells makes for a good
starting point for a walk around the coast, either east in the
direction of Solva (40 minutes) or west towards St Davids (1 hour).
BBC information page.
Either park your car at the car
park (just before the camp site) or why not arrive by bus -
Bus Time Table
(from 2015) MON
(There is no longer a Sunday bus
|depart St Davids
Sat & Holidays
to Solva, Newgale,
arrive Solva 4 minutes later,
Newgale 15 minutes and Haverfordwest 40 minutes.