Podcast to fill the experiences of walkers in the North County

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Chapel of Our Lady and St Non at St Non’s Bay

A new podcast gives people the chance to follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims and learn about Pembrokeshire history while visiting St David’s reported birthplace.

The St Non’s Sound Walk takes people on an inspiring journey from the sea to St Davids, exploring Holy Well, said to be the birthplace of the patron saint of Wales.

The podcast, which was released on St Non’s Day, is created by Welsh writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare, and features historians, musicians, farmers, sailors and more to fulfill listeners’ experiences.

Horatio Clare said: “Taking this sound walk around St Non’s and St Davids, one of the most beautiful places on earth, was a spellbinding and beautiful experience, full of surprise, richness and depths and hues of histories and cultures that date back thousands of years, and are still alive today.

“As a native of South Wales who has known and loved Pembrokeshire all my life, it has been a special privilege to experience and solicit the stories, lives and histories of this place.”

People participating in the podcast and talking about their relationship to the history, landscape, creativity and spirituality of the St Non’s/St Davids area include:

  • Screenwriters Laura Barton, Jon Gower and Brenig Davies

  • Singers Mike Chant, Roy Jones, Lis Cousens and Rudi Lloyd Benson

  • Artists Jackie Morris and Becky Lloyd

  • Farmers Elspeth Cotton and Robert Davies

  • Dean Scholar Sarah Rowland Jones

  • Marine archaeologist Julian Whitewright

  • Marin Graham da Gama Howells

National Park Authority Interpretive Officer Rhowan Alleyne added: “Inspired by journeys of the past, the St Non’s Sound Walk is a rich, meditative experience that will transport listeners to the curving cliffs of Pembrokeshire, where that they are in the world.

Recorded in August 2021 and free to download from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority website, the sound walk was funded by Ancient Connections.

Ancient Connections is a project that rekindles ancient links between North Wexford in Ireland and North Pembrokeshire, as well as Ireland and Wales, to create sustainable tourism within and between regions.

To download the St Non’s Sound walking tour www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/st-nons-sound-walk

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