Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Coracles


Wales - The area around Cenarth is known for its coracle fishing. Coracles are ancient and simple forms of boat, variations of which exist all over the world. They are light structures with a wooden framework covered with skin or tarred fabric and can easily be carried by one man, on his shoulders. They are ideal for rivers like the fast-flowing River Teifi with its falls, as they have flat bottoms. Being light and flat they don't disturb the fish and can easily be manoeuvred. They often use two coracles with a net strung between them. We visited the coracle museum in Cenarth which was interesting and worth a visit. There were newspaper clippings describing the epic voyage, in 1974, of Bernard Thomas, who crossed the English Channel in a coracle.

We enjoyed wandering round the village, which has some attractive buildings. We looked in the watermill, which is no longer used but which they are hoping to raise the funds to restore. Then we treated ourselves to delicious ice cream (mine was coconut and honey, yum) in the Ty Te tearooms. Holidays aren't holidays without ice cream!



7 comments:

  1. Like going to sea in a basket - not for me, I'm afraid. Sitting eating ice-cream is more my style though.

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  2. HiJenny - what a wonderful place to visit and it looks like you had a brilliant summer's day ... gosh I will definitely visit if and when I end up in that part of the world again. So good to see and read your notes - cheers Hilary

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  3. Blue skies and ice-cream. Does it get much better?

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  4. I can't recall ever hearing the term coracle before.

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  5. A scary boat! What a nice sunny day you had though!

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  6. Well now, I learned something new! Doesn't look very sea worthy, does it! haha.

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  7. That little boat ain't for me. And, a correction: Ice cream is for any time and any place.

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