Friday, 31 January 2020

SOLVA: LOOK TOWARDS THE SEA

Solva Harbour: lifeline and leisure portnow

Solva harbour must hold many stories with its connections to the sea hereabouts. It was a lifeline for the remote village of Solva high on the headland before the road to St. Davids was built.  In these parts the entire coast comes with its chronicles of shipwrecks; for this was once a busy port where it was possible in the 1800’s to buy passage to America.

OUT FOR A DUCK
Every year on Easter Monday Solva hosts a Duck Race for charity. The ducks are released into the River Solva near Middle Mill and float down stream to Solva harbour. The winner is the first to cross under the footbridge in lower Solva car park.


BLACK DAB-FILLED SEA
In June 2014 Solva was used as a location for the filming of Dylan Thomas's Under Milkwood.

'And you alone can hear the invisible starfall, 
the darkest-before dawn minutely dew grazed
stir of the black, dab-filled sea where the Arethusa, the
Curlew and the Skylark, the ZanzibarRhiannon, the Rover, the Cormorant and The Star of Wales tilt and ride.'

Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices (1954)



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