According to legend, Coetan Arthur, or Arthur’s Quoit, on St David’s Head, was hurled from nearby Carn Llidi by the king, though there could be as many as 30 similar sites in Britain. This one marks the remains of a single-chambered Neolithic burial chamber, or dolmen, that’s up to 6,000 years old. The capstone is about 20ft long and supported by one upright stone. The site can be reached only on foot. Park in Whitesands Bay and follow the coast path north towards St David’s Head.
There is more than one site that’s reputed to be the final resting place of King Arthur, too. Bedd Arthur, high on the Preseli ridge on the rocky outcrop of Cerrig Marchogion (the Rocks of the Knights) is also said to mark the spot where the mythical boar Twrch Trwyth slew several of Arthur’s knights and turned them into stone.
Twrch Trwyth was a wicked Irish King who was turned into an animal. As a terrifying boar with poisonous bristles, he landed at Porthclais near St David’s and laid waste the land across Pembrokeshire before a great battle took place against Arthur and his knights at Foel Cwm Cerwyn on the Preselis and he was driven away.
St Govan’s Point
St Govan’s Point, most southerly point on the Pembrokeshire coast, is said to be the place where Arthur’s nephew, Sir Gawain (of Green Knight fame) became a hermit after the death of King Arthur. Gawain is buried here, too, allegedly, under the altar of the tiny chapel that is built into the cliff.
Or do something different...
Adorable Archimedes, the owl in the Disney animation about young Arthur and Merlin, is based on Merlin’s talking owl in the book, The Sword in the Stone. You can 'meat an owl' at Folly Farm, Begelly, Kilgetty, as part of its Jolly Barn experiences folly-farm.co.uk
Alternatively, see some dragons... in one story based on the legend, King Arthur persuades a dragon to harass the Saxon invaders. We’re not sure where the Welsh dragons are hiding now, but you can see some mini ones at Dragon Reptiles, an indoor, hands-on reptile education centre in Saundersfoot, near Tenby reptile-experience.co.uk
Enchanting places to stay
Gelli Fawr Woodland Retreat, Newport, which has seven rooms, 15 cottages and 12 acres of landscaped gardens and ponds, is ideally placed for long walks around the Preselis gellifawr.co.uk
Penrhiw Hotel is a short walk from St David’s Cathedral. St Non, mother of St David, patron saint of Wales, was the niece of King Arthur penrhiwhotel.com
There’s the 16-room St David’s Cross Hotel in Cross Square stdavidscrosshotel.co.uk
For accommodation worthy of a king, try the luxurious Roch Castle Hotel, Roch, near Haverfordwest rochcastle.com