St Non's Bay

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St Non's Bay information

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Immediately south of St Davids is this ruggedly beautiful spot, named after St David's mother and traditionally accepted as his birthplace. A path leads down to the 13th-century ruins of St Non's Chapel . Only the base of the walls remains, along with a stone marked with a cross within a circle, believed to date from the 7th century. Standing stones in the surrounding field suggest that the chapel may have been built within an ancient pagan stone circle.

On the approach to the ruins is a pretty little holy well . The spring is said to have emerged at the moment of the saint's birth and the water is believed to have curative powers.

Nearby, the Catholic Chapel of Our Lady and St Non was built in 1935 out of the stones of ruined religious buildings. Its dimensions echo those of the original chapel.