Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,2 Οκταπιταρον (or Οκταπoταρον) ακρον
Where: St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire, the westernmost point of Wales, whose furthest offshore rock is at SM651226.
Name origin: Greek, compounded from οκτα- prefix from οκτω ‘eight’ and απιτεον ‘one must go away’, plus ακρον ‘extremity’. Good advice for any ancient sailor.
Notes: Eight sounds like a suspiciously exact number, considering that the offshore rocks there (called Bishops and Clerks) are an untidy straggle, but at the scale used in modern road maps just eight are visible!
Last Edited: 18 June 2016