'Very, very welcoming, fantastic beds, breakfasts, hosts' July 2015
Out and About in Pembrokeshire
Our Summer Top 5
- Take to the water with either a sea safari trip (before breakfast!) or a day’s kayaking around the bay.
- Plan the hour-long walk around Dinas Island in time to watch a spectacular sun set above Pwllgwaelod
- Take your pick from one of Fishguard’s popular music festivals: Aberjazz, the International Music Festival as well as the Fishguard Folk Festival
- Reserve a table alfresco at The Shed, Porthgain. It’s reputation for serving the best fish in Pembrokeshire means booking ahead is almost always essential
- Make the circular walk around Fishguard taking in picturesque Lower Town and the Fort. Put your feet up back at base with a MTH cream tea on the terrace or perhaps order a thirst quenching aperitif
Our Winter Top 5
- Visit the impressive Last Invasion Tapestry, in Fishguard Town Hall
- Try seal spotting at Strumble Head Lighthouse
- Visit local Welsh mills: global brand Melin Tregwnt and Solva Woollen Mill, Pembrokeshire’s oldest mill and supplier to HRH Prince of Wales Welsh residence are both within 20 mins drive
- Visit St David’s Cathdral and The Bishop’s Palace, in Britain’s smallest city
- Visit West Wales Art Centre in Fishguard to view some of the best welsh artists, including David Tress and James McEwan
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path: With it’s magnificent bays and spectacular headlands it is the only coastal National Park in Britain. The 186 mile, 299km trek is a strenuous undertaking if you want to complete it from start to finish, you’ll need 10 to 15 days. But most people walk a section at a time always vowing to return and complete the whole path.
More info on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path website… The Preseli Hills : rise to 536m in the northern half of Pembrokeshire. Along the way, apart from the breathtaking views, there are prehistoric remains, burial cairns dating back to the bronze age, Iron Age hill forts. The northern edge of the hills features the Gwaun Valley, home to the famous ‘Bessie’s’ pub where beer is still served from the barrel and in a jug.
Get on your Bike
Pembrokeshire is a cyclist’s paradise, with quiet country lanes, woodland trails and traffic-free routes for everyone to enjoy. The National Cycle Network routes 4 and 47 Celtic Trail West pass through Pembrokeshire.
- Bike Hire – www.pembrokeshirebikes.co.uk will deliver your bike to us
- Bike Repairs – Luna Cycles are conveniently just across the road
- Bike storage is available on the premises (as are drying facilities, just in case!)
New for 2015, we are working with a credited Blue Badge tour guide, to offer exclusive guided and bespoke tours. Our guide has many years of experience as a Pembrokeshire Guide and her breadth of local knowledge covers a wide variety of interests; from Arts and Crafts to Flora and Fauna or Castles and Palaces to the Celtic Trail. Please enquire for further details.
Our Favorite Beaches
Too many to mention really, and always great whatever the weather, here are our favourites…
- Proper Sandy Beaches: Whitesands / Poppit Sands / Newport Sands / Broad Haven South
- Beachy Coves – Cwm yr Eglwys / Pwllgwaelod/ Abermawr / Aberbach
- Extraordinary Beaches: Barafundle Bay (just beautiful) / Marloes Sands (stunning rock formations) / Newgale Beach (surfer’s paradise)
- Pretty Harbours – Fishguard Lower Town / Abercastle / Solva / Newport Parrog …
N.b: Beach towels available on request.
Keep the Children Happy
Lots of options (in addition to the beach of course), to tick most of the boxes. Most have special events / activities during school holidays:
- Anna’s Manor House Zoo
- Activity Parks: *Folly Farm / Oakwood / Heatherton / Dino Park
- Castles: Pembroke Castle / Carew Castle and Tidal Mill
- Castell Hentley’s Iron Age Fort
- Scolton Manor Country House and Park – great outdoor space
- Hilton Court Gardens
- *Small World Theatre
- *Blue Lagoon indoor water park ……
- *Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company – chocolate making and tasting
- *Fishguard / Haverfordwest Leisure Centre swimming pool
- *Cinema at Theatre Gwaun or Theatre Mwldan in Cardigan
* wet weather ideas.
To make the most of the Great Outdoors here is our top pick of the most local….
- Kayaking in and around Fishguard: kayak-king.com / www.mayberrykayaking.co.uk
- Wildlife sea safari boat trips from Fishguard Lower Town – www.razorbillribs.co.uk
- Coasteering: www.celticquestcoasteering.com
- Water Games and Sports: www.boardgamessurfing.com
- Beach Riding: www.noltonstables.com
- Horse Riding: www.havardstables.co.uk
- Ramsay Island Boat Trips / whale and dolphin watching / fishing trips:
www.venturejet.co.uk / www.thousandislands.co.uk
Looking for Something Else?
- Outdoor painting and drawing on the Pembrokeshire Coast – Art on the Pembrokeshire Coast
- Food and Drink Tastings: Pant Mawr Cheeses / Wendy Brandon Preserves /
Gwaun Valley Brewery / Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Factory
- Farmers Markets: Fishguard (Sat) / Newport (Mon) / Cardigan Tues
- Public Gardens: Dyffryn Fernant gardens nr Fishguard (seasonal) / Bosherston Lily Ponds
- Antique Hunt: Fishguard / Narberth / Pembroke
- Retail Therapy: Narberth / Melin Tregwynt / Solva Woolen Mill / Haverfordwest Retail Park
- Spa Therapy: In-room treatments available by Dani, booking essential