Local Area / Activity

"Perfect location close to a pub and walks straight from the house"
K, R and C, Suffolk

Abermawr beach with Mathry village on hillside aboveNewgale beach North PembrokeshireSurfer Whitesands beach nr St David'sWhitesands beach from Pembrokeshire Coast path

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Abermawr - Great for a walk, sandy beach at low tide below pebble bank.  Can be dramatic on an autumn day. The National Trust Bluebell woods here are spectacular in May and Sand Martins nest in the banks behind the beach in summer.  Melin Tregwynt woollen mill close by shop and teas / lunches.

Abercastle - popular small cove, traditional cottages, local fishing boats. Riot of colour on the cliff sides in spring and summer.

Newgale - walk, surf, kayak, paddle, explore the rock pools at low tide.

Whitesands - A family favourite Blue Flag beach with excellent surfing and a café.  Access for walkers to St David’s Head.  Both Newgale and Whitesands have lifeguards in high season.

Aberieddi - Famous for the blue lagoon and industrial history. A good circular walk from here over the cliffs to Porthgain and back by the inland route.

Solva - a great favourite with its sheltered narrow harbour, eating places and pubs.

Porthgain - always popular. Browse in the artists’ galleries, watch the sea from the spectacular jetty built to service the old mines on the cliff sides, or enjoy a drink or meal at The Sloop Inn  or The Shed.  Locally caught crab and lobster for sale.

Preselli Hills - Where the bluestones used to make Stonehenge originated, and the hills are wild, windswept and moody.  A great place for a moorland walk, and a complete contrast from the coast.  Far reaching views on a clear day - as far as Ireland in some conditions.
The Strumble Shuttle coastal bus service passes through the village making it easy to plan one way walks along the coast path.

Dogs
Dogs are welcome on large areas of Newgale beach all year round. They are not allowed on Whitesands beach from 1 May to 30 September.

Sights and attractions

St David’s is well known for its magnificent Cathedral, and also has a number of high quality artists’ galleries and small shops. Eating places include  Y Cwtch, The Bench, coffee shops, pubs and the  Refectory within the Cathedral buildings.
There are castles of Norman origin at Haverfordwest and Pembroke, and a number of ancient standing stones and Cromlechs (burial chambers) in the area, including Pentre Ifan and Carrog Sampson.  Fishguard is the nearest town to Mathry, and is the gateway to the picturesque Gwaun valley. The town has an unspoilt feel with a selection of traditional local shops that should meet most of your day to day needs.

Nature

Pembrokeshire’s most obvious appeal is its dramatic, yet accessible coastline. Porpoises and seals are regulars all around the coast, and sightings are virtually guaranteed from the boat trips to Ramsey Sound arranged from St. David’s.  Dolphins can sometimes be seen.  Autumn is the best time for watching the seal pups on the coast. Look out for choughs and peregrine falcons while walking the coast paths. Red kites can sweep down from mid-Wales.  The song of the skylark is a treat in early summer, and stonechats, wheatears and linnets are regulars on the cliff tops. If you’re lucky you may spot a lizard or even an adder basking in the gorse by the side of the path.
Pembrokeshire is known for its seabirds, with a large colony of Manx shearwaters nesting on Skomer Island, and it is possible to see puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills at the appropriate times of the year. The wild flowers are abundant in spring in the banks along the lanes and on the coast path. One of our visitors in May recorded over 50 varieties.

Activities

If you are a surfer, you don’t need us to tell you about the beaches at Newgale and Whitesands. For the uninitiated, surfing lessons with all the kit are readily available, or just go for a paddle and watch the kite surfers. Coasteering and kayaking are very popular and can be arranged in St David’s. The Celtic Trail national cycle routes passes through Pembrokeshire, and bikes can be hired from Cycle Hire Pembrokeshire, in nearby Croesgoch. Golfers can enjoy spectacular 9 holes at St David’s Golf Club, overlooking Whitesands Bay, or Priskilly Forest.