Pembrokeshire contains the only coastal National Park in the United Kingdom, an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is a county of contrasts with long, clean sandy beaches such as Barafundle, Whitesands and Newport or small secluded rocky bays like Abermawr, Aberfelin, Cwm yr Eglwys with the ruins of the 12th century church of St Brynach, many having Blue Flag awards. The county is a paradise for walkers with the 186 mile coastal path which starts at Poppit Sands on the Cardigan estuary in the north, and finishes at Amroth in the south. The scenery is dramatic and breathtaking and the coastal buses cover the whole length of the coast path so you may walk as far or as little of the path as you wish. There are ancient castles and iron age forts, cromlechs and standing stones, fishing villages and tiny harbours all worth a visit. There are many castles, Pembroke, Carew and Manorbier to name but a few or visit Bishop’s Palace and the Cathedral in St Davids. Get away from the hustle and bustle and discover the quiet, narrow lanes with their high banks of wild flowers in the spring and early summer, and badgers wandering through at dusk.
“If you visit in the autumn, seal pups will be resting on pebble beaches…”
A boat trip will take you to or around the magical islands of Ramsey, Skomer, Skokholm, Grassholm and Caldey. Visit them in April or May to see carpets of bluebells and campions and nesting seabirds such as puffins and gannets on the cliffs. If you visit in the autumn seal pups will be resting on inaccessible pebble beaches with their mothers keeping guard close by. There are plenty of activities on offer in the area including bird watching – look out for ravens, kites, choughs, peregrines and numerous seabirds; horse riding, sailing, fishing, golf – just a few to mention. You may wish to sketch, paint or photograph or just enjoy the birds, cetaceans, wild flowers, butterflies, moths and bats. My husband Adrian Rogers would be happy to give information or possibly act as a guide for you. Why not take a special boat trip to watch porpoises, dolphins and whales.
The Preseli Hills provide a different perspective: wooded valleys with streams, rivers and waterfalls giving way to moorland with wild ponies grazing and bare hilltops with panoramic views across the Irish Sea and the Bristol Channel. The Stonehenge bluestones are believed to have come from here.
The special quality of light and clean atmosphere has attracted many artists and craftspeople to the area. There are galleries and potteries to visit, corn and weaving mill, glass and slate workshops and many gardens with tearooms offering delicious home-made fare. Throughout the year there are music festivals, concerts and recitals in Fishguard, St Davids Cathedral, the Torch Theatre at Milford Haven and other venues.
“Just visit us, and Pembrokeshire – you will return again and again!!”