There has most definitely been one BIG bonus about moving to Pembrokeshire and that would be having the opportunity to explore somewhere new. After moving down I soon realised I needed my own transport because public transport from where I live is very, very sparse. The freedom my own car has given me has been the best! My days off work have mostly been Sundays so my little bug and I would always go somewhere new.
Pembrokeshire is an area begging to be explored, with one of the most spectacular coastlines, jutting out onto the Irish sea. It is a beautiful area filled with historic castles, countless churches, cathedrals, quaint villages and fishing harbours filled with lovely shops & cafes.
Since moving here I made it one of my top priorities to explore the local area and try and visit new & different places. I must say, whilst I do have firm favourites & I do revisit them a lot, I still have many places yet to see. But for now I thought I’d share a few with you.
Barafundle Bay, Stackpole
If I ever go missing, you’ll find me here. Taking in the glorious sea views whilst sat on the white sandy bay. This serene location was probably once Pembrokeshire’s best kept secret, but now every summer you’ll find this bay packed full of holiday makers soaking up the sun, playing in the sand and jumping in the waves.
The perfectly small bay, backed by rolling dunes and pine trees is easily accessible from Stackpole Quay car park or from Broad Haven South, and is well worth the picturesque cliff walk. Barafundle has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain and across the globe! And its very easy to see why. And don’t worry if you’re feeling peckish then there’s always the cafe on the harbour at Stackpole Quay which sells a wonderful range of lunches and mega cream teas.
Lilly Ponds, Bosherton
There’s only one word to describe the lily ponds, tranquil. I would say the best time to visit would be spring moving into summer, when the lily’s are in flower and the three flooded limestone valleys are carpeted in spectacular colours. With several adjoining footpaths across the Stackpole Estate there is so much wildlife and beauty to spot along the way. The walks also lead you towards two of Pembrokeshire’s most spectacular beaches, Broad Haven South & Barafundle Bay.
Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy
Get your wetsuits at the ready, you’ll most definitely not want to miss taking the plunge and jumping off the rocks into the ‘lagoon’. Or keep your feet firmly on the ground and go for a walk along the cliff tops. I spent a lot of my summer down at the Blue Lagoon, soaking up the sun, wondering around the cliff tops and swimming in the water.
A former slate quarry, the visible rugged rocks and ruins still hint at the areas industrial past. But whilst its industrial past are still existent the flooded lagoon is now home to all sorts of sports; coasteering, canoeing and walking, even the Red Bull Cliff World Diving Series.
St. Davids Cathedral
St. David’s is the smallest city in Britain with a population of just 1,600, but what the village lacks in size it sure does make up for the amount there is to do within the city and the surrounding area. One being the magnificent presence of the cathedral, which was built in 1181 from local sandstone with a hint of dusky pink and grey colouring. If you’re ever visiting St. Davids you must put the cathedral on your to-do list, as you enter you become surrounded by beautiful oak and painted ceilings, extraordinary sloping floors and intricate mosaics all contributing to its special character.
Fresh Water West
Want to walk in the footsteps of Hermoine, Ron and Harry and see where the backdrop for Dobby’s Shell Cottage in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was filmed?
This beautiful windswept beach has been home to many films, with its extensive dunes, rocky reefs, quiet bays and perfect waves. It’s become the perfect hunting ground for surfers as the best waves constantly roll in from the south west. But do be aware these waters are for the experienced and strong swimmers only due to the strong rip currents.
Aside from surfing there is so much to do on this vast expanse of sand, you can try kite flying, build endless sand castles, delve into the mini rockpools and find yourself some sea creatures and walk along the wild stretch of coast.
Fresh Water West is the perfect go-to for a sunny summers day, take a picnic and go and enjoy this breathtaking shoreline; perfect for family adventures and watersport enthusiasts.