Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Travel Guide

  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
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  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
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  • Things to Do
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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Things to Do

  • places to see

    Tenby-the prettiest and most likeable town we went to in the area. Very pretty, lovely beach and harhour with cliffs as a backdrop. the centre of town is lovely too.Stackpole quay-a rocky headland with views over some great deserted beaches.Haverfordwest-bit of a dive, nothing much there to see just the castle otherwise pretty...

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  • Porth Gain

    Such an interesting place. An old harbour which was used to transport slate, used for roofing, from the nearby quarries at Abereiddy, and for the transporting to other areas of hard granite found above Porthgain This was used in road making.There was a stone crushing factory used in the making of bricks. Nowadays, fishing boats moor in the harbour...

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  • Abereiddy

    A sheltered, black shingle and pebble beach with the picturesque Blue Lagoon on the cliffs nearby.It's a great place to visit, when you get fed up of the beach, have a walk along the cliff to the blue pool of the lagoon. It's the remnants of a slate quarry, full of sea water from the opening made at one end . It forms a sheltered harbour for small...

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  • Broadhaven (south) and Bosherston Lily...

    Bosherston Lily ponds are a nature reserve formed by the Stackpole Estate in the 18th and 19th centuries, by damming and flooding three valleys.The best time to see the lilies in all their glory is in June, so we were told. We were in September so not so good. The whole place is full of waterfowl, we particularly noted moorhens and a heron (which...

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  • Pentre Ifan - Mystical land of ancient...

    My first visits to Cornwall, England , Pembrokeshire, Wales and Finistere, France were made within about 5 years of each other in the early 1960s. The similarities in topography, history, culture and language that binds these places together is quite remakable. An old friend, a Welsh scholar and academic, travelled extensivly in Bretagne for 25...

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  • Visit Castell Henllys an Iron Age Fort

    When we first visited Castell Henllys, in the mid 1980s, it was a privately owned site. Archeological excavations had revealed its historic importance and there was local concern from neighbouring farmers, residents of Newport and other villages about plans to create a theme park here. When the owner died in 1991 concern about the future increased....

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  • Go fishing in the Bay at Newport for...

    In early summer it is often possible to catch enough mackerel (just out in the Bay off Parrog )to make a hearty supper - best cooked fresh on the barbecue. On a calm, sunny day it's a very pleasant way to spend a few hours in a lovely place with a book - as I'm not that good with a line!For information about the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park...

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  • Visit St Govans Head

    A visit to St Govan's Head (about a mile from the village of Bosherston) is well worth the trip. Not only are there fantastic views but at the foot of a cliff a narrow path leads you down to St Govan's Chapel - a 6th century hermit's chapel used by St Govan - an Irish holy man. It's a deeply spiritual place, even if you aren't particularly...

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  • St. David's and Whitesand Bay...

    St. David's is Great Britain's smallest city,( definition being town with a cathedral) and by gum, it is small. You wonder how all the crowds who visit the place manage to find room to manouvre.St. David is the patron saint of Wales and the founder of the 6thc. monastery which was replaced by today's cathedral. Pilgrimages have always been made...

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  • St. Brides' Haven

    A pretty, tiny cove with great rock pools to poke about in. There is no sand at high tide, you must retreat to the rocks at the back of the cove.There is a church and cemetery here, hence the name of the place?? and also an old lime kiln.Parking is extremely limited at the end of a very narrow road. Again, we tried our hand at fishing only to be...

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  • Freshwater West

    A real surfers' beach, so popular at all times. Not to be confused with Freshwater East, which is totally ruined with hundreds of static caravans. Backed by extensive sand-dunes Freshwater West is also a great family beach. It is also pretty exposed, I guess the surfing waves have to come from somewhere!!The B4319 runs immediately behind so don't...

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  • Manorbier

    Actually, I can't say that I was that impressed with the beach, here. It wasn't all sand, there was plenty of shingle and a few rocky patches. It's nicely situated in a sort of valley with the castle behind but it is very popular and parking can be difficult (at peak times) and expensive. And then if you want to see the castle, that's extra as...

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  • Carfai Bay

    Anyone would think I liked beaches!!! In Pembrokeshire, you are literally spoilt for choice, some accessible by car, with parking, but the less crowded ones you mainly have to walk to.Caerfai Bay is a pretty cove, just south of St. David's.At high tide the sand is completely covered, leaving only large rocks but as the tide recedes a lovely sandy...

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  • St. Govan's

    St. Govan's Head is the most southerly point of Pembrokeshire. There is a car park where you can walk to the head from and also walk down worn steps cut into the cliff to view the sacred place of St. Govan's Chapel, built into the rock crevice.It is a steep descent so appropriate footwear applies. We actually saw a woman in red stilettos teetering...

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  • Stack Rocks

    These amazing rock formations are on the coast on land belonging to the Ministery of Defence who use the area as a firing range. Obviously the road is closed when this is occurring. Make sure you see this sight, if you like coastal scenes then this is for you.We actually saw tanks in action, on their training ground, which was quite exciting, apart...

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  • Barafundle Bay

    This is a splendid beach, only reached on foot. Best to park at Stackpole Quay (charge) and take the clifftop walk of a half mile or so.It's a gloriously sheltered stretch of blue sea and white sand, or so it seems on a brilliant sunny day. Could almost believe you were in the Med, apart from the sea's temperature.This used to be the private beach...

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  • Marloes Sands

    I think this beach has to be one of my all time favourites. I was first introduced to it as a child on family holidays. We all loved it. It was everything we all look for in a beach. Huge expanses of perfect sand, interspersed with large rocks, splitting the beach into smaller coves. I remember we would swim in a particularly large rock pool, which...

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  • Abercastle

    Another Welsh gem. This one having extremely limited parking, I just jumped out to have a look at the place while Nick sweated manouvreing the van back out of the village. The road runs down through the row of buildings and onto the harbour. There is a slipway where it cost £2 in 1998 to launch boats from. A few old factory and quarry buildings,...

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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Restaurants

  • UNBELIEVABLE 'CHIPS' EXTORTION BEWARE

    Today on the 12th of July 2011. Myself and my partner went to the Morawelon Cafe/Restaurant on the Parrog in Newport Pembrokeshire. The cafe was nicely decorated, the ambience was pleasant as was the food. We chose two sandwiches with a salad garnish, and a sprinkle of salted crisps. We decided to order some chips to share. At a cost of £2.65,...

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  • Fresh Fish & Location, Location!

    A smart, but simple little restaurant with a wonderful location overlooking Newport Bay on the Parrog. At high tide almost at the water's edge an also the Coastal path.. Sit outside with a drink, a light lunchtime meal or, on a summer evening , enjoy dinner as the sun goes down. Service is friendly, a little leisurely when busy but the food is...

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  • Cnapan Country House and...

    "Cnapan" is a form of mediaeval rugby - so we learned on our first visit over 20 years ago. Situated on the main road that runs through the village of Newport and painted pink this establishment has become a landmark for all visitors to the area. It occupies the former modest house of a local doctor and on entering the traditionally furnished...

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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Shopping

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    by ranger49 Updated Feb 15, 2010

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    In the the streets on and off the main road that runs through the town you can find shops to meet almost all every day to day need.s

    Market St. has a superb butcher and greengrocery store, a smal,l well stocked Spar supermarket, pharmacy, bank and three cafes.

    The Post Office, Newsagent and Stationers are on the opposite corner, and along High Street a bakery, a legendary ironmongers and home wares shop, craft shops and galleries.

    The Carn Ingli Centre is like an Aladdin's cave, a real treasure trove for people who like to browse - second hand books and maps , old music scores, antique furniture, local crafts and paintings, old and new post cards..

    The castle at the top of Market Street has a long history dating back to Norman times. Destroyed and rebuilt many times a house was built into the ruins in the19th Century. It became a hotel where my sister- in-law spent her honeymoon in the early 1950s . But it is now a private house and not open to the public.
    St Mary's Parish Church next to the castle was restored in 1879 and all that remains of its Norman origins are the Tower, the font and a holy water stoup.

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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Local Customs

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    by ranger49 Updated Feb 15, 2010

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    Welsh is widely spoken in North Pembrokeshire - far more so than in the south of the county - which is known as Little England beyond Wales.

    On a recent 3-day visit I accompanied a relative to hospital for treatment and whilst in the waiting room, realised I was the only non-Welsh speaker among 22 people. Similar incidents occurred in shops and pubs.
    When we go out with a relative, who is a first language Welsh speaker he greets and chats briefly with friends in Welsh before introducing us in English, and the conversation then continues in English for our benefit. Our use of basic greetings, the courtesies of Thanks and Please etc in Welsh, always raise pleased smiles.

    Some of my English acquaintances seem to get a bit paranoid when they hear people speaking to each other in their own first language, convinced they are the topic of conversation, or are being made to wait in a queue too long - because they are not Welsh.
    A similar complaint is often made against the French who are often said to "refuse" to speak English..
    This is nonsense. You will be dealt with as the circumstances require with warmth and friendliness. But please respect the right of people to speak in their own tongue among themselves - and remember they do, and will address you in English if that is your language - they have command of at least one foreign language in order to do so!

    You will not have a "problem with the language" all highway and public signs are bilingual - but you could have a go with a Get by in Welsh phrase book.

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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Secret Waterway

    The tidal rivers East and West Cleddau, which branch off the Daugleddau, are known as Wales Secret Waterways. Along these banks are tiny landing places where ferries would run, transporting goods such as coal, to such towns as Bristol, along the way. It's also a place where ship building was a major part of the economy. A marine airbase was also...

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  • Boat Trips to Islands

    Many years ago I remember taking a boat trip to the nature reserve of Skomer Island.from Martin's Haven, west of Milford Haven. This is owned by the RSPB and obviously it's where you go to observe birds. Puffins seemed to be what everyone was looking for. As a child, I found it not overly exciting, apart from the actual boat journey, as I didn't...

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  • Beaches Near Dinas Head

    There is a small lump of land, called Dinas Head, between Newport and Fishguard. It's worth exploring, to get off the main road. Dinas head offers views to Fishguard bay and Newport from it's 463 ft. high cliffs.There is a circular walk around the head which includes two very pleasant and different beaches. Cwm-yr-Eglwys, on the eastern side,...

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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Sea Fishing

    Both Nick and I enjoy sea fishing, although Nick has to tackle up for me and no way could I put a hook through a lug worm. Actually, I prefer jgging for mackerel, no live bait required and I love mackerel!!!Anyway, we had a few odd casts at various places , not with much luck. In fact, we didn't catch anything worth eating but there's always the...

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  • Dale

    For those who enjoy all aspects of water sports, Dale is the spot. It is situated on the north side of Milford Haven, the bad point being the blot on the landscape of the oil refineries across the way.It's probably the most well known place in Wales for boating etc. and it's sheltered town bay is ideal for beginners. The other beach, on the western...

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    Mackerel time

    by Rachael71 Updated Jul 20, 2004

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    Fondest memory: If you enjoy sea fishing, there are plenty of mackerel to be caught in the coast of fPembrokeshire. Sitting in the campsite one evening, we noticed a man driving round shouting 'fish! free fish!' It turned out that he and his grandson had caught more fish than they needed, so had decided to see if the campers would like some. My friend Nathalie bravely gutted a couple for us all and barbecued them - probably the best meal I've eaten in Pembrokeshire!

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