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Local beaches and things to do

Local beaches

 

Whitesands
Most accessible beach, child friendly, life guards, loos, ice cream, shop, surf lessons etc. Good for sand castles and games when the tide is out. Beach wheel chairs, loungers, surf boards for hire. Great for beach barbeques in the evening, lovely sunsets. Shop sells fish & chips etc.

    

Newgale
Best for serious surfies, kite surfing etc. Fine for families but you have to negotiate a big pebble bank – not good for pushchairs/wheelchairs. Wide sandy beach when the tide is out. Life guards. Nice rock pools for children to play in at the far end at low tide.

Caer Fai
Natural and beautiful, no loos, 5mins walk down a steep path, steps at the bottom, rocks and sand, no beach at high tide. Organic shop at Caer Fai Farm at the top sells ice cream and drinks (as well as local untreated milk and cheese).

Abereiddy
Nearest beach to north, pebble and sand, easy access. Loos, ice cream van usually. Rock pools, surf, good for children.

Short walk to the Blue Lagoon where you can watch people risking their necks cliff jumping! Indeed this has twice been the venue for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championships.

Solva Harbour or Porth Clais if you want to launch a boat.

St Justinian’s
Boat trips, dolphin expeditions etc – book in St David’s. Also life boat station.

There are countless other coves and beaches for you to explore and the glorious Coastal Path linking them all. Get an Ordnance Survey map and enjoy!

Things to do

If you like wonderful beaches and excellent walking or cycling you will want no more than what is freely available all around you. The Coastal Path is just as good in wild weather (provided you have good footwear!) when you can watch the waves crashing and enjoy the wind and clouds.

If however you have children to entertain or just want a change there are all sorts of other attractions – we have put a selection of leaflets in the shower room or you can visit Oriel y Parc, the tourist information centre at the top of St David’s who are very helpful. There are tourist centres in Haverfordwest and Solva also.

The Cathedral is a wonderful cultural centre, well worth a visit in itself just to see the beautiful wooden ceiling and fine architecture. There are frequent concerts, the annual music festival, sung evensong – and of course church services on Sunday. Next door are the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace where open air Shakespeare plays are staged during August. The same company puts on an indoor production more suitable for children in Mathry – leaflets available in St David’s.

By way of contrast, the tiny chapel at St Non’s is worth a visit as you walk along the coastal path, with its holy well nearby.

It is worth looking out for fliers in the supermarket or library about local events – there are lots of concerts, Welsh chapel singing, male voice choirs etc if you enjoy music. See also the events diary in ‘Coast to Coast’ (free newspaper available from tourist centres and elsewhere) which lists events by month.

There are numerous galleries and craftspeople working in the area, some offering opportunities to have a go yourself. The Welsh word for ‘gallery’ is ‘oriel’ – so don’t make the mistake of thinking there are endless branches of the Oriel Gallery!

The woollen mill at Middle Mill, Solva, still with a working water wheel, specialises in rugs and stair runners and will make to order. The larger mill at Tregwynt has a wide rage of blankets, cushions, clothing and smaller items in traditional and modern Welsh designs.

Hilton Court, A487 near Roch, has a variety of craft shops and photo gallery along with garden centre and woodland walk, café etc.

Wood turner – Mathry.

Pottery – Caerfarchell, interesting decorative techniques.

Again, I just mention a few which we enjoy – there are many more!

For the more adventurous
Coasteering, which originated in Pembrokeshire, is popular with the young and active, and rock climbers can often be seen around Caer Fai Bay. Boat trips for bird/seal watching, island tours, dolphin boats, jet boats, all run from St Justinian’s or Whitesands.

Surf board hire – St David’s, Newgale or Whitesands.
Kite surfing – Newgale.
Surfing lessons at either of the above.
Kayak hire – various.
Wet suit hire – Whitesands.
Golf – Whitesands.

Children
The events diary in ‘Coast to Coast’ includes things like bat walks, ghost walks, sandcastle competitions, regattas, events in the various castles, etc etc.

Gardens
There are several lovely gardens open to visitors within reach – we have leaflets available on site.

There is far too much to list but I hope this gives you a flavour of what is available.