Walking Skills and Guided Walks Comments ….
” EXCELLENT! I couldn’t recommend Ian’s personalised tours highly enough. Ian is clearly passionate about the region & it’s history, and it shows in his nonstop fount of knowledge & fascinating stories. If you find yourself in Wales, definitely give him a call.”.
” Just a quick email to thank you again for the wonderful day we spent with you around Milton Haven! You had put together a great itinerary for us and we loved the mix of history, scenery and a relaxed well paced tour around the area. The walk around St Anne’s head was particularly memorable and we appreciated that you had organised such a warm, sunny day for it. We also really appreciated the fact that you were able to put together such a varied and interesting itinerary in an area that is not in your usual location.”.
” With regard to feedback, we thought the day trip and walks were both excellent value, and much enjoyed the immense amount of information you were able to give us. Perhaps an odd highlight for us on the day out was the hidden quarry pool at Rosebush and we also particularly liked out-of-the -way Nevern.
We very much enjoyed our stay with you and the cottage in Spring was wonderful. We hope to come again about the same time next year, but we will have to wait until later in the year to fix dates.”.
” Just a quick note to thank you so much for all the hard work you put in to making this week-end such a success. It was truly brilliant and those that did not come know not what they missed! The link between the Royal Navy with The New Forest and Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks was really informative and the presentation from the Friends of the New Forest left me feeling just how lucky we are with our NPA in Pembrokeshire. Many thanks from us both.”.
” We booked a walking day with Ian (one of the owners) and it was brilliant, he really engaged the whole family and was a very interesting day out. I really recommend you do this – the price is very reasonable for what you get. We had a couple of problems with our car but Ian and Carol bent over backwards to help and went above and beyond.”.
“Ian’s tour of the region was fabulous and very memorable. We definitely intend to return as there is so much more to explore in the surrounding area and we look forward to another guided tour by Ian.”.
“Ian, you were the highlight of our best trip to Wales yet. We have been talking about our day with you more than anything else. It’s the first thing we mention when asked how our trip is going. You gave us the courage to hike later in the trip to two waterfalls in the Brecon’s. You taught us a great deal and gave us a real jump start on getting out and enjoying life more. This is something we want to continue here at home in California. You really put your heart and soul into making sure we had a great adventure in the Preseli Hills and Pembrokeshire. We are also greatly appreciative that you kept an eye on our energy and ability levels and modified the day as needed. We went to bed tired but elated that we saw so much, learned so much and accomplished so much. There is no way we could have done a fraction of the day without you as our guide and teacher. On our next trip to Wales we will book with you early because I predict you will be very busy!”.
“We were due a walk in the Preseli Hills at the beginning of June 2017. We booked and had no idea where we going to be taken until we met our guide. Ian gave us a slideshow and chat the evening before our walk. The weather at the time was atrocious but Ian gave us an option of the walk in the Preseli Hills or a drive (in his car) around local beauty spots of interest. As the wind was due to be around 40miles an hour we chose the latter. At each spot Ian told us about folklore and facts which proved him extremely knowledgeable. His walking skills are second to none and he even lent us a couple of walking poles for the duration. It was an extremely interesting time with the visits being great!”.
“As we weren’t too confident roaming the Welsh landscape we acquired the skills of Ian and Carol’s ‘Discover Walking Pembrokeshire’ guided walk and discovery tours, this was by far one of the best decisions we could have made. To call Ian knowledgeable would be an understatement. His passion and willingness to teach and pass on his walking skills, together with his knowledge of the local area, wildlife and plants made our day not only special but extremely enlightening and inspiring.
Thank you, Ian and Carol, for giving us such a perfect holiday and helping us create so many wonderful memories. We would highly recommend using your guided walking services and we will be back very soon for more!”.
“We have been to Pembrokeshire on many holidays but we discovered whole new areas and new information on our day out with Discover Walking Pembrokeshire. We were taken on a tour of the Preseli mountains with very interesting and knowledgeable historical and mythological information about the places we were looking at. We then had a wonderful walk along quiet roads flanked with banks of Spring flowers which lead down to a secluded beach, returning along the coastal footpath.The walk was tailored to our abilities with lots of stops to look at the stunning views and to hear more of the history and tales of the area. We really enjoyed the day out.”.
“There are not many guided walks of the Pembrokeshire coast, most are self-led. After looking for sometime, Discover Walking Pembrokeshire was highly recommended by a tour leader in the area. I spent three days in August on guided walks of the gorgeous coastal path, the charming seaside towns and the Preseli Hills. Ian is an excellent and enthusiastic guide who is knowledgeable about the area.
“Although we have visited Pembrokeshire on a number of occasions and undertaken some walks we wanted to gain an understanding of the local history as well as finding walks which we were unaware of.
On my recent holiday in Pembrokeshire I was lucky to be guided on three walks/drives by the dynamic and enthusiastic and knowledgeable Ian Pattinson. On the first day Ian showed me the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline interspersed by diversions into the countryside. We went from Newport past glittering small bays and tiny villages as far as St. David’s. From a square tower rising above the trees, the drive down a steep hill revealed a splendid cathedral on a truly domestic scale alongside the ruins of the huge Bishop’s Palace in the valley, built this way to conceal it from the raiders which constantly harried the coast here. (snippets of information supplied be Ian). On our next outing Ian took me to view the many Neolithic and Iron Age sites with which this area abounds. Ian has a remarkable knowledge of the burial mounds, stone circles and fortified remains of these ancient villages. A later tour was of Norman and French invasions in the area. These were all seen off by the locals. The Normans could not subdue the Celts and the French had to contend with the women in national costume giving the appearance of a large army. Near the holiday cottages which Ian and his wife rent, I was taken on a really beautiful walk through a wooded valley of bluebells and wild garlic with a rapidly flowing stream with small waterfalls. Ian was always ready to point out the many wild flowers in the area and the huge variety of trees. I was fortunate enough to have really beautiful weather but I think walking in this part of Wales with such a guide would be enjoyable at any time.
We came to visit Ffald-Y-Brenin and through you we visited Pembrokeshire. You took us on a journey through time and place with such passion, inspiration and feeling that we feel now that we are a little part of the wonderful picture. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk with you across the hills, the visits to the ancient burial sites and the very spectacular walk along the coastal path in the afternoon. The feeling of well-being from your very warm hosting and guidance is not something one often finds. And all this was only a taster’!
A great short stay, full of a balance of interesting walks,views, historical facts and local knowledge.
The tour with Ian was so interesting, I especially loved the Jemima Nicholas story. I cannot wait to come back and learn more about this beautiful place.
Ian is a great walking instructor and I learned a massive amount from him on the day he and I walked together in the Preseli’s. I particularly liked the way he adjusted the pace of learning to suit my previous knowledge.
Discover Walking Pembrokeshire enables walkers to really get the most out of their visit, whether they are relatively new to their walking boots, or seasoned and experienced hikers. Ian offers a tailored and professional package of skills training, covering everything from the basics of kit preparation to more in depth understanding of map reading and using a compass. The courses combine theory and practice, and in comfortable and welcoming surroundings. Ian and Carol take time beforehand to find out what you wish to achieve, and ensure that the course is tailored to suit. Highly recommended and a great way to really appreciate walking in Pembrokeshire.
Thanks so much for a brilliant day – the fact that I enjoyed myself so much even in the terrible weather says a huge amount about the quality of your teaching (and indeed, your sense of humour!) I feel like I’ve learnt a huge amount about how to plan my route and walk safely and with confidence! The practical work really helped me fix your teaching in my mind, and will stay with me. I found it invaluable and can’t wait to try out my skills! I’m so glad I found you guys and won’t hesitate to recommend you.