Are you wondering what to do in Pembrokeshire? Well its been another great year over here and I thought it would be useful to summarise for you some of the range of activities that we know our visitors have enjoyed while using Tregynon Cottages as their self-catering cottage base.
Tregynon Cottages are based a short distance from Newport, Pembrokeshire, and that has given our guests access to a fantastic range of activities to suit all ages and interests. Take a look at the photos and the short descriptions below to give you some ideas for your next holiday.
If there is anything you fancy doing then give us a call (01329 821631) or fill out the Enquiries Form on our website (www.discoverwalkingpembrokeshire.co.uk) and see if we still have any accommodation available for you.
We’ve listed them in alphabetical order to make life easier for you to find what you might be looking for.
Beaches Pembrokeshire has 94 beaches for you to choose from and they are all beautiful. Most are small, quiet and relatively remote but others, like those at Tenby are bustling with activity. 44 of them meet or exceed EU standards and 11 of them have the coveted Blue Flag status like this one at Barafundle Bay. Newport Sands is the nearest beach to our cottages and it is only four miles away. It has a car park next to it and a cafe and the golf club which is open to non-members does great food.
Many of the beaches, like this one at Newport Sands, face West and they are treated to the most wonderful sunsets. Their relative isolation ensures that they remain quiet all year round: ideal for those looking to spend some quiet time just soaking up the sun and relaxing after a hard year at work. And most are adjacent to the famous Pembrokeshire Coastal Path which is often festooned with the colours of its wild flowers that put on a show from Spring through to late Summer.
Body-Boarding We have been asked several times about the best beaches to take the youngsters to, to learn how to body-board. Pembrokeshire is well known for its surfing beaches (Newgale and Whitesands Bay are two of the best and body-boarding is a great way to get into surfing without having to swallow half of the sea into the bargain! Most of the surf shops sell body-boards and the they are inexpensive. Nothing seems to put the smile on the kids’ faces more than when they return to Tregynon Cottages and tell us all about riding the waves!
Birdwatching This is not just for the senior tourists! The skies over Tregynon abound with buzzards and red kites and kestrels are frequent visitors. Seabird-watching (shags, cormorants, gannets, puffins, razorbills, arctic terns, Manx shearwaters, choughs … the list just keeps on going) is a big attraction to Pembrokeshire. And the Newport estuary (4 miles away) is designated as an area of Special Scientific Interest because of its birds. And Canada geese come and go overhead and around Tregynon Cottages we also host swallows, house martins and swifts.
Coasteering Now those with longer memories than me, will boast that coasteering (undertaking various activities which enable you to see the coastline from the sea) was invented over here in Pembrokeshire. What we do know is that several of our guests have taken advantage of the 186 miles of outstandingly beautiful coastline and have taken the plunge at some stage during their holiday! Sea jumping, kayaking, sea caving …. it all seems to be great fun and a challenge.
Cycling We have many families who use Tregynon Cottages as a base for exploring North Pembrokeshire by bike. There are several cycling routes and a dedicated woodland for off-roading. For others gentle rolling paths through woods and stopping for picnics whenever the mood takes them is more attractive. Regardless, this easy activity is immensely popular. And we can provide you with a lockable bike store and facilities to clean your bike if you wish to.
Fishing Now I have not been fishing since my father and I used to spend long afternoons by the river but I do still see the attraction, especially when you throw in the long shallow beaches and the spell-binding beauty of a Pembrokeshire sunset. Ceibwr Bay, Strumble Head and St Davids are all excellent sea fishing locations while Llys-y-Fran Reservoir and the Western and Eastern Cleddau offer alternative inland course and river fishing locations.
Horse Riding This is one which really seems to appeal to the mums and daughters and given our close proximity to the Preseli Hills we have close access to a couple of local stables. We often see groups trekking around the area and in addition we are close to Horse World where you can enjoy the whole horse-thing without actually leaving the confines of the establishment. For others with a little experience there is an opportunity to canter on the beach which always seems to go down well.
Island-Going There are many island off the Pembrokeshire coast and several of these are designated as birds sanctuaries. Fortunately the likes of Ramsey, Skomer and Caldy are accessible by boat. Others can be circumnavigated with any of the several boat-tour operators. The bird life on the islands are of world significance and a trip out to see them is highly recommended. The boat crews are friendly and knowledgeable and will add to what will be a great day. The flora on the islands is equally stunning.
Pubs and Places to Eat Pembrokeshire is full of wonderful places to eat and have a beer. The obvious locations are adjacent to the many coves and bays and several specialise in fresh local catch. Others adorn the pretty little village high streets where the outdoor cafe culture is growing. For those fancying something a little stronger, the local welsh beer is a must and for the real ale drinker, within a couple of miles of Tregynon Cottages, there are two very highly recommended micro-breweries. Both also have a summer entertainments programme usually centred around male voice choirs and the like!
Rock-Pooling This is an ageless source of entertainment for the whole family and a handy local leaflet in our cottages – ‘Crabbing’ – can help with the identification of a wide range of species. Families grouped around the small pools at low water in Newport – reputedly one of the best rock-pooling hot spots in West Wales – is a common sight. And there are regular crab catching competitions in Newport for the kids.
Sea Kayaking and Canoeing Whether you want to paddle out into the ocean and explore ancient caves or just cover the miles of inland waterways, a day afloat is a must and one which is becoming increasingly popular. The family shown here are exploring the Cilgerran Gorge, about 12 miles from Tregynon Cottages. For 2 hours you can enjoy unspoiled stretch of mirror calm river, with overhanging trees and a small section of ‘rapids’ adds to the fun. And then visit the Wildlife Centre before heading for home.
Walking This has to be the number-one pastime in Pembrokeshire and with carefully planned routes in the Preseli’s and or on the coast, the kids can also have a fantastic time. The Pembrokeshire Coastal path is 186 miles long and to compliment it there are hundreds of miles of stunning paths to explore. An eye-spy game for the younger children and a bit of basic map reading also provide great entertainment for those with little legs! At Discover Walking Pembrokeshire we can teach you all about map reading and navigation if you want to learn a really useful new skill!. Just ask us.
Conclusion Those who stayed at our self catering cottages this year had a great time by getting out and about. There really is so much to do and it is our job to ensure that you have all the information that you might need at your fingertips. You are guaranteed to have a good time, whatever you get up to and irrespective of your age.
Just get in touch (01329 821631) or fill out the Enquiries Form on our website (www.discoverwalkingpembrokeshire.co.uk) and let us do the rest.