January is the Monday morning of the months; the festivities of Christmas have come to an abrupt end with the start of a new working year, the nights sometimes seem everlasting, and the weather can be less than cheerful.
It’s no wonder than many of us start looking ahead to the warmer months for motivation to help get through this month-long Monday morning. And what better motivation than thoughts of a summer spent in Pembrokeshire with warm days, summer sunshine and sand between the toes?
Pembrokeshire is the perfect place for a summer holiday with over 40 beaches to choose from as well as picturesque coves and harbours, 186 miles of stunning coastal path, a wealth of nature to explore and a number of heritage sights and castles – there is plenty to do!
Popular beaches include the likes of Newgale, often remembered by its protective pebble bank and measuring approx. 2 miles in length. Barafundle Bay, recently listed as one of the top 25 beaches across the globe by Passport Magazine, is a beautiful hidden beach which can only be accessed via the coastal path – a top choice, particularly if you’re looking for a dog friendly beach! Whitesands Beach is a favourite with surfers whilst Freshwater West has become famous for it’s appearances on the big screen having been used as a location for blockbusters such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Dobby’s Shell House was situated, and we’ve even seen Russell Crowe galloping across on horseback in the 2010 film, Robin Hood.
As for picturesque coves and harbours, look no further than Tenby whose harbour you may have spotted in recent months on ITV’s The Harbour, a six-part series following a year of life in the Tenby Harbour. Porthgain, situated along the North West coast, is a quaint harbour where you’ll spot the local fisherman bringing in the catch of the day which you can later sample at The Sloop Inn.
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is one of our most beloved attractions, and rightly so. It is family friendly, dog friendly and even disabled friendly in some parts. The Path is charming in the freedom it gives you. Take to the north and enjoy views across Dinas Island (as seen below) or explore Castlemartin for a view of the Green Bridge of Wales.
Wherever you go, you’re sure to make the most of the incredible surroundings we have here in Pembrokeshire. And the very best thing? Using the Coastal Path costs you absolutely nothing, other than the packed lunch you bring along or the ice cream you stop off for of course! (I recommend Stackpole Quay for ice cream!).
Pembrokeshire is famous for the abundance of wildlife we have. Skomer Island is best known for its puffin population, take a trip around or land on the island to really catch a good view. Cemaes Head in North Pembrokeshire is a great place to spot seals during the winter breeding season, with 200 seals being seen at one time! Grassholm Island is turned white with the sight of thousands of gannets making it one of the world’s largest gannet colonies.
Heritage sights include St Davids Cathedral, a popular destination for pilgrimages. The Cathedral is built on the site of a monastery originally founded by Saint David in 589 AD, and still operates a traditional communion service as well as hosting special events. Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII, which hosts a number of special events throughout the year including re-enactments and family activity days. Exhibitions include The Great Map of Wales, replica models of the castle through different times and the history of the Pembroke Yeomanry.
St Govans Chapel is the unforgettable chapel built inside a cliff overlooking the sea, and Pentre Ifan is the Neolithic cromlech topped with a 15 stone capstone and allegedly is the site of the original Stonehenge bluestones. Castell Henllys is a unique attraction with a reconstructed Iron Age Hill Fort set in 26 acres of woodland with three large replica roundhouses.
Alternatively, you could spend a day at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo taking the little ones to see the giraffes, lions and penguins or take them to Heatherton for a bit of go-karting, baseball or mini-golf! Spend a summer’s morning in the sea with a spot of Coasteering or Surfing or venture over to Caldey Island, inhabited by a community of monks, for a little bit of peace away from the busy seaside town of Tenby.
However you wish to spend your summer, spend it in Pembrokeshire and you’re guaranteed not to be disappointed. Call our Reservations Team on 01437 772755 to discuss booking a cottage or check our website here. Ask for our Concierge Team to chat about what you can get up to during your stay.