No other county in Britain has more Blue Flag or Seaside Award beaches than Pembrokeshire. With over 50 beaches to choose from, there’s going to be ones that are perfect for you, whether you want swimming, surfing and kayaking, or just somewhere peaceful to relax, sunbathe and build sandcastles. Here are just a few of the beaches which are close to the properties…
Barafundle - Idyllic! A small, sheltered east facing bay, backed by dunes and Pine trees, accessible only by a half a mile walk from the nearest car park. Voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain. It is isolated with no facilities, so everything you take has to come back up over the cliffs. Parking (N.T) is at Stackpole Quay, where there is a café and toilets.
Broadhaven South - A wide sandy bay backed by dunes, with plenty of boulders and small rocky outcrops to explore. Currents can be quite strong. There is a rocky island on the west side with caves and springs gushing out of the cliffs, and a stream emptying out from the Lily Ponds on the east side is perfect for small children to play in. Parking (N.T) above the beach, reached from Bosherston, which has toilets and steep steps leading down to the beach. Alternatively there is parking at Bosherston, from where a twenty minute walk leads through the picturesque Lily Ponds to the beach.
Freshwater East - A wide bay of golden sand backed by dunes, with a stream running down the beach at its southern end. At low tide there is plenty of room for beach games and there are some pleasant private bays on the eastern side. Parking available across the road from the beach where there are also toilets.
Freshwater West - A Surfers Paradise! This south westerly facing beach near Castlemartin is a water sports enthusiasts dream, but only suitable for the experienced and strong swimmers as there are strong rip currents here. This beach is very wide and backed by an extensive system of dunes. Parking (including toilets) is free but limited so avoid on busy bank holidays!
West Angle Bay - At the mouth of the Milford Haven Estuary is this west facing horseshoe cove. The beach is edged by rocks and a cut through the cliffs at the northern end leads to a secret beach if you can find it! Some strong currents. Parking is free at the top of the beach and there is disabled access via a ramped path and slipway. Facilities include a café and toilets.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, one of Britain's breathtaking spaces, takes in about a third of the county including the entire coastal strip, the upper reaches of the Daugleddau (two swords) and the Preseli's. Its the only National Park that is almost all coastal.
What makes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path so interesting is the variety of landscapes you pass through on your way along it, ranging from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, volcanic headlands and flooded glacial valleys.
There are also some remarkably quaint towns and villages to explore, rest, refresh and recuperate in: essential for getting your breath back after experiencing some of those views!
Don’t be put off by the length of The Coast Path. The year round Coastal Bus Services are specially designed for walkers. Travel by bus a few miles down the coast and walk back at your own pace. For timetables, go to www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coastbus
There are also plenty of smaller circular walks. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park list 130 of them on their web site. Go to www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk/walking.
The National Park run an extensive programme of activities and events for both adults and children: rockpool safaris, crab catching, bat walks and even time travel! They're all listed in the Coast to Coast newspaper: pick one up when you get here.
Country Sports Park is a fun and fantastic day out for all the family. It has a range of sporting activities, including horseriding, archery, pitch and putt, and paintballing.
For water based sports, go to www.surfdale.co.uk
Also see www.activitypembrokeshire.com and www.sealyham.com
For entertaining rides for all the family go to www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk
Discover the Wildlife of the Pembrokeshire Islands of Grassholm, Skomer,and Skokholm at www.dale-sailing.co.uk
Caldey Island is owned and run by the Reformed Order of Cistercian monks, who live a simple life farming the island alongside a small village community. Boats run to and from the island every 15 minutes from 9.30 am until 5.00 pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays from mid May until mid September. Tickets are available from the Caldey Island kiosk at Tenby harbour entrance ( 01834 843545 ).
There are 51 forts and castles to choose from in Pembrokeshire! - At Pembroke castle you can try your hand at brass rubbing…. For more information go to www.visitpembrokeshire.com/castles
THE SECRET GARDEN CERAMICS CAFE
While away a few hours bringing out your creative side. At this centre you can relax with just a coffee, or begin the fascinating craft of ceramics painting. There are a wide range of pieces to choose from - kitchenware, bathroom and garden accessories, and ornaments from small animals to figurines. Most pieces can be finished the same day.Based in Cosheston, they can be reached on 01646 689064
CWM DERI VINEYARD
A chance to stroll through a vineyard in our home climate is rare, and to be able to do it surrounded by the beauty of the Pembrokeshire National Park makes Cwm Deri a unique attraction. They are based near Martletwy and can be reached on 01834 891274
Set in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, Folly Farm offers four fantastic reasons to visit… a friendly farmyard, spectacular zoo, enormous vintage funfair and an imaginative range of adventure play! Go to www.folly-farm.co.uk
PUBS AND RESTAURANTS
Here are just a few of the great places to eat, not too far away….
The Stackpole Inn 01646 672324
The Dial Inn, Lamphey 01646 672426
The Old Point House, Angle 01646 641205
The Ferry Inn, Pembroke Dock 01646 682947
Food Fusion, Milford Marina 01646 692573