Pembrokeshire

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Introduction

Harbour, Lower Solva, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Harbour, Lower Solva, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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Pembrokeshire is the county at the far southwest of Wales. Most of its long coast line is in The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which somewhat ironically retained its name during the years from 1974 into the 1990s when Pembrokeshire disappeared from the map and was absorbed for a time into Dyfed. Now Dyfed has past away and Pembrokeshie is back.

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Geography

Much of the southern part of the county is fairly flat and agricultural but the vast majotity of visitors are attracted by the long coast with its fabulous and varied beaches, headlands, islands and coves. There are beaches facing north, south, west and even east! Not far from the north coast are the Preseli Hills, the source of the bluestones at England's Stonehenge! There is also the Gwaun Valley, with an atmosphere of the 18th or 19th century. There are numerous high quality Bronze Age remains.

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Towns and Villages

St Davids coast, Pembrokeshire, Wales

St Davids coast, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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  • Abereiddi - the nearest village on the north coast to St David's Head. Two things about it sound terrible; neither is. The car park adjacent to the beach does not spoil it and the black sand is not mud - as witnessed by high bouncing balls. There is a fascinating old harbour from the slate works caled the blue lagoon. Great for children.
  • Abercastle
  • Angle
  • Broad Haven - The most resort-like beach in north Pembrokeshire.
  • Dale
  • Fishguard - port for the Irish ferry to Rosslare].
  • Goodwick
  • Haverfordwest
  • Little Haven
  • Manorbier
  • Marloes
  • Milford Haven - name for both a river estuary and a town, which is a major oil harbour.
  • Nevern
  • Newport
  • Nolton Haven - les crowded and less developed than Broad or Little Haven- not one of the top beaches for water quality
  • Pembroke - a fine castle
  • Porthgain - an old port with many industrial remains from slate mining and a brick factory.
  • Saundersfoot
  • Solva - a wooded river estuary quite unlike any other seaside place in the park
  • St David's
  • Tenby - a south Pembrokeshire resort opposite to Caldy Island.

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Beaches

Only beaches additional to those in the towns and villages above are listed.

  • Druidston Haven - Lacking any parking except for a few cars on the road, this fine beach of hard black sand with caves is rarely crowded. Good for swimming but the tide comes in very fast.
  • Newgale - Large beach on the road from Haverfordwest to St David's.
  • St Bride's Haven - little sand but great for children to explore rock pools near the pebble beach.
  • Marloes Beach - This and Musselwick are both fine beaches on opposite sides of the road at Marloes. Stacks and good sand - ideal for very young children to be held in the pools left but the sacks at low tide. (worth the trudge down with a push-cart.)
  • Musselwick Sands
  • Trefyn
  • Whitesands Bay - near Broad Haven - popular for boating.
  • Newport Sands - north Pembrokeshire - popular for boating, swimming, wind surfing.
  • Ceibwr Bay - north Pembrokeshire - popular for seal watching. Spectacular rock formations.

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Islands

  • Caldey
  • Grassholm - a gannetry
  • Ramsey
  • Skokholm - This and Skomer are fine for breeding seabirds.
  • Skomer - Best accessible island to see Puffins along the west coast of Wales.

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Sights and Activities

Coastal viewpoints

Green Bridge

Green Bridge

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  • Pwll Deri
  • St Anne's Head - small lighthouse.
  • St David's Head - a good cromlech, Coetan Arthur, at the start of the headland and an iron age fort further along add interest to a lovely headland.
  • Strumbles Head picturesque lighthouse and a top cance of seeing seals nearby.
  • Whitesands Bay - terrific seascape.
  • Wooltack Point - end of dale Peninsula overlooking Skomer.
  • Parrog, Newport - spectacular sunsets during the summer and winter alike.
  • Green Bridge - bridge like rock formation in Pembrokeshire National Park

Other

  • Pentre Ifan - near Newport Pembrokeshire. Neolithic Dolmen.
  • Careg Sampson
  • Carreg Coetan Arthur - at Newport Pembrokeshire. Neolithic Dolmen.
  • Porthgain industrial archaeology.
  • St David's Cathedral
  • St David's Bishops Palace
  • St Non's Chapel

The Coastal Footpath covers the whole stretch of the coast. For other walks in the Park of all standards click here. Traditional Welsh wool features at Solva and Melin Tregwynt mills.

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Events and Festivals

Haverfordwest show. Every summer Show website in Pembrokeshire.

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Getting There

By Plane

Nearest international airport is at the capital city of Cardiff.

By Train

Frequent trains to Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock. Less frequent to Fishguard harbour in the north of the county.

By Car

M4 west, then A48, then A40 to Haverfordwest.

By Bus

Daily buses from London, Reading, Swindon, Bristol, Cardiff.

By Boat

Ferries to Pembroke Dock and Fishguard from Ireland.

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Getting Around

By Plane

No inward or outward flights at time of writing.

By Train

Trains from Fishguard to Claberston Road and vise versa, also Caberston Road via haverforwest to Pembrokeke Dock and vise versa.

By Car

Pembrokeshire is well served with A roads both north and south of the county. Inland and Presleli Hills roads become small lanes very quickly.

By Bus

The Strumble Shuttle covers the north coast from Newport to St David's.

By Boat

Plenty of charter boats for hire.

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Accommodation in Pembrokeshire

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