VISIT PEMBROKESHIRE – The Wales Coastal Way
The Wales Coast Path is the longest continuous coastal path in the world, running the entire length of the welsh coastline: all 870 miles (1,400km) of it. It is stunningly beautiful, and every cove and clifftop comes with legends of pirates and smugglers, wreckers and saints, lost villages and sand-swamped castles – and around 230 beaches. Off the coast, 50 islands teem with birds, while the waters are home to seals, porpoises and the UK’s largest pod of dolphins. The Coastal Way runs the entire length of Cardigan Bay. It’s a 180-mile (290km) odyssey that threads between blue seas on one side and big mountains on the other. It only takes 4.5 hours to drive from the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula to St. David’s in the far west of Pembrokeshire. Whilst driving is one way to do it, there are others – you could walk it, bike it, bus it, take the train (steam or standard), paddle, sail or kitesurf. It’s quite a long swim, though. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is especially well served by a network of tourist buses, The Poppit Rocket and Puffin Shuttle. The Wales Coast Path website is your best bet for a complete overview. Whichever way you decide to travel, there’s plenty of options along The Coastal Way Yr Hafan is ideally placed to either start or end your journey exploring this stunning coastal route and the Preseli Hills. Go to https://www.visitwales.com/inspire-me/wales-way/coastal-way for more details
VISIT PEMBROKESHIRE – Fabulous Autumn walks
Enjoy fabulous Autumn walks in North Pembrokeshire with both countryside and sea views.One of our favourite days out starts with a stroll through the lovely leafy National Trust valley starting at Abermawr (just 15 minutes drive from Yr Hafan) – meander beside tumbling streams, scramble up the bank to brave the rope swing (suspended over the valley – not for the fainthearted!) and end up at the beach at Abermawr. Walk along the sandy beach at low tide with the sun glinting off the surf watching the odd surfer and looking out for grey Atlantic seals and for sea birds. Next we take the coast path over to the gorgeous small bay at Aberbach where you can stop for a picnic before crossing the small river and heading back up the pretty valley to Melin Tregwynt Mill. Stop here for coffee and cake or a lovely lunch before mooching around the working mill and shop. You can walk back the same way or stroll along the quiet road beside the river to Abermawr Beach and back up the other side of the valley crossing the field back to the car. A perfect day..
This Winter, see Starling murmurations in Pembrokeshire
In Winter, watch spellbinding starling murmurations, when starlings gather in Pembrokeshire in their tens of thousands. Here at Yr Hafan in November this year, we witnessed this mesmerising sight of thousands of birds swooping and diving in unison, performing an aerial dance at dusk over our heads – what an amazing sight. Apparently, they gather over their roosting site, and perform their wheeling stunts before they roost for the night. For more information about Starling murmations, go to www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/starling/starling-murmurations/
Winter watch -it’s not too late to spot a seal!
Seal watching in North PembrokeshireAs Pembrokeshire is known for some of the best coastline in the world, it is also home to some of the best marine life in Wales, including seals and porpoises. West Wales is home for around 5,000 Atlantic grey seals and their pups and they can be seen here from September through to December. Where to look for seals when staying at Yr Hafan holiday cottages: At the foot of the cliffs around St. Davids, Strumble Head, Moylegrove and Cemaes head there are secluded beaches where the seals feel safe enough to give birth to their pups. If you walk along the coast path in season, and keep an eye out, you will see bobbing heads, seals beached on pebble banks, sunbathing on rocks or even little white pups heading towards the sea for their first swim closely watched by Mum. We often see pups just up the road in the Blue Lagoon where it is very sheltered, playing and practicing holding their breathe! Take one of the fabulous boat trips out from St. Justians Life Boat Station to and around Ramsey Island where you are guaranteed to see the seals and 100’s of seabirds nesting on some of the highest sea cliffs in Wales…
Short breaks available from November to March
Please contact us for more information on our special offers and short breaks in our 5 Star Pembrokeshire holiday cottages. Short breaks are available from November to March or at short notice.