It’s great being retired and being able to welcome friends and family to visit us. Last week some of our family came to stay so we had some lovely visits out to places. One day we went to Pembrokeshire (where I was born) -we went through Haverfordwest and on to Solva, where we had a stroll along the quay and back into the village for a delicious lunch.
After lunch we drove onto St David’s and had a walk all around the wonderful cathedral and the town.
(The two pictures of the cathedral are from Google images)
Later we drove to Porthgain and went for a walk on the Pembrokeshire coast walk- we went about 6 miles- it was fantastic: the scenery, the butterflies, the birds, the flowers- all of it.
After our walk to The Blue Lagoon and a tasty icecream we returned to Porthgain and had a refreshing drink in The Sloop Inn before heading home .
Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Whitesands to Trefin
Distance: 11 miles 18 km
Public Transport: The Strumble Shuttle walkers bus service covers the entire route. For timetables go to www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coastbus (opens new window)
Refreshments: Cafe at Whitesands. Pub and cafe at Porthgain.
Nearest Tourist Information Centre: St Davids. The Grove. Tel 01437 720392 E-mail: email@example.com
- From the cafe at Whitesands Bay, head north to St David Head
- Veer off to the right to climb Carn Llidi for stunning panoramic views
- Retrace the climb and explore the ruined ramparts of the promontory fort and Coetan Arthur burial chamber on St Davids Head
- Head east along convoluted cliffs until you reach the road heading for Abereiddi Bay
- On the far side are the remains of a slate quarry and a row of quarry workers cottages (toilets)
- The circular quarry, known as The Blue Lagoon, has been breached by the sea and is now a playground for kayaking and coasteering
- Past the quarry, the vista opens up spectacularly, with Traeth Llyfn beach in the distance.
- A series of steel staircases lead down to the beach if you fancy a dip
- As you approach Porthgain, you notice more redundant quarrying activity, this time for granite. It was hauled over the cliff top, crushed and fed into enormous hoppers that transported the rock down to the harbour.
- A stop at The Shed cafe or The Sloop Inn in Porthgain is almost obligatory.
- The remainder of the path to Trefin is pretty straightforward.
- If in doubt, follow the acorn symbols that indicate where the route goes