Horseback Riding, Fossil Hunting, and Historic Churches: Warpool Court Hotel’s Peter Trier Talks Nolton Community
"For a few hours or a full day of adventure, wander over to the Nolton Haven area," says Warpool Court Hotel owner Peter Trier.
Within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, about halfway along the coast of St. Bride's Bay in Pembrokeshire, is the sheltered cove of Nolton Haven. Just a mile away sits the tiny hamlet of Nolton, as well as the lovely villages of Roch, Newgale, Cuffern, Broad Haven, Little Haven, and Druidstone Haven. This stretch of coastline is one of the prettiest in west Wales and features the stunning cliffs and golden beaches that lie along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
From medieval times through to the early 1900s, the area was supported by coal mining, producing anthracite for the British Navy. While there remains little evidence of the industrial past, in some places, veins of anthracite coal can be seen.
If you look very closely at the top of the Nolton Haven beach, you might be able to make out the silhouettes of two faces looking at each other across the beach in the rocks.
Nolton is home to Pembrokeshire's largest riding centre, Nolton Stables. Tide permitting, you can enjoy a lazy walk, lively trot or thrilling canter along the sands of Druidston Haven.
This part of the coast is a great area to do a bit of fossil hunting. At the base of Nolton Haven's cliffs, plant fossils can be seen in large boulders. But don’t just go chipping away. It’s a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so fossils must not be collected. Why not plan ahead and find out what family friendly fossil hunts are scheduled by the U.K. Association of Fossil Hunters (UKAFH) Instead? Just remember to consider your safety whenever you’re scrambling on the rocks around the cliffs.
Nolton Haven United Reformed Church, founded in 1858 by local farmers and mining families, has re-opened to the public after restoration. The chapel is much the same as when it was first built and the vestry houses a permanent museum that tells the story of the chapel and the mining, military and tourism history of the village. Some of the stonework is based on the nearby St. David's Cathedral. Visitors should call ahead to find out if a summer Welsh tea is scheduled on the chapel grounds or if there are any other special events happening.
Half a mile away, amongst the quaint historical homes along the curving roadway to Nolton Stables, is the medieval Church of St. Madoc. It's believed the area may have been part of a Welsh settlement taken over by English immigrants during the Norman conquest of Wales in the Middle Ages.
According to Mr Trier, “Mobile phone signals are spotty at Nolton Haven, so be sure to tell someone what your plans are.”
If you’d like to come and enjoy a fantastic holiday on the Pembrokeshire Coast, why not book one of our luxury rooms or a stay in our private, self-catering Garden Cottage here at Warpool Court Hotel. Simply book online, send us an email or give us a call on 01437 720300.