Top 4 Watersports on the Pembrokeshire Coast
As 2018 is our ‘Year of the Sea’, there’s no better time to have a go at some of the watersports on offer along the Pembrokeshire Coast. With a clutch of awards for great water quality, it’s one of the best places in the UK to dive in and have fun! So, what are you waiting for?
A popular pastime with locals and holidaymakers, surfing in Pembrokeshire is sure to put a smile on your face. The surging Atlantic waves are impressive enough to attract surfers from all over the world. Different beaches have different swells so there’s a lot of choice depending upon your level of experience, but surfers’ favourites include Newgale, Freshwater West and (our personal favourite) the lovely Whitesands. As surfing is so widely enjoyed, there are lots of surf companies up and down the coast where you can hire equipment and take surfing lessons with the experts. If you’re not sure you’ve got what it takes keep your balance standing on the surfboard, you can always try bodyboarding to get you started!
Whether you’re exploring Pembrokeshire’s rivers, estuaries or coastline, kayaking is probably the most fun way to do it! Whatever your experience level, there are plenty of providers who can kit you out, show you the ropes and get you out on the water in no time. It’s a great way to get to see some of the amazing wildlife along the riverbanks and shoreline. Don’t be surprised to see cliffs teeming with sea birds, beaches covered in seals and even dolphins swimming alongside your kayak. Another advantage is being able to access some of the beaches and rocky coves that are inaccessible on foot. The Bitches, a system of tidal rapids off the coast of St Davids, are a renowned kayaking highlight (but are best avoided if you’re not an experienced paddler).
A Pembrokeshire invention, coasteering is the sport for you if throwing yourself off cliffs, climbing wave-lashed rocks and bobbing around in choppy coastal swells sounds like your idea of fun. Obviously, it’s not an activity to be done without expert guidance, so you’ll need to book your coasteering adventure with one of the accredited providers along the coast. Once you’ve zipped up the wetsuit and been covered in protective gear and flotation aids, you’re off! Suitable for older children and adults, this is an activity that can be tailored to the level of your ability (and bravery), so there’s no pressure to do anything that makes your hair curl. Coasteering might just be the most intense and exhilarating way to experience our incredible coastline.
If fun on the water isn’t your thing, why not dive in and explore the amazing world beneath the waves? With plenty of shipwrecks to investigate and marine reserves to explore, the Pembrokeshire Coast is one of the prime diving locations in the UK. The quality of our coastal waters is a bonus when it comes to visibility too. Whatever your experience, there’s a dive and a diving school to suit you somewhere along our shores. Popular diving areas include Skomer and Skokholm islands, Stack Rocks and Strumble Head. Where you dive obviously depends on what you want to see, but wherever you venture, you’re sure to discover an incredible new world.
The Perfect Place to Stay on the Pembrokeshire Coast
With some of the best watersports locations and providers practically on our doorstep, Warpool Court Hotel is a great base for your seaside adventures. You can even gaze out to the sea from your bedroom if you stay in one of our coastal-facing rooms or get accustomed to the water with a quick dip in our covered, heated swimming pool! So, why not come down to Pembrokeshire and have some fun in the sea this summer?