Visit Pembrokeshire’s Picturesque Coastal Towns
One of the joys of a holiday in Pembrokeshire is discovering some of the smaller, picturesque coastal towns nestled along our shores. Wandering around these peaceful little backwaters is a great way to experience our laid-back pace of life, take in some fresh sea air and get away from it all. Here are just a few of the hidden gems that await you when you visit Pembrokeshire this summer.
Newport or Trefdraeth (‘town by the beach’) in Welsh, is an idyllic coastal town nestled at the mouth of the River Nevern in north Pembrokeshire. Ancient streets wind upwards to the Norman Castle and Church which watch over this small medieval settlement. Nestled at the foot of the sweeping Preseli Hills, Newport’s art galleries, quirky shops and trendy cafes give way to a mile-long silver stretch of sand and wildlife-rich estuary. A beautiful spot to while away the day relaxing on the beach or sampling some of Pembrokeshire’s best local produce, this sleepy hamlet is the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life.
The tiny fishing village of Abercastle is tucked away on the rocky north Pembrokeshire coast. Pretty cottages line the valley as you find your way to the small sandy inlet, a favorite amongst kayakers. If you want some peace and tranquility, this lovely little seaside hamlet is the place to go as there are no shops, cafes or pubs. This once busy trading port still has glimpses of its past with cannon-like bollards and a well-preserved lime kiln. Follow the coast path onto the ancient headlands and you’ll find a Neolithic burial chamber, the remains of an Iron-age fort and some of the most spectacular coastal views you’ll ever see.
Solva’s bustling quayside provides plenty to do, with its charming craft shops, cafes and shallow beach. Low tide reveals a winding stream, plenty of rock pools and one or two caves to explore. Steeped in maritime history, the harbour provides hours of fun at high tide, with crab to catch and sailing boats to watch. The jutting headland’s gentle valleys and sweeping shores are dotted with Iron Age settlements and lime kilns and with superb views across the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, there’s lots to uncover.
The quaint village of Little Haven sits in a small cove with steep paths rising up either side to join the Pembrokeshire coast path. This rocky inlet with its charming pubs is reminiscent of the tiny coves found in Cornwall and is popular with boat users and rock poolers alike. If the tide is out, you can take a walk round the headland to the wide sandy bay of The Settlands or The Point where you can take in the spectacular rocky coastline, indulge in some sea fishing or wander down to the safe Sheep Wash cove for a swim.
Safe beaches, an award-winning pub, Victorian fort, abundance of watersports and wildlife aplenty are just some of the reasons why the village of Dale is worth a visit. Tucked away in a sheltered bay, this charming place has had a defensive role for many centuries, highlighted by the fort, which sits on the rocky peninsula. This unspoilt village with its stunning coastal views and the chance to see a wide variety of beautiful wild flowers, is a must for walkers and those interested in flora and fauna.
Stay in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Of course, there are plenty more coastal treasures to discover when you come and stay with us at Warpool Court near St Davids. Just ask at reception – we’re always happy to point our guests in the right direction!
If you’re looking for a holiday bargain this summer, make sure you take advantage of our 10% discount offer on room and breakfast rates throughout the month of August. To book accommodation, including single, double, twin or family rooms, just send us an email or give us a ring on 01437 720300.