PEMBROKESHIRE COASTAL TOWNS, PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH
You’re never far from a quaint Welsh village, historic medieval town or bustling seaside resort in Pembrokeshire. From pretty market towns to coastal hamlets, Your spoilt for choice when it comes to places to visit. Here are some of our favourite towns and villages in Pembrokeshire to visit.
Fishguard is best-known for its ferry links to Ireland but it originally grew from the fishing hamlet in the deep valley to the north of the town. This is Lower Fishguard, or Lower Town to the locals, and is where the River Gwaun meets the sea, after flowing through the picturesque Gwaun Valley, a popular beauty spot.
Goodwick is a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, Wales, immediately west of its twin town of Fishguard. Fishguard and Goodwick form a community that wraps around Fishguard Bay. As well as the two towns, it consists of Dyffryn, Stop-and-Call, Harbour Village, Lower Town, and Penyraber.
Whitesands actually has a beach of golden sand, and is also famed for its sunsets – these days it’s a magnet for everyone from families to surfers. It can get very crowded in summer, But on a sunny, quiet day in early or late summer Whitesands fully justifies its reputation as one of Wales’ finest beaches.If you want somewhere quieter, follow the coast path north and in around ten minutes you’ll reach Porthmelgan, a lovely cove-beach with lots of sand at low tide, a couple of caves, and a waterfall.
Cenarth is a fascinating village on the border of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The focus of the village is Cenarth Falls, a series of small waterfalls and pools on the river Teifi and a well-known salmon leap.
Poppit Sands West is a popular, sandy beach, backed by hilly countryside, looking out over the mouth of the River Teifi. The beach is a good destination for bathing, and during the summer months. The western end of the beach offers good opportunities for exploring rockpools. Looking out onto the surf, particularly in the summer months, there is a chance of spotting dolphins, porpoises, seals, or even whales. The beach marks the northern end of the 186-mile long Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Neyland is a small town on the northern shore of the Milford Haven Waterway a few miles east of Milford Haven. The town grew up around the railway.
Milford Haven developed as a whaling town in the late 17th century and due to its position sitting on the shores of the largest estuary in Wales and one of the deepest natural harbours in the world, it’s history is firmly connected to the sea. Navel dockyards, passenger liners, and a fishing fleet all pepper the town’s past.
Enormous! is the only way to describe this beach; it’s almost 2 miles of sand backed by a huge pebble bank formed after a BIG storm in 1859.
Kitesurfing and surfing are popular on this beach and tuition is available.Walk right down to the southern end to find a walk-through cave and numerous sheltered bays.
At very low tide it’s possible to walk round to Cwm Mawr beach.
The Preseli Hill
The Preseli Mountains, or Preseli Hills, whichever you prefer, rise out of the landscape to 536m in the northern half of Pembrokeshire and are in complete contrast to the relative lowlands of the south.The landscape is wild moorland, heath and grassland and is home to a wide range of plants and invertebrates some of them quite rare.The hills are the ideal location for some great walking away from the coastline. For the best views in Pembrokeshire, pull on your sturdy shoes and take the short walk to Foel Eryr where the 360-degree panorama leads the eye across the sea to Ireland and Snowdonia.
The winding roads and lanes to Rosebush take you on a number of breath-taking scenic routes. Once you arrive you will see a railway platform with passengers ready to board the coming train. Surely it will soon arrive… There have been several notable landlords. Peg Lewis reigned supreme for 52 years until 1991. Then followed by Brian Llewelyn and his family, when the present name was adopted, for a quarter of a century. Hafwen and Brian ‘Bici’ Davies were the mine hosts.
Strumble is on the North West tip of Pembrokeshire, west of Fishguard. The area is known as the Pencaer Peninsula, although it isn’t actually a peninsula. Bordered on two sides by the sea and on the inland side by a line of low hills, it does give the feeling of being cut off.The focus for Pencaer is Strumble Lighthouse, perched on a tiny island just off the coast and reached by a small suspension bridge.