Pembrokeshire, South West Wales is one of kind. It contains the only coastal National Park in the UK with 186 miles of a wonderous coastal path. Variety is more than guaranteed with dramatic cliffs, sandy bays, birds nesting in the seaswept rocks and buildings of history.
My base for this hiking adventure contains more than a little history itself, nevermind beauty. Celtic Haven cottages sit overlooking the sea near Tenby. The cottages are 12 century and buildings with all the comforts you can wish for. Relaxing, spacious, hosted with pride. Magical. The hounds are able to join me here making it even more special to share the fresh air and views with my short legged family.
Wonderful base – 12th century cottage of Celtic Haven
When you have just a couple of days it is so hard to choose which section of the coast to hike. All looks so inviting. Finally a decision was made, to head not too far West from the cottage and hike westwards along the coast. Turned out a great plan.
You do not have to walk many miles at all along the Pembrokeshire coast to see some of nature at its best. Barafundle Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain. Its accessability being only on foot from over the cliffs makes the beach stand out in glory from its dunes to the sea without the crowds. Cliff views stand in awe from right to left whenever you turn to the sea. Stacks of rock rising from the sea shaped through time bring a fantasy feel to the scene. Below are only a small percentage of what I experienced on only a small percentage of this wonderous place.
The hounds ready for the descent to the gorgeous Barafundle Bay.
Broad Haven – A beautiful bay that attracts hikers, surfers, canoeists, beach lovers et al.
Stack Rocks – Pillars of limestone, a haven for thousands of nesting seabirds
I loved it, the hounds loved it, and even the weather started to love us more as the day progressed. If these few miles today threw up all the scenes above and more all I can say is bring on the rest of it soon… please.