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Things to do in Pembrokeshire

Preseli Hills

Preseli hills

The Preseli Hills, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, are our back garden, a site of Special Scientific Interest for some of its wildlife, a place of ledgend and historic interest, also home for some fairly tough sheep, mountain ponies and many sitings of a 'big cat'!  Enjoy quiet walks, excellent cycling.  One of the half day walks allows you a view of the whole of Pembrokeshire  as it spreads away in a panorama beneath you from it's 3,000 foot view point,  on some rare, special occasions even North Wales and the tips of the Wicklow mountains in Ireland can be seen.  If you love discovery, hunt out the legendary King Arthur's tomb, the old drovers roads or the only place this side of the globe where bluestone is found (the stuff bits of Stonehenge are made of!). View more information about the Preseli Hills

Circular Walk from Maenclochog

Walks in Pembrokeshire

Step outside the door and enjoy circular walks that will bring you back home, in an hour or so, or at the end of a day.  Go a little further and a multitude of mini adventures await as you discover hillsides, reservoirs, woodland walks and stunning coastal scenery –walking in Pembrokeshire has been taking our breath away for the best part of our lives and it is still doing it!  We are happy to advise on gentle rambles to all day experiences.

Cycling

Cycling in Pembrokeshire is always going to be memorable, as the topography and scenery is just stunning.  There are nearby cycle routes and mountain biking is popular on the Preseli mountains. We are conveniently positioned on the Sustrans Celtic National  route 47.

Llys y Fran towards Foel Cwm Cerwyn

Llys y Frân Country Park

Just 5 minutes away is the Llys y Frân Country Park, a haven for fisherman and walkers.   The reservoir is well stocked for fishing with trout and is accessible both from land and boat.  Many people enjoy the circular walk of 8 miles, some cycle it, other just take a picnic and sit, looking at birds, trees and water whilst others enjoy the restaurant's views.

Over looking Gwaun Valley

Gwaun valley

The Gwaun Valley is so worth a car ride, walk, or even catching the Preseli Green Bus (that passes our front door).  When the bluebells are out, the valley takes on an almost smokey haze with the abundance of flowers under their deciduous woodland canopy.  The Gwaun Valley has it's own unique character, even it's own new year!  The glaciated valley is a deep wooded valley teeming with wild flowers and fauna.

Pen Dinas

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Coastal path walk and beaches

Pembrokeshire has 186 miles of glorious coastline designated as a Coastal National Park, in over 30 years we have not discovered the half of it, or tired of it.  The coast ranges from wild, awe inspiring headlands to stunning white, isolated beaches deemed by Country Life Magazine, to be the best picnic spot in the UK.  So, walk, cycle, swim, paddle, canoe, run, barbeque, chill out, explore, beach comb, kite surf, belly board, sail, surf, coasteer, check out rock pools, fish, eat ice cream, fly a kite, picnic, gaze in wonder – you simply cannot run out of things to do or see on this magnificent coast line that is just a short drive away.

Adventure activities

Pembrokeshire is a hidden jewel for adventure activities, it boasts some of the best sea cliff climbing in Britain with everything from scrambles to deep water soloing.  Water sports both inland and, of course, on the sea is prolific, going from a gentle canoe trip on flat water to high speed boat trips in the notorious 'bitches of Ramsey Sound'.  Horse riding, cycling, geocaching, high ropes activities, zorbing and off road driving are among the inland sports available.

Historic sites

Pembrokeshire is alive with history, it's Celtic roots begging you to discover windows into it's mysterious past.  For the finding are the stone age huts of Castell Henllys Celtic Village,  the Neolithic burial chambre of Pentre Ifan, Celtic crosses of Nevern and Carew, stone circles dotted around the county, individual stones that either mark routes, people or special sights.  The more recent histories of the Vikings, Tudors, Victorians and war time Wales are marked in Castles, Churches, place names, museums and monuments.  Christianity is marked in a large way with bishops palaces at Lamphy and Saint Davids (also recognised as UK's smallest city because of its cathedral).  Then at the other end of the scale are the tiny Saint Govan's chapel hidden in the rocks and Cwm yr Eglwys near Newport.

Market towns

Narberth.  A word to wise men!  Narberth is the kind of town to take your wife, let her browse in bespoke shops, drink nice coffee and buy her something special.  Other local towns for shopping are Haverfordwest, Cardigan and the sailing port for the Irish ferry, Fishguard.

Art galleries

Pembrokeshire has almost as many artists as sheep – well not quite, but there are lots of them – and good as well.  In our own village of Maenclochog there are three, Elizabeth Hainse, Linda Norris and Tim Fudge who all have their own gallery studios.  You could easily spend weeks hunting out other Pembrokeshire art galleries.

Art courses are available at Studio Llwyndrain , Mynachlog-Ddu  -  www.artholidayspembrokeshire.co.uk

Crafts

Slate sculptors, wood turners, weavers, candle makers are only a few of the craft workshops along the Pembrokeshire craft trail.

Bird watching

We don't pretend to be bird watchers but we have spotted from here buzzards, Canadian geese, amazing red kites, a very recent visitor, that caused some excitement, is the peregrine falcon.  There are a range of garden, meadow and sea birds that find their way here.

Family days out

Oakwood
Blue Lagoon
Folly Farm
Heatherton
Manor Park