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A Short Break in Pembrokeshire: A Blueprint

Short Break Pembrokeshire TextHot on the heels from my own short break in Pembrokeshire, here, as promised, is the itinerary I crafted for your own skirmishes on the edge of Britain. Sometimes (often?) when I travel, I do so in a crazy, writerly way, rushing from hither to thither, interviewing people and getting up at 4am to get the best shot I can of a sunrise.

Luckily for you, this trip wasn’t one of those times, which is why I think it’s worth me sharing how I spent those 48 hours.

(Because I’m guessing that when you go to St David’s, you are looking to have a good time. And for most people, that doesn’t include four am starts.)

So, without further ado, sourced by trawling articles, blogs, Facebook, your own kind suggestions,  the Pembrokeshire page on Visit Wales and advice from my in-laws, I bring you my weekend’s travel plan for a short break in Pembrokeshire. Enjoy!

Short Break Pembrokeshire St Davids Cathedral

A Short Break in Pembrokeshire: Based in St David’s

Friday – St David’s Cathedral & City

Made-it-Just-in-time-to-hear-golden-sounds-float-through-St-Davids-at-the-Fishguard-music-festival-bArrive in Britain’s smallest city just as the sun sets over this calm medieval masterpiece. Founded over 1400 years ago, the view the cathedral  provides across the rising green hills is perfect for quiet reflection. That is, of course, unless there’s a concert or festival going on, in which case you can feel the stained glass windows heave with the swell of the music within.

Catch the annual Fishguard Music Festival if you’re lucky!

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Saturday – Skomer & A Coastal Drive

A r-e-l-atively early start in order to get to Skomer Island in time to wander around in the wilderness on the lookout for puffins. (It’s a natural park with no cafe so make sure you take everything you’ll need with you.)

Coast in Pembrokeshire

Drive back along the coast, stopping for some jam and scones at The Druidstone in Druidston Haven for a stunning view across the cliffs.

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Enjoy dinner and cwtch sparkle cocktails at the award-winning Cwtch restaurant in St David’s. What does cwtch mean? Why I’m glad you asked…twty down for a cwtch and find out here.

Sunday – Beach Lazing & Hiking

Walk or drive to Whitesands beach for the morning, splashing around in rockpools if you have children or lazing on the sand if you do not.

Bird in Pembrokeshire

Check out the best fish and chips in Wales at The Shed in the curious small town of Porthgain. (Formerly a hefty industrial port, it somehow pulls off the magic trick of greeting you with charm while keeping  the key elements of its history alive.)

The Shed, Porthgain

From there, drive to the pastel pretty town of Solva and head to the hills on the Welsh Coastal Path. Opened in 2012, somewhat unbelievably, it is the only path in the world that allows you to walk around the coast of a country uninterrupted. Of course, the whole 870 miles may be a bit much for an afternoon but do what you can before hopping into the car and heading home.

After all, in famed travel words, you can always come back!

Playing on Whitesands Beach

Sleep: The Penrhiw Hotel

This place goes straight into my special secret file of wonderful places to stay. The Penrhiw (don’t ask how you pronounce it, I never got that far) wears crushed silver and chocolate within the grounds a former nunnery. From a design point of view, it’s beautiful. Comfort and service? Personal, professional and very, very friendly. Parking? Free and easy (this may not sound much of a plus point but St David’s is both tiny and popular and Pembrokeshire is best explored by car so it becomes a real gift.)

Laverbread

Laverbread for breakfast

You can walk into St David’s along a leafy (if steep) road and on your return relax in the lounge or library reading one of several sumptuous books about Wales. There’s free wifi throughout, with no code to mess around with. And with only seven rooms in total, the Penrhiw never gets crowded.

Tuck into laverbread for breakfast or else stick with the traditional Full Welsh instead. The best part about the Penrhiw? You have free access to the kitchen, fridges and freezers thus combining the best of the hotel world with the best of the (very well stocked) self-catering world. Perfect for late arrivals – and for preparing picnics for Skomer Island.

From £200/night.

Penrhiw hotel

Disclosure: I arranged this short break in Pembrokeshire in association with Tourism Wales. I had complete freedom to arrange the itinerary and, of course, to write about whatever I liked. As usual, as always.

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7 Responses to A Short Break in Pembrokeshire: A Blueprint

  1. IloveUKcoast (@iloveukcoast) August 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Wonderful part of Wales. Another beautiful part of the coast is Stackpole, run by the National Trust, who also have a lovely tearoom by the car park. You can walk up to the coastal path from there. Nearby is Bosherston Lakes, where walking trails lead down to the lovely Broadhaven Beach.

    • Abi King August 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      I’ve heard a lot of good things about Broadhaven Beach. Maybe next time – I’m fairly close by after all!

  2. Ces @ Thrifty Vagabond August 17, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    Great pictures! Pembrokeshire looks like a lovely place to visit.

    • Abi King August 21, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      It’s a beautiful part of Britain. Gorgeous.

  3. Gayla August 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    I’d go just for a spot on that ‘crowded’ beach and scones/jam. Yum :-)

    • Abi King September 3, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      Licks lips!

  4. Fanbed (@FanbedUK) September 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    What a beautiful place! It just goes to show you don’t need a flight to have a lovely break :)

    (But of course travelling around the world is amazing). Where are you at the moment?

    Kate
    Fanbed

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