Last week was the first week I had ever taken off work and not had any fixed plans. It was a little weird but exciting not to have any schedules to stick to however, I am a girl that likes a plan. Bank holiday Monday was spent brunching and researching somewhere we hadn’t been in the UK before.
South West Wales had been recommended to us so we started researching this area. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the beaches looked and how cute the little coastal towns were. I was sold. Show me white sandy beaches and cosy pubs and I’m there.
A mere 4 hours away and we were driving through lush country lanes and searching for the first beach to stop of at. Having only ventured as far as the Brecon Beacons before, I was pleasantly surprised by Pembrokeshire and here’s why…
First and foremost I have to mention how stunning the beaches are in South West Wales. During our trip we visited several bays but my favourite by far was Barafundle Bay. A small bay with white sand and crystal clear water, surrounded by sand dunes and pine trees. To reach this beach you can park at Stackpole Quay car park (make sure you have cash on you to pay for parking) and walk half a mile along the coastal path which has gorgeous cliff side views of the coastline.
Of course, I couldn’t visit Pembrokeshire and not see the beach that was featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in that fateful Dobby scene – sob 🙁 That aside, it was nice to visit a different beach and walk in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione. It’s a beautiful wide beach which you reach by walking through rolling sand dunes.
How quiet it was
I’m used to going to Devon and Cornwall for English seaside trips so in comparison it was so quiet in Wales. Admittedly when we went it was the last week of school holidays so this may have been a reason for it being a little quieter. Notably it felt a lot less commercial along the coast of Wales than south England, which was lovely to see.
Beautiful Coastal Towns
During our 3 days in Wales we visited numerous towns along the coast but we were lucky to be staying by Little Haven, a charming old fishing village. It only has 3 pubs and a few B&B’s, visiting The Swan Inn is a must – ask to sit upstairs by the window for a beautiful view of the bay while you eat dinner.
St Davids is worth a trip as well, the smallest city in Britain! It boasts a lot of history and has several pubs/restaurants to relax in. You can also book numerous boat trips from here if you have a little more time.
As I started off by saying, I was very pleasantly surprised with South West Wales. I’d definitely consider going back a discovering more of it. Have you visited Pembrokeshire before? I would love to hear your recommendations.