Things that surprised me about South West Wales

Things that surprised me about South West Wales

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…

The beaches

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.



  1. 15/09/2017 / 11:20 am

    Great article, next time, try visiting the rugged north Pembrokeshire coast and walk the coastal path – truly breathtaking!
    I’m not just saying that either, I’ll be living the dream in a couple of years!

  2. 16/09/2017 / 9:55 am

    Love the article. So nice to hear that others also appreciate our stunning beaches, and to hear someone else saying what we’ve said for years: Pembrokeshire is a wonderful, unspoilt & undiscovered corner of the UK, perfect for a getaway enjoying simple pleasures away from crowds.

    Next time you visit, check out our castles (perhaps not all 51 of them), the idyllic scenery up the Cleddau river or try your hand at coasteering, climbing, surfing, etc. In fact, you might need to come back a few times to fit it all in.

    Drop us a line if you need inspiration. It’s what we spend our whole summer doing for our own guests.

    • Holly
      16/09/2017 / 11:02 am

      Thanks Hannah! Will definitely be returning and seeing some more of the idyllic scenery x

  3. 16/09/2017 / 12:13 pm

    Your pictures show a very jaw-dropping place! When’s the best time of the year to explore South West Whales?

    • Holly
      16/09/2017 / 12:16 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I’ve only been in summer so can only recommend that to be honest. But I imagine spring would be nice too x

    • 19/09/2017 / 7:15 am

      If you like quiet and less commercial then you should definitely try the North Pembrokeshire/South Ceredigion area. The Coastal Path is stunning and quieter in April – June & Sept – Oct. Definitely both my favourite times of year here to walk the path. Cardigan Market Town is active all year round and not just in the summer months with lots of pubs with roaring fires to cosy up to and a generous selections of Gin 🙂 beacuse we all need Gin after a good walk.

  4. 28/09/2017 / 4:21 pm

    OMG South Wales looks gorgeous! The beaches are stunning. i would not have expected the water to be so clear and clean! Your photos are amazing and it must be such a great holiday destination! xx corinne

    • Holly
      29/09/2017 / 8:47 am

      Thanks 🙂 It really was beautiful! It won’t be the last time I visit as 3 days was not long enough to see it all! x

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