A Busman’s Holiday To North Pembrokeshire

In November, Bronhaul owners Colin and Angie took a busman’s holiday to a cottage in North Pembrokeshire. We like to share our experiences with our guests, so Angie has written about some of the highlights…

A short while ago, Colin and I took a few days’ break away from the busy farm life.

Abereiddi Sunset

We chose to stay local and explore parts of the northern Pembrokeshire Coastal Path that we were unfamiliar with and had always wanted to see. There is so much on our doorstep, and even after 15 years, we feel like we have still only scratched the surface! Just an hour from Bronhaul we were able to visit some beautiful, un-spoilt harbours, coastlines and beaches, not to mention the local restaurants, cafes and art galleries!

St. Davids in November was so very quiet. It is so compact with a lovely mix of independent shops and cafes. But the most special part was the cathedral, standing in its own grounds with the buildings and ruins around it clearly forming a complete community at one stage.  Aside form its historic impact, the cathedral itself is a vibrant, working place of worship. If you are fortunate enough to be there when a there is service in progress, it is well worth getting involved. We went to Evensong and the choristers sang beautifully. A contemplative and peaceful time spent in awe inspiring surroundings.

All along the St.Davids coastline is a lovely mix of harbours, beaches and walks such as St Justinians, Whitesands, Solva, Porthclais and St. Davids Head to name a few. Further North along the Pembrokeshire Path we walked little stretches of between 2 and 5 miles, preferring to stay on the coastal path, close to the sea, rather than take one of the many circular routes that lead you away from the coast itself.

An added bonus was the steps leading down to private, secluded beaches. Given the quiet time of year, we often had beaches all to ourselves. We even dipped our toes in the sea at one small, black sanded beach. It took a few hours to coax the life back into them afterwards though!

Porthgain is a small, picturesque harbour, with a couple of really interesting small galleries, a pub and easy access to the path. From there, the walk to Aber Draw creek and Trefin is a delight, as is Abercastle, another deeped harbour inlet steeped in history.

Abereiddi is a quiet beach well known to surfers. Blue Lagoon, an abandoned quarry now filled with emerald waters is breathtaking in its beauty.

Blue Lagoon

To be honest, if you like natural coastlines, clean waters with abundant se and bird life, and an unspoilt landscape of firleds, crevasses, waterfalls and headlands, this area of Wales is ideal.

November was a great time to go. There were no crowds, and we were blessed with many fine days. Although a few of the shops and places were seasonal and therefore closed, the ones that were open were most welcoming and had time to talk, providing valuable snippets of local information. Life slowed to a strolling pace, and we had ample time to beach comb, take in the scenery and relax. We even came away with a bounty of beautiful slate slabs in different sizes, crafted into round shapes by the sea.

It was a truly healthy, relaxing break. We’ll return to North Pembrokeshire soon.

North Pembrokeshire Map