Solva is a dreamy place to staycation on the Pembrokeshire coast. A stunning harbour village with plenty of character, it is the perfect destination for adventure-filled holidays or laid back getaways. Here’s a guide to what to do on your next visit to Solva.
At low tide, Solva harbour becomes an expanse of golden sand with the river Solva trickling through to meet the sea. It’s a fantastic spot to stretch your legs on a dog walk, or base yourself at the far end, take a dip and relax with a book. At the lowest tide, take the walk around to our next must-visit beach.
Accessed from Solva beach at low tide, or from over the Gribbin via the coastal path, Gwadn is a pebble and sand beach that is a sheltered spot ideal for swimming and picnicking. Walk back up the valley for a beautiful circular walk.
A fantastic gastropub at the bottom of the village, The Cambrian prepares their large menu to perfection! We recommend their ‘Fat Burgers’ which are always popular. Have lunch on the sunny terrace or dine in for a delicious evening meal.
Serving up incredible local seafood, both battered for your traditional fish and chips and in stunningly creative specials. Enjoy with a glass of something lovely on the terrace, or take it away to the beach, which is just a stone’s throw from this lovely restaurant/cafe.
A fabulous cafe in Lower Solva serving up their homemade Welsh cakes alongside wonderful coffee and creative twists on classics like hot chocolate and bara brith. The inside of the cafe is cosy, or take a coffee away to enjoy on the coast path.
A lovely pub that’s a favourite among locals and regular visitors alike. Grab a drink and head up to the terrace for incredible views out across St Brides Bay. There’s no better place to sip a G&T on a summer’s evening!
Nestled in Middle Mill, a mile’s walk out of Solva along a beautiful valley, you’ll find Solva Woollen Mill. It’s the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire, and you can watch the looms still weaving their lovely rugs. Head to the shop to find them alongside other local and British goodies.
‘The little shop that sells a lot!’ A strapline has never been truer than this one for Bay View Stores. Your one-stop for groceries, drinks, lovely fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh milk, and now crab sandwiches and seafood platters! There’s also a deli counter with homemade salads – perfect for a picnic!
One of Solva’s simplest pleasures. All you need is a line, a bucket and some bait for hours of fun. Children will love it nearly as much as the adults! Head to Solva quay, set up somewhere out of the way of the comings and goings of harbour life, and get ready for a wholesome, joyful afternoon.
Another fantastic way to enjoy Solva harbour, and best done with an adventure company if you’re less experienced. The thrill of standing up and mastering paddling for the first time will have you chatting around the dinner table that evening. TYF Adventure run doggy day adventures in and around the harbour, so the whole family can get involved!
Taking it back to basics doesn’t have to be boring. Order a shellfish platter from Mrs Will the Fish, head to Bay View Stores for side salads and make your way to the Gwadn to set up for the afternoon. If the walk isn’t enough, take a dip in Solva’s beautiful waters to work up an appetite!