Pembrokeshire is fantastic in the summer, but we are here all year round! The views change, days take on a different shape and cosiness, and ultimately it is just as beautiful in January. Here are our top reasons why you’ll love a winter visit to Pembrokeshire.
There is something so magical about stepping onto a beach and realising you have it all to yourself. This is not a rare experience in January in Pembrokeshire. One of our favourite ways to wake up is to wrap up warm, take a flask of coffee to the beach, and watch the waves roll in. Porthsele near St Davids is fantastic for this!
The Coast Path to Yourself
In January, it’s possible to walk on the coast path for hours without seeing a single person! This adds to the peace that comes from a stomp on the path whatever the season. The views are just as spectacular, and often the moody light and raging sea makes it that much more interesting.
At St Davids Escapes, our cottages are always chosen with all year round in mind. The boltholes with beautiful outdoor spaces for al fresco lunches in the summer, turn into cosy havens in the winter. Log burning fires and sumptuous sofas await after a chilly day exploring. Cuddle up with a cup of something lovely and reconnect with those you love.
Watching the weather
The weather in Pembrokeshire in January can change from hour to hour, and it is a beautiful thing to watch. After a few days, you’ll be tuned in to watching for fronts coming in over the sea. When a storm comes in it’s extra special. Watch from the window of your cottage on the coast, or grab a flask and a blanket, drive to a beach and cosy up!
Winter is the best season for catching waves in Pembrokeshire. With crowdless waves and bigger swell, your skills will improve and you get all the benefits that cold water brings. It’s also that much more lovely to warm up with a hot chocolate afterwards, Whitesands and Newgale are favourites with locals, or head south to Freshwater West.
Your Choice of Restaurants
In the summer months, St Davids’ eateries tend to book up in advance, and you need to be that much more organised. With fewer visitors around in winter, it’s that much easier to visit the best restaurants in Pembrokeshire in January! Embrace your spontaneous side and browse menus at your leisure. Take your pick!
On days when the weather just won’t play ball, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy. Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm is just outside St Davids, where people of all ages will enjoy learning all about the creepy crawlies! St Davids Escape Rooms is another local dry option. Further afield you’ll find Folly Farm, Hangar 5, and loads more!
A Dog’s Paradise
Muddy walks, deserted beaches to run along and log fires to snooze in front of equal a dog’s heaven! There are no dog bans to navigate, and the quieter pubs and restaurants mean there’s plenty of room for your pooch to chill out while you do the same! We have lots of dog-friendly cottages to choose from, and you can find more ideas for things to do with dogs in St Davids here.
The streets of the towns and villages of Pembrokeshire are peaceful in winter, allowing you to explore the streets with ease. An afternoon popping in and out of independent shops and cafes is a joy! With fewer cars on the road, experiencing other parts of the county, like taking a day trip to Tenby, is that much easier.
Take Your Pick
January is the quietest month of the year, meaning you have the most choice of our cottages and dates, with many offering short breaks and some special offers. It’s more likely than ever that you will find your ideal base for a wintery escape to the Pembrokeshire coast.