We’re all looking forward to getting out in the sunshine this year more than ever, aren’t we?
Make your 2021 staycation in Pembrokeshire one to remember with this bucket list.
How many can you tick off?
Jump straight in with a Coasteering adventure
Some say that Pembrokeshire is the birthplace of coasteering. It’s a unique, adventurous way to experience the rugged coastline from the water that you’ll never forget. A mixture of swimming, climbing and jumping, it’s a fantastic way to spend half a day for the whole family. The adventure companies know all the best spots, so even if you’re a total beginner, you’ll be in good hands.
First step? Get in touch with TYF Adventure in St Davids.
Eat local seafood
Pembrokeshire’s restaurants are brimming with the fruits of our waters, and you won’t need to go far for fabulously prepared local lobster. Our favourite way to enjoy our local seafood, though, is on the beach with a glass of chilled wine and the sun going down in front of you. Bliss!
First step? Check out Mrs Will The Fish‘s seafood platters, available to collect from Solva.
tAKE IN SOME CULTURE AT St Davids CATHEDRAL
When the weather is good in St Davids, it’s tempting to spend all day at the beach! St Davids Cathedral is worth a visit at any time of the year though. The architecture is breathtaking, and even on the busiest of days in the small city, it has an air of total peace.
First step? Learn about St Davids Cathedral so you know what to look out for here.
Walk the coast path
It may sound generic, but quite honestly, all 186 miles of Pembrokeshire’s coast path is stunning, so we couldn’t possibly only put one stretch here! Whether you stroll to the pub on a sunny evening or set out for a day’s walking, make sure you experience this path in one way or another on your visit.
First step? Check out some of our favourite walks here.
Take a boat trip
There’s nothing like being out on the water with the wind in your hair, looking out for wildlife and admiring the coast from the water. Various islands dot around the Pembrokeshire coast line which are home to birds, seals and more. Visit the puffins at Skomer or take a trip around the majestic Ramsey Island.
Learn something new with a Surf lesson
Fancy some wet and wild laughs with family or friends? A surf lesson is one of those things that you’ll be talking about for years to come. ‘Remember when so and so got that wave?’ ‘No, I was too busy wrestling my board!’ There’s never a dull moment in the water, and there are plenty of experienced guides ready to help you create some memories.
First step? Get in touch with Ma Simes in St Davids.
Visit a hidden beach
Pembrokeshire boasts over 100 beaches around the coast, and so on a visit here don’t limit yourself to just the big ones (though visit those too!) The best way to discover more unknown beaches is from the coast path, so pack a rucksack with a picnic and set off on an adventure!
For some guidance, check out this beach guide.
Munch on some bugs
Fancy trying something really worth writing home about? Head to Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm and the on-site restaurant Grub Kitchen, where you have the option to try some buggy food! We’re total converts!
Go Wild Swimming
Sometimes you’ve just got to ditch the board, maybe even the wetsuit, and experience the water in the most natural way. A dip in the sea in West Wales at any time of year will refresh your body and clear your mind. A warning though – it is addictive!
First step? Always swim with someone. If you’re holidaying alone or fancy some company, check out The Bluetits Chill Swimmers. A worldwide movement that started on the St Davids Peninsula, they have groups dotted all around, and there will always be someone who fancies a swim!
Leave the plan at home (but take a map!)
There is something immensely freeing about setting off of a morning without knowing exactly where you’ll end up. Winding roads will take you on adventures that would never have been possible had you set out with a plan. Make sure you have a road map with you though.
Support the rnli
The RNLI is a huge part of life here in Pembrokeshire. That man serving you coffee? The woman giving you directions? They may be part of the fantastic volunteer crew at St Davids RNLI, who make sure we’re all safe while enjoying this beautiful peninsla. Hopefully the lifeboat station will be open again to visitors, and they have a wonderful gift shop which is a perfect way to support them and learn more about this charity.
The whole family will have great fun discovering and rediscovering this most simple of pleasures. All you need is a crab line, some bait and a harbour wall or slipway and off you go!
First step? We recommend Solva quay for this particular past time. The cafe even sells bait! Please be aware that it’s an active harbour so keep your wits about you.
Kayak to a secret cove
Whether you’re a beginner with a guide, or an experienced kayaker, the thrill and freedom of exploring hidden coves from the water on your own vessel.
First step? Get in touch with MUUK, an adventure company based at Abereiddy.
Sip on local gin
St Davids Gin and Kitchen have produced their own locally distilled gins, infused with ingredients foraged from the Pembrokeshire coast. From Whitesands seaweed to bell heather from Ramsey Island, you can’t get more local than that! Either sample these at their lovely restaurant or buy a bottle to enjoy at your leisure. A portion of their profits goes to the RSPB and the RNLI.
Climb Carn Llidi
Carn Llidi is the landmark many of us use to get our bearings here on the St Davids peninsula. Standing majestically over Whitesands, it is a beautiful focal point. However, experienced from the top, it is another world. Enjoy panoramic views around St Davids head and across to Ramsey Island. On a clear day, there is nowhere else you’d rather be.
Eat Fish and chips as the sun goes down
And finally, to end the perfect holiday in Pembrokeshire, we reckon you get yourself to The Shed at Porthgain, order some of the best fish and chips you’ll ever eat, and watch the sun go down from the harbour wall.