The summer greens are gradually turning golden, the air has a chill and the swell is returning to the shores. Autumn is arriving in Pembrokeshire, and this is a beautiful time to visit the St Davids Peninsula. There’s so much to do, that we have narrowed it down to a few musts for your autumn staycation by the sea.
Pack A Backpack
A grey day is a perfect time to plan a route on the coast path and set off with a flask of coffee and some of your favourite snacks. Take in any stretch of the 186 miles of stunning views, wildlife, and picnic spots. In September and October, you’ll also hear the calls of seal pups from the beaches below!
Take a dip
The sea is at its warmest in September, having had the whole summer to heat up. It’s still got a distinct chill to it, and we wouldn’t want it any other way! Start a day with a dip and feel that glow all day long.
Always swim with someone, be it a loved one on the shore or check out the local flock of Bluetits Chill Swimmers for some extra support!
Cosy Up for a drink
After a day on the coast path or a wild dip, you’re going to want to warm up! Head to The Bishops, one of St Davids’ fantastic dog-friendly traditional pubs, and cosy up next to the open fire with a pint and the one you love. Whether you stay for dinner or wander back to your cottage, you’ll do it feeling rejuvenated and all caught up!
Jump straight in!
Pembrokeshire is heralded as the birthplace of coasteering, a mixture of swimming, climbing and rock jumping around the coast line. It can be as challenging or gentle as you need it to be when you go with one of our brilliant adventure companies here on the St Davids Peninsula, and it will always be fun!
Check out Celtic Quest Coasteering to plan your adventure.
Step into history
St Davids Cathedral and the ruins of the Bishops Palace are a must-visit at any time of the year. The architecture is breathtaking, and it has an air of total peace, especially on a still autumn day. We recommend parking at the top of St Davids and wandering down via the shops and cafes of St Davids. The Cathedral will gradually come into view, and makes the best final destination on your day in St Davids.
Learn about St Davids Cathedral so you know what to look out for here.
Hit The Waves
The local surfers spend summers longing for the return of the consistent swell that the change of the season brings. As the wind whips things up out to sea, the waves that Whitesands is famed for begin to roll in and we can hit the waves again! If you’re less experienced and want to give it a try with some guidance, TYF Adventure is your go-to for lessons, and once you’re ready to go it alone, you can hire boards from them too!
Watch the Sunset
Autumnal sunsets are some of the best. The beaches are quiet, it happens at a reasonable hour and everything looks that much more golden. Grab some takeaway pizzas and beers from Grain in St Davids, pack a blanket to wrap up warm and head to the sand dunes at Whitesands to end the day in romantic style.