It really feels like spring has well and truly sprung on the Pembrokeshire coast. The coconut-y smell of gorse wafts along the coast path, where sea pinks sway in the gentle breeze coming in from the sparkling sea. This year, the arrival of spring means more than ever, as it means we can welcome our much-loved visitors after a quiet winter. If you find yourself on the Pembrokeshire coast this spring, here are a few things to add to your list of must-dos!

 

Take a Boat Trip

One of the best ways to learn about this wonderful coastline while admiring its beauty is with a boat trip. Several boat companies run trips from St Justinians just outside St Davids. Each has knowledgeable guides who will keep you enthralled with facts about the wildlife you’ll see (from gannets to dolphins!) and the geology of the coastline. Choose a longer trip and make a day of it, or spend an hour or two going around Ramsey Island just off the coast.

Where to go?

Voyages of Discovery have several rhibs running from St Justinans every day. They take bookings from their office on Cross Square in St Davids.

If you’d prefer a slow and steady ride, or would like to land on Ramsey Island, head to Thousand Islands. Their booking office is on the hill down towards St Davids Cathedral.

 

 

Stroll along the coast path

At this time of year, the Pembrokeshire coast path is at its loveliest. The flora is beginning to bloom, giving the always beautiful views a richness unique to springtime. The golden gorse reaches down to glistening blue waters, and the thrift gives the path its yearly blush. There are also joys to be had when you look the opposite way as lambs bound through fields as their mums take a well-earned nap in the sun.

Where to go?

The options are, almost literally, endless! One of our favourite walks is from Solva to Pointz Castle, and not just because there’s ice cream at the end… Click here for more stretches of coast path that make for the perfect springtime stroll.

 

Hilton Court, Pembrokeshire

Photo Credit: Hilton Court

Visit a garden

If you ever need a break from the sea air, head inland to one of Pembrokeshire’s beautiful gardens. These spaces feel calm and peaceful, especially in the relatively quieter spring months. Take a picnic, grab a takeaway coffee from one of their cafes and find a sheltered spot to wile away an afternoon while the kids make the most of expansive lawns to practice their cartwheels – until you’re ready to return to the beach that is!

Where to go?

Hilton Court is one of our favourites, as it feels like a lot of different gardens rolled into one. With a woodland walk, a huge pond, sculpture garden and two cafes, you can easily spend a good few hours here.

Further afield, Scolton Manor is a Victorian manor house that, while the house itself is closed to the public, sits inside 60 acres of park and woodland. Ideal for a day’s exploring.

 

Kayaking in Pembrokeshire

Go on an outdoor adventure

While holidays can be all about relaxing with a good book, they are also the perfect opportunity to push slightly outside your comfort zone and experience something new! Pembrokeshire is known as the birthplace of coasteering, and many adventure companies have popped up that each offer fantastic outdoor adventures. Try kayaking, climbing or paddleboarding around the St Davids Peninsula, and make some memories!

Where to go?

TYF Adventure in St Davids is a brilliant, friendly company to choose for your first outdoor adventure. Their booking office can’t be missed in the centre of St Davids!

Further afield, MUUK run from Abereiddy car park – perfect to access the Blue Lagoon for a spot of coasteering.

 

Chill Out in a Pub Garden

From the 26th of April, pubs and restaurants in Wales will be able to open their outdoor areas, and living in St Davids we are excited! St Davids has some of the best beer gardens around. Think views over St Davids Cathedral and the sea beyond, incredible sunsets, or the hustle and bustle of Cross Square. The pubs did such a great job at keeping us all safe last summer, and we look forward to supporting them again this spring. That and the crisp cold pints of course!

Where to go?

The Farmers Arms has a large beer garden that is an amazing sun trap with an outdoor bar. Just around the corner, the garden at The Bishops looks out over St Davids Cathedral, and also gets its fair share of sunshine!

 

Book your spring escape to the Pembrokeshire coast!

 

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