From catching a crab to watching the sun go down, it’s often the simple things that we love the most. With beautiful beaches, coastal paths and countryside, rediscover the great outdoors with our favourite simple things to do outdoors on the St Davids Peninsula.
Go for a walk
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is simply 186 miles of magic. Sea birds swoop overhead, the waves crash below and at every turn, there’s another awesome view. Whether you stride out alone to mull things over, or with the whole family for an adventure, a walk on the coast path will leave you feeling clear-headed and blissed out.
Long walk: Caerfai to Whitesands
Short stroll: Abereiddy to Porthgain
Catch a crab
All you need for an afternoon’s crabbing is a crab line, a bucket and some bait (smokey bacon works best!) Once you have your kit, head to a harbour for a couple of hours of fun, and sometimes a bit of healthy competition! Kids will love it, and adults tend to get very, very into it!
Where to do it: Solva Quay is perfect for crabbing. There are plenty of spots out of the way of fishermen, and the Cafe on the Quay sells bait boxes!
Eat fish and chips on a harbour wall
There is nothing better than sitting with your legs dangling over a harbour wall, in shorts and a jumper at the end of a day on the beach balancing a portion of delicious local fish and chips on your lap, is there? Add a sunset into the equation and you have yourself a perfect evening.
The best spot: We love getting a takeaway from The Shed Bistro in Porthgain and sitting on the harbour to eat them.
Go for a dip
Wild swimming is one of the simplest pleasures there is, and there are people here who do it all year round. September is the warmest time to don your cossie for a dip in the sea, and it will leave you feeling utterly chilled out and energised, all at the same time!
How to do it safely: When swimming in an unfamiliar place, it’s really important to never go alone. Find a lifeguarded beach in the summer, or if you’re looking for some support join the North Pembrokeshire Bluetits who swim most days here.
Whether or not you have a net, a couple of hours exploring rock pools and seeing what you can find is the perfect way to spend a grey day. Children love learning about the different creatures that live there! If you’re after a guide, TYF in St Davids run Coastal Explorer experiences designed to teach visitors (and locals!) about the fantastic biodiversity of the peninsula.
Where to explore: Caerfai and Porthsele beach each have some fantastic rock pools!
Watch the sunset
Grab a rug, a glass of something lovely and your favourite person and settle down for a beautiful sunset on the beach. Some of the best conversations happen when you’re waiting for the sun to go down on a beautiful day. Add a small campfire and you’re all set!
The best view: Whitesands has some pretty spectacular sunsets, and with plenty of space you can feel like you’re in your own little world.
Try something new
Take the opportunity to experience the coast in a way you haven’t done before! On a still day, hire a paddleboard and set off to pootle around and take in the quiet of the sea. You’ll also have a lot of laughs learning how to balance!
The best beach: Newgale is great for paddleboarding. Hire from Big Blue Experience just across the road from the beach!
Take a picnic to a quiet cove
And finally, the timeless, simple joy of a picnic on a deserted beach surrounded by the people you love. The kind of day when even if there’s sand in your sandwiches, nothing will bring you down!
Our favourite picnic spot: Traeth Llyfn is a stunning stretch of sand that is only reachable via the coast path so often you’ll be the only people there!