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This is our North Pembrokeshire life

On Twitter, the other day, a local posted a picture of the view over Fishguard Harbour from GarnGelli. It was the scene coming down from the north, from the last slow humps of the Preseli Hills, where they roll into guillemot cliffs and coast path headlands. The bay glittered under the spring sun and the dark blue line of the horizon hugged the sky.  And a friend, long gone, successful out in the wide world commented, “I still miss that view.”  We all miss the views, when we travel, and eventually we all come home. 

To the slow light sweep of Strumble Head lighthouse over the restless waves. To the buried bones of the drowned forest at Abermawr at low tide, peeking through the dark sand.  To the curve of the River Gwaun from the bridge at Llanychaer, hanging heavy with green, the steep valley sides highlighted with flashes of purple from the rogue rhododendrons that crept out of the gardens and colonised the old forest.

Along with the views there are other sensory triggers – the smell of summer coming in the cool air mornings of April when the clocks spring forward and the grass grows in greedy swathes.  The slip slide of dry sand dunes under summer shod feet on the hummocks of Newport Beach.  The bubble burst of the inside of a white wave, tumble tickling on cold skin in the last warm days of autumn. 

North Pembrokeshire is our life, living in our hearts when we are away, welcoming us home, covering us like a comfortable coat that we shrug on to wear in the days that remain.  We invite you to join us here, to see how we live, share it, stay as long as you like, linger a little.

Find Your Epic

Definition of epic

1 : a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero

2 : a work of art that resembles or suggests an epic

3 : a series of events or body of legend or tradition thought to form the proper subject of an epic

 

We can do all that. You can help you find your epic here in North Pembrokeshire.

From adrenaline sports to journeys of spiritual discover to inspiration for your own art endeavours North Pembrokeshire can offer you a route into your own epic.

Our coast offers rich choices for those who thrive at the challenge of adventure activities and endurance sporting events.  The wide shelving beaches at Newgale and Whitesands offer excellent surfing throughout the year.  Our rugged cliffs and washing machine waves gave birth to the sport of Coasteering where participants are lead on a fun filled scramble just above the waterline.  The racing tides challenge kayakers and paddle boarders and wild swimmers are spoilt for choice with a multitude of sheltered coves and hidden beaches.

Age and ability should be no barrier to experiencing adventure!  Whilst some activities on offer require true grit and a spit in the eye attitude to fear there are plenty that just require a love of the outdoors.  Jet boat trips to the offshore islands and Ramsey Sound allow passengers an up close view not only of the wildlife but the power of our tidal surge and these trips are captained by highly experienced crews and are suitable for all ages. 

Now in its third year the Recreational Audit for Disabled Access (RADA) is working with activity providers across Pembrokeshire to allow those with disabilities to visit outdoor recreational sites and experiencr recreational activities including Coasteering.

For those who like to experience their excitement on solid ground then the sight of a porpoise fin cutting the swell off Strumble Head, or discovering the white innocence of a seal pup on a stony beach, can cause the soul to sing. 

North Pembrokeshire caters to all types of epic. For writers and artists the landscape is pure free inspiration. For those on a journey into themselves, following the old roads that cross our land, soaking in the ancient history, and in the quiet allowing them to hear the voice inside, this can be the start of a true epic experience.

 

More resources to help you find your epic in North Pembrokeshire

Hit and Myth: A legendary tour of North Pembrokeshire

“More soul than Stonehenge can muster” The Guardian Following two newly devised trails in north Pembrokeshire, Kevin Rushby of The Guardian finds an area thick with antiquity – from neolithic to Napoleonic eras.

Adventure Activities in Pembrokeshire

Never mind that we have the only coastal National Park in the UK, or our Blue Flag beaches are wide and free, we also have some of the best adventure activities around. Search them here

Epic Art at Workshop Wales

Workshop Wales Gallery is a powerful and moving place to experience art. The Gallery also hosts yearly exhibitions along with an ever-changing and exciting mixed show of indoor and outdoor Sculpture, Paintings and Ceramics.

Themed Walks in North Pembrokeshire

The family walk – a great tradition, fraught with the possibility of going horribly wrong. 

Remember the time you dragged the kids on what turned out to be a ten mile yomp that would have tested the mettle of a hardened platoon of marines. Or, that time you promised the children a view of the cute puffins and they grizzled for days afterwards because you couldn’t find any, and let’s not talk about the dolphins you promised them!

Avoid the pitfalls of the bad walk debacle (although to be fair all childhoods should feature at least one) and put some planning into your excursions in North Pembrokeshire.

There are a few tools to help you.  Those nice people at Strumble B&B have a cunning distance calculator that gives you exact mileage between points of interest on the coast path so you don’t fall foul of the optimistic “it’s not far” assertion of the most assertive in your group.  The calculator can be found HERE

For a huge selection of walks, long, short, disabled friendly, and circular, complete with printable maps and public transport info Pembrokeshire Coast has a comprehensive and searchable listing HERE

If there is a particular bird, animal or rare orchid you are desperate to see then plan accordingly.  The puffins aren’t here all year round, they spend most of the year at sea, arriving in the Spring to burrow hunt on Skomer and whilst we regularly see porpoises and dolphins they don’t appear on demand so take local advice and don’t make promises to loved ones that our wildlife can’t keep!  If you really really must see the dolphins your chances are going to be maximised by checking the tides, checking with the local boat operators and being willing to opt for a longer, further offshore trip.

For those of you who bring your doggy family to North Pembrokeshire (we love visiting dogs, they have an awesome time!) the Woof Guide (link below) has some excellent walks with loads of practical advice and there are plenty of pubs that will be happy to have your exhausted pup join you after a romp.

Put a little planning into your walks and if you need particular information just drop us a line and we’ll dig up some advice so your day doesn’t get ruined by a walk gone wrong.

Further resources on themed walks in North Pembrokeshire

Woof Guide - Cwm Gwaun walk 2.2 miles

A super walk for you and your four legged friend - This short walk is superb for admiring fantastic river and sea views, incorporating woodland walks and an abundance of bird life. The views from the Harbour car park are great of the sea, so you may spend a little time here before heading off on your walk. This walk is known for becoming quite wet and muddy pretty much all year round, so ensure you bring your wellies and doggie towel!

Pembrokeshire Paths Guided Tours

Professional guided group tours and walks, nordic walking, walking holidays, team building events and storytelling. We will help you take time out, to explore the best of Pembrokeshire paths or lead you into the less well known and hidden paths of Pembrokeshire.

Book - Pembrokeshire: Pub Walks

This attractive and good looking book will take you on ten short circular walks to some of the finest and most iconic pubs and inns in Pembrokeshire. Includes detailed maps, directions and information to walks around Solva, Porthgain, Newport, Rosebush and of course the iconic Dyffryn Arms in the Gwaun Valley.