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A weekend at the Pembrokeshire Coast

Posted by at 03:54 on Monday 12 April 2010

Cefn-Y-Dre bed and breakfast. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeCefn-Y-Dre bed and breakfast. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeI've been to Swansea before, but nowhere else in Wales, so when I heard that Wales has amazing coastlines and countryside, I decided to see for myself. My boyfriend and I decided we'd head for the Pembrokeshire Coast.

When we arrived at our lovely bed & breakfast Cefn-Y-Dre near Fishguard, our host welcomed us with tea and a wonderful homemade fruit cake in the sitting room, fire crackling in the background. As we gazed out at the Welsh drizzle, we started planning our weekend of walking… and eating.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Photo: Anouk van den EijndePembrokeshire Coast Path. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeWe couldn’t have chosen a better place for walking - the Pembrokeshire coastal path runs for 186 miles, passes 58 beaches and 14 harbours. Enough to keep you busy. We chose a walk going from St Justinian’s car park in St David’s, a quaint little village with an impressive cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, going north towards Aberraiddy for about 7 miles. Starting out at a photogenic lifeboat station, walking along cliff tops and down to sandy beaches, we gazed out at the fog and opposite Ramsey Island (which you can visit by boat).

Walking boots. Photo: Anouk van den EijndeWalking boots. Photo: Anouk van den Eijnde

As for eating, we were pleasantly surprised. To start with, our bed & breakfast had their own chickens and grew their own fruit & veg, which made our breakfasts a real treat. Ordering scrambled eggs in the morning meant we saw our host Geoff wandering around the garden, picking fresh chives and fetching freshly laid eggs. In the evening we sampled some of the local cuisine in the nearby villages. A favourite was The Shed in Porthgain, halfway between Fishguard and St David’s, a friendly and quirky restaurant right by the water, which served locally caught fish.

If you're planning a visit to this beautiful, unspoilt part of the world, make sure to pack your wellies - if you expect rain, you may just get some sunshine.

Some more suggestions of places to stay in Pembrokeshire and the rest of Wales, as featured on greentraveller.

Some recommendations of cycling and walking holidays in Wales, as featured on greentraveller.

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