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South Pembrokeshire

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This area of West Wales is a favourite for families with young children, since it includes spectacular sandy beaches, the popular seaside towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot and attractions such as the Oakwood Theme Park and Folly Farm; it is also rich in castles: at Pembroke, Carew, Manorbier and Picton.


Tenby on a sunny day provides the keen photographer with thousands of first class images of its shapely bays and coloured houses.  But take time to sit and gaze at the panoramas of the bays and to wander in and out of the gateways in its medieval walls, exploring the narrow streets lined with tempting shops, pub and cafes.

The southernmost stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path offers beautiful beaches like Barafundle and Swanlake Bay, which have no access for cars. A summer's day at any of these places convinces you that it was not worth booking that trip to Spain.


Swanlake Bay, Pembrokeshire



The sandy bays along this stretch quickly give way to more rugged scenery to the west. The cliffs are sheer and rugged, but provide excellent walking along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

                                                                                                                         Caldey Island

Just south of Tenby is Caldey Island, which lies one mile off Giltar Point. The island is owned and farmed by a small community of Cistercian monks, and can be visited via a 20 minute boat trip from Tenby. The monks provide guided tours of their monastery (for men only!) and there is excellent walking and great views along the coast. St. Illtyd's Chapel houses an ancient Irish ogham stone within its walls.

St Govans Chapel



Back on the mainland stands the 12th century Manorbier Castle and the Neolithic stones of King’s Quoit Cromlech. A visit to St Govan’s Chapel near Bosherston might require a steep climb down the cliff side but it's well worth the effort! The chapel is an amazing medieval relic clinging to the rugged rocks halfway down the cliff. There was at one time a holy well near the chapel, but there is no water to be found there now.  According to legend, the chapel was founded when St Govan hid in the rocks to escape pirates.  Legend also states that one of King Arthur’s knights, Sir Gawain, is buried beneath the chapel altar.


Bosherston, just inland from St. Govan's Head, is famous for its freshwater ponds carpeted with serene water lilies which bloom in June or July. The ponds were created in the 18th century and the miles of way marked woodland walks around the Stackpole Estate and ponds are easily accessible for all. Take a walk around the lakes and along part of the coast path and you might find yourself looking straight into the face of a Razorbill if you peer over the steep cliff edge.

cresswell quayThe great estuary created by the two Cleddau rivers with fingers of water reaching far inland, offer secret landscapes ideal for bird watching, boating and fishing. Tidal inlets are completely drained of water at low tide and you'll find stepping stones at Cresswell Quay to tempt you on an exploration of the opposite bank. 

A long distance walk, the Landsker Borderlands Trail, follows the eastern bank from Cresswell Quay to Blackpool Mill.



Some of the best things to do in South Pembrokeshire

Visit some of the many castles in South Pembrokeshire including Carew Castle and Tidal Mill.

Take a boat trip from Tenby to Caldey Island, spend time in the grounds, the sandy beach, tea rooms and the monastery.

Enjoy the sandy beaches and walking the Coastal Path.

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