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Abermawr Beach

ll woods on the path from the road, a marshy area full of wildlife just inland from the beach, a ruined cottage, and rock pools. Also look out for ancient tree stumps to be found at low tide, a result of ice sheets melting, and drowning a forest over 6000 years ago. Suitable for bathing, sea angling and surfing, although there is a strong current. Check the weather live using the local Preseli Venture webcam. Limited roadside parking for up to 10 cars near the footpath to the beach. The nearest facilities are in nearby Mathry. Dogs permitted all year round. No lifeguard. Marine Conservation Society recommended.

Tenby North Beach

armarthen bay. Easy access from North Cliff or through the Harbour and the close proximity of shops, cafes and restaurants in Tenby make this a popular family beach in summer. Boat hire, deck chair hire and a Tourist Information Centre are all nearby. The annual Boxing Day swim takes place on North Beach. Car parking: The North Beach car park is closest although it fills up quickly in summer and there is a park and ride service with free shuttle bus. There is a pay and display multi-storey car park in Tenby. Food: There is a café just above the beach and a good choice of restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops in Tenby. Toilets: Toilets and toilets with disabled access are close to the beach and there are more facilities in Tenby town. Lifeguards: Lifeguard on duty from the end of June to the end of September. Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September. Awards: Seaside Award (Resort) and Blue Flag Award

Voyages of Discovery

re of the environment, customers, employees and local community. Set in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the Pembrokeshire Islands are stunning and so rich in flora and fauna they are designated a special area of conservation (SAC). Ramsey Island is the closest inshore island, only a mile from the mainland and the most popular destination. The importance of resident and migratory nesting birds is such that the RSPB have made Ramsey Island a reserve. Chough, Puffins and Gannets come to the islands for the natural protection as well as the food rich waters. The next ‘island’ after Ramsey is the collection of islets and rocks known as Bishops and Clerks. Nine miles out is Grassholm Island and finally, 14 miles out, is one of the most exposed lighthouses in the UK, the Smalls. Boat trips visit all the islands listed. Atlantic Grey Seals are resident all year and may be seen around the islands and some of the mainland coast. Numbers peak in late summer when they give birth to their pups. Between May and September there is the opportunity for some of the most regular and best sightings of Whales and Dolphins in the UK. These may usually be seen on offshore sailings (other than Ramsey Island). Whether your passion is whales and dolphins, sea birds, rocks and gorges or just stunning scenery, then Pembrokeshire is one of Britain’s most beautiful places to visit. © All photographs on this site are taken from our vessels by Janet Baxter, Lyndon Lomax, Richard Helon and our crews.

Pembrokeshire Island Boat Trips

te water of 'Jack Sound' to the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve, cruising close to the thousands of Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Seals and much more. The favourites are the Puffins - also known as the Pembrokeshire Penguin! Grey seals are in evidence all year round, while their white fur coated pups can be seen from late August. We also run a Skomer and Skokholm Evening Safari. As the sun sets over Skokholm and the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve, the Manx Shearwaters begin rafting, awaiting the darkness that provides them cover to return to their nests. The Shearwaters are a recent addition and an estimated 120,000 pairs have settled on Skomer and Skokholm.

Upton Castle Gardens and Medieval Chapel

tuary. The 13th century chapel situated in its own small walled garden contains unique effigies of former knights of Upton. The castle remains a private residence. Open from Easter to October 10.am to 4.30 pm. Closed on Mondays except Bank Holidays Dogs on leads welcome.

Aberporth Beach

m running out onto the beach making it ideal for children. The southern beach, Dolwen, is the most popular with families and Dyffryn, the northern beach is used for launching sailing boats, kayaks, canoes and fishing boats. Bottlenose dolphins can often be seen swimming and diving as they follow shoals of mackerel into the bay. From here you can join the Ceredigion Coast Path which follows a 60 miles / 96 km route along the spectacular scenery of the Cardigan Bay coastline. For a shorter walk you can try the coast walk from Aberporth to the village of Tresaith and there are circular walks from the village. Car parking: There is a car park with some disabled spaces above the south section of the beach and further parking is available in the village. Food: The small cafe that overlooks Cardigan Bay serves hot and cold snacks or there is a pub next door where takeaways are also available. There are local shops, cafés, pubs and a wide selection of restaurants in the surrounding area. Toilets are located near the carpark. Lifeguards: Swimming is considered safe and Lifeguards are on duty from mid July until mid August. Dogs are not allowed on the southern Dolwen Beach between the 1st May and 30th September inclusive. The restrictions do not apply to guide dogs for the blind. Awards: Seaside Award

Brecon Mountain Railway

e most popular Railways in Wales. The whole trip takes sixty five minutes, including a twenty minute stop at Pontsticill, where you can picnic, walk or visit our lakeside snack cafe. You can stay longer at Pontsticill if you wish returning to Pant by a later train, but please make sure that you do not miss the last train back! On your return to Pant, visit our workshops where old steam locomotives are restored and new ones built - follow the footpath to a picnic site which has an amazing panoramic view of the valley. Visit our licensed tea rooms and buy a souvenir of your visit in our and sandwiches. We have excellent facilities for disabled persons including ramps, toilet and a carriage especially designed to carry wheelchairs. Our licensed Tea Rooms at Pant Station serve morning coffee, a full meal, a light snack or afternoon tea, and at Pontsticill station our Lakeside Café serves ice cream, hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes.

The Red Kite Feeding Centre

diving birds. Usually around 50 Red Kites may be seen gathering in the skies above before diving down for their food. Without doubt, this regular feeding has helped these beautiful birds to increase in numbers and with careful management and protection we have seen their numbers increase to well over 300 breeding pairs. Daily feeding times are 3pm in summer (BST) and 2pm in winter (GMT). The Red Kite Café and Gift Shop is right next to the Red Kite Feeding centre so is ideal for lunches, snacks or just tea and coffee prior to and after the feeding time.

Broad Haven Beach

k pools and several stacks and other geological features. The beach offers safe swimming and a wide variety of watersports including surfing, canoeing and fishing. There are shops providing watersports equipment to hire and buy. There are slipways providing easy access to the beach. At low tide you can walk from Broad Haven to Little Haven along the beach past a bay called The Settlands or if you are feeling energetic you can join the Pembrokeshire Coast Path which covers 186 miles of breathtaking coastal scenery. To the south you can go to St Brides Bay via Little Haven or head north towards Newgale, past Druidston Haven and Nolton Haven. There is a coastal bus service which can bring you back to Broad Haven. Car parking: There are two pay and display car parks, one at the north end of the village and a smaller one on the sea front. Food is available in Broad Haven at The Galleon Inn, The Nautilus cafe bar, The Anchor bistro, a take away and a well stocked village shop. Another pub, The Royal, can be found in the older part of the village. Toilets: There are toilets and disabled toilets near the beach. Lifeguards are on patrol from the end of June to the beginning of September. Dogs are allowed on the south beach but are not allowed on the northern third of the beach from 1st May to 30th September. Awards: Seaside Award (Resort) and Blue Flag Award

Marros Riding Centre

e following: Combination Session This session is very popular with all the family / friends. Start with a 30 minute fun lesson learning the basics, starting, stopping, turning & trotting, which is a fantastic experience for beginners. We then venture out for the next 30 minutes on a trek through the woods. In case of heavy rain the second part can be indoor games on horseback, see who is the most competitive! Treks / Hacks Beautiful scenery on horseback, catering for all levels of rider, same ability or mixed ability groups welcome. We are happy to help nervous riders overcome their fears and we offer all riders a memorable & magical experience. Off season day rides planned throughout the year, please call for details. Own A Pony Days / Pony Activity Day A fun day filled with various activities. Get rid of mum & dad & enjoy riding, trekking & stable management. Recommended for children of any ability, between 8 – 16 years. Pony Rides Ideal for children between the ages of 2 – 4 years. Come & meet a friendly pony & have an introductory ride around the indoor school, providing we have hats & boots small enough! Beach Rides A truly magical riding experience offered to riders who can gallop. This is not a novice ride as your riding skills will be put to the ultimate test! It really is a dream come true and is sure to leave you with wonderful memories. Over 16 years only. Tuition We will teach anyone! Beginners, nervous riders, novices, people returning to riding, riders with disabilities & experienced riders. We have both an indoor & outdoor school & we can accommodate riders of any age. Gift Shop / Tack Shop We are a stockist of Schleich & have a wide selection of horse themed gifts, ideal present or lovely holiday momento. We also sell and can order riding hats, boots, jodhpurs, body protectors, gloves, whips & have a range of our own Marros clothing. Marros Munchies Our coffee shop overlooks the indoor school. Why not enjoy a snack whilst watching the riders & on sunny days enjoy the picnic area overlooking the pond.

Norwood Gardens

og-less’ Bog Garden! The design of the site 'borrows' the surrounding countryside and aims to provide a natural progression from the landscaped gardens to the agricultural landscape in the middle distance and hills beyond. Enjoy a light lunch, cream tea or coffee and cake in the delightful Tea Room. The conservatory offers a beautiful view down the garden to the hills beyond.

Bwlch Y Gueffordd Gardens

o Mediterranean, from cottage to jungle, from woodland to grotto, and with a lot more besides. There is plenty for children, and the young at heart, musical instruments, a train, den, treasure hunt, pond dipping, and fairy door. There are a number of buildings providing shelter, sculptures and other artworks all around the garden, and plenty of seating at strategic intervals. This garden is peaceful and inspiring, a bit wacky, with surprises around every turn. Walk slowly, take your time to look around you, and we hope you enjoy your visit. To find us:- We are 12 miles south east of Aberystwyth, or 6 miles north of Tregaron, off the A485. Take the turning opposite Bronant school for 1 ½ miles, then turn left up a ½ mile track. Open all year. Advisable to phone in advance to ensure somebody will be in. Adults £5.00, children £1 Address: Mr. and Mrs. J. Acres Bwlch y Geuffordd, Bronant Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4JD All proceeds to charity, principally Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Care and the Hospices

Newgale Beach

ough cave and lots of sheltered bays. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs along the beach and a walk up onto the cliffs at either end provides stunning views over St Bride’s Bay. Car parking:There are plenty of car parks, with free parking at the southern end. Access to the beach is a path over the pebble bank. Food: There is a café and pub at the northern end of the beach and a café/beach shop at the southern end. There are plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafes in the nearby village of Solva. Toilets and disabled facilities are located near the beach. Lifeguards: are on duty from the beginning of June to the end of September Dogs are not allowed on the central section of the beach and must be kept on a lead in the same area behind the beach between 1st May and 30th September inclusive. The restrictions do not apply to guide dogs for the blind. Awards: Seaside Award (Resort) and Blue Flag Award

Cwmtydu Beach

e beach. Once very popular with pirates and smugglers, the beach is mostly shingle with an area of sand exposed at low tides. The river Tydu often forms a deep pond at the top of the beach, a popular spot for children to play and paddle in summer. There is easy access for launching kayaks and direct access onto the Coast Path for walkers. A restored lime kiln marks the back of the beach and a short walk northwards takes you to the stunning small beach and ancient settlement of Castell Bach. Car parking: There is limited free car parking on the seafront and a paid car park opposite the cafes. Food: There is a seasonal cafe, serving drinks, snacks and light meals. There are plenty of local shops, cafés, pubs and a wide selection of restaurants in nearby New Quay, Llangrannog and the surrounding area. Toilets are located near the car park. Lifeguards: There is no lifeguard service at Cwmtydu Dogs are allowed on the Beach but please be considerate to other beach users and remember you must always clean up after your dog.

Whitesands Beach

ith plenty of fine golden sand and backed by pebbles. The beach is popular for swimming and is zoned for safety. There are plenty of walks from the beach following the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path or a circular walk to St David’s Head and around Carn Llidi. There is a slipway for launching small boats and surfboard rental. Car Parking: There is parking above the beach which can get very busy during the summer. The Celtic Coaster shuttle bus (summer only) from The Grove car park on the edge of St David’s goes to Whitesands. There is easy access to the beach for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Food: There is a café and shop near the beach and plenty of facilities in nearby St David’s. Toilets: Toilets with disabled access near the beach. Lifeguards: Lifeguards patrol between end of May and the beginning of September. Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1st May and 30th September. Awards: Blue Flag and Seaside Award (Resort)

Saundersfoot Beach

e Pembrokeshire Coast Path for walkers. The nearby Coppit Hall beach is good for windsurfing. Car parking: There is a large privately run car park next to the harbour and another National Park car park 200m from the beach. Food:There are plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants in the village and an ice-cream van on the beach during the summer. Some shops and restaurants have entrances from the beach side. Toilets are close to the beach. Lifeguards:are on duty from the end of June until the end of September. Dogs Dog restrictions apply to the whole beach except the eastern end of the beach between 1st May and 30th September Awards: Seaside Award (Resort) and Blue Flag Award

Tenby Harbour Beach

variety of boat trips run from the harbour for fishing, sightseeing and to Caldey Island. It is possible to hire boats or go on paragliding trips from the harbour or join the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path for some dolphin spotting. Car parking: Roads around the old town and harbour are closed during the day in the summer and at any time of year it is best to use the multi-storey car park in Tenby. There are paths and steps from the town on each side of the beach plus a walkway around to North Beach. Food: The Harbour Café provides food and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from in Tenby. Toilets There are toilets and toilets with disabled access close to the beach and more facilities in Tenby. Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on Harbour beach from 1st May to 30th September Awards:None

Amroth Beach

t, destroyed 7000 years ago when sea levels rose and fossilised antlers, animal bones and Neolithic flints have been found. There are rockpools to explore at the western end and the beach is popular for fishing and watersports. Car parking: car park in village (follow signs) plus parking alongside the sea wall. Food: chip shop/ice cream/cafe plus several pubs selling food. More facilities in nearby Saundersfoot or Pendine. Toilets: toilets and disabled toilets are located near the beach. Lifeguards: on duty from the beginning of July to the end of September. Dogs: restrictions apply to central and western end of the beach between 1st May and 30th September. Awards: Seaside Award (Resort) and Blue Flag.

Nolton Haven Beach

ds or south to Broad Haven. Fossils can be found in the boulders and rocks at the foot of the cliffs on either side of the beach. Above the beach the small chapel, over 150 years old, is believed to be the most westerly place of worship in the UK. Car parking: There is a fairly large car park behind the beach provided by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Food: There is a pub, The Mariners Inn, next to the car park. It is only a short distance to the facilities of Broad Haven to the south and Solva and St Davids to the north. Toilets There are toilets close to the beach. Lifeguards: Bathing is popular but swimmers should take care as there can be strong currents off Nolton Haven. No lifeguards on duty. Dogs are allowed. Awards: Seaside Award

Broadhaven South Beach

and plenty of space making it popular with locals and families all year round. At low tide, some small caves are exposed on the eastern side of the beach and the stream that empties out of the Lily Ponds provides clean water pools and channels for children to play in. There is a partial ‘island’ on the western side where a cave can be found at low tide and a nearby spring flows out from the cliffs and bubbles up through the sand. Access to the beach is from the car park at the southern end although there are a lot of steep steps down the cliff which make it difficult for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Access is much easier from the northern end through the lily ponds with board walks onto the sand. Car parking: There is plenty of parking above the beach in the National Trust car park (charged between March and October – free for National Trust members and also free after 5.30pm) or in Bosherston village. Food: The nearby village of Bosherston has a traditional country pub and a small café serving cream teas and ice-cream during the summer months. During the summer there is an ice-cream van on the cliff-top. Toilets: at the car park above beach. Lifeguards: are on duty in the Summer. Dogs: are allowed but please be considerate to other beach users and remember you must always clean up after your dog. Awards: Seaside Award (Rural) and Green Coast Award.
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