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Beaches

Staying HereVisitors can enjoy a day at Broad Haven with its wide sweep of golden sand and near unrivalled record for safe bathing or, virtually alongside, the smaller village of Little Haven.

Dale and Marloes are interesting villages and both are en route to some of the most famous bird sanctuary islands in Europe - Skomer and Skokholm, both of which teem with an unbelievable variety of seabirds. Information about trips can be obtained from Tourist Information 01437 763110. Embarcation for the islands is at St Martin’s Haven, through the village or Marloes. Trips around the islands, enjoying the spectacular coastline are particularly recommended. In the early autumn there are opportunities to see the hundreds of Atlantic Grey Seals which come ashore to give birth.

TourismNorth of the county the scenery becomes more rugged. Britain’s smallest city, St David’s, with its wonderful cathedral nestling in a picturesque valley, built there to protect it from Norse invaders and nearby is the golden Whitesands Bay.

On the way to St David’s visitors pass the long beach of Newgale, protected by its high bank of pebbles, an ideal place to for surfing. From Newgale the road splits and visitors face the quandary of travelling through the small peaceful cove of Nolton Haven to Broad Haven or through Newgale where the road later drops down into the village of Solva with its picturesque inlet and gaily coloured yachts and flotilla of boats.

National Park

Haverfordwest is ideally located to explore Britain’s only coastal National Park.

The magnificent coastline can be seen at its best from the Coast Path, a designated National Trail, stretching 186 miles from Amroth in the south to St Dogmael`s in the north. As with any rugged landscape the walker needs to be fully prepared to enjoy this challenging path in safety. The entire route represents an impressive physical challenge, including 25,000 feet of ascent and decent. However it also offers a tremendous variety of shorter day walks with the possibility of the Puffin Shuttle bus service to aid the tired walker.

It is Britain’s most westerly National Park and one of the most precious environmental areas in Europe. It is famous for its seal and seabird colonies and the wild flowers, which flourish in the mild climate. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority cares for this special area and one of their aims is to help visitors and locals to enjoy what the park has to offer.

For more information contact 0845 345 7275 during office hours.

Nature/Wildlife

HaverfordwestPembrokeshire is the perfect spot for nature lovers. From early spring to late autumn, the countryside displays an ever changing scene of colour. Its wooded valleys, coastline, uplands, estuarine mudflats and moorlands provide the habitat for a rich diversity of wild flowers, birds, plants, insects, animals and marine life. Situated on the western tip of Wales it enjoys mild, relatively frost free early springs and winters.

Primroses and snowdrops appear early in the hedgerows and are replaced by tall foxgloves, campions, celandines, cow parsley and sweet smelling honeysuckle. The hedgerows abound with bright yellow gorse, white hawthorn and blackthorn.

May and June see the cliff tops transformed into glorious carpets of sea campions, pink thrift, blue vernal squill and yellow kidney vetch. The cliff faces, craggy ledges, crannies and crevices form ideal nesting niches for coastal birds.

The offshore islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm are internationally renowned bird sanctuaries. Skomer has vantage points over cliffs covered with guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills. Black backed and herring gulls nest alongside the paths and the island is honeycombed with breeding burrows of Manx shearwaters and puffins. Neighbouring Skokholm is inhabited by vast colonies of storm petrels and Manx shearwaters. Lying 10 miles further into the Atlantic is the furthest of the offshore islands, Grassholm, where more than 30,000 pairs of gannets breed.

Across from the St David’s peninsula is Ramsey Island, home to hundreds of Atlantic Grey Seals plus thousands of Razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and fulmars. Basking sharks are often drawn to the coastal waters and dolphins and porpoises are frequent visitors.

Buildings

As well as the historic buildings in the town, Haverfordwest is only a short journey from St David’s with its magnificent cathedral and recently restored cloisters. Currently the Bishop’s Palace is undergoing restoration. Enjoy a snack at the refectory and art gallery or visit nearby St Non`s Well. It was said that two pilgrimages to St David’s equalled one to Rome.

Fishguard boasts the ruin of a fort guarding its harbour and there are many National Trust buildings and gardens including Colby at Amroth

Pembrokeshire abounds with castles in various states of completeness, Pembroke, Carew, Manorbier, Narberth and Picton are just a few of the many worthy of a visit.

Pembrokeshire also contains a plethora of monoliths, megaliths and burial chambers as well as the blue stone of the Preseli Mountain found in Stonehenge.

Well worth a visit are Pentre Ifan, Carreg Samson, Garnwen and Devil`s Quoit burial chambers also the stone circle of Gors Fawr or boat shaped Bedd Arthur, both near Mynachlogddu. Also in this area are the standing stones Meini Meibion Arthur reputed to mark the spot where King Arthur`s sons were killed.

 

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