Holiday to Pembrokeshire, Wales

The picture above is the part of the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in Wales – our destination for a short break in the second week of November.

After a brief stay at Emily’s parents in Shrewsbury we continued our car journey further west across the border into Wales. Our third night of the holiday was therefore spent in Aberystwyth. It was an opportunity for Emily to reminisce about her childhood as our walking route took us past her former school and home. The afternoon concluded with a coffee in the Arts Centre Café next to the Aberystwyth University which is favourably positioned on a hill with views back into the town.

On the following day we began our trip south along the coast towards our destination for the night, breaking first at the small town of New Quay. The photo evidences the strong wind and I can attest for its wind chill factor. Nevertheless it wasn’t raining and the area was devoid of tourists – somewhat an advantage at this time of year.

New Quay

Continuing south we came across The Parrog, New Port – an old harbour town.

As shown some of the original quay walls and buildings remain.

We reached our self-catering cottage, the “Ramsay”, at Porthllisky farm near St Davids just before sunset on the forth night of our trip. Having only brief details of the location prior to our trip, our expectations were modest. However it turned out to be a lovely and cosy cottage and we certainly weren’t expected ocean views from the window.

Sunset from Cottage

Personally speaking I’d rate this cottage as one of my favourite holiday locations.

Inside Cottage

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was only a few minutes walk from the cottage.

Going by reputation alone it was going to be cold, windy and raining for the majority of our trip. Whilst we experienced all of these environment factors to varying degrees, on a whole the weather didn’t detract from the experience. There are definite advantages to being here in November- lower accommodation prices for one, and as previously mentioned, the quiet! We didn’t pass a single person on our walks; this is definitely a place where you can relax and unwind.

Having said that, there were winds of 70mph we had on the second last day in the area. Not only did they make for an exciting (and slightly nerve racking depending on your proximity to the cliff edge) walk alone the trail, they also solved a little problem. For the last month my car has had a nauseating smell resulting from a treatment I used that attempts to kill bacteria in the air-conditioning system. Parking my car at right angles to the wind for an hour or so seems to have cleared the issue. Lesson learnt is that if your car has a nauseous smell then go to the Welsh Coast.

Our next destination was a single night in Cardiff before the final drive home. We broke the trip by visiting a number of towns, the best being Tenby- a pretty seaside town with sandy beaches.

Apparently Tenby is known for its brightly coloured buildings.

Perhaps one day I’ll come back and write some blog entries on the last 6 months, including our wedding and other notable events.

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