Back-to-nature glamping, foraging and feasting at The Little Retreat in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire’s coast is getting a lot of love in this year of the great staycation, but swing your focus away from the crowds to the Cleddau Estuary and you espy ancient oak woods and expansive views with their own quiet, soul-soaring beauty. A whisper away from the sea, The Little Retreat in Lawrenny takes glamping to a whole new back-to-nature level, with wildflower meadows that … Continue reading Back-to-nature glamping, foraging and feasting at The Little Retreat in Pembrokeshire

Llansteffan: the greatest hits in one striking coastal Carmarthenshire hike

Distance: 7.25km (loop) or 13km (with 5.75km out-and-back extension). Carmarthenshire, being next-door neighbours with beach-perfect Pembrokeshire, often gets its 70-odd miles of coastline unfairly overlooked. But the county is no seaside flop. The estuary-indented seaboard embraces Wales’ longest beach (eight-mile-long Pembrey Sands), the shores where numerous land speed records including Malcolm Campbell’s got set (Pendine Sands), the spot where Amelia Earhart touched down to become … Continue reading Llansteffan: the greatest hits in one striking coastal Carmarthenshire hike

Meeting a modern-day pilgrim: insights from Iain Tweedale, pilgrimage guide

Pembrokeshire hiking holiday experts Journeying go a lot deeper than pretty day walks: a holiday with them is a spiritual journey retracing the footsteps of the early Celtic saints and the historic sites associated with them. We talk to trip leader Iain Tweedale on the current popularity of pilgrimage, St David, Pembrokeshire’s strange and special beauty and life on monastic Caldey Island. Journeying concentrates on … Continue reading Meeting a modern-day pilgrim: insights from Iain Tweedale, pilgrimage guide

Pembrokeshire through the eyes of artist Adrian John

Adrian John is an artist based in Milford Haven. His rich portfolio of work ranges from minutely detailed landscapes to photograph-inspired portraits. With a passion for natural light, contours and shadow, he captures Wales from its most evocative angles – from the industry of the Valleys to the open coastscapes of Pembrokeshire. How do you reflect the spirit of Wales in your painting? I was … Continue reading Pembrokeshire through the eyes of artist Adrian John

The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels: a pub brimming with coastal character

Cracking coastal pubs are as rare as gold dust, but we knew we were onto a winner the moment we set foot in the sky-blue Ferry Inn in St Dogmaels, with its easygoing vibe, terrace overlooking the Teifi Estuary and plentiful local seafood on the menu.   Why we love it… Wow, what a view! We were lucky enough to snag one of the last tables … Continue reading The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels: a pub brimming with coastal character

Sacred solitude on Mwnt Beach

Sometimes, when you ask around in a local area for good off-the-grid recommendations of places to visit, you wind up disappointed or downright annoyed if you follow through with the suggestion and go there: local recommendations are not always great. Admittedly, Mwnt and its big USP, its beach, are a mere five miles from Cardigan, the second-largest town in the county of Ceredigion with its … Continue reading Sacred solitude on Mwnt Beach

Diving into Pembrokeshire with coasteering pro Sophie Hurst

Sophie Hurst is one of the early pioneers of coasteering. Back in 1988 she co-founded Preseli Venture Eco Lodge and Adventures in Pembrokeshire, determined to forge a sustainable use of a wilderness area. Her aim is to provide an earth-grounding coastal adventure in an increasingly fast-paced, tech-obsessed world. Coasteering? What’s that? Coasteering is all about getting you out along the coast – exploring the nooks … Continue reading Diving into Pembrokeshire with coasteering pro Sophie Hurst

Bedding down in a revamped shepherd’s hut in Solva

Undiscovered places quite often happen to be ensconced in thick woods. Plonk a thick wood next to a sublime and lonely stretch of Pembrokeshire coastline between the pretty fishing harbour of Solva and the historic city of St Davids and you have one seldom-seen but perfectly-placed location for this secluded converted shepherd’s hut known as Fairy Bridge. Why we love it… It was the first … Continue reading Bedding down in a revamped shepherd’s hut in Solva