summer staycation

This past year has been difficult for everyone; going in and out of lockdown has left many people in a state of stress. We know everyone deserves a break this year to relax and unwind and Pembrokeshire is the perfect place for your summer staycation. There are so many amazing things to see and explore and plenty of places to rest, too! Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a foodie, or nature lover, we can guarantee there is something for everyone!

Get back into nature.

Atlantic View holiday cottages are in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which is the only Coastal National Park in the UK. There is an abundance of stunning scenery and plenty of magical places to visit. Getting back into nature on your summer staycation has never been so beautiful or so easy. Head to one of Pembrokeshire’s 39 award-winning beaches for a day in the sun, but don’t forget the sunscreen or the picnic! Not your kind of thing? Take a walk on any of the 186-mile long Pembrokeshire Coast Path to explore the rugged coastline and view the deep turquoise oceans like never before. It doesn’t matter whether the sky is blue and the sun is out or whether the sky is grey and gloomy, it’s always picturesque. 

Taste all of the wonderful food.

Pembrokeshire offers an abundance of freshly made, delicious food, so you better bring some big appetites with you on your summer staycation. Whether you are a fish lover or prefer something sweeter there’s plenty to choose from. Take a trip over to Pointz Castle for some mouth-watering ice cream made on the farm with views over St Bride’s Bay. Visit Café Môr for a delightfully delicious lobster roll and explore the popular beach at Freshwater West with full bellies!

There are also plenty of amazing restaurants with delightful menus dotted around the county offering something everyone will fancy. The Haven Brasserie has a selection of small bites and snacks and big meals to fill you up after a long day of exploring. It’s only ten minutes from Atlantic View holiday cottages too!

Take to the sea.

With so many things to see and do on your summer staycation, you have to make sure you take to the sea. Why not go on a relaxing boat ride to Ramsey Island to take a better look at this fascinating isle just off the coast of St Davids Head? You can even spot a seal or a puffin, too! Not quite your speed? If you are more interested in thrill-seeking, you can have a go at the current hype in watersports, coasteering. What better way to explore the Pembrokeshire coastline? 

There are also plenty of fabulous sandy beaches right on your doorstep (literally – Broad Haven beach is 300 metres away!) at Atlantic View cottages that you can visit for a day out. You can even hire a surfboard or bodyboard from our friends at Haven Sports so you can enjoy the ocean without going too far out! 

Watch the Wildlife.

Our holiday cottages are surrounded by wildlife. There are so many different animals you can see in so many different places. Take to the coast path to watch the seabirds in their natural habitat. Maybe you’ll even spot a seal or two. 

Want to spot a dolphin? Head over to Mwnt, just north of Pembrokeshire in Cardigan Bay for a day full of adventure, as it’s one of the best places to spot dolphins in Pembrokeshire. The best time to spot dolphins is between May and September. For another wildlife-packed day out, visit the Welsh Wildlife Centre. The centre is home to a wide range of wildlife, including their famous water buffalo, and is all ready to explore on your summer staycation. 

Want more information? Read through the rest of our blogs and keep your eyes peeled for new ones, so that you can find more things to do on your Pembrokeshire summer staycation! 

free days out

We’re delighted to be able to welcome guests from all over the UK back to Atlantic View at long last, and while our stunning coastline, beaches, fresh sea air and the beautiful, bucolic countryside is exactly the same as you last saw it, there are other aspects to your holiday that will be a little different in 2021.  Wales, unlike England, is ruled by a devolved government, and, as such, the rules regarding the lifting of lockdown restrictions are a little different.  This means that some things that you’re getting used to doing again in your home country might not be the same here, and, as a result, not all your favourite attractions will be open.

But fear not!  The joy of coming to the wilds of West Wales on your holidays isn’t all about being entertained…here, Mother Nature does that for you in many different ways!  So we’ve put together some free days out ideas that mean that lockdown or no, you and your family can still have an amazing time with us at Broad Haven without spending a fortune on entry fees, relying on odd opening times or doing much, if any, social distancing.

Here are three free days out that we think you’ll love – let us know on social media what you tried and what you thought!

Go North for free days out steeped in history

Many of the things that draw people to Pembrokeshire are free – the sea, the mountains, the sense of peace.  A short drive north from your luxury accommodation at Atlantic View takes you to one of the most famous landmarks on its namesake peninsula – the city of St Davids.  This beautiful, tiny city with its cobbled streets and historic architecture, has been officially dubbed Britain’s smallest city due to its incredible cathedral, built on the spot of a monastic community founded by St David, patron saint of Wales.  Spend the morning walking around its ancient, twelfth-century walls of local red-grey stone before walking the mile or so towards the coast and the tiny chapel of St Non, erected in memory of the cliffside spot where it is said that, during a terrible storm, Non gave birth to David.

free days out

Making your way back down the coast towards Broad Haven, you reach the picture postcard perfect village of Solva.  Known for its colourful harbour full of bobbing boats, mariners cottages and whispers of sailors and great adventures, this is the perfect spot for a takeaway crab sandwich – try to catch your own along the quayside, too!

If you’re looking for a sweet treat, then Pointz Castle Ice Cream is a short drive over the hill towards Newgale beach and serves their very own delicious array of ice creams and sorbets made right on site – you can even see the cows who produce the milk while you’re there!

Spend the afternoon swimming, sunbathing or take the boogie boards for a surf on the popular pebbly expanse at Newgale, known for being the perfect wave-catching beach in Pembrokeshire, with beautiful views back North along the cragged coast towards St Davids or south, around Lion’s Rock back to your home from home at Atlantic View.

Free days out with spectacular views south of Atlantic View

While the northern peninsula visible from your cottage is compact, the coastline running south is a lot more exposed and dramatic, with cliffs falling away to the sea.  A fantastic, safe spot to take the family to appreciate the dramatic beauty of St Bride’s Bay is Marloes.  Park in the National Trust car park and take a short walk down the sandy track towards the rocky beach below – a fantastic place to take a net and explore the rock pools, although the tides here can turn quickly so swimming with little ones might not be advisable here.  Nothing to stop you from making a sandcastle or two, though!  Then visit a deer park without deer…yes, that’s right.  Along the cliff tops above Marloes are the ramparts of an iron age fort, a spot that, despite the earlier successful and dominant settlement, failed as an established deer park in the early 19th century.  The undisturbed bay below has become a sanctuary for seals, and so the Deer Park at Marloes is now the best grey Atlantic seal-spotting spot in the south of the county.  

 

free days out

All that sea air is bound to make you hungry, and you’re mere minutes away from one of the best lunch spots in West Wales, Runwayskiln.  This delectable coastal cafe is set in a cluster of National Trust farmhouse buildings overlooking the very bay where you’ve had your morning adventure.  You might want to check whether they’re open for takeaways or seated service due to the differing times of lockdown restrictions easing, but whichever way you’re able to taste their fantastic lunches, you’re in for a treat.  Whether it’s cured seatrout, pork and fennel sausages or homemade falafel and hummus, everything here is freshly cooked and locally sourced and makes it one of the most desirable lunch destinations along this coastline.

Make your way southward towards rocky Lindsway bay to walk off your delicious lunch, or take the narrow road to the beautiful seaside hamlet of Dale.  Known for its red stone 13th-century castle, now renovated into a private dwelling, Dale is a beautiful sailing harbour that forms the northern part of the Milford Haven Waterway.  Sitting on the old harbour wall outside the beautiful pub “The Griffin”, you can almost imagine Henry Tudor and his men arriving in their ships prior to the Battle of Bosworth as they did in 1485.

Take the Haverfordwest route home, stopping at the popular St Ishmaels garden centre for a stroll among the beautiful flowers and a cup of tea and a slab of cake to tide you over until you circle back to your cottage at Atlantic View.

Free days out right on your cottage doorstep!

Well, you’ve not booked a gorgeous, award-winning holiday cottage overlooking an award-winning beach on the edge of one of Britain’s most famous coastlines for nothing, have you?  The beach is a mere 300 yards from your front door – the perfect excuse for an early morning dip followed by a few hours of drying off, getting your vitamin D fix or finishing that book you’ve been meaning to read.  The blue-flag beach is the perfect contained space to let the kids run around with a football and build sandcastles, and it’s a quick dash up the hill if you’ve forgotten the suntan lotion!

Your cottage comes with its own BBQ area and pizza oven, so why not whip up a delicious lunch in your private garden area while the kids run the sand off outside?  Take advantage of every amenity provided, including the kitchen area for preparation and the garden furniture for al fresco meals.  Why not visit Lobster and Mor in Little Haven and pick up some fresh fish for lunch?

free days out

Less than a mile in the other direction from Broad Haven (and visible beyond the old fort behind your cottage) is the delightful small fishing village of Little Haven.  As the name suggests, it’s a smaller cove than the sandy stretch outside Atlantic View but has a wonderful walk past the historic Swan Inn that leads to a beautiful vantage point across the whole north of St Brides Bay.  If you’re looking for a circular route to help stretch those beach bronzed legs, then follow the coast path signs from this spot until you reach the top of a wooded hill – from here you can walk back down the road at Strawberry Hill and right back into the village, stopping at the St Brides Inn for a refreshing beverage on your way back to your accommodation.

And if all that local beauty has left you pleasantly exhausted, then why not skip the cooking and order a takeaway from one of our fantastic local eateries?  Sunshine Italian is right on the waterfront at Broad Haven and offers delicious, home-cooked Italian dishes, or give Haven Brasserie a call in nearby  Nolton Haven to order one of their fantastic high-quality dishes?

 

You see, you don’t need to spend all your money on activities when you have Mother Nature’s playground right on your doorstep, and in this stunning part of Pembrokeshire, there’s plenty to see or do without spending a penny!

If you like our suggestions, please share your photos on Facebook and tag @atlanticviewbroadhaven so that we can see how much fun you had on your free days out!

Pembrokeshire in September

Pembrokeshire Coast Path Walks from Broad Haven

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Pembrokeshire is one of the most breath-taking counties in the UK and is the only coastal national park on the British Isles. A trip to Atlantic View means that you’re staying directly in the middle of one of the Pembrokeshire coast’s most iconic bays, St Bride’s Bay.
A trip to Pembrokeshire would not be complete without a walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and from Atlantic View, a walk North or a walk South provides stunning sea views, plenty of beaches and coves as well as the possibility of a glimpse of some rare Welsh wildlife.  Get your walking boots on, grab a bottle of water and get ready for one of the most gorgeous walks you’ll ever take!

Head north on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

pembrokeshire coast path

Destination: Broad Haven to Newgale
Duration: 10 miles

A fantastic stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path for a brisk walk is north towards Newgale beach.  This beautiful walk takes in several secret beaches not visible from the road and passes the beach waterfall at Druidstone, as well as old coal mine chimneys and rock formations such as the impressive Rickets Head near Nolton Haven.  Alternatively, if you’re too tired to walk back to Atlantic View after a ramble up the coastline, then check out the bus times for the Puffin Shuttle.  The bus number is 400 and it travels along the coast road from St Davids all the way down to Martin’s Haven.  You can catch it from outside the Spar shop in Broad Haven.

pembrokeshire coast path

Not tired at all and fancy more of a Pembrokeshire Coast Path challenge?  A steep hill heads out of Newgale and towards the gorgeous fishing village of Solva, where crab sandwiches and cream teas await!  Some parts of this walk are a little steeper than what lays behind you, and perhaps you’ll spot the odd shipwreck in the water, indicating how treacherous this part of the Pembrokeshire coast path can be.  But if wild walks are your thing, this is definitely a rewarding extra few miles, and you can catch the same 400 bus home and justify your G&T back at your cottage!

Head south on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

pembrokeshire coast path

Destination: Broad Haven to Martin’s Haven
Duration: 11 miles

Walk the mile along the road to the sleepy hamlet of Little Haven (possibly stopping in the historic Swan Inn for some dutch courage before you leave) and head out along the steep Strawberry Hill and out on to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path from here.  Despite the initial steep hill, the next 4 miles or so open out into flat cliffs, laden with gorse and heather, affording clear views of St Bride’s Haven ahead.  These cliffs are home to several indigenous sea birds, including the famous Manx Shearwater, so keep an eye out!  The lovely red sandstone of Musselwick Sands glistens with yellow agate before changing to undulating cliffs and dunes as you arrive in Martin’s Haven.  We know you’ll agree it was worth the walk when you look North and take in the spectacular views towards St Davids Head and Ramsey Island.  Take the bus home, or if you need to walk off a week of dinners at Sunshine Italian or St Bride’s Inn, then why not walk back again?

pembrokeshire coast path

All that’s left for you to do then is to relax in comfort and watch the glorious coastal sunsets from Atlantic View, your home from home.

For more information about activities and events occurring in Broad Haven or along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, please follow us on Facebook, or keep checking back to our regularly updated blog.

holidays in pembrokeshire

Half term fun during your

holidays in Pembrokeshire

Half term is the perfect time to enjoy holidays in Pembrokeshire.  It’s not as crowded as the summer months, and autumn and spring are lovely times to see this stunning coastal county in all its natural glory.  October sees the end of seal season, where you’ll find inquisitive young pups bobbing around their pupping beaches, getting used to their human neighbours.  And Easter is when Pembrokeshire emerges from winter with gorse and heather springing from every hedgerow and the red kites put on displays over rolling fields.

Don’t just take our word for it, though.  From Atlantic View, there are plenty of fun things for all the family to do during your holidays in Pembrokeshire.  From little ones to not-so-little ones, this picture-perfect area of the UK is packed with activities and adventures.  Here are some for you to try out during your stay with us.

Splash out!

Think the sea might be too cold in October?  Think again!  It’s had all summer to roll in and out over hot sand, making October the perfect month to have a swim.  On average, the sea temperature in October is 15 Celcius, which is the same as it would be in June and July.  So, there are no excuses!

Why not try these water activities?

holidays in pembrokeshire

Surfing:

The wild coastline of St Bride’s Bay offers fantastic waves and draws surfers from all over the world to its tumultuous shores.  Why not pop into Haven Sports in Broad Haven to hire or buy your family some surfboards and wet suits?  They’ll make sure you’re well prepared for a splashing time!

If you’d rather have instructors for your wet adventures, then give Dragon Activity Guides a call.  They do everything from surfing lessons on Broad Haven beach to Pembrokeshire’s original watersport, coasteering along the cliffs of this stunning coastline.  Suitable for most age groups (coasteering is not for toddlers), these guys also offer a BBQ package so that you can enjoy fresh seafood pulled from the very waters you spent your day in!

holidays in pembrokeshire

If you’d rather be on the sea than in it, then why not book one of the popular boat trips?  Suitable for all the family, trips leave from St Justinians and St Martin’s Haven and traverse the beautiful coastline as well as its popular islands; Skomer, Skokholm and Ramsey, and even out to Grassholm and beyond!  Dale Sailing offer trips from St Martins Haven, south of Atlantic View, whereas if you head north to St Justinians, you’ll find multiple operators including Falcon Boats who will take you to visit the seals, porpoise and thousands of sea birds who call these shores home.

One of the biggest advantages of staying at Atlantic View is your proximity to the sea!  You’re a mere 300 metres’ walk away, giving you plenty of opportunities to dip your toes in the water whenever you like!

Go back in time

holidays in pembrokeshire carew

It’s not all about the coastline here, although it is dotted with many historical remnants of Pembrokeshire’s fascinating past.  You’ll notice the undulating ramparts of several iron age forts dotted along the coast path, but if your kids prefer their castles more intact, then there are several great examples to choose from during your holidays in Pembrokeshire!

Carew Castle is a half-hour drive from Atlantic View and is quite a sight to behold.  Sitting on a large tidal millpond, it’s open to the public to view its 2,000-year-old ramparts and learn its history hands-on with activities for children such as storytelling and being a knight for the day!

holidays in pembrokeshire pembroke

It would be a travesty to come to Pembrokeshire and not visit its most famous castle, the Tudor-dynasty’s home castle at Pembroke.  Pembroke castle was built in around 1093, chosen for its defensive position facing the bay at Milford Haven.  But it’s most well-known for being the birthplace of Henry Tudor who would later be known as Henry VII.  With guided tours, exhibits and events all year round, Pembroke castle and the surrounding town has plenty to keep the whole family occupied.

holidays in pembrokeshire henllys

For a more immersive day out, it’s worth the 40-minute drive north to the incredible Castell Henllys.  This reconstructed iron age fort sits on the site of an original settlement and is its only kind in Wales.  Travel back in time with interactive exhibitions and talk to Celtic inhabitants who will tell you the history of the roundhouses.  Train as a warrior (complete with warpaint), watch woodmen carve or try your hand at archery – there’s so much to do, and with a café on-site, it’s all set up for a really fascinating day out.

Get back to nature

holidays in pembrokeshire bosherston

The main reason that people flock to Pembrokeshire is that it’s completely unspoiled, leaving you to have wild adventures in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world.

A short drive away from your holiday accommodation you’ll find Bosherston Lily Ponds, which are located on the old Stackpole Court estate and are now managed by the National Trust.  The beautiful 2-mile round walk circumnavigates the lakes, taking you out to Broadhaven South beach and back along the nature reserve.  These lakes and walks were created by the Cawdor family in 1760 and are popular with locals and tourists to this day.

If your children are more into Harry Potter than toad on lily pads, then head over to Freshwater West.  You may recognise it as the resting place of Dobby the House Elf – the famous scenes of the sweeping beach and its shell house were filmed here.  This is a fantastic place for a windswept walk, and don’t forget to try the famous lobster roll from Café Mor, the most delicious beach food venue in Wales.  It’s a must!

And while Pembrokeshire is famous for its stunning coastline, let us now forget about its sturdy spine, the Preseli Hills.  Shrouded in mystery and immortalised in Welsh folklore, these hills are said to be the resting place of King Arthur and are the origin of the bluestone used to construct the outer circle of Stonehenge.  For the best views across Pembrokeshire, why not take a picnic and climb Foel Eryr, its tallest peak, or the fantastically named Angel Mountain, or Carn Ingli, high above the beautiful village of Newport?

holidays in pembrokeshire preselis

For information about family attractions such as visiting the only giraffes in Wales or one of the tallest wooden rollercoasters in Britain, please take a look at our blog “Five family attractions in Pembrokeshire”.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook too for updates and information to help make your holidays in Pembrokeshire as memorable as possible.