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

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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Easter Fun in Broad Haven on the Pembrokeshire Coast

It may seem a little like the gloom of winter will never end, but we’re fast approaching spring, and here in Pembrokeshire, the daffodils have already begun sprouting!

It’s that time of year where we’re all longing for the sunshine and colourful vibes of Easter…and there’s not long to wait!  With plenty of Easter fun to be had in Broad Haven, we know you’ll want to come back again and again to experience an Easter break by the sea.  Here’s why:

  1. Easter fun on the water

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    Pembrokeshire’s well known for its water sports, which is not unusual considering it’s the only coastal national park in the UK.  In Broad Haven, Haven Sports offer a wide range of water sports equipment for sale or hire to use on the safe sandy beach right outside the doorstep of Atlantic View.  But if you’re looking for Easter fun that’s arranged for you, why not head up to Porthclais Farm Campsite near St Davids for their Easter Holiday Kayaking and Coasteering event, which takes place on the 9th April?

  1. Easter Fun on the Farm
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This is not just any old farm; Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is a great family day out.  It’s about a half an hour’s drive from Atlantic View, but their Family Easter party is not to be missed! As well as free theatre shows and a resident magician, there’s plenty of Easter fun to be had by meeting our resident baby lambs and Easter chick – penguin chicks, too!  And don’t forget to visit another special baby animal that’s just been born at the Farm…a critically endangered black rhino calf!

  1. Easter Fun with Cadbury
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Only a short drive up the beautiful coast from Atlantic View is Southwood Farm, the hosts of one of the many annual Cadbury Easter Egg hunts across the UK.  The Easter Bunny leaves clues all across the blossoming grounds, allowing kids to stomp across this lovely working farm with views across St Bride’s Bay.  Bring wellies as things can get muddy down at the farm, but who minds a bit of mud when there’s the guarantee of some lovely Cadbury chocolate at the end of it?

  1. Easter Fun your own way
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No need to join in with others’ activities if you’re having too much of a good time yourselves.  After all, it’s the peace, wide-open spaces and sea air that attract people to Pembrokeshire, and Broad Haven has sandy stretches and salty air in abundance! It’s the perfect place to have some quality time to yourselves.

With plenty of space in your luxury cottages at Atlantic View, why not put the Easter feast in the large oven provided, decorate your family dining table with daffodils and then hide the choccies for you very own Easter egg hunt?

  1. Easter Fun without the washing up
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With some lovely eateries dotted all around your accommodation then why not let someone else do the cooking and treat yourself to an Easter meal out?  If chocolate’s not your thing, why not try the newly opened Haven Brasserie, a mere 3-mile hop from Broad Haven to neighbouring Nolton Haven.  Their upmarket traditional food has excellent reviews and matching wonderful sea views.

If chocolate and lamb aren’t your things, then give Sunshine Italian a try.  Beautiful home-cooked pasta dishes, hand-picked wine and a short stagger home…plenty of Easter fun without the hassle!

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For more ideas on activities to try while at our five-star accommodation, please follow us on social media or visit our regularly updated blog page.  See you soon!

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4 Reasons to spend your New Year holidays at Atlantic View

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We could think of a hundred reasons why a stay at one of our five-star luxury cottages at Atlantic View would be a perfect way to start your New Year holidays.  But…we’re biased!  However, we can give you 4 very convincing reasons as to why it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind while welcoming in 2020.  Not to mention that we only opened in December, so you’ll be the first people to be able to say “I had my perfect New Year holidays there”…read on and book now!

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1. Walk off the Christmas chocolates

Whether you’re looking to book over New Year’s Eve or within the first few weeks of January, a stay at Atlantic View is the best excuse to walk off all the lovely Christmas food we all indulge in over the festive season. Atlantic View sits 300 metres above Broad Haven beach and is a 2-minute walk to join the famous coastal path that makes Pembrokeshire, the only coastal national park in the UK, so special.
So march off the mince pies with a brisk walk to nearby Newgale, or hotfoot it to Little Haven for a clifftop walk and a cheeky bevarage in the St Brides Inn or The Swan on your way home.
For more ideas on slimming stomps from your accommodation, please see our “Pembrokeshire coast path walks from Broad Haven” blog.

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2. Getaway from the crowds

We all love a good party, but sometimes it’s quite nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities and have a nice, relaxing start to the decade. No queuing to get into bars or navigating inebriated partygoers on the tube. Nothing but fresh air, stunning sunsets, sea views and some fireworks in the distance – bliss!
By booking Atlantic View for your New Year holidays, you can still celebrate with those that you love, but without the pesky gatecrashers! Why not take a look at Puffin, which sleeps and seats 11 people for a family or friends getaway? Take advantage of the gorgeous glass-fronted patio facing the coast for your New Year toast?

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3. Jump into the New Years Day swim!

Coldwater swimming is all the rage, and where better to do it than on the Pembrokeshire coast? If you’re thinking of braving the sea for a seasonal dip, then you don’t have to do it alone. The St Davids Penknife Club holds an annual Charity New Years Day swim at Whitesands beach, a half-hour drive from Atlantic View. This well-known surfing beach is right at the tip of St Davids Head, which you can see in the distance from your accommodation. Registration for the event opens at 11 for a noon swim. Take a flask and warm clothing, you’ll want to take in the views once you’ve warmed up!

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4. Have a mindful start to your New Year

With all that sea-dipping and celebrating, you’ll need a few days to recover. Broad Haven itself is a long and sandy beach, perfect for sitting by the sea and contemplating plans and resolutions for the year ahead and reflecting on the one that’s passed. The quiet location, restorative sea air and stunning views make Atlantic View a very beautiful spot to find yourself at the turn of the new century.

If you can’t make it to Atlantic View for your New Year holidays this year, then why not take a look at our calendar and book your Easter or summer holidays now before we fill up? We look forward to welcoming you to Atlantic View in 2020!

 

 

 

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Pembrokeshire’s best December Christmas Markets

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Pembrokeshire in winter is the perfect moody backdrop for the twinkling lights and mulled wine cheer of Christmas markets. It’s also a county that many artists, creators, entrepreneurs and artisans call home, so you can imagine that Pembrokeshire Christmas markets are really rather special.

From village lights being switched on to the county town Christmas show, there’s plenty of Christmas wonder floating across the coastal clifftops throughout December. With plenty of unusual, hand-crafted, unique stocking fillers on offer, which one of our spectacular Pembrokeshire Christmas markets will attract you this holiday season?

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Narberth Christmas Market

When: Sunday 1st December 2019

Where: The Queen’s Hall, Narberth

What time: 10 am to 3 pm

This renowned music venue opens its doors to local producers this December for Narberth’s Christmas market.  As well as a large range of gifts and Christmas food on offer, there’s also the chance for children to meet Santa at his grotto!  Sosban Fach cafe will be offering a range of hot and cold meals on the day so that you can really make a day of it.

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Haverfordwest Christmas Farmers Market

When: Friday 6th December 2019

Where: The  Farmer’s Market (near the bus station), Haverfordwest

What time: 9 am to midday

This popular open-air market always has a real buzz about it, with the smell of locally made burgers, rich cheeses and gins filling the air, and always laughter from stallholders.  Even more so for their Christmas Farmer’s Market, where you’ll be able to source everything you need for a fantastic Christmas feast.  Not to be missed, and only 20 minutes from Atlantic View!

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St Davids Christmas Market

When: Saturday 7th December 2019

Where: Oriel y Parc, St Davids

What time: 10 am to 4 pm

A visit to the smallest city in Britain and its famous cathedral is always wonderful at this time of year.  December is full of carol services, and you could almost be transported back to a Dickensian December amongst its cottages and cobbled streets.  Oriel y Parc Gallery and Tourist Information Centre open its doors to local artists and food vendors this Christmas to offer you fantastic, high-quality hand-made gifts this yule time.

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Tenby Christmas Market

When:  Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December 2019

Where: De Valance Pavillion, Tenby

What time: 10 am to 5 pm

Another gorgeous town to visit at any time of year is Tenby, but even more so as its local producers come out in force for the very popular Christmas market.  Held over two days, there are soap makers, photographers, jewellery makers and book creators to name but a few…for more information, visit their Facebook page.

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HaverHub Festive Fayre

When: Friday 13th & Saturday 14th December

Where: Haverhub, Haverfordwest

What time: 12 noon to 8 pm

Santa’s also visiting Haverhub this year to check his naughty and nice list – why not pop by to this progressive social enterprise space, housed in the Old Post Office in Haverfordwest?  As well as countless gigs and classes, their Festive Fayre showcases the best of the area’s talent, ensuring the kids have seen the Big Man before the big day, and the adults have had a chance to choose some stocking fillers…and maybe sip a mulled wine, too?

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Haverfordwest Christmas Fayre

When: 15th December 2019

Where: Parkhouse Hall, The County Showground, Haverfordwest

What time: 10 am to 4 pm

Hosted by The Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society, this is by far the largest Christmas market in Pembrokeshire.  Entry is £5, but for that fee, you get a complimentary mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.  The stalls here are varied and multiple…we advise that you bring plenty of change and a big bag, as these are the very best offerings for Christmas.  With demonstrations, a Santa’s Grotto and carol singing, this really is a Christmas day out not to be missed!

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Five family attractions in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire’s well-known as a fantastic holiday destination for families; whether it’s a seaside break, hiking holiday or a tour of the region’s family attractions, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained along this stunning and renowned coastal national park.  When booking your holiday at Atlantic View, it’s always best to have an idea of day trips and book in advance to make sure you don’t miss the fun.  We’ve put together a list of top 5 family attractions for you and the kids once you’ve exhausted the beaches…if that’s possible!

1.Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo 

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35 minutes from Atlantic View, telephone 01834812731 to book tickets.

 

This is so much more than just a farm; this adventure park is home to all kinds of exotic animals, such as penguins, lions and Wales’ only giraffes!  The farmyard animals are really friendly, too – why not try your hand at milking a goat, or feeding a rabbit? There are games, fair rides and an adventure park – will you be brave enough to get on the Big Wheel?  Keep an eye out for some friendly characters walking around the park, as well as the resident magician Jugglestruck.  This is a lovely day out for all members of your tribe, from the very little to the big kids!  This is one of Pembrokeshire’s most highly rated family attractions.

2.Oakwood Theme Park 

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29 minutes’ drive from Atlantic View, call 01834815170 to book tickets

Oakwood Theme park is not only one of Pembrokeshire’s most well-known family attractions, it happens to be the biggest theme park in Wales!  Its main rides include Megafobia, Wales’ longest wooden rollercoaster, as well as water coaster Drenched and the aptly named Bounce, boinging high in the air above the 80-acre park.  There’s plenty of other adventures to be had here, too – from a Neverland for little ones to explore to waterslides, a boating lake and even a haunted house!  There are lots of food options on-site, meaning you can really make a thrilling day of it. We advise that you bring a change of clothes for everyone, as many of the rides involve getting pretty wet!

3.Blue Lagoon Waterpark 

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26 minutes’ drive from Atlantic View, call 01834862400 to book tickets to the waterpark

If your little ones aren’t too keen on seawater, then this is a fantastic option and a lovely afternoon out.  This had to go on our list of family attractions as it’s so popular – it’s a good idea to book ahead of your holiday during the summer months.  The water slides, wave machines, jets, outdoor heated bubble pool and qualified lifeguards mean that the kids can have a splashing time indoors while you relax in the warm water outside, bathing in nature.  Bliss!

4. Hangar 5 

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18 minutes’ drive from Atlantic View, call 01437700555 to book tickets

Hangar 5 is the first trampoline park and soft play venues in the UK, making it one of Pembrokeshire’s truly unique family attractions.  It’s loads of fun, too! Set in an old aircraft hangar on the outskirts of the market town of Haverfordwest, big kids and their younger siblings can have hours of fun bouncing, learning new skills and playing in an extensive soft play area.  This all-weather attraction also has a café…but you might want to eat after bouncing to avoid green gills!

5. Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm 

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33 minutes’ drive from Atlantic View, call 07966956357 for enquiries

Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm is pretty much what you’d expect – it’s a farm for bugs!  This extraordinary place teaches you about some remarkable creatures, whether in the extensive exhibition space or up close, where you can hold some beautiful bugs!  There are many exhibits and activities to be had on this Pembrokeshire Farm, including a beautiful Pollinator trail for sunny days.  There’s even a café, called the Grub Kitchen…and they serve bugs!! Try a cricket cookie?  This is one of the most unique, quirky and unforgettable family attractions in Wales – this is worth a visit!

And there you have it, our top 5 family attractions in Pembrokeshire.  Of course, there are a wide variety of free activities that you can do along this beautiful coast; our favourites are:

  • Build sandcastles
  • Go boogyboarding
  • Go rockpooling
  • Have a picnic on the beach
  • Find the best place to watch a sea sunset
  • Go seal spotting in autumn (but don’t get too close!)

Every season is different, and we intend on letting you know what there is to do whenever you choose to stay at Atlantic View.  Whether there’s 4 of you in one of our family cottages, or you’re coming as a group booking, we’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.  All you have to do is keep an eye on our blog for upcoming activities and events.  Don’t forget to follow us on social media and post your holiday pictures on our Facebook page!

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Half term fun during your

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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?

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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