Summer is here, and despite the odd shower or five, we are experiencing some glorious weather in the UK. This means it’s the perfect time to dust off those walking boots and get your stomp on, and where else to do it but in stunning Pembrokeshire?
Pembrokeshire is nestled in the south-west of Wales and is home to some fascinating history and iconic landscapes. It also spoils you for choice with beautiful scenery, which is one of the best parts of going on a walk.
Here we will take a look at some walks you can enjoy in Pembrokeshire.
Abermawr Woods and Beach
Starting off our list with a mild walk to stretch the legs, Abermawr Woods and Beach walk lasts around one mile, making it perfect for beginners or those who want a little amble. This magical place is part of the National Trust; a charity that looks after and protects special places, and it is clear to see why. Abermawr Woods is flooded with bluebells when in season, and this walking trail takes you over a stream and back to the beach.
Garn Fawr Viewpoint
For a walk that is the same distance, but a little more challenging, why not swap out the beach for some volcanic rambling. Garn Fawr viewpoint is a fascinating landmark in Pembrokeshire, with a history that goes back right to the iron age, boasting a fort! It was later used as a lookout point in World War One. When you reach the point, you will be able to see mesmerising panoramic views of Pembrokeshire, which makes all the hilly walking worthwhile.
If exploring is your preferred excursion, then St Govan’s head is the perfect place for you. This walk is quite possibly for the moderately experienced to the frequent walkers who like a challenge. You will be battling against winds along the cliffs to get to this fantastic piece of architecture. St Govan’s Chapel is a charming, well-preserved chapel nestled amongst the limestone cliffs of Pembrokeshire. It no longer contains glass or wood but has been finely aged by the elements, adding to its charm.
There are often candles left in there, which suggests it is frequented regularly and depending on the tide, you might get your toes wet when you step inside. This beautiful, charismatic building was built in the 13th Century, formerly a building that bared witness to the St Govan’s head, where St Govan slept and prayed.
There are a lot of theories on who St Govan was, such as him being an Irish monk visiting to find the friends and family of the abbot who trained him; or a Celtic Christian who arrived from Ireland on a small, wooden boat. No matter the extraordinary life of St Govan, one thing is for certain, this is a wonderful and fascinating place to walk to and experience.
Despite its name, Dina’s island isn’t actually an island; it is partially detached from the mainland. It is a huge piece of land that prominently over-looks Fishguard Harbour. Impressively, it towers 66 feet (142 m) above sea level at Pen-y-Fan and is looked after by the National Trust. The walking trail is laid out as 3 miles, which may not be necessarily testing in length. However, the fitness test it offers to give you makes the shorter distance welcome. This walk is one for the legs!
On your journey, expect to see wonderful wildflowers such as foxgloves and orchids and a variety of other blooms during spring. If you’re lucky, you might even spot wild goats grazing, which is just a lovely addition to the stunning view of the bay you will get to witness as you climb your way up.
Has this inspired you to go and explore wonderful Pembrokeshire?
If so, have a look at Pembrokeshire glamping, perfect for relaxing and re-cooperating in between the exciting walk trails. Have you been for a walk in Pembrokeshire before? Let us know in the comments!