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Hidden Gems

Pembrokeshire offers something for everyone, and quite a few pleasant surprises….once you know the county, you will find all manner of activities and locations tucked away, often well away from the tourist trail. With a combined family presence in Pembrokeshire of over 300 years and three generations, we’ve established some favourite things to do over the years.  Here we’ve listed some of our very favourite locations and activities for everyone from retired couples to large families

Porthgain & The Blue Lagoon

Porthgain, which translates as 'Chisel Port' from its quarrying history in the mid 1800's, is a hamlet in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Situated 7 miles outside of the city of St Davids where you can discover the smallest city in Wales. 

Aside from being a perfect place to launch your kayak, walking is the main activity here with one of Pembrokeshire's best walks to Abereiddy beach. Explore the stunning shoreline there, relax on the beach or take in the breathtaking views along the coastal path. Here you will also find The Blue Lagoon, perfect for adventure enthusiasts seeking the thrill of deep, aqua blue cliff diving. It is worth noting that the Blue Lagoon closes annually from September in order to protect breading seals and their pups.

Where To Eat?

Both the Sloop Inn and The Shed at Porthgain have links to the hamlets history with The Sloop Inn being one of the most iconic pubs in Pembrokeshire.

St Govan's Chapel

St Govan's Chapel is a tiny magical stone building nestled into the limestone cliffs of the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline. The chapel is accessible from the clifftop via 52 steps down, however legend would suggest that the number of steps back up differs from that going down. Explore its intriguing history of pirates with the wonder of the magical ringing bell and sunken ships. 'Bell Rock' can still be seen so be sure to make your wish, it just might come true. Located just outside of Bosherston, this popular little building is a must-see. 

The Green Bridge Of Wales

The Green Bridge Of Wales is a naturally formed archway extending out into the sea. The archway's surface is covered in vegetation giving its perfectly suited name. The far end of The Green Bridge is made up of a strong, hard rock enabling it to withstand the elements of the sea and wind. The bridge itself, however, is made up primarily of limestone making it vulnerable to erosion as a result of crashing waves and pebbles below. Sad to think that over time the bridge will cease to exist as it erodes and eventually collapses only to become a stack much like the neighbouring Stack Rocks.

Access to St Govans Chapel and The Green Bridge of Wales passes through the Castlemartin firing range which is occasionally closed to the public. Prior planning is advised to avoid disappointment. Contact directly on 01646 662367.

Skrinkle Haven and Church Doors Cove

Skrinkle Haven, a sand and rock beach, can be found between Old Castle Head and Lydstep Point, not far from nearby Manorbier village. This small bay reveals a wide expanse of soft, golden sand at low tide. At the top of the pathway, you will find a picnic site for those who simply want to sit back and take in the picturesque views over the bay. To get to the beach you will then need to embark down the steep steps which may be challenging for some visitors.

On the Eastside of this beach, you will find several caves in the form of arches said to look like church doors. Thus giving this neighbouring beach its name, Church Doors Cove. During low tide, you can pass easily between these two beaches but be sure to check the tide times before you visit.


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