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  • Mandy Colbourne
  • Glynelwyn
  • Blaenwaun
  • Whitland
  • Carms.
  • SA34 0JL
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Out and About


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Sitting midway between Carmarthen and Cardigan, "The Hideaway" offers an ideal location for visiting both the South and West coastlines from Tenby to Cardigan, as well as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the Preseli Hills, and the Wales Coast Path, Wales being the first country in the world to have a formal trail the whole way around its coast.

Also within range are the islands of Skomer, Ramsey and Grassholm, habitats of Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittiwakes and Guillemots, as well as Atlantic Grey Seals, Whales, Sharks, Dolphins and Porpoises in the surrounding seas.

South West Wales overall is an ideal location for all outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts and lovers of natural beauty.

Walkers, birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts will be spoilt with the outstanding natural beauty of the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire coastlines, including the numerous islands such as Skomer, Ramsey and Grassholm to the south west, and The Gower peninsula to the south east.

Cyclists have access to the National Cycle Network via Route 47 at nearby Tegryn, both about 3.5 miles away. This route takes you across the nearby Preseli Hills on route to the coast at Fishguard. (Cycles can be locked up and left undercover in one of our sheds).

Castles and Woollen Mills are dotted all around and locally made Welsh Crafts are in abundance. By special arrangement we can also offer a ‘Learn to spin’ lesson here at Glynelwyn where you will get the chance to use a double treadle spinning wheel and learn to spin with both washed and carded ‘Tops’ or from the raw fleece ‘in the grease’.

 

Castles and Historic Buildings to visit ...

 

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Places to visit ( these are just a few ! ) :


Tenby
with it's beaches and inner walled town (don't misss out on a boat trip to Caldey Island owned by monks of the Cistercian order)

Tenby


AberaeronAberaeron October 2016 - This town has just been named the best place in Wales. It's a picturesque seaside resort on the West Wales coast and it's come top of the Wales Best Places list And here's why it won RTPI President Phil Williams said: "Aberaeron is a truly deserving winner of the title – ‘Wales’ Best Place’. The impact of planning is obvious here as you walk through the town which has been carefully planned in the Georgian style around the harbour. "Planners have been important guardians of this town’s character as it has changed over the last 200 years – from small fishing village, to a thriving trading port and ship building town to today’s bustling business centre and tourist hot spot. As a Welshman I’m proud to have shone a spotlight on the outstanding range of places in Wales that have been protected, carefully planned or improved by planners." And Aberaeron emerged as the most popular place with Tenby in second place and the Gower - the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain - coming in at third.


Laugharne
(with Dylan Thomas' boathouse and writing shed)

Laugharne


Pendine Sands
(with it's beach stretching for 7 miles and where Malcolm Campbell and J.G. Parry-Thomas set the world land speed record five times between 1924 and 1927)

Pendine Sands


The Preseli Hills
(part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and perhaps best known for being the source of the bluestone rocks used to build Stonehenge)

Preseli Hills

 

See Gallery for Preseli Walks

 


Stackpole Estate
with Stackpole Quay and Bosherston Lily Pond

Stackpole

Nearby is St Govans Head with a tiny chapel cut into the rocks


New Quay
Beautiful coastal town on Cardigan Bay renowned for Dolphin Watching boat trips

Newquay


St. Davids
(Britain's smallest city)

St Davids

 

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Beaches

There are an abundance of beaches around the Pembrokeshire coastline. Pembrokeshire is home to Britain's only truly coastal National Park and contains a wide variety of beaches. We have more Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches than any other county in the country. Some beaches are easy to reach and ideal for families, others are less accessible and offer peace and seclusion.

(Amroth, Wisemans Bridge, Saundersfoot and Tenby are our nearest beaches on the south coast, and Poppit Sands and Newport Sands on the west coast, all within a 30 to 45 minute drive)

This hidden beach has been named one of the best in the world - and it's in the UK in Wales Barafundle Bay

Barafundle BayIf the thought of being on one of the world's most beautiful beaches is enough to make you want to pack your bags - look away now. One of the best beaches on the planet has been selected - and it's in Wales. With its stunning deep blue sea and smooth white sand, the stretch of coastline looks as though it belongs much closer to the Med. But in fact you can find it an hour from the M4 in Pembrokeshire. In a list of the top 25 beaches across the globe, published by Passport Magazine, is the remote Barafundle Bay, Wales Online reported. Surrounded by the rugged coastline and dunes, Barafundle Bay is hidden away and is only accessible by walking half a mile from the nearest car park and with no cafe or facilities, it offers nothing but its natural beauty. Passport Magazine described it as a "visual overdose of beauty". The post on the magazine's website states: "Barafundle Bay, part of southwest Wales’ Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, is a revelation—all the more so for the process of arriving there. "As you approach by car, rolling countryside turns more dramatic, sheer and craggy cliffs dropping precipitously to the sea." It goes on to explain how the drive to the car park takes you through a National Trust site and part of the Wales Coastal Path before having to walk over the dunes to reach the beach. It continues: "Set off on a long dirt track through this now-deserted estate, perhaps noticing a couple behind you carried along swiftly by their excited dog and a pair of elderly walkers leaning on canes and walking sticks. "Let them get far ahead as you stand admiring the deeply-striped cliffs on the cove to your left, the bright emerald fields surrounding you. "Ascending, the dirt track disappears and you’re in open green fields, the pastures backed by rolling hills and the shimmering bay below, ringed by rocky cliffs. "A few more minutes and you’re standing above Barafundle Bay. A fairly steep flight of steps brings you down to the sand. "The long stretch of cliff known as Stackpole Head sticks straight into the sea like an arm. A little boulder sits jauntily offshore. The waves crash against the smooth sand. "Your company here? Twelve people, four dogs, and a visual overdose of beauty."
Report in Daily Mail

Barafundle BayBarafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales This crescent-shaped, soft-sanded golden beach certainly has that wow factor. It’s still a secret of sorts – with no direct road access, you need to ramble along a cliff path for half a mile from the nearest car park to reach this gorgeous small bay backed by dunes and pine trees. But it will be worth it. With swathes of golden sand and crystal clear waters, Barafundle has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain (and even the world) and is often likened to a Caribbean bolthole. It’s pristine, but isolated meaning there are no toilets or facilities to buy food and drink – so pack your lunch. (It’s been voted “The UK’s Top Picnic Spot”, after all).
Report on MSN

Freshwater WestFreshwater West, Pembrokeshire, Wales This beautiful windswept, exposed beach is arguably the most consistent surf spot in Wales – but the waves and currents are strong, so it’s only for experienced surfers. But what a place to watch the action! The sand and rocky beach backed by dunes and surrounding headland was historically a haunt for smugglers. And if your kids are fans of Harry Potter, they may recognise the beach as the backdrop for Dobby’s Shell cottage in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Dogs are allowed on the beach and there’s easy access from a car park, plus there are nice toilets too. Check out tide times before you visit to ensure there’ll be plenty of sand to play on. And look out this season for Café Mor, a street food beach shack open Easter to September serving local lobster and crab, mackerel, burgers, breakfast rolls with laver bread, sea-foraged specials plus of course ice cream, homemade cakes and drinks. The mobile food outlet powers its kitchens using solar and wind energy – so no noisy generators ruin your blissful time at the beach.
Report on MSN

Tenby's Harbour Beach in WalesTenby beats off competition from Portugal, Croatia and Italy as it is named best beach in Europe. A small beach in Wales tucked up under the wall of Tenby’s picturesque harbour was named the most beautiful beach in Europe, beating off competition from Portugal, Croatia and Italy. Harbour Beach in the town Tenby, Pembrokeshire, has secured the top spot in Europe because of the quality of its water, the beauty of its environment and its reputation among visitors, e-tourist organisation European Best Destinations said. Tenby, which lies 90 miles west of Cardiff, is an old medieval walled town which has three sandy beaches that stretch for two and a half miles. Last year the town was judged third in the British Travel Awards in its Best UK Coastal Resort category.

NewquayNew Quay was voted 5th in the top 6 beaches in the UK is 'If you're keen on staying in the UK for your holiday, the quaint seaside haven of New Quay might be the place for you. The town, which inspired Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, looks directly out onto the Cardigan Bay and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK.'' Take a stroll and wander around the town's fantastic independent shops, or take to the seas with a boat trip to visit the dolphins and Atlantic grey seals which live nearby.'

MwntMwnt Beach, Wales Stevens said: "[This is] one of our favourite staycations - the higgle-piggle coves and dragon's caves along the Ceredigion coastal path, such as the one at Mwnt, are as dramatic as those in Cornwall but have far less commotion." The 29 best beaches in the world in 2019, according to travel experts

"Whenever Hollywood has needed a spectacular beach it has come to Pembrokeshire." Griff Rhys Jones


More Secret Beaches
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Visit PembrokeshireThis site on Visit Pembrokeshire lists beaches all around the Pembrokeshire coast

 


 

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Garden enthusiasts

Must visit the magnificent National Botanic Gardens of Wales

National Botanic Gardens

 

Aberglasney Gardens in the stunning Towy valley, famous for its fishing, castles and historic houses.

Aberglasney Gardens

 

More Gardens to visit ...

 

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Walking

You are spoilt for choice as far as walks are concerned in Pembrokeshire, covering both coastal and inland routes within the National Park. Wales now has a completed coast path, the first 186 miles of this having been established in Pembrokeshire. As such it benefits from well documented routes, tourist information and a shuttle bus service to save retracing a route and allowing greater distances to be covered.

Furthermore, the Wales Coast Path (which is 870 miles long) now joins up with Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail to provide 1,030 miles of walking opportunities right around the Welsh border. The sheer size and brilliance of the Path has already received public recognition with Coastal Wales being acknowledged as the world’s top destination to visit in 2012 by 'Lonely Planet', the travel guide experts, Wales being 8th on the 'Rough Guide' list of best nations to visit in 2016 and Pembrokeshire Coast being rated Holiday Destination of 2018 by BBC Countryfile magazine.

We are in easy driving distance from both the coastline to the south at Tenby and, to the north, the west coast at Cardigan, thus giving great accessability to a large section of the Welsh Coastal Path.

There are many online sources of information to allow holidaymakers to plan and print off routes before they arrive. There are two really useful sites:-


Pembrokeshire CoastPembrokeshire Coast National Park Walking

This site gives information of Walks in the National Park

 

 


Visit PembrokeshirePembrokeshire Coastal Path
Excellent site for planning walks and tours, with the complete path broken down into 15 individual sections with maps and descritions.

Both start and finish of the route within 30 to 45 minutes drive from Glynelwyn.

 


Pembrokeshire Bus ShuttlePembrokeshire Coastal Path Bus Shuttle
This site lists all the 'shuttle buses' running along the Pembrokeshire coast, so that you can plan a route allowing you to either travel back to where your car is parked, or maybe park up, bus to where you want to start your walk, and then you can walk back to your car! The coastal buses run 7-days a week throughout the summer, to the same timetable.

There are: -

Poppit Rocket - between Cardigan and Newport, via Moylgrove

Strumble Shuttle - between Fishguard – St Davids*, via coast road. *Including Whitesands

Puffin Shuttle – between Haverfordwest – Milford Haven – St Davids, via coast road. Please note the 315 Puffin Shuttle bus actually runs from Haverfordwest – Milford Haven – Marloes, 6-days a week (Monday – Saturday).

Coastal Cruiser – between Pembroke – Angle – Bosherston - Stackpole - Freshwater East

The buses run to a timetable, which describes where the bus stops are located. In towns you catch the bus at a recognised bus stop, but once you get into the countryside the buses operate on a 'Hail and Ride' basis, which means you don't have to find a bus stop to catch the bus. Simply join the road and flag the bus down as it passes you.

 

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More information can be found on the links below:-

Useful Links:

 

Visit PembrokeshireVisit Pembrokeshire (Useful site to find out about all the sites and activities available in Pembrokeshire)

 


 

Willy WeatherPembrokeshire Tide Times (Check tide times and weather around Pembrokeshire Coast) Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Weather

 

 


Discover CarmarthenshireDiscover Carmarthenshire (Useful site to find out about all the sites and activities available in Carmarthenshire)

 

 


Wales Coast PathWales Coast Path website with all the information you will need to plan your walks and learn about all the things you can do and see (The Wales Coast Path, officially launched on 5th May2012, made Wales the first country in the world to have a formal trail the whole way around its coast. Furthermore, the Wales Coast Path (which is 870 miles long) joins up with Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail to provide 1,030 miles of walking opportunities right around the Welsh border. The sheer size and brilliance of the Path has already received public recognition with Coastal Wales being acknowledged as the world’s top destination to visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet, the travel guide experts.)

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Enjoy a glimpse into the world of the Wales Coast Path

 


Visit WalesVisit Wales Welsh Coast Path

Visit Wales site with link to the Coast Path for more information

 

 


 

Also you must check out the 'Out and About' photos on the Gallery page for photos of all that is available within easy reach of 'The Hideaway' including Walks, visits to Gardens, Castles, Sea trips and more

 



More about Pembrokeshire ...

 


 

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