Last weekend, we went on a flying visit to my home county of Pembrokeshire to celebrate our engagement with my family. It came at a good time, as I needed my fill of coastal views and sea air. We started with a dog walk around Pembroke Castle and the Mill Pond in Pembroke, which remains one of my favourite walks of all time. I love walking around the old walls and imagining times gone by when the castle was inhabited. The Mill Pond is also a great place for some bird watching – we saw two herons, four cormorants and loads of swans and ducks.
After a spot of lunch at the Quayside Cafe in Lawrenny, we went for a walk around Carew Castle and the old mill. It’s a magnificent structure and a lovely little walk after a delicious lunch. I wish I’d appreciated these buildings more when I lived in Pembrokeshire and I’d love to learn more about their history. (At the moment, I like to make things up about their history and it’s a bit of a cross between Game of Thrones and The Tudors!) Finally, Sunday morning called for a visit to Freshwater West. As soon as I stepped out of the car and smelt the salt in the air, I felt restored. Sadly, this wasn’t to last as there were thousands (not exaggerating) of jelly fish washed up on the shoreline and they covered the beach. Poppy likes to bite them and fling them about. So we had quite a stressful walk, trying to keep her away from them and a few dead seagulls. Either way, there’s something about being by the sea that just fills my soul, even if it’s just for a few minutes!
My ‘summer’ holiday was spent in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. I grew up here but there were still plenty of places that I’d yet to explore. Growing up I’d often wondered why anyone would go on holiday to Pembrokeshire but looking at it through the eyes of a holiday-maker I now know why!
The first port of call was Carew Castle. I’d been to the castle for various events growing up but never walked around it. So off we go, all dressed up in our best walking gear in a bid to try & protect ourselves against the elements. I took loads of pictures of the castle (I love a good castle!) & I really like this one. I like to imagine ladies wondering around it wearing beautiful dresses. I also like to imagine it with the sun out, but the sun was obviously on it’s summer holidays too as we didn’t see it the whole week!
Next on our list of adventures was Lawrenny. My sister had told us about Quayside, a lovely little tearoom, which we visited for lunch & for a post-walk cake. Quayside offer little maps for you use for a 3 mile walk. The walk was brilliant, although the path was very narrow & muddy at times so you need to be careful. We saw some lovely things, mainly lots of different trees in the ancient woodland. Once out of the woodland you walk through the village of Lawrenny. It definitely meant that we could reward ourselves with some delicious cakes later on.
Later on in the week we were in North Pembrokeshire. We’d visisted a woolen mill in the morning & then headed for Porthgain. The wind was very strong so we didn’t walk on the headland for very long. But we loved the history here. The old slate quarry was awesome to see & there was loads of slate sticking out from the ground & the sides of the cliff. I had no idea that slate had been quarryed so close to where I grew up. You can’t go into any part of the quarry building but it really stands out & dominates the whole village. Porthgain is really small but has some lovely features. I also loved the fact that there are a number of fisherman here who provide the local area with crab & lobster! How’s that for keeping it local?! x