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Dog Walks in Pembrokeshire – Pembroke Castle

Over the Easter weekend, which seems like years ago now, we went on a lovely walk around Pembroke Castle and the Mill Pond. It’s one of my favourite walks in Pembrokeshire for a number of reasons. It’s all on tarmac so it’s perfect in the rain, it’s pretty quiet and you get to walk around an incredibly historic building. Sunny Pembroke Pembroke Castle is the birthplace of Henry VII and the original part of the castle was built in 1093. It is one of the most breathtaking buildings I have ever seen and to think it’s been around since 1093, it makes it even more impressive. I can remember growing up, just being completely overwhelmed by it. As you walk along the Mill Pond, you can see some of the original town walls too. Mill Pond There’s lots of interesting wildlife to spot along the Mill Pond, including herons and otters, though we only spotted a heron! Better luck next time. We parked on the Mill Pond and headed out along the Mill Pond Walk. When you get to the end you can carry on your walk around Pembroke Main Street or head left towards the lime kiln. We head up onto Main Street and head past the shops and cafes, back towards the Mill Pond car park. From there we walk alongside the castle. The Castle I love looking up at the castle and imagining it in days gone by and how it was a battleground for many years. I can just imagine it in Game of Thrones episode and can only imagine the plotting that took place in the castle!Mill Pond WalkThe walk around the estuary is really lovely, with hidden gems like this one. The council have done a lot of work on the walk and there’s plenty of room for dogs to run around and explore the wildlife. Pembroke CastleThere are lots of great walks all around this part of Pembrokeshire, but this area is steeped in history and well worth visiting. Not that I’m biased or anything, I grew up here (well, near here – Pembroke Dock to be exact!) Plus, it definitely gets the Poppy seal of approval! Pembroke Poppy The Walk: The walk around the Mill Pond and Pembroke Castle can be short or long, depending on whether or not you want to include Main Street.
Cost: While the walk is free, you will need to pay and display in any of the car parks in Pembroke but it won’t be more than a few pounds.
Car Park: We parked in the small car park on the Mill Pond bridge, but there’s more parking on the Commons. Both are Pay & Display parking.
Refreshments: There are a number of little cafes on the Main Street in Pembroke. We usually get a take away tea from Lunch @ Number 40. It’s only a £1 and it helps to keep you going!
Toilets: There are some public toilets on Main Street.

*Part of the #BEDM series, this is my post on Local History.

Dog Walks in Pembrokeshire ~ Saundersfoot Beach

Last weekend we headed down to Pembrokeshire to visit my Mum. We wanted to go to the beach for a walk and decided on Saundersfoot. During the Summer, it’s incredibly popular with holidaymakers & tourists. But during the winter, it’s turned over to the dogs! There were quite a few there on Saturday, leaping about in the waves.

Saundersfoot beach

We stayed on the main beach in Saundersfoot, though there are a couple of others you can access nearby. We arrived as the tide was out, which is when Saundersfoot beach is at its best. It’s a lovely beach, really wide and lovely golden sands. It gave Poppy a great opportunity to have a run around off the lead. It’s a nice and easy beach to walk along and is accessed straight from the harbour.

Saundersfoot

Be wary of razor clams that live in the sand. They can cut your feet if going barefoot and might be an issue for some dogs, though Poppy only gave them a little snuffle before moving on. It’s a great beach to go for a dog walk. It’s really spacious and you get great views of the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. Great, rain or shine!

Dog walking Pembrokeshire

The Walk: Saundersfoot beach is a lovely long, wide beach (when the tide is out) but be aware that dogs are restricted during the summer season.
Cost: Free
Car Park: There’s parking right by the beach and it’s a Pay & Display car park. It’s quite a small car park but there are a few other car parks around the town.
Refreshments: There are quite a few cafes and restaurants in Saundersfoot so there are plenty of places to get a cup of tea. 
Toilets: There are public toilets on the harbour.

Poppy on the Beach

Last weekend, my OH & I went to visit my Mum & sister in Pembrokeshire. It was the first time they were going to meet Poppy & it was a weekend of many firsts for Poppy. First up was the lengthy car journey, made even longer by some pretty hideous traffic in the usual hot spots of Newport & Port Talbot. Poppy was ace the whole journey. When we adopted her, the previous family said she got really travel sick. But that hasn’t been the case with us. She got in the boot outside our house & didn’t make a peep until we stopped at the services to let her stretch her legs. The biggest challenge was going to be sharing the house (and me) with another dog, Harvey. Harvey is my sister’s dog & is getting on a bit. He’ll turn 13 this August & is going blind & deaf, as well as having a few other health issues. I was quite worried how these two were going to get on. Was Poppy going to get really jealous of the attention I paid to Harvey? Was Harvey going to accept another dog in his home?

HarveydogWell, it was quite interesting. Poppy desperately wanted Harvey to play with her, but Harvey wasn’t particularly interested in that. They seemed to tolerate each other, although Harvey did growl at Poppy a few times – when she got in his bed (after Harvey had been in hers), when Poppy tried to take back one of her chews (after Harvey had taken it off her) and when Poppy kept on sniffing him, again and again! Poppy did keep on following Harvey around but he wasn’t keen.

Poppydog

Another first for Poppy, as far as we know, was the beach. As we’d never been to the beach with her, we were looking forward to how she’d react to the sand and to the sea. (Because of Harvey’s age & poor health, we didn’t take him to the beach with us. He wouldn’t get very far at all!) Poppy pretty much loved the sand, as it had so many smells for her to enjoy. But, as I’d suspected, she didn’t like the tide much & ran away from it every time! However, she did enjoy playing around in the rock pools, especially if it meant getting closer to a seagull.

There were quite a few jellyfish on the shoreline & it wasn’t long before Poppy was taking quite an interest in them. She sniffed quite a few before she started to pick them up & try to eat them! We think that one might’ve given her a bit of a sting, as she then spent ages licking the sand, as if her tongue was itchy. (She consumed quite a bit of sand, as it came out the other end the next day!) After that, she pretty much left them alone!

Jellyfish

We walked from one side of Fresh Water West to the other & back again. The weather was amazing, warm & sunny, perfect beach weather. Fresh Water West is my favourite beach in Pembrokeshire. It’s long & sandy and due to the strong currents, isn’t packed with tourists during the high season. Plus, it’s a great place to walk dogs.

Smelling sand

Poppy on the beach

Poppy on the rocks

I think it’s fair to say that Poppy loved the beach. She loved being at my mum’s too, as she got double the love & attention, which is becoming quite the norm whenever we take her anywhere! I can’t wait to go back to the beach with her – Being by the sea reminded me how landlocked Oxfordshire is and there is nothing like the sea air in your lungs. (Plus it’s the perfect excuse for an ice cream or a cream tea, like the one I enjoyed below at the Castlemartin Cafe! Delicious!)

Cream Tea

Tuesday Treat

Tenacious

There’s nothing quite like heading home for a weekend of relaxation. Last weekend my OH & I headed to Pembrokeshire to enjoy some home cooking & sea air. We weren’t disappointed. Homemade chips for tea on Friday, egg sarnies for lunch on Saturday & a roast on Sunday. Not only that, we were able to see the Tall Ship, The Tenacious, at Milford Haven docks. We braved the heavy rain & gusty winds to see this beautiful ship.

Tenacious

It was worth getting out in the weather to see the ship and the docks at a different time of day. We also saw fisherman delivering their fresh lobster & crab. Fab!