I always like finding somewhere new to walk Poppy. Not only because it keeps things interesting for me, but her reaction whenever we go somewhere new, is priceless. So last time we were in Pembrokeshire, we headed to Manorbier beach, which is dog friendly all year round. It’s not the biggest of beaches in the area, but access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal path is really easy to get to, so if you wanted something bigger, head up to the path.
After a little stroll on the beach, which was packed due to the beautiful weather, we headed over the to the rock pools. Poppy isn’t keen on swimming in the sea, but she does love a good snuffle around rock pools. Fortunately, there are plenty to explore and she had us chasing after her, clambering over rocks, like the best of them!
Then, we headed up onto the coastal path. We hadn’t planned to go onto the path, so we just walked a bit and then turned around and walked back. However, there are a couple of circular walks encompassing Manorbier bay, which can be found on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park website and I’d love to do one of these one day. It is a popular little spot and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
The Walk: The beach isn’t very wide so if you’re interested in a long walk, then head up on to the coastal path, where you can walk for as long as you like!
Cost: There’s no entry charge, but you will need to pay for parking. We did consider heading to the Castle as well, but you do have to pay for entry there. More info here.
Car Park: Parking is pay and display in all Pembrokeshire Coast Car Parks, but it is pretty reasonable and transferable between Pembrokeshire Coast car parks.
Refreshments: While there’s no where to buy refreshments, there was an ice cream van in the car park and there is a cafe in Manorbier itself.
Toilets: There are some just inside the car park.
Yesterday as Museum Day and in Oxford, we’re really spoilt with the amazing Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museum. While we were in Cornwall last week, we didn’t visit any museums, but we did go to Trebah Gardens. It’s dog friendly, has lots to see and it has it’s own beach. Perfect.
It has such an amazing array of plants of all colours, shapes and sizes. We headed straight down to the beach upon arrival and enjoyed a salted caramel ice cream. Then we headed back up to the koi pond, via the water garden, which was incredibly tranquil. It was such a lovely place, we intended to go back, as the ticket is valid for 7 days. But alas, we ran out of time and didn’t make it. It’s definitely somewhere we’ll visit again next time we’re near. Poppy was welcome throughout the gardens and she loved it! There were so many smells for her that she was exhausted when we finished. Dogs have free entry and we even got a dog biscuit on arrival! So cute! The gardens were a real inspiration to me and I took way too many pictures. I love that the beach has such a history too, as it was used as an embarkation point for the D-Day landings. The boathouse that’s on the beach was also built by racing driver, Donald Healey.
Trebah Garden is now one of my favourite places to visit in Cornwall! How about you? What’s your favourite garden to visit?
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. 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. 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. 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!The 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. There 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! 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. *Part of the #BEDM series, this is my post on Local History.
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.
We had a little anniversary in the house over the weekend. It’s been twelve months since we brought Poppy home from the Blue Cross. It’s gone so quickly but in some respects, it’s like we’ve had her forever!
We’ve had some adventures, some scary, like when she choked on her food, and some brilliant, like our holiday in Cornwall. Everyday she does something new that surprises us. When she yawns, she often howls a bit, which is hilarious! We’re always getting stopped when we walk her, because people are curious about her or think she’s adorable (which she is!)
We’re always working on her training and getting her to improve her behaviour. At the moment we’re working on reducing her separation anxiety. The other night, she barked for almost the whole hour while we were at the pub. So we’re going to get some help with a 1-2-1 training session from a local dog trainer. In the meantime, we’re trying the mat & kong system that we saw on Dogs: Their Secret Lives. After just a few days, it’s going really well. She’ll sit and stay on her mat while she chews her kong. We’ve gone as far as to stay in the kitchen while this happens, so tomorrow we’ll be moving into a completely different room. Fingers crossed!
I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months has in store for us and Poppy, hopefully a few more lie ins, as Poppy is very much an early bird! I’m so pleased we adopted her and were able to give her a happy home.