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Pembrokeshire, a Great Place For a Holiday or Short Break in Wales

About Pembrokeshire Puffin

Pembrokeshire must surely be one of the most beautiful and varied counties in Britain and Haroldston Farmhouse is well placed to explore all of it. The coastline is rugged and imposing and is accessible along almost its whole length via the 187 mile long coastal path. This provides unforgettable walking holidays on what many believe is one of the World's premier long distance routes. In 2010, National Geographic voted Pembrokeshire as joint runner up in its top 20 of World's best coastal destinations!  A quotation, from the Daily Telegraph, tells the story very eloquently: “Pembrokeshire is a nature lover's paradise, with miles of sandy beaches, like Cornwall, but without the people.”

Throughout the year but particularly during the season, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Bus Service runs a series of shuttles, collecting hikers from the end of their walks & returning them to their cars (or vice Versa). Alternatively, there are plenty of mapped out circular walks; see Pembrokeshire Coast, Walks in the Park and our own favourite walks in the Things To Do section.

There are numerous beautiful sandy beaches, many of which remain peaceful, even in high season. Marloes Sands is totally unspoilt and must be one of the loveliest anywhere, yet is only 12 miles from Haroldston.

The coast is dotted with havens of all kinds, from the picturesque little harbours at Solva and Porth Gain to the busy industrial ports at Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock.

Regular ferries to Ireland are available at Fishguard and Pembroke Dock. The crossing to Rosslare is inexpensive and takes only 4 hours, so a day trip is both practical and economical.

For those on a bird watching holiday, regular boat trips are available to Pembrokeshire’s island reserves, most notably, Skomer, Ramsey and Caldey. In the spring and early summer, the islands are worth a visit for the enchanting puffins alone. The picture above was taken on Skomer with an ordinary camera (no telephoto lens) which gives a measure of just how bold these cute little birds are!

The county also has the only coastal national park in the UK. For more information, please also see RSPB home page and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.Turning inland, the Preseli Hills contains a feast of beauty spots and wide vistas, from sweeping moorlands, to exquisite valleys; from mysterious forests to sparkling lakes. Even here, there is plenty for the historian. The stone circle, at Pentre Ifan, is constructed from the same locally quarried stone as is Stonehenge.

Driving in Pembrokeshire is a real pleasurable experience, particularly for those harassed commuters who are only too familiar with grid locked roads. Even in high season, traffic jams are rare and any minor queue disperses quickly.

Pembrokeshire is endowed with numerous and diverse things to do, which caters for all age groups, occasions and preferences.

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