Pembrokeshire has an extraordinary wealth of activities available all year round to entertain and challenge people of all ages. From wildlife watching to surfing, visitors and residents of Pembrokeshire are spoilt for choice. This treasured National Park offers arguably unparalleled scenery to be enjoyed from the cliff top or the water. And this really is a wild and rich scenery enhanced with a wealth of native species ruling the skies and waves from porpoises to seals to enormous whales and wheeling gannets, storm petrels and common seagulls.
Or you could challenge yourself to liberating activities such as sea kayaking, surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, walking, cycling or climbing as Pembrokeshire offers some of the best spots in the UK for these activities. There are many excellent activity centres with the expertise and equipment to enable you to try something new under the safe guidance of instructors.
Before you scroll down the page to read more about these activities, check out the selection of activity DVDs above filmed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority highlighting the vast wealth of accessible activities on offer here. We even roped in extreme sportsman and climber Tim Emmett to kayak around Ramsey Island on his second time ever in a kayak. Find out how he got on by clicking on the videos at the top of the page!
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path – a National Trail of 186-miles - can be walked in 10 to 15 days. If you don’t fancy the whole trek, then there are many short walks which can be done in a day or just a few hours. Around St Davids itself, there are circular walks around Ramsey Sound, Whitesands Bay and Penberry. For inland walks, there is plenty of choice along the river valleys or in and around the Preseli Hills. For walking holidays, contact us at Oriel y Parc for something to suit everyone. Find out more about the Walks for All Guide, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail and Walks in the Park by clicking on the links.
There are many opportunities around the St David's Peninsula to experience local wildlife. This includes visits to Ramsey, Grassholm, Skomer and other islands to view puffins, seals and shearwaters. Off-shore whale and dolphin watching is popular, and it is even possible to see basking shark and leatherback turtles. Contact us at Oriel y Parc for a wide variety of boat trips.
There are more Blue Flag beaches in Pembrokeshire than anywhere in the UK, so what better place to try out a watersport whilst you’re in the St Davids area?
Surfing and windsurfing can be enjoyed at Whitesands and Newgale beaches. Kite surfing is also offered locally. There are a good variety of surf shops with hire and sale of wetsuits and boards in St Davids and most other coastal towns and villages.
For sailors, the main activity is located further south on the Milford Haven Waterway, but moorings on the St David's Peninsula include those at Solva and Porthgain. Powerboating can also be experienced from Solva.
Conditions are perfect here for kayaking around the rugged coastline, with challenges for canoeists of all levels. Similarly there is great diving around the coasts with a fantastic marine habitat to explore for divers of all levels.
Or why not try coasteering? The exhilarating adventure sport which takes in sea caves, and cliff faces alike, with cliff jumping, wave dodging and rock crossing – a good venue for this sport is at St Nons near St Davids.
Whichever activity you are interested in – contact us at Oriel y Parc for more details.
Arts and Crafts
St Davids and the surrounding countryside is a haven for artists. Numerous artists in different mediums are at work throughout the Peninsula and beyond. View their work in the galleries and shops of St Davids and Solva.
Visit the working woollen mills of Melin Tregwynt at Castlemorris and Solva Woollen Mill, to see looms in action and purchase high quality woollen products such as blankets and rugs.
For arts and crafts events in Pembrokeshire, check out www.pembrokeshireevents.co.uk
Eating and Drinking
St Davids is fast establishing a reputation as a real foodie destination. Numerous cafes, restaurants and delis both in the city and around the area are serving good quality local food with flair and creativity.
For a good selection of eating and drinking places, visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/foodanddrink