West Wales Highlights
Visit West Wales' Best Bits...
There are no disappointing beaches in west Wales but have a look at our favourites. Most are under an hour's drive from both properties. There are many more fabulous beaches that can be accessed in less than half an hour but we wanted to share our particular favourites with you. All of the Pembrokeshire beaches are located in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and are on the Coastal Path long distance trail.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park...
At 186 enchanting miles long, the Pembrokeshire National Park Coastal Path is a National Trail route. It is a real gem because of the variety of scenery in a relatively small area. There is a year round bus service for walkers. There are about 17 stages to the path but there are plenty of shorter and circular walks to choose from. Spectacular in spring when the cliffs are a riot of colour, with bird life and sea life at its most active. Wild but mild in winter when walking can be at its most enjoyable (woolly hat essential!). Accessible all year round for both gentle and strenuous walking depending on your inclination and fitness.
After passing through the resorts of Tenby, Pembroke and Milford Haven, the route sticks faithfully to the beautiful coastline of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to reach the tiny cathedral city of St Davids, before heading north to Fishguard and St Dogmaels, in the shadow of the Preseli Hills.
(Closest point to Croft Court, Tenby - less than a minute; closest point to Cefnmeurig cottage - Amroth about 28 mins)
You can feel and see the mystery of this magical place all around you. The walking is relatively easy and the views spectacular. The highest point is Foel Cwmcerwyn at 1,758ft.
(about 20 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and about 40 mins from Tenby)
The Landsker Borderlands Trail...
The Landsker Borderlands Trail starts at Whitland and circles around a quiet estuary landscape at Lawrenny. Landsker is the Norse word for frontier and the trail marks the place where the Welsh battled with invaders in the 11th century and right up until the last invasion in 1747.
The route is dotted with castles and many other heritage sites and the Landsker conveniently marks the divide between English-speaking Pembrokeshire in the southwest and Welsh-speaking Pembrokeshire to the east.
(closest access points 10 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 20 mins from Tenby)
Between the western and southern areas of the National Park lies the Milford Haven Waterway. Here the tranquil wooded reaches of the Daugleddau estuary and Carew and Cresswell rivers, and the sheltered bays downstream, feed into one of the finest natural deep water harbours in the world. It is sometimes called the Secret Waterway, as it is rarely visited despite being so beautiful. The most obvious access points are, Cresswell Quay, Carew, Landshipping and Lawrenny.
(about 12 mins from Tenby and about 27 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage)
Brecon Beacons National Park...
The Brecon Beacons National Park is a beautiful area with dramatic scenery, varied wildlife and an intriguing past. It is a landscape of contrasts with wild, open moorland and waterfalls, windswept mountains and sheltered valleys, bustling market towns and isolated farmsteads. In this rural area farming dominates the landscape and Welsh cultural traditions are warmly regarded - especially in the west. This agricultural landscape is rich in wildlife habitats with a wonderful variety of plants and animals, some internationally rare. There is a powerful sense of history in the legacy of ancient historic buildings and telltale signs of ancient life, even in the remotest landscape locations illuminating the story of the people who have lived and worked here during the last five thousand years. In the far West of the National Park is the upland range known as the Black Mountain (singular). This remote almost wilderness like location contains one of the finest ridge walks anywhere in England or Wales popularly known as the Carmarthen Fans.
(about 44 mins from Cefnmeurig Cottage and 1 hr from Tenby)
Fishing enthusiasts in Carmarthenshire proudly claim that this county is home to both the King and the Queen of Welsh rivers.
The majestic Tywi, which rises high in the Cambrian Mountains and drifts and loops confidently through the verdant valley, is widely regarded as the best sea trout, or sewin river in Europe.
The queenly Teifi, which defines Carmarthenshire's northern border is secretive, shy and tucked away for most of its course among tangled, thickly wooded riverbanks and deep gorges. The Teifi is renowned for its salmon fishing and for its famous Teifi brown trout.
One of Wales's first beauty spots, the picturesque Cenarth Falls, was popularised by Victorian travellers. Visitors still flock here, not just for the scenery but also to catch sight of the coracles still in use by local fishermen. The rushing river was also the driving force for the historic Welsh woollen industry, remainders of which survive along the valley.
These two rivers, with their very different personalities, offer a combination of superb scenery and that feeling of being at one with nature.