Days Out from Manor Bedw – St Davids

St Davids CathedralNo trip to Pembrokeshire would be complete without a visit to St Davids and it is probably top of the list for most of our visitors.

St Davids earns its city status from the magnificent St Davids Cathedral. In reality it is a small attractive village, surrounded by spectacular coastal scenery renowned for its beauty and abundance of wildlife.

The route to St Davids will take you out to the coast at Newgale, a great beach for walking and surfing, and on to Solva, a very pretty harbour which is well worth a look. If you have time, it’s worth a small detour to Solva Woollen Mill, the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire. An added bonus is its lovely shop!

St Davids Bishops PalaceSt Davids Cathedral has been the dominant presence since the 12th century and was a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the middle ages. Indeed it remains so to this day attracting thousands of visitors every year. Adjacent to the cathedral stand the magnificent ruins of the medieval Bishops Palace.

There are fantastic coastal walks all around St Davids. A popular starting point is Porthclais, a small harbour just a mile or so from St Davids. The National Trust has a route and a map here or search the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park walks here

Close to St Davids is one of Pembrokeshire’s most famous surfing beaches, Whitesands. Overlooked by the imposing craggy hill of Carn Llidi, this wide expanse of fine white sand curves north towards the remote rocky headland of St Davids Head. Whitesands is the starting point for another National Trust walk – the St David’s Head coastal walk

Alternatively you could take a boat trip from St Justinians around Ramsey Island for a spot of dolphin and seal watching.

Back in St Davids you will find plenty of great cafes and restaurants if you are looking for a place to eat. The Oriel y Parc Landscape Gallery and Visitor Centre on the outskirts of St Davids is also worth a visit.

Distance from Manor Bedw: 31 miles