A spectacular coastline and beaches in all directions, a superb area for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities, Manor Bedw is an ideal centre for exploring the beautiful coast and countryside of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. Here are some of our favourite days out:
St Davids earns its city status from the magnificent St Davids Cathedral, but in reality it is a small attractive village, surrounded by spectacular coastal scenery renowned for its beauty and abundance of wildlife. There are wonderful coastal walks, beaches, boat trips and interesting places to visit, as well as great restaurants and cafes.
Porthgain to Abereiddy
Once a small commercial harbour, Porthgain is now a very popular tourist centre thanks to a great pub, a wonderful café and excellent art galleries. The Shed Fish & Chip Bistro serves arguably the best fish and chips in Pembrokeshire and is one of our favourite destinations. Excellent walks along the coast, including the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy.
Stackpole, Bosherston & Barafundle
This is surely one of the best walks in Pembrokeshire. It takes in glorious beaches (Barafundle and Broadhaven South), spectacular coastline, lakes and wildlife … with three excellent tea shops for some well-deserved refreshments. The whole area is owned by the National Trust. It is both a listed designed landscape and an internationally important nature reserve.
Probably the most iconic seaside town in Wales. It is surrounded on all sides by glorious sandy beaches, each with its own character. There’s plenty to do – leisurely walks on the beaches and promenades, taking in Castle Hill and St Catherine’s Island. Boat trips run from the harbour, for fishing, watersports or sightseeing. No shortage of great places to eat.
Manorbier is a lovely seaside village with a superb sandy cove great for rockpooling. This beach is also good for swimming, surfing, canoeing and angling. Manorbier Castle has a stunning location perched above the beach and is well worth a visit. There are beautiful walks along the coast.
Pembroke Castle & Freshwater West
Visit one of Wales’ finest castles and explore the birthplace of Henry VII. The walled town of Pembroke which grew up around the castle also contains many ancient and interesting Norman buildings. You can combine this with a visit to Freshwater West, the best surfing beach in Pembrokeshire and a popular film location.
Marloes & Skomer Island
If you head west to the village of Marloes you can explore Marloes Sands or do a lovely circular walk around the peninsula. You can also take the 15 minute boat ride to Skomer island, well known for its puffins.
This is one of our favourite short walks – especially as it starts and finishes at one of the best tea rooms in Pembrokeshire! It also gives you an opportunity to explore the rivers at the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The quaint riverside village of St Dogmaels is close to the market town of Cardigan. It’s a good base for a day out, with an award-winning local producers’ market, an abbey and one of only two working mills in Wales. Surrounded by lovely walks, close to a good beach and no shortage of good pubs and cafes.
Narberth – vintage & antiques tour
Narberth is a lovely little market town just 6 miles from us. Multi coloured Edwardian and Georgian buildings line the high street which has developed quite a reputation as a shopper’s heaven. Independent shops selling a whole range of exquisite items from fine art to fine food rub shoulders with vintage and antique shops. Then when a well earned rest is needed, there are award winning cafes, pubs and restaurants galore to rest your weary feet.
Preseli Hills, Nevern & Newport
Drive north to the Preseli Hills and walk through the unspoilt countryside, enjoying spectacular views out over the coast. A wealth of historic monuments include Pentre Ifan and Castell Henllys, a reconstructed Iron Age hill fort. Newport is an idyllic little town on Pembrokeshire’s north coast with lots of good walks, pubs and places to eat.
Colby Woodland Garden to Amroth
This walk follows public paths through Colby Woodland Garden, a National Trust property. It takes in Amroth, the beach which is at the very start (or finish!) of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. You then return though the woodland gardens – where you will find an excellent tearoom, an art and craft gallery and a walled garden to explore.
Welsh Wildlife Centre & Cilgerran Castle
The Welsh Wildlife Centre is an award winning visitor centre with a fantastic cafe which serves fresh home made food. Situated on the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve this is a perfect day out for the family. There are beautiful walks around the stunning 270 acres of nature reserve. The area around the Welsh Wildlife Centre has many attractions including Cilgerran Castle and canoeing on the river.
Aberglasney Gardens & National Botanic Garden of Wales
You will find two of the most famous gardens in Wales close together in Carmarthenshire. Spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi valley, Aberglasney House features one of the finest gardens in Wales. The National Botanic Gardens of Wales at Llanarthne covers 568 acres and includes a nature reserve as well as a formal garden, with the Great Glasshouse as its centrepiece.
Dylan Thomas & Laugharne
Laugharne, home of Dylan Thomas and about which he wrote his most famous play for voices, Under Milk Wood. Visit his Boat Shed writing room and walk along the beautiful estuary overlooked by Laugharne Castle.
The Wonder of Wool
Welsh wool and the Welsh woollen manufacturing industry was historically one of the most important industries in Wales. Why not spend a day exploring some of the fine woollen mills still remaining in West Wales? All of them have excellent shops and tea rooms as well!
New Quay & Cardigan Coast
For a change of scene drive north towards New Quay and visit some of the smaller beaches on the Cardigan coast. These include Mwnt, Tresaith, Penbryn and Cwmtydu. New Quay is a popular seaside holiday destination well known for dolphin spotting boat trips, as well as its Blue Flag and Seaside Award winning beaches and watersports.