Over the years the other half and I have walked in various landscapes around the world – Bavarian mountains, vineyards in Germany, beaches in Cyprus, Cliffs in Jersey and various places around the UK. Only this week it occurred to us the range of landscapes we have on our doorstep in Pembrokeshire.
Obviously we have coastal walking here in the only predominantly coastal national park in the UK, but the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offers cliffs in the north and sand dunes in the south. It is amazing how the sea can carve such different types of coast all in one county. Not surprising then that Broad Haven is such a mecca for geology students.
Hill walkers can enjoy the fabulous views from our own Preseli mountains. Origin of the stones that make up the iconic Stonehenge there is definitely a mystical feeling in the air and where all the youngsters of Pembrokeshire go to sledge as soon as there is a snowflake on the ground.
If it is a bit windy maybe a day walking through the woods is a better option. With Haroldston, Canaston and Colby woods all in Pembrokeshire you are spoilt for choice. Snowdrops and daffodils abound in early spring giving way to bluebells as the weather warms in May.
Perhaps walking around the tidal Cleddau estuary is more your thing. Don’t forget to take a pair of binoculars to try and spot a Shelduck or diving Cormorant. Or maybe take a day off from the walking and take a boat trip instead.
It is not all countryside walking though. Whether you prefer the castle towns of Haverfordwest, Tenby and Pembroke or Britain’s smallest city St David’s with its Cathedral or shopping in Narberth and around the marina in Milford – all are within easy reach in Pembrokeshire.
Wherever you like to walk don’t forget to take a map – patchy mobile phone coverage makes for a great digital detox, but not so good for using Google, take a bottle of water and tell somebody where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Shut gates behind you please and keep the dog on a lead around livestock.
Also, remember the saying – “There is no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothing!”