Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Spring Break to Pembrokeshire

A Spring break has become a lovely tradition in our household.  I start planning it straight after Christmas, to make it bearable to get through the dark months of late winter.  Last year we went to Torquay, and the year before we were in Pembrokeshire, staying in the Bluestone resort.  Despite visiting that area of Wales a few times a year, there are still many spots we've yet to explore, so back to Pembrokeshire we went last week.  This time we stayed on the Western edge, in a little harbour village called Little Haven.

West Wales trip


West Wales

West Wales

West Wales

West Wales


St. Davids is the furthermost Westerly point of Pembrokeshire.  It's a cathedral city, well, cathedral village really!  The cathedral itself is impressive but very churchy, we spent more time in the shops in the village than in the cathedral itself.

West Wales

West Wales trip

Alas, we weren't as fortunate as on our previous Spring trips with the weather.  Despite arriving on a bright and sunny afternoon (though very cold in the wind!), and the next day in St Davids being gloomy but dry, the next few days had rain, wind, more rain, and yet more wind in store for us.  We were able to go for a few short walks along the clifftop coastal path, but the wind made it a bit too precarious, so we did our usual wet-weather option of driving around the coast, stopping in beauty spots to have a car-park picnic.  There are miles and miles of beautiful National-Trust owned coastline.  Simply breathtaking.

West Wales

West Wales

st martins haven

We drove around a few towns in the rain too, looking for nice dry charity shops to shelter in.  Haverfordwest is a typical town suffering from out-of-town retail parks.  There are far too many charity shops (I know, I love them, but sometimes they're the sign of a town dying...).  Independent shops like record stores and even corner shops are closing.  Still, I couldn't help but be cheered by the town, because of the local church's Easter preparations.  Some enterprising members of the congregation have knitted Easter accessories for the town centre, covering lamp posts, bollards, bins and bus shelters with a range of cheery chicks and beaming bunnies.  I was tickled pink with them!

West Wales

West Wales

The other surprising find in Haverfordwest, was that within one of the charity shops was a small Spitfire museum!  They're raising funds to restore it to flying condition.

West Wales

West Wales

Because it was so wet, we spent a bit more time than usual indoors, drinking wine and watching films, so that's it for now.  I will do a separate post on our accommodation though, because it was impressive.  There's a sneak-peek photo below to tease you.  Also, we are back in West Wales in a few weeks' time for a short trip, so there will be yet more photos of this beautiful part of the world.  I hope you're not tired of me posting about West Wales yet, because we're not tired of visiting it!!

Summerhaven

15 comments:

  1. A wet weekend in Wales, it sounds like a large part of my childhood!
    Both of you and the sights look wonderful despite the inclement weather. The yarn bombing is cute.
    Your accomodation looks incredibly stylish, can't wait to hear more about it. x

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  2. When I saw your post pop up in my reading list, I couldn't be fast enough to read it. Pembrokeshire, my favourite place on earth. We've been to Little Haven and ate a picnic in the exact spot. When the tide was out, we walked along the beach to Broadhaven. I love St. David's but have yet to walk to St. David's Head as there was a treacherous sea mist when we last visited. Oh, and would you believe we went into that Spitfire charity shop/museum? Please keep your West Wales posts coming, I'm a fan! xxx

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    1. That's so funny that you went into the Spitfire place too! We sort of stumbled in, and didn't notice the museum at the back at first! More photos to come, you bet! xx

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  3. Much to my shame, I have never been west of Swansea in Wales, but these lovely photos - despite the wet weekend - make me want to re-double our efforts to head that way... Kx

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  4. Looks like you had fun, despite the unaccommodating weather! I don't mind some drizzle, as long as there's something hot to drink afterwards. Love the yarn bombing (at least, that's what they call in when people do large scale outdoor knitting in the US) - it's really cute!

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    1. We wouldn't have minded drizzle either, it was bucketing down!! The streets were transformed into streams!!

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  5. Darn that weather! But us Brits are used to making the most of whatever it throws at us at least! I love the knitted things - so cute :) Despite the gloominess everything still looks so beautiful. I also love the idea of a traditional Spring break - you're right it is really needed after the horrors that are January and February! xxx

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    1. Absolutely, I might book next year's soon!!

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  6. What a shame about the weather. At least you were in a place that was beautiful, rather than a damp concrete horror. That Spitfire museum looks fun. Did Haverfordwest have any connection to Spitfires? The town where I live was one where they were built.

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    1. I couldn't see any mention of a Haverfordwest-Spitfire connection, it just seems that there was an enthusiastic group of people who had the plane shipped from a desert overseas where it had crashed!

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  7. Beautiful photos and I love those colourful buildings! Typical British weather though, it really doesn't know what it's doing at the moment. xx

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    1. It's been gorgeous today and really warm in the sun but still chilly in the shade, I have been too-hot-too-cold all day!!

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  8. Wow what a lovely place to stay at and visit for a holiday, even though the weather wasn't very nice! :)

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  9. Looks like lots of dun despite the weather! I love the beautiful houses (especially the yellow one), the colourful buildings and the cute easter decorations! How sweet x

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  10. I love the Easter decorations! What a cute idea. It seems like you found lots to do despite the weather, and still looked very stylish too!

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