Last weekend I went on a road trip to Wales…
After (and while) spending so many years travelling, my interest in exploring closer to home has been peaking. Recently I’ve been gobsmacked by the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, a place literally next door to where I spent the first 18 years of my life. There is so much more for me to see around the Dales, the lakes and throughout this beautiful country. I also wanted to explore more of the United Kingdom. The Scottish Islands and the coast of Ireland (my whole family is Irish) of course come near the top of the list but I knew little about Wales and after some research on this place a little while back, Pembrokeshire has been calling me!
We glamped beside a woodland, walked along the stunning coastal path and ate at some very quaint cafes. Here I will share with you some of my top tips…
How to get there/back:
We chose to drive so that we could do more exploring at our leisure on route. On the way down, we took the slightly longer journey by driving through Snowdonia and stopping for a walk by Llyn Ogwen and on the way back we stopped in the seaside town of Aberystwyth for a meander through the markets and a beautiful meal at Medina.
Where to stay:
We stayed at Top of the Woods glamping site (about an hour from Aberystwyth), 15 minutes from the coast, surrounded by green rolling hills and backing onto a huge woodland with a secret waterfall within. Staying here under the full moon was a real treat. We sat on our deck chatting as the moon rose, a memory that will stay with me for a long time.
Soo and John who run the site have really thought of everything. They provide all the wood and setup needed for your camp fire and every cooking utensil you need, whether you want to cook porridge on the hob or stew a curry in the fire. They are an eco site which sorts all waste, providing separate bins for organics, paper, glass etc. They offer both composting and flushing loos to accommodate all and the showers worked great. Everything is well spread out across meadows yet there’s water taps always close by. Small touches like fairy lights lining the tent that come on at dusk, really make this site special and I’d definitely return if I’m down that way again.
What to do:
This coastline is regularly featured as one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. We hit jackpot by walking the path on a glorious sunny, early autumn Friday. Over the 4 hours or so spent walking next to the ocean, we passed only a handful of others.
There are many different routes you can take, choosing which section of the coast you’d like to explore and where you’d like to turn inland. The stunning contrast of natural green solid land and soft blue rippling ocean create an incredibly special view of nature.
Other than the coast, there’s still a huge selection. I ran through the woodland next to where we stayed and it was so beautiful. I ended up going the ‘wrong’ way on the circular path and ended up on the road trying to find my way home. In the end I managed to ask a man who knew where it was and had just picked fresh apples off his tree, of which he gifted me three… the most sweet, vibrant, pink apples I ever did eat. Speaking of…
Where to eat:
Beside the water! We spent the most wonderful evening at the Ferry Inn. This pub is in St Dogmaels and so cute and cosy. I’d recommend this after your chosen path along the coast to enjoy views of ducks and boats and a setting sun over the river. You can take your food/drink outside or enjoy inside by the huge windows looking out.
Also of course wonderful to eat your warming fodder beside the campfire, cuddled in a blanket under the stars. You can buy your produce from the organic Glebelands Market Garden in Cardigan which is a lovely town for a roam around (the eco shop is a treasure!!).