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Beautiful Pembrokeshire

Stables Cottage outside view

Stables Cottage – outside view

Stables Cottages inside view

Stables Cottage – inside view

Pembrokeshire is Wales’ most popular coastal destination. As the sun starts to shine, then it would be a great place to consider going on holiday. It has a national park, coastal path, great cycling routes, arts and crafts and wonderful beaches.

Luckily for you, we have a new holiday cottage on our listings which is perfect for a self-catering family holiday.

A short stroll from its own beach and close to the coastal path on the Pembrokshire National Park coastline, Fynnonofi Farm is relaxation central. The traditional stone holiday cottage has stunning sea or mountain views from all rooms. And with outdoor eating areas to enjoy sunsets in the evening, you will have little need to go anywhere else.

The cottage sleeps 5 with 2 double bedrooms and a children’s room. The kitchen has all expected amenities, and the is a large, bright sitting room with wood-burning stove, TV/video and double glass doors with idyllic views across the sea. There are 2 bathrooms, underfloor heating and the style is ‘rustic coastal’. There is also plenty of space for children to play safely.

For many more Pembrokeshire cottages, visit our main site.

The beautiful beach!

The beautiful beach

 

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It’s a whopper!

Pembrokeshire Fish Week, a celebration of the county’s fantastic seafood, spectacular coastline, wonderful beaches and maritime heritage, returns this year between 25th June and 3rd July. One of the best festivals in Wales, it attracted nearly 30,000 visitors last year.


This year’s festival includes more than 250 events, with some exciting novelties lined up, such as ‘Cook your Catch’, a seafood cookery masterclass with five top British chefs.


Mark Hix, Valentine Warner, Mitch Tonks, Bryn Williams and Anthony Evans will all be cooking inspirational fish and shellfish dishes at the Torch Theatre on 29th June. But there’s a catch! Earlier in the day, they will all go fishing off the South Pembrokeshire coast and they must cook their own rod-caught fish or shellfish in their demonstration – whatever it may be.


Other new events include a beginners’ kayaking course, with mackerel fishing and a fishy barbecue. You learn the fundamental skills within the shelter of Porthclais Harbour, then head out for a gentle paddle along the coast. Organisers TYF Adventure of St Davids will share their knowledge and fishing lines to catch mackerel for dinner, returning to St. Davids with the bbq ready to go.


New events ideal for families include beach explorer sessions at Goodwick, discovering and identifying shells, seaweed and live creatures, or marine wildlife explorer days at Broad Haven including seine netting, environmental art, and a beach comb clean. There’s also a river walk for youngsters in Solva – a chance to get in close and really find out about river life – and a family-friendly beachcomb at Tenby.


Foodie events include a lobster and champagne evening at the Harbourmaster, Milford Haven or a fish supper with live music at the Lavender Café in Solva. There’s a special fish tasting evening at the Ocean in Broad Haven with fish from around the world and a fish-themed quiz night. Or you could try a Friday fish feast at Whitesands Café, St Davids, with hot seafood platters a speciality, as well as a fish and chip night with a glass of wine at Newport Links Golf Club.


There’s lots more information at on the website

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Petrol prices boost bikes

Sportives, National Trust

Will rocketing petrol prices create a holiday bicycle boom? More and more tourism businesses seem to believe so. For instance, April saw the launch of Cambridge Bike Tours, the first of its kind to provide a programme of bicycle tours around the city and surrounding areas. As well as modern bikes, tourists have the opportunity to try some nostalgic and immaculately refurbished historic British bikes.

Cambridge is famous for its cycling and has over 80 miles of cycle paths and lanes to explore. The company claims its tours offer tourists a unique outdoors experience and enable them to see more of the city and river than on the many walking tours available. Surprisingly, Cambridge Bike Tours is the first tour company in the city to offer a programme dedicated purely to bicycle tours.

The company runs a programme of four different tours operating every day of the week in the summer except Tuesdays. Three of the tours cost £20 and the full day tour costs £33, including bike and helmet. Discounts are available for students, families and groups.

Also getting busy on two wheels is the National Trust, which has launched a new series of challenge rides (also known as sportives). Anyone who’s ever fancied the idea of taking part in a challenging cycle ride through stunning countryside or around a beautiful country estate could be in for a treat with one of them.

All of the routes start and finish at National Trust sites and the first ride will take place in Pembrokeshire in West Wales on 1 May.

The National Trust’s Philip Broadbent-Yale said: “These rides offer a fantastic way to see amazing countryside and have been specifically designed to cater for all ages and abilities, from first-time riders to seasoned pros, there’s something for everyone.”

With distances ranging from a few miles, which is ideal for families, to more testing 50-100 mile rides for the more experienced, these cycling challenges are designed for those who love spending time in the great outdoors. The routes wind through open countryside and will be fully way-marked and marshalled by professional event organisers.

Challenge rides planned for 2011 are:

  • 1 May – National Trust Pembrokeshire Challenge Ride at Stackpole in Wales
  • 19 June – Father’s Day Ride at Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire
  • 3 July – National Trust White Peak Challenge Ride – Illam, Peak District (TBC)
  • 3 July – Kingston Lacy in Dorset
  • 24 July – Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire
  • 11 Sept – Wimpole in Cambridgeshire
  • 2 October – Dartmoor Atlantic Challenge at the Parke Estate in Devon
  • 9 October – Sizergh Castle in the Lake District

More information on the rides, how to register and more downloadable cycle trails can be found at National Trust website

Also happening this summer will be the Trust’s first ever Cycling Festival which will take place between 16-24 July, with bike-ride events and activities happening at 25 locations, including Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire and Scotney Castle in Kent.

Finally, March saw the launch of a unique cycle route in Dorset, where to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Dorset Wildlife Trust has created 42toDO, a special route taking in all of its 42 nature reserves. At 260 miles through the best of Dorset’s landscapes, it is a challenge that people can take up by bike, on foot or even by car, with shorter routes also available for a more leisurely day.

Fiona Sansom of Dorset Wildlife Trust said:

“42toDO is all about celebrating our wonderful nature reserves. Anybody can do it, whether they cycle the whole thing in one go or tick off a few nature reserves at a time on a leisurely ride or walk. Our route is suitable for cyclists, avoiding main roads where possible, but you can still visit the reserves by car, so there’s no reason to feel left out!”

The Trust has produced a map which includes all you need to know about where and when to see unmissable wildlife such as wood anemones, bluebells, sand lizards, early spider orchids or red squirrels.

With different punches at every reserve to collect on the 42toDO maps, challengers will win a certificate and special badge for achieving all 42 or for more than half. There will be additional prizes for the most impressive or unusual ways of completing the challenge.

The 42toDO challenge is free. For a pack, click here

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