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St David's Peninsula and Pembrokeshire

1. Coasteering on the St David’s Peninsula

Scramble, jump, swim and climb around the rugged Welsh coastline under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor. The St Davis'd area offers world-leading outdoor adventure locations and some of the cleanest and warmest waters in the UK, as well as incredible scenery and wonderful wildlife. From the latest kayaks and wetsuits to excellent local and organic food and relaxing accommodation, you can enjoy a really great hassle free visit.

2. St David’s and the Cathedral

St David's is one of the most enchanting spots in Britain. Officially a city, it is little bigger than a large village, sited at the westernmost point of Wales. With so many historical sites, outdoor-pursuit centres, surf beaches, good cafes, superb walks, bathing and climbing, St Davids and its peninsula are a must if you want to experience Wales at its wildest. St Davids Cathedral has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for 1500 years. Visit the cafe which serves freshly made meals from local ingredients.

3. Ramsey Island

Ramsey Island is an enchanting place, run under the stewardship of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) since 1992. Birds of prey circle the skies above, tens of thousands of sea birds crowd the cliffs on the western side, and seals loll lazily about the shoreline. A number of companies run boat trips to and around the island-you may even spot dolphins if you're lucky. Thousand Island Expeditions allows up to five hours on Ramsey.

4. The Pembrokeshire Coast Trail

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail twists and turns its way through 186 miles of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain. From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries. In its entirety the Coast Path represents a formidable challenge, yet it can also be enjoyed in shorter sections, accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

5. Watersports Lessons

Sail, surf, kayak and powerboat at West Wales Windsurfing and Sailing at Dale. There are courses and taster sessions to suit all ages and abilities, and all instructers are fully RYA qualified. Projecting out into the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream, this southwest corner of Wales has some of the best sailing conditions to be found anywhere off the coast of Britain, with water quality rated as excellent. Winters are milder here and spring, early summer and autumn provide superb sailing conditions.

6. Pembrokeshire Sheepdogs

Pembrokeshire Sheepdogs is run by Anna Lou Daybell and the Lovering family at Tremynydd Fach, a working sheep farm, whose fields extend down to the sea. Courses cover all aspects of sheepdog handling, from basic training for farm work, to advanced tuition for trials. Training is under the direction of Anna Lou, who has many years of experience. You will receive a warm welcome from Marion, who will provide you with mouth-watering, home-cooked meals!

7. St Govan’s Chapel and Bosherton Lily Ponds

At the village of Bosherton are three large artificial lakes, beautifully landscaped in the late eighteenth century. The westernmost lake is the most scenic, especially in early summer when the lilies that form a carpet across its surface are in full bloom. A lane dips just over a mile south to a spot overlooking cliffs where the tiny 800 year old St Govan's Chapel is wedged. It is approached by a steep flight of steps leading down the cliff to the water, its sany floor devoid of furnishings save for a simple stone altar.

8. Skomer Island

Skomer Island is a National Nature Reserve off the Pembrokeshire coast, about one and a half miles long and one mile wide. Volcanic rocks make the scenery spectacular, with hosts of wild flowers in early summer, and Atlantic Grey Seals in autumn. It is the home of nearly half a million seabirds, including over ten thousand endearing Puffin, and a hundred thousand secretive Manx Shearwaters. Boat trips to the island run from Martin's Haven between April and October.

9. Scolton Manor and Pembrokeshire County Museum

Scolton Manor is a modest country mansion containing the Pembrokeshire County Museum. As well as enchanting period rooms, the Stable Block and Exhibition Hall feature quirky displays illustrating the history of the area. There's an excellent cafe and an environmentally aware visitor centre, with displays focusing on green issues and the wildlife of the park. Stroll through the landscaped grounds of the Country Park or follow the Nature Trails in the surrounding woodland.

10. Nant y Coy Mill

Nant y Coy Arts is a grade II listed converted watermill, in a picturesque setting below Great Treffgarne Rocks in the heart of Pembrokeshire. The Gallery, Shops and Studio provide a unique range of art, crafts and gifts, and a delicatessen counter offers a choice of gourmet foods including locally smoked chicken, organic duck and trout. Follow the Nature Trail and Sculpture Valley, which leads you through the peace and tranquility of ancient woodland glades and meadows.
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