Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Camping in Pembrokeshire


We stayed at the dog friendly campsite: Celtic Camping, located just outside of St.Davids. Set in 250 acres of open farm land, you can enjoy knockout ocean views, and have direct access onto the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path from almost any part of the campsite. This 186 mile long National Trail twists and turns its way through some of the most breathtaking coastline in West Wales if not the whole of Britain. The site was super spacious with numerous different fields and had toilets, warm showers, kitchen facilities and a very small shop/cafe on site. 
There are spectacular views from everywhere on the campsite and a cracking sunset across the sea.

Top dog friendly things to do whilst there:

1. Ramsey Island tour

Take a tour around Ramsey Island on a RHIB with Voyages of Discovery. Perhaps one of my favourite moments from our trip. Whilst most of their boat trips unfortunately aren't dog friendly, the hour long Ramsey Island Voyage is. These boats reach high speeds and I'm really not sure who enjoyed it more! Incorporating the dramatic sea caves and sailing through narrow rock gorges it was definitely a trip to remember. We were also lucky enough to see numerous groups of Atlantic Grey Seals, Harbour Porpoise and a multitude of seabirds. 

I couldn't get over the colours of the water! The skipper provided lots of humour and local knowledge throughout the tour and I really couldn't recommend it more if you're ever visiting this area. 

2. Visit Tenby 

Tenby is a vibrant town with plenty of coastal scenery, medieval town walls and numerous cosy traditional pubs for dog friendly dining. Tenby South Beach is dog friendly all year round, stretching for 1 and a half miles, it's the perfect spot to have a paddle and cool off in the warm weather. 

3. Visit the Blue Lagoon/Abereiddy Beach

A former slate quarry known for its bright blue-green water is bordered by beautiful beaches and craggy rocks. The ruins of former buildings of the quarry, including the row of workmen's houses still scatter the surrounding area. The area is popular with walkers , with the Pembrokeshire coastal path passing the lagoon and some stunning cliff-top walks nearby. 


The first time I saw this place on Google, I just knew I had to try paddleboarding here, we got up at the crack of dawn to beat the crowds (it does get super busy!) and whilst the winds were strong and the tide was in making it really difficult to paddle it was 100% worth it. 

4. Visit Pembroke Castle 

Idyllically set on the banks of the river estuary, this might medieval fortress is largely intact. With its endless passages, tunnels and stairways its a great place to explore and soak up some history. The grounds are beautifully kept and all parts of these and the castle are dog friendly (minus the gift shop). 

5. Hire a Row Boat

If you do visit Pembroke Castle I'd highly recommend hiring a row boat from Paddle West whilst there. For just £10 a boat this was easily one of the best value for money activities we did whilst in Pembrokeshire. Seeing the imposing 13th century castle from a different perspective it was lovely to relax on the calm lake waters. 

We loved our time in Pembrokeshire and only touched the surface of all the incredible things to do and see here. We will be back for sure!

Love Kelly & Murphy x 

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