Wales Coast Path
The Wales Coast Path is proving to be a great asset to the Welsh tourist industry and visitors to Wales have increased in numbers since it opened.
Both Old Oak Barn and Puffin House are well situated for those who want to walk the path. A few years ago we had visitors from England who stayed in each property while they undertook their mammoth walk around the entire coastline of the UK. Each day their planned route took them between 10 and 20 miles on the path before a bus ride back to base! This required some imagination and creative planning and of course oodles of patience.
Stay at Old Oak Barn or Puffin House to walk the coast path in 2014!
If you are wanting to holiday in Wales next year and are looking for a base from which to walk the Wales Coast Path then come and stay in one of our self catering holiday lets. We are open for short breaks now until Easter. Please phone 01994230716 for more information. If we don’t know the answer to your query we shall point you in the direction of someone who does!
What is the Tenby Ironman Race?
On Sunday 8th September 2013 a beautiful sunrise in Tenby set the scene for this amazing race – The Ironman! An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. We were lucky enough to see the swimmers warm up and then set off!
The start of the race is at North Beach. After exiting the waters of Carmarthen Bay after the 3.8km swim, the athletes took on the challenge of the 180km bike course through the breathtaking countryside of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, passing many castles and landmarks. The medieval town walls and picturesque beach front provided an impressive backdrop for the concluding marathon through Tenby. Athletes had until midnight to compete the race!
The first competitors were out of the water before 8 and then ran through the town to get their bikes from South Beach car park to set off on the mammoth bike ride round south Pembrokeshire. Ending with a marathon for a full 26 miles. What an achievement for the many who succeeded in knocking minutes off their personal best.
The race is scheduled already to return in 2014 on 14 September. Check out Tenby Ironman 2014 for more details! Not to be missed!
Walking in Pembrokeshire
Many of our visitors love walking in Pembrokeshire and go off exploring the beautiful Welsh coastline. Why not get organised yourself and stay at either holiday let – we can help you plan your week!
Below are directions for a recommended Pembrokeshire walk which takes about 4 hours!
It takes in some wonderful views and is especially spectacular for the flowers in Spring!
Follow the road from Broadhaven over the hill to Little Haven but if the tide is out start the walk from the lovely beach of Bradhaven. Walk down to Little Haven sea front and then continue up Strawberry Hill past ST Brides Pub. At the first fork walk right to Dale, past the caravan park and past Howelston to North Leys then turn left to Hasguard Cross. Cross the B4327 and continue down to the T-junction near Chapel House. Turn left and walk round the road past the Baptist Chapel and up a steep hill near Sandyhill Cottages. Take the next left towards Sandy Haven. At the lime kiln turn left and, after 100 yards, turn right over a stile and up through woodland to join the Coast Path proper.
The pic above shows The Swan at Little Haven where you can stop off for a drink or two!
Cross several stiles and a couple of small streams. (Ignore the small stile that crosses a wire fence on the left). Continue straight ahead, following the yellow arrow, to the next stile (where the chimneys of Milford Haven come into view). Pass the base of a signal tower and continue around the cliff path, crossing a stream. Beside a cottage and a radar tower turn right onto a gravel track. After 100 yards turn left to resume the Coast path.
Pass a path that leads off to the right (for St Ishmaels) and continue straight ahead. Cross 3 stiles (avoid the path on the left after the 3rd stile) and continue ahead. Cross another 3 stiles then walk in front of some old lookout buildings/former coastal defences.
Carry on steeply up the cliff path. Cross a stile, a lane, then another stile. Cross two more stiles behind farm buildings and look out to the bay to take note of the tide. If the tide is high you will need to walk up the path to the right and follow the alternative path via Whiteholmes Farm, Mullock and Mullock Bridge.
If the tide is low on the Gann Estuary you can turn left to walk to the foreshore. Walk along the beach for about half a mile to a low wooden footbridge/boardwalk (usable two hours either side of low tide). Cross the bridge and the grassy causeway (Pickleridge) to a lay-by/viewpoint on the B4327. Turn left onto the road and follow it round into Dale.
|Time:||3 hrs 40 mins|
|OS map:||Explorer sheet OL36|
|Total Ascent:||755 ft|
|Total Descent:||719 ft|
The Botanic Gardens of Wales have some great events planned for this Autumn and are situated only 20 minutes or so from Old Oak Barn.
The latest art show in the Gallery at the National Botanic Garden is the result of a participatory project held over the summer at Carmarthen’s Oriel Myrddin Gallery.
A series of 10 weekly workshops took place for people with emotional health problems, devised and run by Carmarthenshire artist Julia Griffiths Jones. This pilot was initiated by Engage Cymru in partnership with Arts Care Gofal Celf and Oriel Myrddin Gallery with additional support from Mind and WWAMH.