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“Uncovering Pembrokeshire’s Hidden Gems: A Local’s Guide to Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures”

Pembrokeshire is a stunning county located in the southwestern corner of Wales. Known for its beautiful beaches, rugged coastline, and charming villages, it is a popular destination for tourists in the summer months. However, beyond the well-known attractions, there are hidden gems waiting to be discovered by those willing to venture off the beaten path. As a local, I have had the opportunity to explore these hidden gems and I am excited to share my top picks for off-the-beaten-path adventures in Pembrokeshire.

1. Stackpole Estate and Barafundle Bay

Located in the south of Pembrokeshire, Stackpole Estate is a national trust property that boasts beautiful woodlands, lakes, and gardens. It is also home to one of Pembrokeshire’s best-kept secrets – Barafundle Bay. This secluded beach is only accessible by foot, making it a perfect spot for a peaceful and quiet day by the sea. The walk to the beach takes you through a beautiful coastal path, with stunning views of the cliffs and the sea. The beach itself is surrounded by cliffs and dunes, giving it a secluded and almost other-worldly feel. The water is crystal clear, making it a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling. Pack a picnic and spend the day in this hidden paradise.

2. Cwm-yr-Eglwys and Dinas Head

Cwm-yr-Eglwys is a small picturesque beach located on the north coast of Pembrokeshire. It is surrounded by steep cliffs and is sheltered by an old ruined church, giving it a unique and romantic atmosphere. From the beach, you can take a short hike up to Dinas Head, a headland that offers breathtaking views of the coastline. The walk takes you through fields of wildflowers and along the cliff edge, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers and photographers. At the top, you will also find the remains of an Iron Age fort, adding a touch of history to this already stunning location.

3. Preseli Hills

The Preseli Hills are a range of hills located in the heart of Pembrokeshire. Often overlooked by tourists, they offer a peaceful and serene escape from the crowds. The hills are rich in history and are believed to have been the source of the bluestones used to build Stonehenge. On a clear day, you can see panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and even catch a glimpse of the coast. The hills are also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including rare plants and birds, making it a perfect spot for nature enthusiasts. Take a hike or pack a picnic and enjoy the tranquility of this hidden gem.

4. Skomer Island

Skomer Island is a small island located just off the coast of Pembrokeshire. It is a popular destination for birdwatchers, as it is home to thousands of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, and razorbills.