Things to see in Yorkshire

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Yorkshire is the home to GO Activities and is a beautiful place to try a variety of activities. You can try a variety of sports, from climbing and kayaking on the beautiful lakes, or you can take a walk in the Peaks if you want to see some of the lovely sights from the peak of a hill.

The steel city, once renowned for its steel making factories is now famed for its beautiful parks, cafes and shops- of course, Sheffield. Another urban city is Leeds, or Bradford, where you can shop and peruse museums like Bradford’s Media museum or the Hepworth Art Gallery. Sheffield is close to green areas like Rother Valley, the Peak district which includes small, quaint villages like Bakewell, Hope and Castleton.

If you are in the Peaks why not go caving in caves like White Scar or Ingleborough. A trained guide can take you on a special tour if you have never been before, working on progressively difficult routes from the simplest descents. Another option is to walk over the Peaks, take a bike ride- or even see the skies from a microlight, helicopter or a hot air balloon.

For climbers, Yorkshire has some of the best stones to climb. You can head north to Almscliff in North Yorkshire, or try the ‘dark’ rocks of the Peaks.
You can’t write about Yorkshire without mentioning The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. The moors has 1,400 accessible walking routes and is also a stone’s throw from the seaside coastal town of Whitby, famous for its links to Dracula.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has a variety of cliffs, ideal for climbing, as well as coves and caves that you can discover the underneath of. This is definitely an ideal place for walkers though, with the three peaks of Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough being the ideal place to put your walking boots through their paces, all followed by a trip to the Northern towns like Skipton and Harrogate.

These are just a few ideas for your next trip to Yorkshire. What are your favourite places in the area?

Discover Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s wall. Battered, a bit broken, but in the most part still standing this is a very beautiful walk for any keen walker, historian, or anyone keen to walk a set route for a good period of time. Some routes are easy, some, harder, making Hadrian’s wall a wall for almost everyone.

The wall was built to divide Scotland and the invading Romans. It also makes a fantastic walk for anyone keen for a (scenic) challenge over around 4 days. 73 miles long, which would have been 80 roman miles long as they did things a bit differently then, this is a challenge well worth undertaking!

Hadrian’s wall is not intact for the whole distance and means that you can walk along stretches of it. There is a trail which is 84 miles long which can be walked along most of the wall. This is clearly sign posted and can be followed from east to west , or west to east, Eastbound means you start in quiet Solway and end up in the city, and vice versa.

Hadrian’s Wall Accommodation

Camping can be difficult and local hostel and hotels are often used instead. A guided walk will arrange all your accomodation for you, and the price is usually included. The bonus of  a walking holiday is that your food, luugage, snacks and transport is all taken care of- meaning all you do is walk.

The River Tyne

Rules of Hadrian’s Wall

It’s a bit of a grim point but if you do camp, or if you are out walking need to ‘go’ out on the trail, you can’t dig a hole – you must use a bag. You can then put this in a bin.
Legally, dogs can come with you but be aware that the sheep aren’t as keen on man’s best friend as you are, and that some guesthouses might not be either. Make sure you pack enough water for both of you in case of a lack of taps.

Hadrian’s Wall – The Walks and Routes

Hadrian’s Wall National Trail Path can be walked and it usually takes around 4 days, accounting for sleeping time. You can walk the trail for a certificate, but this needs to be stamped at stamping stations en route- but this only runs from 1st May to 31st October.

The wall (depending which way you walk it!) runs from Raven glass, from the side of the Irish Sea, the home of a Roman Bath. The end point is the Roman Fort Museum in South Shields.

Ravenglass when the tide is out

You can get a map which shows the walks gradients and you can take a strenuous path, or an easier route.
There are a number of other walks that could be done that can incorporate Carlisle or Newcastle so you can see the city.

5 days (3 walking days) from Carlisle

• Day one : Carlisle- explore

• Day two: Take the 93 bus to Bowness. (15 miles) and back to Carlisle.

• Day three: Carlisle to Walton (11 miles)

• Day four: Walton to Gilsland (8 miles)

• Day 5 – Sightseeing in Carlisle – catch Carlisle castle or cathedral

Carlisle Castle

What to see:

Carlisle offers a variety of things to do and see from the New mills trout farm in Brampton, Gretna green shopping, Carlisle racecourse, as well as Solway coast area, Solway Aviation museum and the Walby Farm park.

5 days – (3 walking days) – Corbridge to Gisland

Day 1: Arrive Corbridge/Overnight

Day 2: Walk to Chollerford/Wall: 10m

Day 3: Walk to Once Brewed: 12m

Day 4: Walk to Gilsland: 9m

Day 5: Onward Travel

What to see:

The picturesque village of Corbridge is located just south of the wall, and leads you to the Roman Wall. The walk takes you through the wonderful empty landscapes of Northumberland into Cumbria, finishing in Gilsland. See forts, milecastles and turrets, museums, visitor centres and more.

Houstead's Roman Fort

6 days (4 walking days) from Newcastle upon Tyne

• Day one: Arrive in Newcastle and take a tour!
• Day two: Take the metro to Wallsend and walk to Newburn (12 miles) return to Newcastle
• Day three: Wall Newburn to Chollerford (17 miles)
• Day four- Walk from Chollerford to Steel Rigg (12.5 miles)

What to see:

Newcastle city offers Chinatown. Grey street known as ‘the loveliest street in England’ the quayside, The Biscuit Factory art gallery, the BALTIC centre of contemporary art, Hatton gallery, Seven stories, the centre for children’s books, Theatre Royal, the Tyne bridges and more.

 

On the Road

8 days (7 walking days) Newcastle to Bowness

Day 1: Arrive Newcastle/Overnight

Day 2: Walk to Heddon: 15m

Day 3: Walk to Chollerford/Wall: 15m

Day 4: Walk to Once Brewed: 12m

Day 5: Walk to Walton/Brampton: 16m

Day 6: Walk to Carlisle: 11m

Day 7: Walk to Bowness: 15m

Day 8: Onward Travel

What to see:

Discover the vibrant city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne leading into Northumberland and then on into Cumbria, finishing at the mouth of the River Solway. See the Solway Firth, forts, milecastles and turrets as well, and take photos of the beautiful landscapes along the way.

How to buy:

The link to our Hadrian’s wall tours can be found here.

Have you tackled Hadrians Wall? What route did you take?

Comment below!

Discover Newquay

Enjoy the beaches Newquay has to offer!

Best known for gnarly surf dudes, awesome abs and creamy ice creams (what a contradiction!)  Newquay has a definite beach culture.  It might be autumn as I write, but as the rest of the country huddles indoors lamenting the end of another British summertime (what a contradiction!) the outdoor mecca that is Newquay, Cornwall is always there for activity lovers.

Once the summer crowds have gone, Newquay’s seven town beaches are wide open and both sea and land are full of ideal autumn activities. Accompanied by spectacular surf, rejuvenating beach and riverside walks and a diverse choice of some of the very best dining, accommodation and activity options that Cornwall has to offer, there couldn’t be a better time to explore the town’s hidden gems.

Friday Night:

We know that you might have had to make a bit of a mission to get down to the coast and perhaps you want the choice of doing it by rail. For that reason, we recommend staying close to the Newquay railway station so you can get to and from the coast with ease and for the option of inviting people up to stay with you from other parts of Britain. You can also come in to the nearby stations of Quintrell Downs or St Columb Road.

This quaint area of Newquay is home to gorgeous beaches, wonderful sandy shores, cafes and restaurants as well as the nearby Newquay zoo, blue reef aquarium and St Agnes leisure park so it’s a great place for stag and hen parties, family trips, romantic breaks or just for activity lovers who want something to do for a whole weekend.

Rest assured you will have plenty to do. First, let’s talk accomodation. We say you should stay at one of these lovely hotels- we’ve taken a bit of a luxury edge for this one, but after a day of surfing, kayaking or potholing, we think you’ll probably appreciate it. (You’re welcome.)

The Esplande's lounge

Esplanade Hotel is a premier hotel, so smash that credit card out of it’s icy hiding place or moth filled wallet for this one. It’s good though. Awarded 80% by the AA, this is the highest rates 3 star in Newquay.With 90 en-suite rooms with panoramic views over Fistral Beach (which made an appearance on Don’t Tell The Bride, should you watch BBC3 of an evening) with satellite television for when nature loses its sheen, this is a luxury lodging ideal for couples wanting to recreate the days before wet towels on the floor, council tax and hairs in the tub.

If you like luxury but aren’t 100% sold on a hotel, or have luggage with you to put Elton John to shame, look at an apartment.

The views from Esplande

You could have a lovely weekend in the Tolcarne Beach Apartments.

These are undeniably lovely luxury apartments with sea balconies, self-contained facilities , and access to the Tolcarne beach by foot from just  130 cliff steps (You can count them.)

The Tolcarne Beach Apartments

Tolcarne

You can hire out surf equipment, wetsuits and surf lessons as well as that British favourite- a beach hut and a deck chair when you get to the beach. Tea and scones need to be brought with you though.

If that’s all a bit relient on you talking to your guests and you want plenty of time to escape your loved ones or beat them in competive games, then you need to try out the all singing, all dancing, all swimming and all bowling Hotel California.

Oh yes.

“Welcome to the Hotel California….Such a lovely place… ” Sorry. No more singing for us. Not after the last incident with that double glazing. Anyway, this is a 10 minute walk away from the main town of Newquay, so is great for being near the heart of everything and is an excellent choice for families who want kids to be able to run free and wild (within safe, pre agreed boundaries, obviously).

This is a family run hotel which boasts a restaurant, bar, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools and a 4 lane American Ten Pin Bowling Alley. You will go to sleep in the views of the Gannel Estuary towards Crantock Beach. Pets are welcome too, so Lassie can come.

Saturday:

We recommend that you check out the wonderful Crantock beach.  A wide expanse of golden beach 15 minutes drive from Newquay Town Centre with a National Trust operated car park this is a great way to spend a day.

Alternatively, it’s well worth taking a trip down to the lusciously named Lusty Glaze Beach, a sandy beach shaped like a horseshoe with high cliffs  and beautiful views of the sea. With a 125 foot zip wire. You can also enjoy a day of  abseiling, surfing, coasterring, kitesurfing, jet skiing, mountain biking or walking.

The surf in Newquay is almost unrivalled, which means you definitely need to get out there and try your hand at it.

You can pick from any number of surf schools and look out, as many people find they spot dolphins, seals and any number of marine bird species out in the waters, especially in the quieter coves.

Afterwards head to The Fort Inn– Newquay’s family pub overlooking Newquay bay and Harbour.  Adults can relax with a drink and some food  whilst the children can run amock soft play area inside or on the safe climbing fort outside.

If you’re without kids then you can always head to the Beach Club Nightclub on beach road for a dance (expect the Baywatch theme), unless the surfings ‘wiped you out’. (Sorry.)

Sunday

The cliffs of Newquay are wonderful peaks, and can be conquered by scrambling them. As well as scrambling, coasteering is easy to do in Newquay, with plenty of experts able to take families, groups or couples.

Secret caves, blowholes and plunge pools can all be explored around the Crantock beach in the morning, followed by a Cornish breakfast at the local Cafe Irie before you hit the road!

What are your secret spots in Newquay?

Alternative Holiday Ideas

Want to see the mountains of the Cairngorms, Grasmere and Inverness but don’t want to stick to the tried and tested spots? If you’re not after the same old areas, or if you prefer to take in the beauty of the mountains with a proper comfy bed and hot continental breakfast before you tackle it , then why not consider a cottage or a hotel with a difference?

A view from Rothay Garden (see below)

In keeping with our ‘Anti Glamping Movement’ these aren’t brand name, big corporate hotels that strip away the heart of the outdoors. These are family run, quaint, old or just wonderful cottages or hotels based in charming towns or National Parks so you can confidently enjoy being in acres of woodland whilst you eat your dinner- literally having your cake and eating it.

So before you check into a lifeless name brand hotel on the nearest motorway, why not choose a unique country cottage closer to the big name mountains with something different to see? Here’s our pick with help from our friends at LateRooms.com

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Olympics Accommodation

Have you got your Olympic 2012 tickets? Did you feverishly apply for everything that went on offer, from racing, javelin and the 400 metre races and then spend the rest of the month sweating when your credit card took that little too long to go through at the tills? Hey, at least you’re part of history. Watching the torch, seeing the events, navigating London, great stuff.

But has the shine faded? Maybe you spent a lunch hour looking at hotel prices for the Olympics. Perhaps you thought there was an error. Everywhere.  All those extra zeros. Surely not…Oh yes. Apparently you can put a price on history, and if you want to check in at a central London hotel for the 2012 Olympics, that’ll be your monthly salary, please.

Luckily, Camping Ninja have had a brainwave. Camping at the games. Working with local schools and rugby clubs, Camping Ninja have secured local pitches for the Olympics that you can book now for just £10 a person and £5 a child. Credit crunchingly good, where’s the catch?

I spoke to Geoff Vaughan from Camping Ninja about how it will all work.

“Hotels in London for the Olympics are very expensive. Camping is a great alternative, and Camping Ninja are offering fixed price pitches at places that can be reached by public or private transport. You can park on site, use the catering, the showers, and then get to and from London for free, with the tickets offering free inner London travel.

At £10 per adult and £5 per child, you could stay in London for the Olympics for £30, and travel in for free. You can get a cheap tent, just pitch up, and that’s it. It’s better for families than sofa surfing, and you can all be together if you’re going as a couple or as friends, and if you don’t even have Olympics tickets, you can get into the spirit on site! ”

How do the clubs benefit?

“That’s a great question. These clubs are part of local communities and this is a great way to bring back the money that’s invested in the capital to the outskirts. They can really take advantage of having people on site, and we hope that it will spread a bit of good feeling and buzz about the Olympics further afield, whilst also bring money back to these clubs. Whether you’re a club, school or someone with tickets to the Olympics, this is win-win. It also frees you up to get out of the city, and especially for international visitors, there’s the chance to explore more than the capital- to see the little villages and towns as well!”

So no catch, except you should get in there quick. The camping Ninja Camping at the games scheme is bookable now, so make like a speed sprinter and get to the camping at the games site to secure your cheap Olympic accommodation now.

Let us know if you’re signed up for the Olympics- and where you’re planning to stay!

Elaine

A weekend in Snowdonia

Have you had it up to the gills with urban life? Fed up of sitting behind your steering wheel looking at flat land; the steepest climb of your day to look forward to being the drudgerous climb to your office? You need a break. And what could be more peaceful than climbing 3000ft, biking, rafting, kayaking and walking in the beautiful Snowdonia, Wales?

The beautiful Snowdonia

We jest not, a weekend away packed full of activities can help you feel like you’ve achieved something with your weekend. So leave the DIY for later, pack your walking boots and strap yourself into the car with some sucky sweets with a dusty sugar covering in a tin and prepare to meet Snowdonia.

Snowdonia is famed for its stunning mountains, it’s beautiful scenery and as an amazing place to spend time in nature.

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The Anti Glamping Movement

There are plenty of camping top ten’s that feature the best glamorous campsites. The top ten glamping sites. The best campsites with wi-fi, super showers, parking, onsite chefs and electricity for your Macbook.

But is this really what camping is about? Camping should be about getting out there and roughing it whilst you can surely? Before it’s time to go back home to the real world with its washing, bills, and your managing director BBMing, texting and ‘poking’ you.

Oak Cottage demonstrating real camping!

Packing up your tent, sleeping bag, pots and pans as well as your loo roll and a torch, you get a real sense of adventure when you are real camping, that many yurts, stylish pods and cozy guesthouses have eliminated.  Some campsites don’t even allow you to pitch your own tent! We think this is madness.

So as an antithesis to the other glamorous top tens- here’s a list of the Top 10 Real campsites from Camping Ninja, who know their stuff when it comes to idyllic, secluded but not boring, beautiful, ‘real’ campsites.

Wetherdown Lodge Campsite      

In the Roman invasion of Britain, Hampshire was one of the first areas to fall to the invading forces. If you feel ready to fall down, knackered to a weekend of sleep, stove cooked bangers and beans and relaxation, then might we suggest the idyllic Wetherdown Lodge in Petersfield, Hampshire. This is a great spot if you want to get away and explore the south of England. Based around one communal campground this has a fire pit and plenty of space for you to meet people, but it also offers private bays for precious alone time!

Surrounded by trees this feels like a your own little haven, and with wood supplied from woodlands, local charcoal, a straw bale building and solar power, this is far removed from the stresses of urban life.

Because the Wetherdown Lodhe is right near the South Downs National Park, you can easily get involved in walking, cycling and horse riding.

Dernwood Farm Wild Camping    

If animals make you coo with delight and the idea of a cow sitting under a local tree makes your heart sing rather than your mouth salivate, you’re going to love it in Dernwood in Heathfield East Sussex.  (And if it does make you salivate, the home produced beef and pork you can buy will sort that out…)

Nestled in  70 acres of ancient woodland 25 minutes away from Eastbourne, this campsite is also a farm, so you have animals like pigs, badgers, cows, rabbits and buzzards roaming around, and as well as a  chance to enjoy the peace and quiet the onsite falconry experiences, group campfires and real camping experience. A 10 minute walk from your car, this gives you a real sense of ‘getting away from it all’ – especially when you get to cart your gear to the pitch in a wheelbarrow.

Oak Cottage Campsite  

 

If you want to explore the Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire without resorting to wild camping and an angry Tony Martin esque experience on someone else’s land, you need to try Oak Cottage.

Based in between the Wye Valley and the forest, this is a flat land area with wildlife, footpaths, trails and plenty of pitching space for your idyllic getaway.

Onsite eggs, milk or bread help you survive your long weekend, and the nearby sights like Go Ape for a spot of treetop climbing, Wintours Leap for climbing and Severn Bore for getting out on the tide surfing or kayaking makes this a great active getaway.  Horse riding, canoeing and walking, get back to nature at Oak Cottage.

Llechwrd Riverside  

If you’re determined to climb, walk or scramble Snowdon, then you don’t want to spoil your rugged, adventurous appearance you have with your new buddies by settling down in your wi-fi connected yurt for the evening. Llechwrd riverside is a traditional camping site that is right in Snowdonia’s National Park, so it’s spot on if you want to spend your time away climbing,walking, kayaking, cliff jumping and horse riding on the local trails.

Bring your mountain bikes and pitch up in the area known as Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, a tongue twister that’s packed with beauty.

Wake up with a view of the River Dwyryd full of otters, kingfishers and other stunning animals, and spend mornings walking to The Rhaedr Cynfal waterfall and evenings on Felinrhyd Bach, pony trekking off the calories from your dinner or your ales from the nearby pubs.

Bush Farm Bison Centre    

 What’s the difference between a buffalo and a bison? You can’t wash your hands in a buffalo. Oh, and Bush Farm doesn’t have any buffalo. But they do have bison. And raccoons, in fact as well as a multitude of animals usually spotted across the pond in America, all living quite happily in Wiltshire, and a visit to Bush Farm is ideal for any animal lover.

Spend an idyllic weekend away getting active in 30 acres of oak woodland surrounded by bison, elk, raccoons, prarie dogs and Guanacos (a pretty looking llama- like animal) before walking in the beautiful area.

Pitch up and then trail the red deer and then have a more English experience with the onsite poultry, owls, rare breed sheep and pigs, chipmunks. Enjoy teas and cakes as well as the seclusion on site that many larger campsites lack and go home feeling refreshed.

Etherley Farm    

   Etherley Farm, found in Ockley, Surrey, offers a real camping experience for anyone wanting a good, country trip with a tent, a backpack and a stove. Found at the bottom of Leith Hill you are right on the cusp of the National Triust Etherley Farm Loop Walks.

You can collect wood from he store, get your kindling at the ready and before you know it youc an be cooking your store bought eggs, sausages and bread for a butty of champions.

There’s a local pub and some walks to do in Wisley gardens, Boxhill and Polsden Lacey but if you’re aftera  weekend of reading, relaxing and general R&R, Etherley farm is ideal.

Pleasant Rise Farm, Alfriston Campsite     

Pleasant Rise Farm in Alfriston, East Sussex just sounds nice doesn’t it? Luckily it’s name doesn’t deceive and this campsite is tucked away in the South Downs National Park right near the Cuckmere river, the quaint village of Alfriston and even the Drusillas Zoo.

Really natural and interesting, this has plenty of facilities but is ideal if you want to see the local nature and parks.

The walks to be found along the South Downs Way and a trip toWorld Nature Centre are also an ideal way to spend a day.

Roadford Lake      

 If water sports is your thing and you want a day of adventure rather than reading with your feet up, may we suggest a trip to Roadford lake in Lower Goodacre, Lifton, Devon close to the Dartmoor National Park.

A 3 star site, this is an amazing site if you want a clean, simple and perfectly placed campsite for a weekend of kayoing, canoeing, cycling, walking , indoor climbing, archery, surfing and more.

Based near a 740 acre woodland and with the local lake filled with boats, rowers and people, your mornings can be spent canoeing round the lake, or using the lake ferry, fishing off a boat or bank, as well as walking on water with ‘wowballs’ or exploring the Cornish coastline and seaside at Bude.

Stithians Lake    

 Stithians Lake Country Park in Cornwall is an ideal place if you want to get away from the stresses of everyday life. You can choose to spend your time chilling with fish on the dock (the famous trout weight around 4lb – great for that baguette you brought with you), spotting birds and lakeside walking in the beautiful area of Redruth or Falmouth.

If that sounds  like a schedule set to give you itchy feet and ants in your pants, then fear not. Sithians lake is fantastic for a huge variety of sports thanks to the nearby Outdoor + Active centre where you can try your hand at windsurfing, sailing, rowing and kayaking,

Families can use the cycle trail, go the seal sanctuary in Gwythian and check out Gelndurgan gardens, so there’s plenty to do.  Oh, and there is a absolutely lovely pub called The Golden Lion nearby. (But you have to cook on your stove at least one night for the real experience. Deal? Good.)

Lochranza Camping site  

 Stay at the Lochranza campsite in Arran, and prepare to feel very majestic all of a sudden. It must be the Scottish west coast wind, or maybe the sight of wild red deer, the medieval castle, the whiskey distillery or the beautiful setting, but Lochranza will make you feel a bit medieval yourself.

There’s hot water and plenty of clean facilities though, so you won’t get an experience worthy of a serf, but you can still keep up the face that it’s yesteryear with a trip to said distillery,  a walk or a cycle ride, a tour of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, and a trip on the ferry to Kintye where you can sing Mull of Kintyre until it’s time to come back to the campsite.

The site itself is a great place to visit Skipness beach and castle, to play gold, and makes a base to get involved in fishing, kayaking and pony trekking.

Do you have any experiences of real campsites? Let us know!

Elaine

A Weekend In Pembrokeshire

 If you want to get away from your wi-fi, hi-fi and i-docking-usb-pods for a weeked, you need to take a relaxing trip to Wales, and more specifically to lovely Pembrokeshire.

(We can’t promise that the journey won’t be stressful, especially if you’ve got a variety of generations in the car with you demanding toilet breaks, Werthers original or Radio Loud on. Still, plow on and you’ll soon be in your own little Haven- there’s a clue…)

Pembrokeshire is based in the south west of Wales and is ideal for a weekend getaway. With plenty to visit such as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, animals to spot, and beaches to visit, the county’ of Pembrokeshire is a great place to relax and take part in activities too.

Pembrokeshire has a huge coastline , with a variety of bays for you to explore including Newport, Fishguard, Carmarthen bay, as well as small islands like Skomer and Ramey.

We suggest that you head to somewhere when you can see the coast and enjoy the national parks, but with nearby access to lakes so you can  kayak, raft, gorge scramble, abseil, go shooting. If you stay in the right place you can  also indulge in Welsh breakfasts, excellent ales and come back heavier (but happier) than when you left!

Friday Night

Arrive in Pembrokeshire at Little Haven Haverfordwest.

This is the perfect place to see beautiful coasts and unspoilt shores.  Like a little heaven, Little Haven is on the west coast of Pembrokeshire and is an old fishing village that’s ideal for a peaceful, rested weekend away.

However, staying in Pembrokeshire means you are still close enough to action sports, kayaking, rafting and more for a great ‘GO Activities’ appropriate long weekend away!

Late Rooms offer a few hotels in Haverfordwest but as they are so idyllic, they can be costly.

The stunning £100 per night rooms are found at David’s Guesthouse, a grade II listed former Vicarage, set  with four poster suites, hearty English or Welsh Breakfasts, thick doorstop bread, secure parking, and even space for boats should you have brought them with you! Mere steps from the Norman Castle and the River Cleddau as well as pubs, this might be a great treat. If that’s too much, just 10 miles away lies the more modern Idos Boutique Suites in Narberth, a traditional stable block conversion close to the town of Narberth, complete with premium beds, wi-fi and i-docking for the modern traveler at a lower price.

After you drop your bags, we recommend getting into outdoor life! Start with an exploration of the stunning Pembrokeshire coast. You can do this on foot, or with the Costal Bus Service. Head to the south side of The Point in the Settlands and see the area called ‘The Sheep Wash’. Then for dinner we recommend an appropriate pub after seeing where they got washed previously- The Black Sheep (!) for some local produce. We can assure you that the dark chocolate torte and some drinks will certainly go down well after a day of driving!

If it’s still light, head back via Haverfordwest Castle which was built in the mid-12th century- there’s not much left of it, but it’s amazing what the castle has stood up against, from the Civil wars  and an attack in 1405. A local story also tells how in 1644 the castle was abandoned after cows on the hill were mistaken for attackers!

Saturday

We recommend an early start for breakfast (you have to try a Welsh fry up!) before you drive to St David’s half an hour away. There you will find the gorgeous Whitesands Bay, about two miles west of St. Davids, which is great for surfing, kayaking, rock pooling and climbing. Book in for a day of activity here and prepare to be exhilarated! A canoe trip in an open top or Canadian type boat can be as thrilling or as tame as you need it to be.

You can enjoy a picnic on the sands with your provider, or you can go your own way for lunch- why not try the The Farmers Arms, a nearby family pub to refuel?

The you can take the day down an adrenaline notch with clay pigeon shooting or golfing.

Or why not go to Ramey Island, an RSPB Boat Reserve. You can get a boat from the nearby St Justinians to spot some Guillemots Razorbills and even Atlantic grey seal colonies.

Afterwards, head back to Little Haven via the town of Broad Haven. With a few shops and some nice pubs, this is worth a look at.

Then head to the Griffin Inn In Dale for some scrumptious fish pie, a great steak or a couple of real ales before going bed!

Sunday

Sunday is usually the day of rest but we say, make an exception whilst your here.

Why not spend a day at the National Park Coasteering with a cliff jump or gorge scrambling for added measure? You can get involved in some rock building whilst you are there.

If you want a break from nature, then you can always do a spot of paintballing, karting or off road driving. Then stop at the Swan Inn for a fabulous roast before you hit the road and head home again.

Elaine