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Besides the famous names and larger destinations, perhaps the most magical part of any holiday or mini break in Pembrokeshire is discovering those small, intimate places off the beaten track. Picturesque villages, wild beaches and secret trails all fall under this category. Don't tell everyone, but here are a few of our favourites:
Although many visitors to the region hop straight into Tenby, our village setting in Penally is also well worth exploring. The curious guest will find pretty walks and paths festooned with wild flowers, ancient walls and plenty of historical intrigue. St. Nicholas and St. Teilo's Church is well worth a visit, with rare finds such as exquisite tenth century Celtic crosses, wonderful stained glass and a medieval tomb..
For those who enjoy walks and wildlife, there are also several pleasant short walks in Penally and Tenby. A great starting point is the Penally Nature Trail directly behind the hotel. A steady incline takes the visitor to a fine vista where the views extend for miles. The smaller details are equally captivating however, with a riot of wild flowers and butterflies in the Spring for the keen observer. Do ask at the hotel for further inspiration, where we will be delighted to recommend some wonderful walks and supply you with handy maps and leaflets.
For lovers of space and solitude, there are many less well known places to get back to nature, take an epic hike or escape the crowds. Manorbier has an atmospheric castle, along with the beautiful and often overlooked "secret" beach of Precipe. For those who don't mind a walk, this is a little paradise of clean sand and lovely rocky coves. To get there, drive to the village of Manorbier, proceed right along to the beach car park and look out for signs. This is a great location to enjoy a quiet picnic, or to take on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
Some attractions sing from the roof tops; others are just quietly fantastic. Upton Castle Gardens definitely falls into the latter category with a delightful mixture of cultivated and wild surroundings, not to mention a Norman castle and secret hut. You can discover the tombs of Crusader knights, or simply stroll and take in the fresh air as you make your way to the Cleddau estuary. An unsung location we believe, that is great for family days out and some charming walks near Tenby. The official website has further information.
Within a peaceful estuary setting and its own tiny quayside, Lawrenny is another of those delightful, quite secret places to visit in Pembrokeshire. Try the Quayside cafe during Spring and Summer for delicious seafood and excellent lunches, as you relax and take in this prettiest of locations. There are excellent local walks, while it is also a popular spot for sailing. Click here for more on Lawrenny Quay.
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