During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.
S is for St Bride’s Bay and Skomer and Skokholm Islands
Another one from Wales, this time in Pembrokeshire.
In the warmer months Skokholm is colonised by tens of thousands of nesting seabirds. By day there is frenetic activity among the puffins, razorbills, guillemots and gulls – and by night there is more commotion from the Manx shearwaters and storm petrels! (Source: Welsh Wildlife Trust)
Between April and July, Skomer is well known for its puffins, but there is so much more to this National Nature Reserve – including Manx shearwaters, dolphins, seals, razorbills, and so much more! You can visit for just a day or even stay overnight in a hostel. (Source: Welsh Wildlife Trust)
Our visit was on the last day of our family Christmas holiday in Wales in 2011. We stayed in a former pub near Rosebush and well remembered for being absolutely freezing cold all week with rain and/or fog every day bar this one! Whilst the children and grandchildren went off to visit Pembroke Castle, the OH and I decided to have a little road trip around the Pembrokeshire coast first to Fishguard then on to St David’s (the smallest city in Wales) before following the coast down to Marloes and St Brides.
We parked at Martin’s Haven close to the Deer Park for a walk and to get a glimpse of the islands. Although it was a dry and sunny day the wind was fierce so it was a very quick walk.
From here we returned to Marloes for some lunch and then a quick drive to Dale which is on the Milford Haven Waterway, an estuary forming a natural harbour that has been used as a port since the Middle Ages, before dashing back north to catch the sunset at the Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber in the Preseli Hills.
If you haven’t already visited Pembrokeshire then I recommend that you do. It has an amazing landscape with towering cliffs, pristine beaches, rolling moorlands rich with wildlife and history, beautiful coastal towns like Tenby (equivalent to Cornwall’s St Ives) and Britain’s smallest city, St Davids with its Cathedral and the ruin of The Bishops Palace.
23 thoughts on “A – Z of Locations: S is for St Bride’s Bay”
A quick round tour of an area I don’t know at all but it looks wonderfully peaceful. One day out of a week is a bit rough, though.
We did all go out to a beach on boxing day, in the wind, and to Tenby one day, but this was the only sunny day. Nice to be with the family though, it’s rare for everyone to be together.
On our way to Lepe in Spain today. 🇪🇸 All excitement! Romeria 💖💖
Do you ever just stay at home? 🙄 You certainly picked the right name for your blog 😂
Not really. The closest we come to that is a couple of hours at the beach ⛱️. Unless it’s bad weather… 🤣
It’s a lovely area, and full of interest, isn’t it? Sadly, we’ve only ever visited in August.
Is it busy in August?
No, not too bad at all actually. Not the places we chose anyway.
I love the Pembrokeshire coast! And did some climbing and abseiling there for the only time in my life….
Wow! You were brave. Pembrokeshire does have a marvellous coastline.
Well,I was young, fit and healthy 33 years ago!
So was I, but I would never have climbed cliffs or abseiled.
Well, I was up for the challenge!
South West Wales is so beautiful, so picturesque. Like the Peak District with an Atlantic coastline.
The beaches are as good as the ones in Cornwall too. We did actually contemplate moving there, but felt it was too far ‘out of the way’. Hah!
I have been all around Pembrokeshire, as I had a friend whose family had a holiday home in Fishguard. I didn’t venture out to any islands though, as I would probably have been seasick on the boat.
Best wishes, Pete. x
I get seasick too, but the distance to these islands is not great so I think I could have managed it, would love to see Puffins for real.
Added to my UK list. And I would love to see puffins.
It would certainly be invigorating walking along that coastline. I would love to do the coastal walks that take days to do, maybe one day. The weather in Wales is more challenging than the rest of the UK, from a visitors’ perspective.
My time for long walks has been and gone. And I think the weather is no worse than anywhere else in the country now. It’s very unpredictable.
Unpredictable weather here, too.
Beautiful views of the water!