Day 03 – Pembroke to Cardigan

Off on our third day of travel.  We will cover about 130 miles of coastal roads today.  A grey sky, but we’ll bring some sunshine.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Newgale Beach
Newgale Beach


Milford Haven

Coastal Road Trip, Milford Haven, Flowers, Statue, Harbour
Colour and thoughtful art above the industrial landscape of Milford Haven.



Coastal Road Trip, Dale, Rain, Julian, Jarno
Welsh summer, heavy rain at Dale Beach – time for a coffee to wake us up!


St Ann’s

Coastal Road Trip, St Ann's High Lighthouse
Stunning views, steep cliffs and choppy waters at St Ann’s High Lighthouse.


Martin’s Haven

Coastal Road Trip, Wooltack Point
Walkers at the National Trust’s Martin’s Haven.
Coastal Road Trip, Martin's Haven, Wooltack Point, Midland Isle, Julian, Jarno
And here are two of those walkers with Wooltack Point and Midland Isle behind us.
Coastal Road Trip, Martin's Haven, Skin Care Cymru’s Don’t Be A Lobster Flag
Skin Care Cymru’s alternative Welsh flag: ‘Don’t Be A Lobster’, flying above the coastguard’s hut at Martins’s Haven.


St Brides

Coastal Road Trip, St Brides
Julian stayed here at St Brides with his family 10 years ago, so was keen to visit again.


Little Haven

Coastal Road Trip, Little Haven
The cute little village of Little Haven, with 30min free parking, just enough time to do a mini tour.
Coastal Road Trip, Little Haven
And the view west from the top of the short cliff path walk above Little Haven.  Lush grass clinging to the rocky cliffs.


Welsh Roads

Coastal Road Trip, Windy Welsh Roads
We thought this Pembroke single track road was funny, double yellow lines on both sides, no chance to pass someone never mind parking!



Coastal Road Trip, Newgale Beach
The tidy, wide and flat sands of Newgale Beach.



Coastal Road Trip, Solva
Looking down over Solva Bay with its boats waiting for the tide to return.


St Davids

Coastal Road Trip, St Davids
St Davids Cathedral in Britain’s smallest city.  Really impressive, except for the coffee in the Cathedral Cafe, too hot!
Coastal Road Trip, St Davids, Ceiling
The beautifully painted ceiling of St Davids.


Pwll Mawr

Coast Road Trip, Pwll Mawr
We took the wrong turn looking for Strumble Head, and ended up with this amazing view west from Pwll Mawr.


Strumble Head

Coastal Road Trip, Strumble Head Lighthouse
Getting addicted to lighthouses now… took 100 pics of Stumble Head Lighthouse in the fresh and bright late afternoon sunshine.
Coastal Road Trip, Strumble Head View
And again stunning views west along the Pembrokeshire coast from Strumble Head.



Coastal Road Trip, Fishguard
And the final stop of the day in Fishguard, before heading to our B&B for the night near Cardigan.


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Day 02 – Llanelli to Pembroke

On Day 2 we traveled from Llanelli to Pembroke, about 120 miles again.  Here are some of our more interesting stops.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Tenby
Tenby Harbour


Burry Port

Coastal Road Trip, Burry Port
A bit of grey start to the day at Burry Port.  Here with the view out to sea, behind us a small harbor town and rolling green hills.



Coastal Road Trip, Kidwelly Castle
Kidwelly Castle, quite impressive for a little town.  The first of several castles today!



Coastal Road Trip, Carmarthen Castle
Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales, also had a castle.  Looked quite similar to Kidwelly, at least from the front, don’t you think?  I thought I had a been here as a kid, but then realized I had it muddled with the much more impressive Caernarfon Castle in North Wales.



Coastal Road Trip, Llansteffan Castle, Julian, Jarno
Further down the west side of the River Towy we reached Llansteffan Castle, a pleasant 10 minute walk up from the beach car park.  Great views from the top across to Ferryside and Carmarthen Bay.
Coast Road Trip, Coastal Road Trip, Llansteffan Beach
And back down at the car park, great views again across the beach and the bay.



Coastal Road Trip, Laugharne Castle
Further west we reached Laugharne, the final resting town of Dylan Thomas.   An impressive castle for a small town, sitting next to the River Taf.


Pendine Sands

Coastal Road Trip, Pendine Sands, Lifeguard Notice
At Pendine Sands the Lifeguards had put up this fun notice board.
Coastal Road Trip, Pendine Sands, Museum of Speed, Babs
Pendine Sands is most famous for its land speed records in the early 1900.  Babs is the most famous car, and is displayed in the  Museum of Speed by the beach.  Sadly its driver (Parry-Thomas) was killed when the car crashed during a land speed attempt in 1927.   The car was buried in the sand dunes, and was later dug up and lovingly restored. Look at that engine!



Coastal Road Trip, Saundersfoot Beach
At Saundersfoot, one of the most popular tourist towns in Wales, we looked over the beach.  Full of families enjoying the milder late afternoon weather, as now the clouds had started to clear.
Coastal Road Trip, Saundersfoot, Wollen bollard covers
Cute wollen bollard covers in the streets of Saundersfoot, don’t ask me why, but they brightened up the streets.



Coastal Road Trip, St Julian Terrace
We loved Tenby, and a bonus,  we found a street with my name…. but I’m no saint.
Coastal Road Trip, Tenby, Fudge
Fresh Tenby fudge being prepared.  Another bonus.
Coastal Road Trip, Tenby
Colourful Tenby houses, and boats all neatly anchored in the peaceful harbour.
Coastal Road Trip, Tenby, Lifeboat
Then we heard the emergency signal call for RNLI crew, and a few minutes later a lifeboat was launched.  Hope all was OK.



Coastal Road Trip, Manorbier Bay, Julian, Car, Jarno
Around the corner we found the beautiful Manorbier Bay, and posed for some road trip selfies…



Coastal Road Trip Stackpole Quay
The National Trust owned Stackpole Quay was full of families enjoying the evening sun, playing about in the sea.
Coastal Road Trip, Stackpole Quay, Jarno, Ladder
We climbed down the ladder to reach the second bay.
Coastal Road Trip, Stackpole Quay, Julian, Jarno, Pasta
An evening picnic with great views!
Coastal Road Trip, Stackpole Quay, Beach Books
Back in the car park we noticed this beach books trailer.  We are not sure exactly how it works but we guess that during the day you can borrow books from this, like a mobile library.  If so, what a great idea.


Freshwater West

Coastal Road Trip, Freshwater West, Seaweed Hut
A renovated seaweed hut at Freshwater West.  Yes, new to us too!  Apparently used in the early part of last century to dry seaweed that was used to make Welsh lava bread.



Coastal Road Trip, West Angle Bay
Warm evening sunlight as the sun started to set at West Angle Bay.



Coastal Road Trip, Pembroke Power Station
Pembroke Power Station viewed across the fields from Angle to Pembroke.  It was quite a contrast to the landscape we had seen so far, but here it somehow looks organic, growing out of the bushes at the edge of the field.
Coastal Road Trip, Pembroke Castle
Pembroke Castle in the evening light, our final castle of the day!
Coastal Road Trip, Pembroke to wind turbines
Final shot of the day from Pembroke Dock across to wind turbines at Milford Haven.


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