4 days in...St Davids: jam-packed full of family adventures
Looking for an action-packed holiday this summer? The small city of St Davids has all the adventure you can handle.
Think coasteering and surfing, islands and horse rides and wild walks on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
This little corner of Pembrokeshire has a lot to offer the adventurous family. Question is… will four days be enough?
Day 1: Surf’s Up
First morning in the city take some time to explore the town and orientate yourself. There’s the enormous St Davids cathedral to be found hiding in the valley, with stepping-stones to the Bishop’s Palace and quaint streets to wander in search of sustenance and adventure. Knowledgeable staff at Oriel y Parc are worth talking to, with the latest news on events happening locally.
When you’re ready Whitesands beach is waiting. The great thing about this beach is that there’s something for everyone – sandcastles, swims, rock pools and sunshine. Whitesands is a great surf beach, so if you’ve every wanted to try surfing this is your chance.
Don't forget to download our guide to rockpooling for your trip to Whitesands!
Day 2 – Walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The next best way to explore St Davids is stepping out on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – voted the second best coastal destination in the world by National Geographic – and with 186-miles to choose from you’re spoilt for choice.
Jump on the Celtic Coaster bus, which runs hourly out of the city, and hop off at Whitesands. Spend the day walking back to St Davids, keeping an eye in the air for a huge array of birds and an eye on the water for seals and dolphins.
National Park Rangers offer guided walks all year round, so check out the local calendar of events.
Day 3 - Island Hopping
Cast your eyes out to sea and you’ll spot many islands dotted around the St Davids coastline: Skomer, Grassholm and the nearest Ramsey Island – an RSPB reserve that’s perfect for family exploration!
The boat trip out to Ramsey Island is an adventure in itself, as you navigate the notorious tides of the Ramsey Sound under the guidance of the Thousand Island crew.
Landing on the island you’ll meet with the resident warden, a knowledgeable guide to your day’s wildlife spotting. Then back in the boat in the afternoon for a seal’s eye view of the island from the water.
Read more about Greg & Lisa, Ramsey's resident wardens
Day 4 – Coasteering and horse riding
Are you ready? It’s time to climb, jump and swim your way around the coast on the ultimate family adventure - coasteering. Join local experts Celtic Quest, Preseli Venture or TYF Adventure and take yourselves to a place you’ve never been - the space where the cliffs meet the sea. This is an experience like no other and will leave you with many tales to share round the kitchen table for years to come!
And don’t stop there. In the afternoon horse-riding awaits you down the coast at Nolton Riding Stables where you’re new four-legged friend will take you for an afternoon’s stroll in the surf at Druidston Haven beach. The stables offer mixed family riding for all abilities, from first-timers to seasonal horse riders, and a memorable family activity to round off the day.
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