7 Memorable things to do for free

Some of the best things in life are free and in Pembrokeshire free can be a lot of fun and definitely memorable.

Walk the second best coastline in the world, that’s right, the world.

Watch a full moon rise or an RNLI Lifeboat launch. Cheer on an Ironman competitor and make a wish upon a star.

Here are 7 extraordinary things to do for free in Pembrokeshire:

1. Discover a beach

If you do only one thing this holiday then make sure you go to a beach… or two. With over 50 beaches to explore there are plenty of coves and corners to discover, right across the county.

Paddle in the water and explore rock pools to see what new creatures you can find. Find out how it feels to bask in the sun and run barefoot on the sand. Build memories and your own personal works of sand art, until the tide comes in.

Remember to download our rock-pooling guide.

Swanlake Beach

2. Walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path was voted the second best coastal destination in the world by National Geographic and with 186-miles to choose from you’ve plenty of opportunities to give it a go.

Walking is one of the most rewarding experiences you can give yourself in Pembrokeshire and costs nothing. So add a stroll or a full-days adventure to your bucket list this year and check out our magnificent coastline and its wildlife. 

Remember to download our seal spotting guide.

Walking the coast path

 3. Visit Tenby RNLI lifeboat

Head to Tenby and visit the impressive RNLI lifeboat station on Castle Hill. The RNLI have over 200 lifeboat stations in the UK and Tenby is one of the busiest, with a dedicated crew of local men volunteering to save lives at sea.

A visitor area and viewing platform lets you get up close to the state-of-the-art Hayden Miller lifeboat and every other Tuesday, weather permitting, the RNLI launches this beast of a boat into the Tenby waters, usually to a crowd of hundreds of onlookers.

Check out the Tenby RNLI website for the latest launch dates, open days and events. 

Tenby Lifeboat

4. Watch a full moon rise  

Thirteen times a year the full moon rises in the Eastern skies at sunset.

You can watch this from anywhere in the county, and one of the most spectacular places to witness this is Foel Eryr - Eagle Hill - on the Preseli Hills. Here the elevation will give you a 360-degree view of Pembrokeshire as the moon rises in East and the sun sets to the West… weather permitting.

Park at Bwlch Gwynt, on the B4329 between Haverfordwest and Egwyswrw, for the short walk upto Foel Eryr. Remember to wrap up warm and bring a torch for the walk back down.

Remember to download the Foel Eryr map

Drew Buckley Full Moon

Image: Drew Buckley Photography

5. Support an Ironman competitor

Head to Tenby in September and join thousands of spectators applauding the human body. It’s the one day of the year that roads close for cyclists as hundreds of professional and amateur athletes compete in the 2015 Ironman Wales competition.

There are competitors racing in from all over the world, so if you don’t know anyone taking part, pick a country and support an overseas visitor. All cheers welcome!

Ironman Wales supporters

6. Make a wish upon a star

A clear night in Pembrokeshire is one of the best places in the country to see stars and the Milky Way in all its glory. The darker the night the more the stars.

Broad Haven (South) has been named a ‘Dark Sky Discovery Site’ with its stunning cliff top location offering a 360-degree panorama of the night sky.

Chances are you will see stars wherever you’re staying in Pembrokeshire, so wrap up warm, grab the torch, head outside and look up. And remember, if you see a shooting star make a wish!

Remember to download our star gazing guide.

Dark Skies - Drew Buckley

7. Wander through an ancient woodland

Pembrokeshire is blessed with many accessible inland areas, woodlands and walkways.

Canaston Woods is an extensive mixed woodland right on the Cleddau estuary and is teeming with wildlife; squirrels, buzzards and even a kingfisher if you’re lucky!

The Gwaun Valley and Ty Canol woods, both near Newport, are great places to explore. The Gwaun is a steep wooded valley, with huge beech trees and mossy waterfalls, while Ty Canol fuels the imagination with gnarled oaks and fairy glens.

Remember to download our autumn leaves guide.

Make your trip even more memorable by choosing somewhere magical to stay: how about breathtaking sea views or a roaring log fire.  

Pembrokeshire was made to make memories.

 Barafundle Bay - definitely one of the best beaches in Britain!  
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