About Preseli Venture Activity Centre
Preseli Venture has been guiding adventures in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for over 30 years and has a working partnership with the National Trust and National Parks to use their nearby pristine locations for coasteering, surfing and sea kayaking adventures. Visitors describe swimming with inquisitive Atlantic grey seals, sea kayaking with pods of porpoises and watching a huge variety of sea birds from diving gannets to nesting razorbills- the abundance of wildlife is astounding!
Their expert team comprises of Pembrokeshire’s most enthusiastic and knowledgeable adventure aficionados who endeavour to bring exhilarating and awe-inspiring experiences to everybody, young or old, first timers or seasoned adventurers.
Whether you’re bracing the Atlantic air upon beautiful craggy clifftops, taking an invigorating plunge into crystal clear waters, surfing clean, green, peeling waves on sandy ‘Blue Flag’ beaches or kayaking between natural archways and rock gardens under incredible sea cliffs… Preseli Venture is the place to meet your adventurous edge.
ECO LODGE ACCOMMODATION
Beautifully presented 5 star accommodation, deep in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – a perfect retreat for individuals, couples, families and groups
Nestled on the hillside of a National Trust wooded valley, only a mile’s walk to the secluded, unspoilt beach of Abermawr, the lodge boasts breath-taking views of the wild North Pembrokeshire coastline and offers a relaxed and cosy setting for a memorable adventurous break.
11 cosy bedrooms accommodate up to 40 people with a variety of singles, doubles, twins, family rooms and larger rooms. The lounge is the perfect place to return and restore in front of the wood burning stove with a local brew in hand from their well-stocked and beautifully furnished bar. You can even enjoy all your meals from the comfort of home- deliciously wholesome food prepared by their in-house chef.
Half or Full Day Guided Adventures – Coasteering, Sea Kayaking and Surfing
Take in the atmosphere of the Preseli Venture’s eco lodge and enjoy a warming mug of tea or coffee before getting kitted up in super snug wet suits in the comfort of their onsite changing rooms. Then head off to one of the enchantingly beautiful ‘secret spots’ on the nearby coastline for your half-day adventure! What sets Preseli Venture apart is that they have their own minibuses to access the adventure locations so all you need to do is turn up ready for some unforgettable adventures, knowing you’re in safe hands! They also have private off-road car park at their lodge and you can enjoy a delicious home-cooked hot lunch and local ale at their eco lodge restaurant and bar.
ADULT ADVENTURE WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS
From the moment you arrive at the eco lodge, you’ll be well-looked after by Preseli Venture’s excellent hospitality and adventure team who have meticulously planned out your adventure break from start to finish.
Mix it up on an Adrenaline Cocktail Weekend, throw yourself into an Adventure Staycation, detox and reset on a Fitness Adventure break, make life-long friends on their Adventurous Encounters singles week, take the plunge on a Wicked Liquid Coasteering Weekend or break the mould on their wild Stag and Hen Adventure Weekends!
Preseli Venture’s all-inclusive adventure weekends and holidays for adults are all about exploring the wild Pembrokeshire coast, experiencing their exciting coastal adventures and also incorporate other local activities such as a boat trip around Ramsey Island, horse riding on the stunning Pencaer Peninsula, stand up paddling boarding from the picturesque Solva harbour or kite-land-boarding on the expansive Newgale sands – all under the expert guidance of professional outdoor guides. Whether you’ve been paddling tidal rapids or taking an outdoor yoga class, you’re guaranteed a good story to swap with like-minded adventurers around a blazing bonfire under the incredible starry night sky of west Wales.
FAMILY ADVENTURE WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS
Lovingly planned, unforgettable and unique all-inclusive holidays packed full of exciting adventure activities for your family.
This is a perfect chance to spend time together, reconnecting with nature, exploring and discovering the magic and wonder of the Pembrokeshire Coast. After traversing nature’s wondrous outdoor playground with Preseli Venture’s friendly and enthusiastic guides, kick back at their beautiful, fully catered 5 star eco lodge, with delicious home cooked meals, a pool table, a plethora of games and a bonfire under the stars! From cracking clues in the bluebell woods for the well-loved orienteering pursuit, the “Abermawr Challenge”, to popping up on a surfboard for the first time, you’re sure to leave with extraordinary memories, feeling inspired and reconnected!
SEA KAYAKING COURSES
Preseli Venture is accredited by Canoe Wales and has specially crafted a range of sea kayaking weekends and holidays and BCU training courses to suit total beginners to the most seasoned and saltiest of sea kayakers. From half-day coastal sea kayaking exploration tours for families and adults, to sea kayaking weekends and longer ‘Odysseys’, Preseli Venture offer a slice of the inspirational Pembrokeshire Coast National Park of Wales, a world renowned sea kayakers paradise.
Experience the astounding variety of the coastal scenery with fascinating features to be found under the immense sea cliffs; waterfalls, sea caves and natural rock arches. Kayak through rock gardens, and discover a variety of fun conditions in which to explore and play, from bobbing between sea stacks, catching waves through rocky channels, chilling out in idyllic sheltered coves, to surfing onto secluded sandy beaches.
Preseli Venture is seated right on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path National Trail which offers breath-taking scenery atop towering cliffs and access to magical secret beaches, making their eco lodge accommodation the perfect resting spot for walkers. Preseli Venture offers drop-offs along the coast path using their own minibuses from which guests can walk back to the lodge and restore in front of the wood burner with a local brew from their private bar.
Their self-guided eco walking holiday includes a weather proof OS map and an incredibly insightful information pack which sets out a carefully curated itinerary utilising the coastal shuttle bus service to explore a spectacular and well-traversed stretch of the trail. You’ll explore a variety of landscapes from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, to volcanic headlands and flooded glacial valleys.
“An experience all of us will cherish for a lifetime. It is safe to say, everyone left with warm hearts, big smiles and a little sadness that they had to leave such an amazing place” – Nic Ceja
“Best time I’ve ever had in neoprene….. We (family of 2 adults and two children) spent an exhilarating, energetic, kinetic, wonderful watery and strangely relaxing time at Preseli Venture. All the guides were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable (I never knew that dog whelks were so carnivorously evil!) For each activity (coasteering and sea kayaking mainly with Emma) we felt safe, learned new skills and had an immense amount of fun. The food was also delicious. Looking forward to coming back…..” – Warren Williams
Open all year.
Visit our calendar of events page to find out what’s going on at Preseli Venture.
- Approved by the British Canoe Union
- Groups welcome
- Licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority
- Member of the Welsh Canoe Union
- Pembrokeshire Marine Code
- Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter
- WiSe (Wildlife Safe)
Everyone is welcome to join our adventure days, young and old, swimmers and non-swimmers are very welcome. You just need to be happy in the water and able to get yourself into a wetsuit. Medical declaration forms are completed before the activities in order to make our instructors aware of any medical issues which may affect your experience. If you have any need for special assistance, please let us know before hand and we will assess how we can help you get the very best out of the activity.
Independent wheelchair users can park in our private car park and gain access to the lodge.
There are ground floor bedrooms, a disabled bathroom and dining room and bar also on the ground floor.
- Take the M4 west as far as it goes past Swansea, and then join the A48 to Carmarthen.
- At Carmarthen take the A40 west towards St Clears, and continue on the A40 to Haverfordwest.
- From Haverfordwest take the A40 towards Fishguard for 9 miles, until you reach Letterston and then TURN LEFT onto the B4331, sign posted for Mathry.
- Continue for 5 miles, until the B road meets at a junction with the A487; the Fishguard to St Davids road.
- Cross over the A487, and then turn IMMEDIATELY right down a single-track lane – CAUTION drive slowly down this narrow and twisty road! We are the first place you come to on the left (a big cream/pink house!), about 2/3 of a mile down the lane (ignore any other earlier farm tracks!) Please continue to the third entrance driveway, which leads you straight to the car parking area.
We offer FREE train station transfers at certain times, the details are below.
Buy your train tickets as soon as you can, as you can get cheaper deals. For advance train tickets use www.tfwrail.wales or greatwestern or www.thetrainline.com or call Great Western on 0345 7000 125 or Transport for Wales on 0333 321 1202. You can also purchase tickets at any British Rail station.
If you want to speak with a real person about tickets we have found a small Welsh booking agency who are very helpful and will be able to book your ticket for you and send them out to you in the post. They are the best people for group bookings too where you get one third off the full price for groups of 3 or more, called the ‘Group Save’ ticket – call Llandrindod-Wells ticket office on 01597 822053.
Wherever you are travelling from, you have to get to SWANSEA in South Wales, and from here you get connections onto the West Wales line out to Fishguard or Haverfordwest.
Local Train Stations
Our nearest train station is “Fishguard and Goodwick” which is just 5 miles away or a 10 minute drive. From here you may be able to get our free transfer, or if not then take a taxi (£15 fare) or a local bus which will drop you at the end of our lane one mile away.
The other local station is Haverfordwest which is 15 miles away. We do not usually offer a free transfer, but we can arrange special pick up for groups, so please do contact us. Otherwise taxis (£40 fare) are available to transfer you to the lodge.
We would always recommend travelling into ‘Fishguard and Goodwick’ whenever possible as its much closer, but trains only run 5 times each day to this station, so sometimes you may need to use Haverfordwest. To avoid any confusion with your return or round trip tickets, we can confirm that tickets for ‘Fishguard and Goodwick’ and Haverfordwest are totally inter-changeable, so you can arrive into either station and depart from either station and your ticket is valid.
Fridays – arrival for weekend breaks
On Friday evening we offer a FREE transfer from ‘Fishguard & Goodwick’ train station at 6.46pm for the journey to the Preseli Venture lodge. If travelling from London take the 1.45pm train from Paddington station which arrives into Fishguard & Goodwick station for 6.46pm.
If you need to take a later train there is a 4.45pm train from London Paddington that gets to Fishguard at 9.52pm and there are later trains through to Haverfordwest station during the evening. You will need to take a taxi from Fishguard (call Fishguard taxis on 01348 875129) or Haverfordwest (call Rockys taxis on 01437 890891 to Preseli Venture. The latest train you can take from London is the 7.15pm which gets to Haverfordwest for 11.59pm. If you intend to take a later train and would like us to book a taxi for your onward travel to the Preseli Venture lodge then please let us know in advance.
Sundays – departing from Preseli Venture
If you’re leaving the lodge after lunch on Sunday, then we provide a FREE transfer back to ‘Fishguard & Goodwick’ train station for the train at 2.25pm. On a bank holiday weekend we DO NOT usually offer a transfer on the Monday morning, but please contact us to ask, or we can book you a taxi.
If you’re taking part in a full day out sea kayaking on the Sunday, (like on a sea kayaking weekend), please note that there are no trains at this time from Fishguard so you will need to take the 5.55pm train out of Haverfordwest. A free transfer is NOT provided, however local taxi transport can be booked for you.
Sundays – arrivals for mid-week holidays
For those arriving for a mid-week holiday, there are 2 trains into ‘Fishguard and Goodwick’ on a Sunday. The early train departs from London Paddington at 8.33am arriving into ‘Fishguard and Goodwick’ for 1.56pm, and we will be collecting guests from this train.
The late train departs from London Paddington at 5.33pm arriving into ‘Fishguard and Goodwick’ at 10.40pm. Please take a taxi to the lodge, and this will need pre-booking.
Fridays – departure from mid-week holidays
The mid-week holidays typically finish lunch time on the Friday and there is a train departing from ‘Fishguard and Goodwick’ at 12.53pm. We can get you to that train with a FREE transfer, after your morning activity, with a picnic lunch to eat on your journey! Please let us know in advance.
The eco lodge is just 5 minutes walk down our narrow lane from the main coastal road the A487 and Mathry village just 15 minutes walk. The local bus service the T11 runs between Fishguard and St David’s so this service can be used to access the lodge, getting off at Mathry junction or Mathry village. For people travelling from further away in Wales, take the T5 long distance bus to Fishguard and then transfer onto the T11 to reach Mathry and the Preseli Venture lodge.
There is also the coastal bus service the Strumble Shuttle the 404, which runs between Fishguard and St David’s, dipping down to the beaches and coastal villages on route, and great for accessing the coastal path. This service will drop you at Mathry junction on the A487 from where you just have the short walk down the narrow lane to Preseli Venture.
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