Walking woofers

Pembrokeshire dogs favourite walks

Pembrokeshire is a fantastic place to holiday with your dog and home to many dog lovers throughout the county.

Who better to ask about their favourite walks than a dog? Molly the Collie interviews six of her local friends to find out where their favourite dog walks are in Pembrokeshire.

Days out with your Dog – places to go with your four-legged friend

  • Name: Molly
  • Breed: border collie

Favourite walk: If it’s a nice day then my favourite walk is Freshwater West beach. Early morning, before 9 am or after 6 pm is the best time in the summer. There are adders basking in the sand dunes in the sun, so I like to avoid them, and too many people on the beach during the day really interrupt my runs. Besides, all my friends go early morning or early evening.

Molly lives at Bowett Farm with her two-legged friends Bill and Ann Morris. When not walking Molly can be found digging holes in the garden or getting the cows into milk.

  • Name: Daphne
  • Breed: Spaniel / Collie Cross

Favourite walk: I love walking down to Poppit Sands. In the summer we tend to go early morning or late evening sunsets, to avoid those long, hot days. In the winter we can go anywhere on the beach, any time, but in the summer we have to go to the right of the beach. The dog warden likes it better when we do that. Poppit Sands is a lovely shallow beach, great for paddles and my favourite game – sticks!

Daphne lives in the strawbale house, winner of the 2008 Grand Design eco home, with her two-legged friend Rachel Shiamh. When not walking Daphne can be found relaxing in the sun in the garden.

  • Name: Bob
  • Breed: Mixed

Favourite walk: I don’t walk far these days, but when I do venture out I like to walk through the Gwaun Valley woods from Pontfaen bridge, just across the river from my house. It’s a beautiful, gentle walk through an old beech wood and if I’m feeling frisky there’s always a squirrel or two to chase. When I was younger I used to enjoy walking up the hill to do a circular walk, but these days I’m happy for a little stroll along the valley floor.

Bob lives with Bessie at Dyffryn Arms in the Gwaun Valley. When not out walking Bob can be found lying in the sun outside the pub or enjoying a pat at the bar.

Full details of my Pontfaen walk.

  • Name: Lola
  • Breed: Collie – Husky Cross

Favourite walk: My local beach, Abermawr, is my favourite walk and I get to do it every day. Out the door, down the lane and through the National Trust woods and I’m on my beach. I feel like the luckiest dog in Pembrokeshire! One of my main jobs at Preseli Venture is to show new guests around, so there’s always someone to walk to Abermawr and share this magical place with.

Lola lives at Preseli Venture Eco Lodge with her two-legged friends Sophie and Nick Hurst. When not walking Lola can be found helping staff get ready for kayaking and coasteering trips.

Full details of Abermawr Woods walk.

  • Name: Bertie
  • Breed: Cockerpoo

Favourite walk: My favourite walk is the 5-mile stretch of coast path from St Brides to Little Haven. We catch the Puffin Shuttle coastal bus service outside the pub and then get off at St Brides Bay and walk back along the coastal path. It’s brilliant. In May the skylarks are singing and the wildflowers are out. I always come back smelling lovely, with some pink thrift flowers in my coat.

Bertie lives at the Castle Inn in Little Haven with his two-legged family Chris and Nadine Vane. When not walking he can be found playing chase with the girls.

Details of Puffin Shuttle timetable

  • Name: Lily
  • Breed: Sheltie

Favourite walk: I’m really, really lucky. I live in Stackpole village and have over 20-miles of footpaths on my doorstep, thanks to the Stackpole Estate and National Trust. I run out the door, down through the woods to the one-arch bridge and then along the Lily Ponds to Broadhaven beach. In the summer I go early morning or early evening to avoid the crowds. Walking back we usually take in Barafundle beach and I always go on the lead around the sheep and grazing ponies, so not to upset them.

Lily lives at Stackpole Inn with her best friend Lea and her two-legged friends Becky and Gary. When not walking Lily is a professional agility competitor and can be found racing around events up and down the country.

Full details of my Stackpole walk.

  • Name: Katie, Oscar and Shyann
  • Breed: Dalmatians

Favourite walk: Living on the doorstep of Pembrokeshire Coast Path and Saundersfoot beach has its advantages. Our favourite walk we do every day, guaranteed. Out the door, down through Swallow Tree woods, along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and down to the beach between Saundersfoot and Monkstone Point.

Katie, Oscar and Shyann live with their two-legged friends Vicki and Roy at Cwmwennol Country House in Saundersfoot. When not walking they are busy greeting dogs of all shape and sizes who have welcomed guests at this country house.

More details of my Saundersfoot walk

Bringing your best friend to Pembrokeshire? Check out our guide to dog-friendly holidays in Pembrokeshire: places to stay,dog-friendly beaches and good doggy manners.

Pembrokeshire welcomes your best friend, but please be considerate to other beach users, keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and always clean up after your dog fouls.

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