Author Archive: Piers

Exploring the Pembrokeshire coastal path at Goodwick

Carreg Goffa monument

With only 14.5 miles to Goodwick, travelling down the A487 through Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. We were soaking up the spectacular scenery as we travelled through Newport and shortly after through Fishguard, both full of charm with plenty of character on our way to Goodwick.

The display of wildlife alone made the walk memorable, aside from the beauty of the rugged coastline and the salty seas. Not of course forgetting all those swings in the valley!

Beautiful Banc Cottage in Pembrokeshire National Park

Outside photo of Badger Banc Cottage

If you’re looking for a cost effective week away to explore the beauty and majesty of Pembrokeshire, West Wales in a cosy but remote location. We’ve found it!

Banc cottage was perfect, definitely a place we would happily go and stay at again, in fact we are considering spending one Christmas away there. We both had a lovely time and think this holiday cottage is deserving of top marks, 5 stars!

Wonderful walks around Newcastle Emlyn in the Teifi Valley

Dragon sculpture above the entrance to the ruins at Newcastle Emlyn

Now that we had acclimatised to the local area and found our feet (excuse the puns), we were keen to hop-on our adventures and make the most of day two in West Wales! So off to Newcastle Emlyn and Cenarth we went to explore the valleys between.

It was a stunning day out, there was plenty to see, plenty to do & the views across the valleys were absolutely beautiful!

Exploring the Pembrokeshire coastal path at Moylgrove

View from Banc Cottage in Moylgrove

It’s day one and we’re staying in a little village called Moylgrove in the Pembrokeshire National Park, only a mile from the sea at Ceibwr Bay. When we arrive at any holiday location, we are keen to find quickly find our feet, getting to know what’s available in our immediate proximity.

With the sea so close it’s hard resisting that draw of the ocean and the temptation to explore the beach, especially when it’s only a mile away from you and you can see it from your cottage.

The Castle, the dragon & the white horse Uffington

Prehistoric Uffington White Horse

Soon as we arrived, we both looked to our left and just gasped “wow”, what a view! Not to mention one of the best placed picnic bench’s, on the edge of the car park overlooking the Chilterns and the Cotswolds. Perfect for those who are unable to walk far from the car, but want to enjoy a picnic with a view!

The moment you enter the pasture, you cannot miss the giant white horse carved into the hill. Though you cannot appreciate the complete view from this perspective, being that both your close distance and the angle you are at obscures it’s view.

We found there was Plenty of things to do near Swindon

Ridgeway signpost at Ashbury Folly

Looking for things to do near Swindon? We found out there’s a great deal of ancient heritage that can be found along the National trail ridgeway

There are at least 4 Castles or more accurately Iron Age Forts, Historic sites of interest including Long Barrow burial grounds, stunning landscape features and national reserves. There are at least 4 museums and some of the most spectacular vistas across the downs on a fine day.

Off wandering around Wiltshire, with Wilton Windmill in sight

Wilton Windmill in sight through binoculars

After arriving, no longer had we crossed the old bridge over the canal, we were overrun with competition rowers, running alongside the bank in two man crews with their canoe’s above their heads. Later we found out, that this was the annual Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, that runs every Easter! It’s an impressive 125 miles long with 77 portages.

As you traverse the tender-stem fields, you have some fantastic views of Wilton Windmill, as it stands out clearly on the horizon in all its glory.

Sunday walks around Newbury & the perfect pub lunch

Beautiful house near Chapel Lane, Frilsham, Newbury

Living fairly local, this walk is one we have explored before and knowing that it also features a Pub called the Pot Kiln, serving fantastic local food right at the start! Or the end as an incentive however you see it. Either way you’re motivated we opted to pop in at the end of our walk, once we had built up an appetite and of course the Sunday lunch rush had simmered down.