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A Location For

All Seasons!

 

Spring (March- May)

Skomer Bluebells

Campion

 

 

Summer (June to August)

Whitesands surfers

  • Beach lazing
  • Swimming
  • Fresh mackerel
  • Puffins on Skomer
  • Surfing
  • Heather and gorse
  • Swallows
  • St Davids Jazz Weekend
  • Pembrokeshire Fish Festival

Porth Melgan

 

 

Autumn (September- November)

Autumn Light

  • Seal pups
  • Golden autumn light
  • Colourful woodlands
  • Whales and dolphins
  • Surfing

Heather

 

 

 

Winter (December- February)

Storm

  • Unexpected snow
  • Dramatic winter storms
  • Cathedral Carols
  • New Year's Day swim at Whitesands Beach
  • Starlings
  • Surfing (for the brave)

Snowy Headland

 

 

Location and Links

 

Tan Y Ffynnon and Selkie's Caravan are situated in one of the best locations in Pembrokeshire, which in turn is one of the lovliest places in the UK. If you are not yet familiar with its charms, you can begin to imagine it by thinking of a wilder, less crowded and less commercialised version of Cornwall. Some ideas below- and find recent recommendations in our visitors' books.
Whitesands Beach

 

Whitesands Beach is a beautiful sandy beach over one mile long at low tide. It consistently achieves 'blue flag' status owing to the high quality of the water. The beach is popular for surfing but is also good for swimming, bracing walks, canoeing, kiteflying or simply picnicking and relaxing. There is a lifeguard patrol during summer. There is a beach cafe/ shop that in peak times even serves breakfasts and evening meals.

 

Coast Path St Justinians

 

 

 

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path stretches for 186 miles from Poppit Sands in the north to Amroth in the south. Selkie Retreats Guests can access some of the most beautiful stretches within a couple of minutes. Walking north brings you past the small beach of Porth Melgan to St Davids Head and then around beneath the rocky outcrops of Carn Llidi and Penberi, eventually reaching Aberreidy and Porthgain. Walking south takes you past Porth Selai to St Justinians with its lifeboat station, then on around Wales' most westerly point to Porthclais and Caerfai. There are plenty of opportunities for short circular walks that include stretches of coastpath combined with inland footpaths over moorland and farmland. "Carn Llidi is great at sunset. Saw peregrines, choughs, buzzards, whitethroats and stonechats" (Selkie Caravan Visitors' Book).


Porth Melgan and Carn Llidi

Porth Melgan and Porth Selai are two small sandy beaches each situated about 20 minutes' walk along the coast path from Whitesands. They make a great alternative for those who prefer a quieter, more sheltered beach, or for taking dogs in the summer months. One delightful circular walk is to take the path opposite the house that leads up Carn Llidi. Having enjoyed the spectacular views in all directions, drop down to St Davids Head and return via Porth Melgan.

 

 

RamseyRamsey Island, one of Pembrokeshire's five stunning offshore Islands is just across the water from Whitesands Beach. The smaller islands dotted around are collectively known as the Bishops and Clerks. Ramsey is owned and managed by the RSPB and has an abundance of birdlife. Its numerous caves with sheltered storm beaches make Ramsey Island an important breeding site for Grey Seals. Porpoises and dolphins are frequently seen in the sound between Ramsey and the mainland. In the summer it is possible to take inflatable boat rides around Ramsey Island from Whitesands Beach itself. For much of the year there are a range of trips organised by a number of local boat companies, leaving from St Justinians just two miles away. Depending on the season, you might be able to land on Ramsey and spend the day there, boat around Ramsey (perhaps enjoying a bumpy ride over 'The Bitches") or perhaps go out further out to North Bishop to see the amazing sight of thousands of shearwaters skimming the sea surface on their nightly return to Skomer Island. Other options are to go out to Grassholm, home to thousands of gannets, or even beyond into the deeps of the Irish Sea in search of larger whales and dolphins.


CanoeistsSwimmersIn addition to swimming, walking and surfing, the local area offers a range of further sporting and outdoor activities. Right behind Tan Y Ffynnon is the St Davids Golf Course, which allows visiting members. A number of local companies offer canoeing, coasteering or horseriding.

 

 

PorthclaisSt Davids, with its beautiful 'hidden' Cathedral, range of good quality shops, coffee shops, restaurants and art galleries is just two miles by road from Tan Y Fynnon (less if you choose to take the footpath cutting across the fields). In summer, you can take the Celtic Coaster bus. Other nearby places well worth a visit include St Justinians with its lifeboat station, the lovely inlet of Porthclais with its harbour dating from Roman times and the south- facing sandy beach of Caerfai with its amazing red and purple rocks. Four miles east is the large coastal village of Solva- a hive of boating activity with its own selection of shops, galleries and cafes.


Strumble HeadNorth Pembrokeshire is perhaps the wildest and most rugged part of the county, characterised by small coves, dramatic cliffs and moorland. Visit Abereiddy and the Blue Lagoon. Continue past Trefin and Abercastle to the quiet beaches and woodlands of Abermawr, then on to Strumble Head with its lighthouse. Beyond lie the coastal towns of Goodwick, Fishguard and Newport, each with its own galleries, restaurants and points of interest. See a completely different aspect of Pembrokeshire by turning inland to the famous prehistoric monuments and bluestones of the Prescilly hills. if travelling by bus, connect at St. Davids to the Strumble Shuttle to Fishguard, then the Poppit Rocket from Fishguard to Cardigan.

 

 


Marloes St Brides Bay and South Pembrokeshire has more delights awaiting you, including the spectacular sandy beaches of St Brides Bay and the Dale and Marloes Peninsulas and the Islands of Skomer and Skokholm with their puffins and shearwaters. It is also well worth heading off to the flatter and gentler southern part of the county, to enjoy further beaches, castles, woodlands, riverside walks and the interesting and lively towns of Tenby and Narberth. From St Davids, take the local bus to Haverfordwes, or the Puffin Shuttle that follows the coast south around St Brides Bay to Milford Haven.

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

 

selkie bullet Buy a beautiful authentic Persian carpet or tribal rug at the Malthouse in Narberth: https://www.facebook.com/RugsGB

 

selkie bullet Play golf just behind the house: www.stdavidscitygolfclub.com

 

selkie bullet Guided sea kayaking trips and coaching courses from Fishguard www.mayberrykayaking.co.uk

 

selkie bullet Visit S.t Davids Cathedral www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk

 

selkie bullet Explore websites that advertise Selkie Retreats: www.stdavids.co.uk       www.pembrokeshireonline.co.uk

 

selkie bullet Enjoy music, art, dance, drama, poetry or opera - check out the latest events of the Fishguard Arts Society www.fishguardartssociety.org.uk

 

selkie bullet Fishguard Folk Festival in Fishguard at Whitsun.www.pembrokeshire-folk-music.co.uk