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CARREG SAMSON

Abercastle

ABERCASTLE

The ruined watermill at Trefin

ABERFELIN

The ruined watermill at Trefin

THE OLD MILL

Coast path near Trefin

Venturing a little further from Trefin there are a couple of short circular walks incorporating fine stretches of the coast path. One is to the picturesque harbour side hamlet of Abercastle visiting Carreg Samson, an impressive 4,500 year old burial chamber on the way. Samson built it with his little finger so they say. The route then heads west along the cliff tops before descending to the little cove of Aberfelin with its ruined water mill. It's then a short stroll up the hill to Trefin. The walk takes an hour or two, or longer if you'd like to borrow our old wicker picnic hamper and make a day of it.

If there was a list of the top ten strolls to characterful pubs, the walk from The Old School Hostel to the Sloop in Porthgain would be No.1 we reckon, though it's true that we may be a little biased. Porthgain is an interesting and unusual place with an industrial heritage and it's worth taking a bit of time to explore it fully. There are galleries and a tea-shop and 'The Shed', an unprepossessing name for an award winning restaurant specialising in sea food that they catch themselves that day. Pricey of course but great for that last night of your holidays treat. A footpath heads inland through fields and green lanes making a pleasant loop back to Trefin. There's also the Strumble Shuttle, a smashing little bus that meanders along the coast between St. David's and Fishguard. Thanks to this service it's perfectly possible to enjoy a car free holiday based here in Trefin. It takes you to the sort of places buses don't usually venture and it's great if you'd like a longer walk. We'd suggest taking it to Abereiddi with its Blue Lagoon or, in the other direction, to the secluded pebble beach at Aber Mawr. Catch the morning shuttle to Strumble Head if you'd like an exhilarating whole days walk back to Trefin.

St. David's with its Norman cathedral and the popular beach at Whitesands Bay, one of the finest in South West Wales, are only about 20 minutes away by car or bus. The area is a mecca for sea sports enthusiasts too with companies such as TYF, Preseli Venture and Newgale YMCA Activity Centre offering half and full day kayaking, surfing, coasteering and other adventure activities. Boat trips from St. Justinian's, near St. David's to the RSPB reserve of Ramsey Island are popular too.

If you're staying a little longer you may wish to venture further afield and discover some of the many other attractions Pembrokeshire has to offer. For the kids there are top theme parks, traditional seaside fun to be enjoyed in Tenby and they'll love Pembroke Castle where a family ticket is particularly good value for money. Further afield still, there's even the option of an inexpensive day trip on the catermaran from Fishguard to Southern Ireland. Prices start at £19 per person. One thing's for sure, you won't run out of things to do on holiday here in Trefin.

And, at the end of a long day?.. Well, southern Pembrokeshire has lots to offer but it is a lot busier than hereabouts. People say our part of the world is like Cornwall used to be perhaps about 40 years ago before it became 'super trendy' and people started to jet down there for the weekend. So, after all the sightseeing and when the kids have had their fill you can return to Trefin and just relax. Stroll down to the children friendly Ship for a drink or a meal in the beer garden, read a while or plan the next days adventure over a glass of wine in the lounge. It doesn't have a TV but you won't miss it, and surprisingly nor will the kids.

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