Dear Mummy, over the summer we had the opportunity to stay at Bluestone Wales. It was a magical mid-week break and we stayed in a great chalet called a Skomer Lodge. As if all of the excitement within Bluestone itself wasn’t enough, Camp Smokey etc.. we also ventured outside the park to the visit the local Pembrokeshire coastline and took full advantage of the sunny weather.
Tenby is about a 25 minute drive away and clearly signposted from Bluestone Wales. There are also some other stunning beaches to explore but unfortunately we only had a couple of days free so headed to Tenby as we’d heard some great things about the seaside town.
Tenby is a walled seaside town in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, on the western side of Carmarthen Bay. It is steeped in ancient history surrounded by imposing 13th-century stone walls and the ruins of Tenby Castle are on a headland overlooking the harbour.
Tenby has a picture-perfect appearance with ice creamed colour regency terraces, golden coves of powdery sand, rock pools, the Georgian lanes leading down to a beautiful harbour. It’s like some off a postcard and we weren’t going to miss visiting on our trip to Bluestone.
It was a glorious sunny day, which hadn’t been forecast so we felt privileged to enjoy a mediterranean feel to our Wales beach trip. Car parking was easy and as we visited mid-week just before the school broke up and the town wasn’t overly busy. It was a pay and display car park so just remember to take loads of pennies with you. The ruins of Tenby Castle, sitting in an elevated position on Castle Hill, overlooking the beach offer brilliant views and an excellent photo opportunity.
The strip of sand leading from the South Beach to the Castle Beach was breathtaking. The tide was out and the sand seemed to go on for miles up to the tide line. At low tide, St Catherine’s Island is connected to the beach and can be reached on foot. The island is the site of a historic fort, reached up a steep flight of stairs, which offers spectacular views of the beach, town, and surrounding coastline. Whilst boats often dock along the stretch of beach between the castle and the island, the water south of St Catherine’s Island is shallow and excellent for swimming. The ice cream vans had driven on the beach and were capitalising on the warm weather and extra customers.
For the fist time in months my mummy had the opportunity to dip her toe into the water, while I ploughed in full steam ahead in my swimming costume not having a care in the world for the cold water. However much to our surprise the sea water was rather warm and beautifully clear, it was just like being abroad!
My folks explore the other side of the bay by the habour briefly before going on search for coffee and sandwiches and were amazed by the picturesque view. Tenby is the sort of place you could enjoy even in the height of winter with its dramatic coastline, lovely guest houses and romantic restaurants.
We spent hours on Castle Beach and I had fun exploring the rock pools with the local townsfolk showing me the best places to find crabs and star fish. It was a day we didn’t want to end and we’d love to live somewhere like Tenby.
It really was a fantastic place to visit and we can’t wait to go back and visit more of the Pembrokeshire coastline. Have you ever visited Tenby? What was your highlight?
Love Bella x