A special week in Pembrokeshire, unusually a sunny warm bank holiday weekend and we lucked out to have chosen this time for our first visit to this area. Perfect conditions were forecast for the next few days, ideal for gentle hiking along the Coastal Path forming part of my rehabilitation from a recent operation.
We decided to drive up on Friday morning, after a very pleasant evening with Warren and Jude, thus avoiding the holiday traffic. Thank goodness as someone we chatted to later said it took them 8 hours to get here from Birmingham! Our cottage was not available until Saturday so we booked into Picton House (LLanddowror) near Pendine Beach and on arriving headed straight out, not even stopping for a cup of tea, to explore the area.
Pendine Sands run for about 10km west from the River Taf and is remarkable. In the 1920’s it was used for attempts at the land speed record, in Feb 1927 a record of 280km p/h was achieved. In 2019 a new record for the beach was set of 338 km p/h in a modified Porsche 911. Quite remarkable. The sands are very firm and flat when the tide is out, which allows such record breaking endeavours. Still cant imagine going that fast on a beach.
Much quieter when we visited, just families playing on the beach, dogs running around and happy memories being created. We had an enjoyable pint after our walk, sitting on a bench overlooking the beach by the sea wall, basking in the late afternoon sunshine. It was very relaxing people watching and listening to a good selection of music. When the sun dropped behind the hills we pottered off to the local Chinese (The Lotus) for a remarkably good meal.
As our B&B was comfortable, served a good breakfast and was quiet we decided to book in for a return visit at the end of our trip avoiding the inevitable Saturday jams!