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Visit Legendary East Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Tourism - Monday, November 20, 2017
Visit Legendary East Pembrokeshire.

In the second of Legendary Pembrokeshire blogs, we’re heading off to the east of the county where myths and legends are in plentiful supply!
Bending the rules slightly on what counts as east or north, we begin our journey in the village of St Dogmaels. Situated on the border with Ceredigion, the village is home to the beginning (or end) of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The ruins of St Dogmaels Abbey are well worth a visit, and there is a visitor centre nearby, where you can learn more about the history of the Abbey, founded in the 11th Century. Also in the village, down by the estuary of the River Teifi, you will find a sculpture of Peregrine’s Mermaid, said to have saved the life of the local fisherman Peregrine by telling him to stay at home on October 1st 1789. A storm in the early hours of that morning claimed the lives of 27 fishermen and their boats from the parish of St Dogmaels. Was it a mermaid with this message, or perhaps sightings of unusual behaviour from the dolphins in Cardigan Bay? To make the most of your visit to St Dogmaels, stay at Bethsaida B&B. This converted chapel now contains five guest bedrooms, and owners Tony & Jo having carefully refurbished and renovated the chapel to make it an unusual and interesting place to stay.

If you prefer to self-cater whilst on holiday, then Valley View Cottages offer a great place to return to and relax at the end of day out exploring Pembrokeshire. A short drive (or slightly longer walk) from the cottages, you will find the village of Efailwen. These days, the village is a peaceful place, but back in 1839, rioting and civil unrest abounded as local farmers attacked the tollgate in an uprising against what were seen to be unfair taxes on them and their livelihoods. This attack was the first in what was to later be known as the Rebecca Riots, where the farmers and others dressed as women to disguise themselves whilst attacking and destroying the toll gates.

Further south of Efailwen, you will find Gower Villa Touring – an ideal place to stay if you are wishing to camp, caravan or glamp! With plenty of facilities on site, and a play area for the kids, dogs are also welcome (requested to be kept on leads around the site). From here you can easily head off to Login Railway Station and partake of a legendary afternoon tea! Following closure of the Cardi-Bach line which ran from Whitland to Cardigan in 1962, the Station Master’s House became a private dwelling. Now owned by Peter and Dawn, you can enjoy afternoon tea on the platform, and view the Railway Heritage Display giving you an insight into the impact of the railway on this part of Wales. Booking in advance for afternoon tea is advised.

Our travels through East Pembrokeshire bring us now to Narberth, a popular market town that is mentioned in the ultimate Welsh myths and legends tales, better known as the Mabinogion. Gorsedd Arberth is most likely to have been the Iron Age Fort on Camp Hill to the south of the town, whilst Narberth Castle (a Norman Castle now ruined) is believed to have been one of Pwyll’s chief courts. These days the town bustles with visitors and locals alike, with a number of independent shops, restaurants and cafes making it well worth a visit. Enjoy more than one day in the area by staying at Noble Court Holiday Park, just ten minutes walk from the town centre. With a choice of self catering holiday homes, safari tents and glamping pods, as well as space for tents and touring caravans, there’s plenty to do on site for all ages, and the park also holds the Gold David Bellamy Award for Conservation.

Of course, we couldn’t finish without heading to Amroth – the most easterly point, and the end (or beginning!) of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and National Park. The beach here stretches the entire length of the village, and during extreme low tides it may be possible to see the petrified forest, a result of sea levels rising dramatically some 7000 years ago. You may also find fossilised antlers, nuts and animal bones, along with Neolithic flints whilst exploring the rock pools and crevices on the beach. Until the end of the 19th Century, the village and parish was also an important part of the anthracite coal mining activity in the county. Make the most of a visit by staying at Amroth Cottages, a collection of three self-catering cottages graded as 5 Star by Visit Wales. Here you can enjoy coastal and woodland views, and say hello to the sheep, goats, ducks, cats and more who reside on the farm.

We’ll be continuing our travels around Pembrokeshire with a visit to the West of the county in a future blog – join us then to uncover more of the myths and legends of our beautiful and wonderful county!

St Dogmaels Abbey
Bethsaida B&B
Valley View Cottages
More about the Rebecca Riots
Gower Villa Touring
Login Railway Station
More about The Mabinogion
Noble Court Holiday Park
Amroth Cottages
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