On a hot summers day there really is no better place to live than Wales. Of course, I am biased, but seriously it’s such a beautiful country, rich with mountains, lakes, scenic coastlines and views that literally look like something out of a feature film. Last Sunday was such a beautiful day. I had just got back from Cardiff after seeing One Direction and I quickly showered and had some lunch before Dan picked me up and we headed West for a day in the sunshine.
|On the bridge at Bosherston.|
I took Dan to a place that is very close to my heart. Stackpole is a designated landscape in Pembrokeshire, and has some amazing little places to visit ranging from hidden beaches, cliff tops views, gorgeous woodland and lilyponds and cute little tea rooms. It’s a place I go every summer with my nannie and grandad and it’s one of my favourite places ever. It reminds me of my childhood, and I have many happy memories there.
The first place we headed was Bosherston Lily Ponds. These are man-made lakes which were created over 200 years ago to form the background of the Stackpole Court house and they are truly beautiful. There are lots of bridges allowing you to cross the lake and the area is abundant with wildlife. We saw lots of bright blue dragonflies and pretty lilies and the views were really breathtaking.
|Views of the lily ponds at Bosherston.|
|A view through the trees.|
|Strolling around the lake.|
We decided to walk around the lake, something I’ve never actually done before, and it was so peaceful. There were lots of people out making the most of the sunshine and we spent our time taking lots of photos. Then, halfway around, we stumbled across this amazing beach. It’s literally on the edge of the lake and it was so pretty. It looked like something out of a film with bright sand contrasted against the sapphire sea. It’s called Broadhaven South Beach and is the perfect location for relaxing with families – a hidden gem.
|The hidden beach we discovered – Broad Haven South.|
|The shoreline at Broadhaven South.|
We then walked the rest of the lake before getting back in the car and heading over to St. Govan’s. These are cliff tops on the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Park which have seriously breathtaking views. I’ve been here so many times with my grandparents and absolutely love visiting. There is even the teeniest chapel built into the cliffside, which was built and lived in by St. Govan in the fourteenth century. It’s amazing the little wonders you can find when you go exploring!
|The view from St. Govan’s cliff tops.|
|The chapel tucked away in the cliffside.|
After eating some ice cream on the clifftops overlooking the beautiful views, we got back into the car and headed to Stackpole Quay. There are cute little tea rooms and a harbour with stunning views, but we headed over the clifftops to somewhere that Dan and I hadn’t visited before.
|Beautiful Barafundle Bay.|
Barafundle Bay is a remote beach which is only accessible via clifftop. It’s amazing how many beautiful, idyllic beaches there are in Pembrokeshire – they really are so magical. Many people who live in Carmarthenshire and surrounding areas rave about Barafundle Bay, so I was excited to visit it, and when we got there I could really see why people loved it so much. The Bay is small and it literally feels like you’re in another country. You have to walk down a steep set of stairs to get onto the shore, but the views from the clifftop are breathtakingly beautiful.
|Barafundle Bay – like something out of a film!|
After a busy day we made the journey home. It was such a lovely day and I really love spending time with Dan and seeing what beautiful places we can find. We always manage to find something new when we go exploring and I treasure the days we have together. : )
Any of you bloggers who are looking for somewhere pretty to visit I can’t recommend Pembrokeshire enough! There are so many pretty, unique places and it really is a photographer’s dream!
What’s your favourite thing to do on a sunny Sunday?
Lots of love,