Local Area

Local Area and Activities in Pembrokeshire


Places to visit in Pembrokeshire whilst staying at Carthouse Cottage

We are ideally situated for exploring the splendour of the only Coastal National Park in Britain with its award winning beaches and rugged coastline. The spectacular coastal path is just a few miles from Poyerston.

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Tenby is Pembrokeshire’s main holiday resort, and its beaches reflect this. They provide plenty of facilities, are winners of various environmental awards, and are often crowded especially during the main holiday periods. North Beach consists of a sweep of golden sand, with occasional rocks, including the prominent Goscar Rock, dotting the beach. The harbour and castle are at the southern end of the beach which is well sheltered from the prevailing winds. Access to the beach is good, but parking close to North Beach especially during peak times can be difficult.


Saundersfoot is a large, south east facing beach of golden sand and is one of the most popular stretches of coastline in Pembrokeshire. Bathing here is generally safe, and Saundersfoot is very popular with families. Being a lively tourist beach, all the expected amenities can be found close to the beach, including shops, cafes and ice cream parlours. There is disabled access to the beach, with disabled toilet facilities nearby. Dog restrictions are in place between 1 May and 30 September, and lifeguards are on duty from the end of June to the end of September.


Barafundle Bay is a beautiful bay of golden sands and turquoise blue waters and with it being east facing and well sheltered from the prevailing winds, it is an ideal hideaway spot. To find Barafundle Bay, turn off from the minor road between Stackpole and Freshwater East where a lane leads to a car park at Stackpole Quay. There are toilets and a cafe at the car park. The beach itself is a 1 km walk along the Coast Path and there is a steep descent from the path down to the beach.

Bosherston Lily Ponds

Bosherston Lily Ponds are located on the south east side of the Castlemartin and has become famous for its lily ponds. In the 18th – 19th centre they were formed by the Cawdor Family who owned the Stackpole Estate at that time, by blocking up three narrow limestone valleys. They are now protected as a nature reserve and have been well noted for their wildlife namely, otters, waterfowl and water lilies. Excellent for fishing the ponds are stocked with coarse fish, particularly pike and tench, with roach, perch and eels also present. Fishing is by permit only.

Caldey Island

Caldey Island lies cradled in the magnificent South Pembrokeshire coastline on the western fringes of Wales. It is one of Britain’s Holy islands. The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition which began there in Celtic times – www.caldey-island.co.uk.


Amroth is a charming coastal village where time seems to have stood still. The beach is punctuated by a series of groynes that help protect the village from winter storms and rough seas. This beach and village mark the easterly end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which winds its way for 186 miles past all the coves, beaches and cliffs.

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

There are a selection of over 200 circular walks, ranging from a one hour stroll to an invigorating 9 miles (15km) cross-country hike. Also listed are a selection of short walks, gentle strolls, and wheelchair and easy access walks.

Click here to view the pembrokeshire coastal path walking guides.

Colby Woodland Gardens

Colby Woodland Gardens is set in a hidden valley and is a charming garden with stunning displays of daffodils and bluebells in spring and one of the best collections of rhododendrons and azaleas in Wales, including magnificent summer hydrangeas. Gentle strolls and extensive walks lead through the estate, with plenty of seats enroute for the less energetic. There is much of interest for gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts alike.