Days Away

Taking time out

As Kev and I always seem to be working, I believe it’s very important that we take time out together, so on a rare Saturday that we were both off work at the same time, we decided to take a day trip.

There were plenty of discussion around where to go and it was decided that as Kev loves beaches and is from the Midlands (for those of you that do not know it, it’s an area in England that is, you guessed it, in the middle of England, so there are not a lot of beaches) we would go to my absolute favourite place in the world, St David’s.

Now we could have simply gone 2 minutes down the road to our local beach as we live on the coast but I wanted to introduce him to the smallest City in the UK in the hope he would love it as much as I do. I was right (as I normally am!).

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We got in the car and drove the 78 miles stopping off at The Duke of Edinburgh pub in Newgale for a bite to eat. It’s just 20 minutes from St. David’s so at this point we were almost there but I had to also introduce Kev to one of the best beaches on the Welsh coast. It’s just under 2 miles long with beautiful golden sand and a haven for Surf Boarders with magnificent clear blue water.

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After food, we climbed over the pebbles and Kev let out a gasp! It’s such a stunning beach that we could have been anywhere in the world but it’s a little bit of heaven in West Wales.

After sitting there for about half an hour, we decided that we needed to move on otherwise we would be sitting there for the rest of the day. Onward to St. David’s!

Now when I mentioned to Kev that we were going to a city, he had visions of places like Birmingham or Wolverhampton (both in the Midlands) but there is no other city quite like St. David’s. With a population of 1,841 (census 2011) it’s more like a small town rather than a city. The major reason it’s a city is because of the beautiful Cathedral.

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After stopping off for one of the best ice creams I have ever had and dragging Kev around the Cathedral, Kev decided that we needed to see more beaches. Off we went again! You can see by the picture below how much he loved the Cathedral!

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We ended up stopping at Whitesands Bay which is about 2 miles west of St. David’s. According to Wikipedia, it has been described as the best Surfing Beach in Pembrokeshire and one of the best tourist beaches in the World. I have to say, I agree. I have been to this part of the world loads of times but I had never been to this beach. It literally took my breath away and will definitely be coming back when we’re down this way again.

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We loved the beach that much we decided (or should I say Kev decided) that we needed to go in the sea. We found swimming costumes for sale in the shop upstairs from the cafe and the nice man in the shop even let us get changed in their changing rooms.

Off we trotted down to the sea. I can’t say I was really expecting the sea to be like the Mediterranean but I was expecting it to be a lot warmer than what it was (I mean it is August for crying out loud!). With my feet like blocks of ice, Kev tried to persuade me to go in further. Let’s just say, I managed to get in up to my knees and that was a push! Kev on the other hand was a lot braver and went in as far as his waist.

I’m finding as I’m getting older, I’m feeling the cold a lot more (which is very worrying as I’m only 40. Does this mean by the time I’m 70, I’m going to be walking around with 3 vests under my normal clothes?). As a child I wouldn’t have thought twice about running into a freezing cold sea, or jumping into a cold pool, now I’m a little more apprehensive! I managed to stand there for a full ten minutes until I really had to get out and warm up on the beach.

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Kev finally joined me after another 5 minutes and as we were sitting there taking in the sun, Kev had an epiphany. He had indeed fell in love with this outstanding part of Wales and we were going to buy a tent. I then started looking for campsites that accept dogs and found quite a few. The plan is in the near future, we will return to St. David’s armed with a tent and all the trimmings, the dog, my son and his girlfriend to have a lovely couple of days away together.

I would strongly advise if your ever planning on visiting Wales, don’t just go to Cardiff (as lovely as it is), please make a visit to St. David’s on the Pembrokeshire Coast and take in it’s stunning views and beaches. You won’t regret it!

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One thought on “Taking time out

  1. This is a great article. I am a huge fan of family time and love to take trips with them when time allows. I love beaches especially ones with tons of huge boulders . That picture of the pebbled beach is amazing. I wonder if they have a beach like that near us. Your trip reminds me of one that my family took a few weeks ago. We went to Fort Macon and then stumbled through these trails that lead us to this portion of the beach with these huge rock like pieces protruding from the sand. My husband and I sat on one as our son played in the sand, and had the bright idea to not take his sneakers off lolz, kids. It was so much fun. I am so glad that you guys got to take your free time to take this trip. You both look do free and happy. I love it! šŸ™‚ – Laila

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