Just back from a solitary walk along the coast path and down to Solva. It was breezy on the headland but the weather turned warm and sunny so I sat and read for an hour overlooking peaceful and sheltered Solva harbour. On to No. Thirty Five for a welcome coffee and cheese and chutney sandwich; before my climb on to the Gribin and on to the headland looking out over St. Elvis rock. Here I was lucky enough to watch the gannets diving for fish before retracing my steps dropping back down into Solva and passing the Victorian lime kilns at the edge of the harbour.
Despite arriving to a sorry sodden landscape and blustery winds we were very lucky to have 3 days of fine weather here at Skomer View.
30th December, we managed a windy walk at Whitesands bay along to Ramsey Sound where the surf had to be seen to be believed. No hardy surfers today. We were very surprised to spot some water buffalo in fields above the coastal path. There’s been a lot of rain in Pembrokeshire recently but water buffalo! That was a new discovery. Joining friends at the Ship Inn at Solva for New Year’s eve was good fun but meant that we didn’t get to bed until late. The resulting sleep in meant that once again we didn’t get to join in Solva’s annual New Year’s day treasure hunt – maybe next year!
It’s been a while since my last post and indeed since my last visit to Skomer View. The weather has been mixed this week with horrendous weather on the Bank Holiday Monday. Since then we’ve had lots of sun, a lovely meal with friends and family at the Swan in Little Haven (recommended), we had some fine coastal walks too! Which reminds me… I thought I would share Derek the weatherman’s thoughts on this part of Pembs.
‘Another walk I enjoy is from Porth Clais to Whitesands near St. Davids. This part of Pembrokeshire is the sunniest in Wales, with over 1, 800 hours of sunshine on average a year but as the coast is exposed it can be windy at times. There are lots of different flowers in spring, while the cliffs and waters provide a variety of animal, bird and marine life. If you are lucky you may see a few seals and even the odd porpoise.
On a clear day, you can see for miles and across to Ramsey Island. Both Porth Clais and Whitesands Bay are stunning. The latter is a great place for surfers and there’s a nice cafe here too! The plus point of this walk is that you can leave your car at the visitor centre in St. Davids and then catch a bus to be dropped off along the route. If you get tired, just wait by the roadside and they’ll come and pick you up. It couldn’t be easier!
Being a weatherman is my bread and butter job but Weatherman Walking is the icing on the cake. The series has taken me all over Wales. I’ve learnt so much about the country and met some lovely people too. If you want to follow in my footsteps take a look at the Weatherman Walking website. There are photographs to look at and you can download printable maps’.
Located just 10 minutes drive from Skomer View, or approx 1 hours walk along the coastal path, is the fabulous beach at Whitesands Bay. Known as the best surfing beach in Pembrokeshire, and previously named as one of the best natural beaches in the world, Whitesands is a stunning place to spend a day or a few hours. Whether you are a keen surfer, enjoy kayaking or just like relaxing in the sun, there are few better places to be when the weather is kind. Skomer view is ideal accommodation for exploring Whitesands and the other surfing beaches in Pembrokeshire.
Hi, it’s Ceri here, Skomer View webmaster! I’ve just returned from a weekend of walking and cycling around Solva and St David’s. We picked a stunning weekend weather-wise, and Skomer View was the perfect base for our weekend.
On Friday we walked from the apartment to St David’s along the coastal path. I’ve done this walk a few times, but the sheer beauty of the coastal path never ceases to amaze me. We saw a chough (Kevin spotted it!) and paid a visit to St Non’s church on the way into St David’s. A quick pint at the Farmer’s and a bus back to Solva for food in the Harbour. We then ambled back to Skomer View to enjoy the new wifi, check in on Facebook and upload our photos.
On Saturday we cycled to Porthgain, such a beautiful old fishing port and had coffee in The Shed. It was another beautiful day, and we cycled back to St David’s where we met up with our friends Gerry and Jackie who supplied us with a very welcome lunch. We made our way back to the apartment via St David’s airfield, which is well worth a visit if you are interested in old WWII airfields.
We rested for an hour and then walked into Solva, meeting Gerry and Jackie again on the coastal path. We ate in the Cambrian, under new ownership, which was OK if not wonderful for the money. It was all happening in the Royal George that night, but the chaps made me press on to bed which was probably a good thing as we’d been in the saddle all day.
After a restful night we enjoyed breakfast in Sands Cafe in Newgale then walked up over the Gribin and enjoyed the stunning views back towards St David’s.
We were lucky to have another break during the Whitsun half term and caught the sunshine towards the end of a week of fine weather. It was dry and sunny for our planned trip to Skomer island and even though we weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to land we had a tremendous boat trip around the island. It was breathtaking to be on the boat with puffins flying past and landing in the sea nearby. The cliffs were full of seabirds, puffins, razor bills, guillemots and kittiwakes. The puffins have such a clumsy flight pattern and it was the first time for us both to see these comical birds.
At this time of year the rooks have now settled after the busy nest building period and the garden is peaceful and quiet… well it was until all the garden birds became more vocal; up above us was a red kite, the first one we’ve spotted this far West!
It was another fine and sunny week at Skomer View over the Easter break. Again we enjoyed a walk along the coast to St. David’s and stopped at our usual place for lunch (the National Park Centre). We always have a good lunch here, although we’ve been given a tip that the breakfast in Jones’s is very nice. We will try that the next time we are down. We noted that badgers are busy in the area, it’s not difficult to find signs of them near Llanunwas and along the coast. Rooks are busy nest building in our woodland at this time of the year. They are numerous and noisy, strange to think that once they’ve completed nest building silence will reign again for the rest of the season. Already we are looking forward to our next visit as May and June are wonderful in Pembrokeshire when the coast will be full of wild flowers. Let’s hope the sun continues to shine!