March 2016 Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales

We arrived on site at Lleithyr Meadow Caravan Club site mid March and were quickly set up in our compound. The site opened to the public on the 18th March but it was very quiet to begin with due to the weather.

During this month we explored the Pembrokeshire coast for the first time. We were based near Whitesands Bay, a blue flag beach on the St. David’s Peninsula. It is a mile long sandy beach, with some treacherous water stretches but lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. There is a very good cafe in the car park where you can buy waffles and ice cream or fish and chips, but parking is comparable with Cornwall at a flat fee of £5 whether you stay there for half an hour or all day.

A favourite walk from site is to St. David’s Head and around Carn Llidi, the highest hill in the area at 181m/594ft. Wild ponies live on the National Trust land, along with Choughs, Skylarks, Peregrine Falcons and numerous other birds.

Along the route you can also visit a 5,000 year old burial chamber of Coetan Arthur, marked by an 8ft ‘capstone’ and if you’re lucky you may even spot a porpoise or two!

 

The City of St David’s is very pretty despite it’s miniature size. The Cathedral is beautiful both inside and out, with regular services and concerts being performed. I feel uncomfortable visiting religious buildings but Dean can admire them without any sense of unease.

As you enter, you are met by a gentleman policing the issue of taking photographs and a large sign suggesting a donation of a specific amount for visiting. This increases due to the time of year so go prepared.

In the city itself, there are a number of nice eateries including The Pebbles which is almost next door the The Bishops public house.  We’ve eaten in both places and have been impressed by their service and food on every occasion. For groceries there is a lovely deli called St Davids Food and Wine, with The Veg Patch just across the road. There is also a  very good butcher in the main High St. called Gwyn Davies who also stocks lots of other goodies too.

It has a village community feel to the area which makes you feel very at home here.

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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