Beaches, harbours, places to eat, things to do & walks
Our favourite places in St Davids and the surrounding area.
A jewel in the crown of North Pembrokeshire, Whitesands Bay, or Porthmawr (Big Harbour) in Welsh, is a large expanse of pale gold sand with Blue Flag status and a reputation as one of the finest surfing beaches in the country.
Looking west towards the rugged archipelago known as the Bishops and Clerks, it is in a beautiful location and, with parking for 60 cars, public toilets, a cafe and summer lifeguard patrols, is well-equipped for all manner of seaside experiences and activities.
St Davids Cathedral
The magnificent Cathedral of St Davids, jewel in the crown of the United Kingdom’s smallest city, began life as little more than a hermit’s cell beside the river Alun in the Valley of Roses.
Nowadays, visitors looking down at the building in its idyllic setting in the green bowl of the Cathedral Close, with the rocky tors of Carn Llidi and Penberry as a backcloth, will find it difficult to believe that this imposing church had such humble beginnings.
Porthselau is a little sandy bay at the south end of Whitesands Bay, St Davids, and at low spring tide it is possible to walk from one to the other.
It is easily accessible from the coastal footpath and is worth the short walk from the main car park at Whitesands if the main beach is crowded.
It can also be reached by a pleasant walk along a clearly marked footpath across the peninsula from Rhosson Farm, where limited parking can sometimes be found.
Sometimes spelled Porthsele, the beach is sheltered from the south-westerly prevailing winds so there is usually no need for a windbreak, and the sunbathing is good.
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