Holidays in West Wales
In the North of Pembrokeshire, between Fishguard and St Davids you will find the small village of Croesgoch. Croesgoch has a long history and spread around the area you will find several ancient burial mounds that add further intrigue to the story of how Croesgoch got its name which is thought to have originated from a battle which occurred near the area and ended with a mythical river of blood that formed a cross- Croes-Goch (Red Cross). Due to its location being only 5 miles from St Davids, often visitors would pass through the village on pilgrimages to the city. There is a special carved stone called Mesur Y Dorth which marks a spot where people shared their bread before the last part of their journey.
Today the village is much more peaceful and serene. There are plenty of local amenities available including shops, a post office, a pub, chapel and two art galleries, one of which is run by successful artist John Knapp Fisher. The Trevigan Gallery showcases the work of John Knapp Fisher who has been painting for over 60 years. His landscape portraits are favoured by people all over Britain and have displayed in some of Wales most important galleries including the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
For those who don’t like to spend time in the kitchen whilst on holiday then be sure to visit the Atramont Arms which is the family owned local village pub. The Atramont Arms serves real ale and traditional fish and chips amongst other dishes. If you prefer something a bit different then the historic, seaside town of Porthgain is a foodie paradise. The Sloop Inn and The Shed are both popular restaurants that attract locals and visitors from all over the county. The Shed is full of rustic charm and friendly, relaxed ambience. Specialising in sea food specials created from fresh, locally landed fish you certainly won’t be disappointed! The Sloop Inn is a public house with WIFI and a wonderfully mouth-watering menu that is definitely worth the short 5 minute drive from Croesgoch.
There’s plenty to see and do nearby as Croesgoch is just 4 miles from the coast and the beautiful Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy which is one of Pembrokeshire’s most impressive natural attractions. The Blue Lagoon is a disused slate quarry which is now filled with sea water after a breach in the outer wall. Despite its name the water in the lagoon always has a greenish hue which is owed to the mineral content within the quarry. The Blue Lagoon is a popular haunt for Coasteering enthusiasts and was shortlisted in 2012 to host the World Cup Cliff Diving Event.
Croesgoch also hosts plenty of events throughout the year. The most popular of these being the Croesgoch Garden Show and in June there is a vintage tractor run which generates much interest from all over the county.