Holidays in West Wales
The location of Hayscastle is the perfect place to stay for your holiday in Pembrokeshire to make the most out of your visit. Situated in the countryside but only a ten minute drive from the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the sweep of St Brides Bay, Hayscastle has great access to some of the best parts of Pembrokeshire.
Hayscastle is situated just 7 miles from the county town of Haverfordwest. The historic town offers plenty to see and do, particularly on a rainy day. In the town centre you’ll find the ruins of Haverfordwest castle. On display in the castle you’ll find letters from Oliver Cromwell ordering its destruction, which as you can see from the ruins, was largely achieved. Near the castle you will also find the town museum which has interesting displays on the history and people of Haverfordwest-well worth a visit. Haverfordwest also has a leisure centre, library, shopping and many eateries including the popular Black Sheep Restaurant. The Black Sheep features in the Good Food Guide 2012 and serves up a wonderful array of tasty, innovative dishes.
The nearest beach to Hayscastle is the magnificent Newgale. This beach is a 3 mile stretch of glorious sand backed either side by low hills where you can see the Pembrokeshire Coast Path snaking its way along. Adjacent to the tide is a large pebble bank, built to protect the small village in particularly high tides. Newgale is a popular location for surfers and kite surfers, it also has a Blue Flag award for its quality, cleanliness and facilities. If you prefer to stay dry but still want to explore the vastness of the beach why not try horse riding with the local Nolton Stables. Their rides cater for all experience levels and incorporate some of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and the spectacular stretch of Newgale.
From Newgale you can travel further up the coast to the nearby Solva which is often described as a sophisticated sailing village. Solva is an idyllic, picturesque village with a main street comprising of colourfully painted galleries, shops and eateries. The harbour was once visited by ships passing to New York, in 1848 a ticket for one passenger to New York cost £3, it was half price for under 14s and infants went free. A far cry from the prices offered today! Solva once had the greatest concentrations of limekilns in the region. Their purpose was to produce lime to improve the acid soil in fields and increase crop yields. You can still see some of the limekilns lining the harbour side.
Hayscastle is an ideal place to stay for those hoping to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. A diversity of landscape, wildlife, flora and fauna only add to the appeal.