Do you enjoy Road Trips?
“Look Deep into Nature and then you will find everything better”
l enjoy road trips- this blog post is about my Road Trip to Wales and to provide my readers with ideas of places to visit in Pembrokeshire.
This summer I took some time off my busy life in London and embarked on a Road Trip to Ffald-y-Benin in North Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Ffald-y-Brenin is a Christian Retreat Center open to anyone desiring quality time to re-connect with God.
This retreat center is open all year round, however, due to popular demand I’d book at least six months before embarking on a trip.
I actually booked a year in advance and as this was my first trip at a Christian Retreat Center, I did not know what to expect.
You may be wondering how I learnt about this place- purely through recommendation.
I read ‘The Grace Outpouring’ by Roy Godwin during a difficult time in my life and encountered the love of God in a tangible way stirring in me the desire to visit the birth place of the book.
I plan to visit but never managed to find the right time. Last summer, the decision was made and we began preparing for the trip.
I traveled with a good friend and we certainly left feeling refreshed with better perspective in things.
And I must say I wasn’t at all disappointed! These pictures were taken at the location in August 🙂
Places to Visit in North Wales
If you’re wondering where to visit in North Wales. Whilst in Pembrokeshire (North Wales), I took the opportunity to see surrounding places and you can do the same! I visited St David’s; Ramsey and Skomer Islands and hiked through these glorious landscapes.
Do you enjoy hiking? For me, there’s something very natural and thrilling about hiking. There is no need for technology or worry; it’s just you and the paths you walk.
In today’s world, everything is extremely fast paced, we can all do with more time alone without the worry of gadgets and technology which I’m sure you agree.
And with that in mind, here are some snaps from my Road Trip to Wales: 3 Places to visit in Pembrokeshire.
If in Wales, where to go….
For me, Pembrokeshire is delicious and very culturally diverse and has been around since 70,000 BCE in one form or another.
Did you know that Henry VII, the famous king, was born in the castle? Indeed, so!
The people in Pembrokeshire are still in the milling business and is how the main economy is forged, although they do an excellent job of catering to tourists.
For those who don’t know, St. David’s is a small coastal town in North Wales but yet still teeming with life and vibrancy.
Whether you’re looking at the Cathedral or meandering along one of the many peaceful coastal paths- St. David’s is always worth a look around.
Of course, I came to look around and see other places too, so my hiking eventually found me looking around a few more islands.
Is a reserve which has been opened up to the public and has lots of exotic and delightful animals.
There are a couple of rules that you have to follow, but for a chance to be able to look at the breathtakingly beautiful terrain and see nature at its best is well worth doing what you’re told!
Is equally enthralling. It’s roughly a mile off the coastline, so you’d need a ferry to get there. Again, but for the price of a ferry ticket, you get a fantastic experience.
I saw puffins, dolphins and even porpoises. It was such a rewarding experience to be so submerged in nature, and certainly something I’ll remember for a long time.
So how would I prepare for a hiking experience like this?
Have I inspired you to get out there? I would hope that I have. If after reading this post Road Trip to Wales, I’ve convinced you to go hiking, make sure you have a good set of supplies such as:
- Some food;
- plenty of water;
- and also layers that you can put on should the weather suddenly turn on you.
If you’re going to camp, which a lot of people do here in the summer, then you should bring a rugged tent, and be aware of the weather, it can get quite rough up there!
However, I wasn’t dissuaded by the weather, and my perseverance was rewarded by a series of delightful hikes.
Well, that’s pretty much my experience on my Road Trip to Wales: 3 places to visit in Pembrokeshire.
If planning to visit Pembrokeshire by road- from Cardiff, you’ll need to use the A477 from St.Clears to get there. When driving from Central London connect to use M4 its 242 Miles. While it is quite a ways out, it’s a gem for people who are prepared to travel!
I hope you enjoyed this blog post as I enjoyed writing it!
Lots of love and stay safe,