The Diversity of The St. Davids Peninsula
The St. Davids Peninsula is renowned for its stunning coastline and beaches, and its wonderful wildlife.
St. Davids, the smallest city in Britain with a population of around 2,000, is Wales’s ancient spiritual capital, with its Celtic roots stretching back into the mists of time. It includes an ancient Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace with the Catherdral having a dominant presence since the 12th century. This Cathedral City is one of the highlights of Pembrokeshire and well worth a visit whatever the weather and in Wales, the weather is highly unpredictable!
The surrounding landscape is awesomely rugged and incredibly inspirational – artists have been drawn to the city for hundreds of years and there are many galleries to visit, including the Oriel-y-Parc National Landscape Gallery. Visitors also include historians, pilgrims and walkers.
Within such a relatively small area, the St Davids Peninsula has such a diverse landscape and attraction. Geologists flock to this area to view top examples of sedimentary and volcanic rock formations. Historians flock to visit the castles, iron age settlements and stone circles. For wildlife enthusiasts, it isn’t hard to understand why so many choose to visit this area. Diversity of landscape equals diversity of wildlife and richness. The Pembrokeshire coast has some of the largest colonies of sea birds and grey seals in Northern Europe on top of whales which can be seen at Stumble Head.
When staying hotels St Davids, another area well worth visiting are the Preseli Mountains. For those interested in history, going back to prehistoric no less, cyclists or walkers, the Preseli Mountains or Hills as they are sometimes called are one of only two inland areas within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Open moorland covers ridges underlain mainly by slate, but at the eastern end of the ridge there is a scattering of dolerite crags which were the source of Stonehenge’s mysterious bluestones. Enjoy stunning views as you make your way across these magical mountains, which are rich in geology and archaeology and great for hiking and horse riding enthusiasts.This area further illustrates the diversity of this area both coastal and inland so visitors really have the best of both worlds. As this area has very little in the way of amenities, staying in St Davids is a good idea. Visitors can get away from it all in the day but have the luxury of fine accommodation and dining in St Davids to go back to.
If that wasn’t enough, let’s not forget the wonderful beaches. Remote Barafundle Bay beach is only reachable by a steep climb down meaning most of the time, the sands are often deserted so if you’re looking for a complete getaway, this is the place for you. For water sports enthusiasts then Dale beach and Whitesands are for you. Whiteands incidentally holding a European Blue Flag Beach status. Tenby, possibly the most famous of the West Wales beaches and a typical beach resort. Often overcrowded but this doesn’t stop the thousands of tourists from flocking to this beach year after year. And onto Newport Sands. A large and stunning windswept beach complete with a testing links golf course.
So when staying in hotels St Davids, diversity is what this area offers.