Enjoy the fifth in our series of local walks from the Preseli Venture ecolodge and discover the quaint hilltop village of Mathry, with it’s stunning views across the Pencaer peninsular and the Irish sea. Meander down through the quiet Abermawr valley, through National Trust woodland, to reach the secluded beach of Abermawr. Then loop back to Mathry for a visit to the tea shop or local country pub.
Follow the setting sun to the West coast of Wales this summer, get away from the crowds and explore world class blue flag beaches and quaint little fishing villages. Pembrokeshire is renowned for its coastal national park and natural adventure playground with a wealth of options for families looking to get away from the city, relax and enjoy some adventures. Here are just a few of the many reasons for a family holiday in Pembrokeshire.
Blue flag beaches
Pembrokeshire’s pristine coast is scattered with blue flag beaches, many with easy access and others that with a short walk along the coast path can reveal a secluded getaway for a day of games and exploration. Pack up a picnic, towels, sun cream and for any keen explorers amongst you check out this lovely Rockpooling Guide For Families by the National Trust.
What is sustainable adventure tourism?
Sustainable adventure tourism can be defined as ‘tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, whilst addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities’.
The Need for Sustainable Adventure Tourism
We want people to come and enjoy the wonderful natural and cultural offerings of Pembrokeshire with minimal damage to the environment, local heritage and way of life. So to demonstrate how Preseli Venture acts with sustainability at the heart of its business operations, we start by explaining what is meant by “sustainable”.
Getting out of the city into wild places is proven to be a tonic for mind and body and in the 21st century when more of us are living in urban spaces, we yearn for a re-connection with nature and to be fully in touch with our senses. Combine this immersion in nature with fun fitness activities and you have the perfect remedy to re-energise yourself both inside and out.
Over the last few years much research has been done on the positive power of re-connecting with nature. Richard Louv author of the ‘Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age’, calls it taking vitamin N – where N stands for nature. He states “Many of us are using nature as a tonic. It’s an inexpensive and unusually convenient drug substitute.”
According to Louv: “the outdoor world can expand our senses and re-ignite a sense of awe and wonder not felt since we were children. It can support better health, enhanced creativity, new careers and business opportunities and act as a bonding agent for families and communities. Nature can help us feel fully alive.”
So what can you do to get yourself some of this outdoor tonic?
Simply getting away from the city and connecting with nature will help to boost your mental and physical well-being. Even better, aim to take part in something fun, inspirational and active in a new location either in the countryside or by the coast to refresh and re-invigorate yourself inside and out.
As part of the VisitWales Year of Adventure 2016 organisations across Wales will be coming together to celebrate ‘The Great Weekend of Adventure’ with events to be held during the weekend of April 1 – 3. We will be teaming up with the National Trust to enjoy a “Coastal Clean Up Adventure Weekend” on their wild and spectacular coastal properties in north Pembrokeshire, whilst taking part in the awesome adventures of sea kayaking, coasteering and surfing .
This clean up comes at a great time as we welcome spring and wave goodbye to the winter storms which bring debris washed up on this pristine coastline from ships out in the Atlantic ocean that can be harmful to the coastal wildlife.