Dinas lies on the rugged North Pembrokeshire coast and is conveniently located between the towns of Newport and Fishguard. Dinas Head was once an island and since the Ice Age has become a prominent headland projecting out into Cardigan Bay. This stretch of the Coastal Path is particularly popular with hikers and has on several occasions been nominated by the prestigious Automobile Association of Great Britain (the AA) as their recommended 'Walk of the Year'. Dinas has three popular beaches, Pwllgwaelod and Cwm-yr-Eglwys, which form the start and finish of the Dinas Head walk, and Aberbach Bay which is a secluded cove that cannot be reached by car and is consequently delightfully unspoilt and quiet. All three beaches are within easy walking distance of Tabor House, with Aberbach being just a few minutes away.
Tabor House is found in a peaceful location on the edge of the village, but within easy walking distance of the Kiel House convenience store, the Post Office/Petrol Station, the Ship Aground and Freemasons Arms public houses, and the Fish & Chip shop. The bus stop is just 50 metres from Tabor House with hourly services to Newport, Cardigan, and Fishguard, and from here you can also pick up the Poppit Rocket (hikers bus) which serves the coastal path and local beaches. The public Tennis Court is just 200 metres walk from the house.
Newport is a very popular coastal town steeped in history. Its Norman church and castle look down towards the Parrog where Newport Boat Club oversees the picturesque harbour and estuary. On the other side of the estuary lies Newport's long sandy beach and protective dunes, ever popular with holiday makers, wind surfers, and more recently kite-boarders. Behind the dunes lies Newport Golf Club, a popular 18 hole links course, with spectacular views across Newport Bay and back to Carningli mountain. There are several popular pubs and some excellent restaurants in Newport. For more information on Newport check out their website at www.newport-pembs.co.uk
Fishguard is best known as the site of the last invasion of Britain (by the French in 1797). The invaders were repelled by locals and the surrender was signed at the Royal Oak Public House in the town centre. The 200th Anniversary of the event was commemorated with the very fine Last Invasion Tapestry which can be seen in the Town Hall. At the turn of the 20th Century, Goodwick, the part of town that overlooks the main harbour, was developed in support of Trans-Atlantic liner traffic. The large breakwater was constructed and the famous Cunard liners, including the Mauretania and Lusitania, offloaded their passengers and cargo at the new port. On the other side of the main town lies Lower Town with it's much smaller but very picturesque harbour now filled with fishing boats and leisure craft. This harbour was the location for the 1972 film of the Dylan Thomas play 'Under Milkwood', starring Richard Burton. It was also used in 1955 for some of the scenes in the film 'Moby Dick'. Historic photographs of these events can be seen in 'The Ship' pub. For more information on Fishguard check out their website at www.fishguardonline.com
Pembrokeshire is best known for its outdoor activities, and it is certainly the perfect destination if your interests include Hiking, Cycling, Golf, Fishing, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Coasteering, Wind Surfing, Kite Boarding, or if you just want to enjoy some of our 52 magnificent beaches. But it is also a paradise for those interested in bird-watching and wildlife, and those with an interest in history, archaeology, and Celtic myth. Another part of the magic here is the totally unpolluted air we receive from the Atlantic Ocean, which has attracted many artists who display their work in studios across the county. And if that isn't enough you could spend a day at the Oakwood Theme Park (www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk) or one of the other many attractions open to visitors.
Pembrokeshire is a world-class holiday destination and was recently voted the second best worldwide Coastal Destination by the National Geographic Society. The famous Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only coastal national park in the UK. The 186 mile long Coastal Path enables hikers to walk the entire spectacular coastline from Cardigan in the North to Amroth at the south east corner of the county. The Prescelli Hills, rugged and steeped in myth and local folklore, separate the county North from South and provide another scenic attraction and marvellous walks for hikers of all abilities. Thanks to a strictly enforced preservation policy there has been no unsightly development along the coast which remains one of the world's most important sanctuaries for birds and wildlife. The island of Skomer is now a Nature Reserve and plays host to the worlds largest colony of Manx Shearwaters (160,000 of them) as well as colonies of gannets, puffins, choughs, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes and other wildlife. The Pembrokeshire coast is host to the UK's largest colony of grey seals, approximately 5000 of them, who come ashore on our remote beaches to give birth to their pups in early autumn. A boat trip from St Davids out to Ramsey Island provides an exhilarating ride through the Bitches Tidal Race and is a thrill not to be missed. (check out the youtube link below)
It is not only its natural beauty that attracts visitors to Pembrokeshire. This is an area steeped in history and mythology. There are magnificent castles, including Pembroke Castle (dating from AD1093 and the birthplace of King Henry VII in 1457), Carew Castle, and Manorbier Castle. The breath-takingly beautiful cathedral at St Davids is of particular architectural interest and the site has been a place of worship for more than 1000 years. It houses the tomb of St David, patron saint of Wales, and plays host to various musical and cultural festivals throughout the year. Northern Pembrokeshire is richly endowed with some of the most interesting archaelogical sites in the United Kingdom, and evidence of pre-historic Celtic civilisation is to be found at every turn. The pre-historic tomb at Pentre Ifan and the re-constructed Iron Age Fort at Castell Henllys both lie within a few miles of Tabor House. For more information on Pembrokeshire and the National Park check out their website at www.visitpembrokeshire.com
The estuary harbour at Newport
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