It was our anniversary weekend away and we were in a gorgeous one bedroom cottage in west Pembrokeshire. Picture your dream UK seaside break. Somewhere quiet, quaint and secluded, old country kitchen, gorgeous exposed stonework and wooden beams — well that’s Heather Cottage and that’s where we were staying.
We’re normally all about big adventures up mountains, wild camping and the like, but this weekend adventure was going to be a little gentler. After all who says adventures always have to be epic? They should always involve ice cream though — or at least a pint at the end of the day!
So in the name of a relaxed weekend, the morning had to start with Eggs Benedict Royale and Taylors’ Lazy Sunday coffee. This is my all time favourite breakfast and a great filler for a day of walking. If you’ve not tried it before, you’ve got to give it a go (here’s a recipe you could try).
The week had thrown all its miserable weather at us, but today the sun was out to play. So our priorities were simple. One: obviously ice cream. Two: nice walk. Three: sunset and pint. We were on the west coast, which gets amazing sunsets — and well nothing makes more sense than sitting in (or outside) a lovely pub overlooking the ocean and setting sun enjoying a well-earned pint after a good day’s walk.
As our cottage was in the middle of the countryside, we planned a walk from the cottage to Broad Haven and Little Haven along winding country roads and footpaths. From there we could then amble along the coast path to Druidstone for our sunset pint and back home again.
After breakie we set off, soon realising summer had arrived. This was the first real warm weekend of the year, so on reaching the beach, we knew it was ice cream o’clock. The ice cream parlour right on the beach front does amazing flavours like Lemon and Lime Cheesecake and Ferrero Rocher and Clotted Cream.
They were so good we may have had two ice creams each — this is not something I’m used to though! Before joining the Doey clan, I was taught you had to earn your ice cream. The treat came after a long walk or other outdoor activity. But I’ve learned the Doeys are all about indulging when it comes to this soft treat. An adventure often starts with ice cream and always ends with one. And if it’s a really warm day, you might even get one part way through!
Anyways, with bellies full we continued on to Little Haven and then back along the coastal path towards Druidstone, where we’d heard there was an amazing pub with stunning views. By this point the sun was starting to sink lower in the sky, giving us an opportunity to snap some lovely shots…
Arriving at Druidstone Hotel, we found it really did live up to its reputation. The restaurant is upstairs with a gorgeous view of the sea and setting sun, and downstairs we found a bar-come-pub with picnic benches outside. The restaurant looked a bit like it was set up for a country wedding — very quirky and pretty. But to avoid disappointment, be sure to book in advance. We were unawares, so ended up eating downstairs, but the food was still delish and the space super cosy.
All that was now left was a walk home to complete our day’s circuit. But halfway back we were stopped in our tracks by the sunset — the bright red sun had popped out the bottom of some clouds and was slowly sinking behind the horizon. What a way to end the day! The whole walk was about 12/13km — a lovely distance for a relaxed day’s walk.
The next day we packed our bags and headed to Tenby — about 50 minutes drive away and on our route home. After a day of walking, a day pootling about a seaside town, watching hermit crabs and eating more ice cream was just what we needed!