Magical middle of nowhere


Further up into the Pembrokeshire National Park was our even more middle-of-nowhere youth hostel (also our first one). This spot coincidentally made the cover of our ‘Best Places to Stay in Britain on a Budget’ book, it has an Eagle’s Nest (Bay of Islands) view at YHA price. Amazing. We’re sleeping in squeaky bunk beds in the smallest room, but it’s a very tidy, comfortable place with friendly, chatty ‘wardens’.

20120721-200810.jpg Pwll Deri

The best thing about this location is that the 299km long Pembrokeshire Coastal Path comes right past the driveway. Today we donned our hiking shoes once again and headed out on a 10km walk to a lighthouse on Stumble Head and back.



It was perfect – we were so lucky with the day we had for it, as the fog had been completely shrouding the house the day before we arrived. Wales seems much drier than England, and we understand that while we are basking in sun and dry underfoot, a lot of England is wet (as usual?) This meant no mud to clean up this time, and was a better test for the capabilities of the new shoes before big hikes in Italy. We also spotted a number of seals hanging out around the rocks along the way – apparently it’s the best stretch of the walk for whales and dolphins as well, but not today.

20120722-211232.jpg Lunch on a cliff

20120722-211559.jpg In case you’ve forgotten our ugly mugs…

While this spot is absolutely stunning, and possibly some of the cheapest accommodation you’d find with this sort of view (Stu will say otherwise!), we really don’t feel like we’re in a foreign country. The sea, cliffs and farmland all serve to remind us that we’re pretty lucky in NZ too.

Our couple of nights perched on the coast were great, and I think we could have happily stayed a bit longer. Being able to cook our own dinner, then eat and blog with the cliffs, coast and sunset…waxing lyrical! We’ll let photos cover it…

20120722-204733.jpg Concentrating blog face




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