Why not holiday without a car?
Fancy just getting away and having a holiday without a car? Isn’t is lovely to have a real change from ‘normal’ life? I love going to different places-it doesn’t matter if it’s only a few days, the old adage ‘a change is as good as a rest’ is quite true, I find.
So, with that in mind, a change from driving a car-being a taxi from point A to point B can be just as good a rest, so why not try a holiday without a car?
You can always drive here and leave your car parked for the duration of your stay, or, with the local station just a short taxi (or bus, if you time it right) ride away, you can choose to arrive by train and start your holiday with a relaxing train trip from home. Enjoy the scenery-pick a window seat and take a packed lunch for a picnic on the way or try out the wares provided by the food carriage (or trolley, as it is from Swansea down). I do like to start a train journey with a glass of bubbly, plus a kick back to when I used to go on school trips as a child-I also like to eat my picnic before we’ve even left the station!! Not that I was drinking bubbly whilst I was in school mind, that’s a new tradition!
So, you’ve arrived!
So, once you have arrived at Fields Lodge-what do you do then?
Well, we are lucky in having the bus stop for the village about 100yards away, by the Taberna Inn and Post Office and here runs the 315 service in both directions-one to Marloes, where it will pick up the Puffin Shuttle for onward driving up the coast to St Davids and in the other direction to Milford Haven, where you can pick up onward transport to Haverfordwest and over to Pembroke side.
So, my suggestion is for a walking holiday:
Have a leisurely breakfast on this first morning (remembering this is a tidal walk) and walk the coast path directly from here to Dale. There are 2 tidal crossings on this walk, so that is what you need to be mindful of-you can cross Stepping Stones 2.5 hours either side of low tide and the next crossing at The Gan you can cross 3.5 hours either side of low tide. You can of course walk outside of these times and you will then need to use the High Water paths, which do put a lot of extra miles on your walk.
Depending on how far you want to walk and your chosen speed, you can call it a day at Dale Village-finishing off with a lunch at The Griffin or a meal at the Café or you can continue your walk up across Dale Head and onto St Ann’s Head-again you can either then cut across the fields back into Dale to finish here (again, I would finish at The Grifin) or carry on walking until you reach Marloes, where I would finish at the Lobster Pot. After a days walk, I think you deserve a good meal, that’s why I finish up at a good pub!
For finishing at Dale, the 315 comes back to Herbrandston at 14.25 or 18.25
For finishing at Marloes, the 315 comes back to Herbrandston at 18.15
You will arrive back at Fields Lodge at 18.48, with enough time for a leisurely shower or bath and then a nice relax in the lounge watching a good film with a glass of wine and some nibbles. If you’re really hungry you can either walk to the village pub or order in a takeaway to be delivered. You can use, with pleasure, the crockery and cutlery found in the sideboard in the dining room. And if you fancy going to Milford Marina, then that’s just a short (£5.50) taxi ride away. On Milford Marina there are lots of great eateries, I use them all and I have had great meals-just mention you are staying at Fields Lodge and I’m sure you will be looked after!
For Day 2
After breakfast, pick up the 315 at 9.32am to where you left off yesterday and carry on, following the Coast Path, today walking to Little Haven or Broad Haven (again depending on how far you want to walk/your speed) take a packed lunch that I can provide you with, that will keep you going all day, and catch the Puffin Shuttle back from Little Haven or Broad Haven at 17.35 0r 17.40 respectively. This will take you into Marloes, from where you can pick up the 315 which leaves Marloes at 18.15 to get back into Herbrandston at 18.48
For Day 3
You can continue as in Day 2 right up the coast path to St Davids on the Puffin shuttle, or, if you want a bit of a rest from ‘walking’ then maybe take the 315 into Milford Haven and pick up the shuttle that will take you to Pembroke (bus 356) and visit Pembroke Castle, take a guided tour around here-highly recommended, I don’t think you get a feel for the true castle unless you take the tour, I think you have a ‘half experience’, if that makes sense! Then either have a coffee in the café in the Castle or take a walk up Pembroke Main Street to Food at Williams for some great homemade fayre. If you like to look at shops then visit the Cornstore, which is just down the hill from the Castle-lots of quirky, original wares here for home-a café again and this is right on the Mill Pond at Pembroke, so take a walk around here. Feed many of the ducks and swans that are here and generally just enjoy the surroundings. Then when you’re ready for home, just pick up the 356 bus that will take you back to Milford and then onto the 315 that will bring you back to Fields Lodge.
Of course, there are many other alternatives and I’m happy to help you plan whatever you would like to do!
You can see all the bus routes here: Pembrokeshire Bus Timetables
For information on the castle: Pembroke Castle-home of Henry Tudor
Find out about: What’s on at Milford Marina