9 Things to do in Pembrokeshire with Dogs
Pembrokeshire opens its arms to dogs and their owners and with so many beautiful open spaces and dog friendly activities, it makes it a perfect spot to bring the entire family on a stress-free holiday.
You and your four-legged companion can return to site with muddy paws from fields and woodlands or sandy paws from miles of beaches. Here are 9 things to consider doing with your furry friend when you get here – AND the best news? Our gorgeous and dog-friendly campsite, Eco-Escape, is within a short drive of ALL OF THEM:
There are miles and miles of COASTAL PATH to explore, sniff and discover. There are 186 miles in total, so we won’t expect you to cover all of these! We are lucky enough to be located just a short distance from a number of coastal walks including Solva to St Davids which has recently been voted joint second place as one of the ‘Best Walks in Britain’ You can walk the path virtually on Google Street Map, which makes it super easy to plan your walk in advance as well as simply taking in the views from the comfort of your armchair. We also highly recommend heading to Marloes to do a loop of the coast path and a stroll across the impressive beach there, with a stop off at The Runwayskiln Café (dog friendly tables outside) at the end to refuel, and the walk from Broad Haven North beach to The Druidston Hotel is also a fabulous one to do with a pooch – stunning views, both Broad Haven and Druidstone beach are dog-friendly, and you can get some hearty pub grub and a beverage whilst your dog rests his paws.
Lake views, woodland adventures and a sandy beach are all contained within one stunning walk when visiting BOSHESTON LILY PONDS. Owned and managed by the National Trust, the walk around the Lily ponds is approximately 1 mile and can be extended with visits to Broad Haven and Stackpole Quay. This is seriously one of the prettiest areas you will walk around. Rehydrate and relax at the café before returning to the car to head back to our campsite or continue your adventures. We also highly recommend Stackpole Inn for an evening meal at the end of exploring this area – dog-friendly and delicious meals.
A visit to Pembroke town centre will take you to PEMBROKE MILL POND where you can take in stunning views of the castle as well as a 3-mile flat surface walk around the freshwater pond. If the views of the castle from the path tempt you to go inside, dogs are allowed into the grounds but are not allowed in the shop or café.
You actually don’t need to leave our site to give your pooch a delightful stroll through our leafy woodland and along the edge of the inlet from the tidal estuary at CASTLE PILL. Perfect for early morning walks or an evening stroll when you can’t be bothered to get in the car to go somewhere.
High speed fun for the entire family awaits on board the VENTURE JET. These unique jet boats take you to caves and coves with some additional manoeuvres along the way! Dogs are welcome onboard as long as the conditions allow. Please contact Venture Jet directly to discuss your requirements with them and allow them to tailor a package for you.
With so many places to explore and so much exercise, you will no doubt be thrilled to know that there are many outlets to stop and get an ICE CREAM, with many also supplying dog friendly ice creams. Well, it wouldn’t be a true holiday without one would it? Cadwaladers in Tenby, Gianni’s in St Davids and Fire and Ice in Narberth to name a few.
For a more relaxed excursion, why not try a medieval castle? PICTON CASTLE AND GARDENS is dog friendly and allows dogs on a lead within their 40 acre Woodland and Walled Garden areas, as well as the Maze. Water bowls are provided within the grounds and poop bags are available on request from the ticket office. Outdoor seating is available when you are ready to take the weight of your feet, and if you are hungry/thirsty your pup can accompany you on the ground floor of the restaurant. (Please note: dogs are not allowed within the castle, shop or owl garden). If your trip happens to fall on the date of the annual dog show at Picton, you will also be able to join in on a number of organised events throughout the day.
Walking, cycling or water sport watching, they can all be done at LLYS Y FRAN LAKE. This facility is scheduled to open in Spring 2021 (Covid rules permitting) after significant funding and investment.
BEACHES, beaches beaches! There are numerous beaches to explore and almost every single one is dog-friendly or has one side of the beach where dogs are permitted. Our favourites – Broad Haven South, Barafundle Bay, Freshwater East and Freshwater West, Tenby South Beach and Marloes. Whether you and your companion are looking for long open stretches to run at full speed without a care in the world, or smaller secluded bays to take in new smells and search for shells etc, Pembrokeshire has them all!