Another day and further tales and information of our day.
Starting off at Porthgain I have been there before and wanted a return trip so I could pick up a few more pictures and to give you a run down on the quaint village. The village is steeped in history, was once a busy port transporting slate and building stone until the 1930’s. Today the harbour is used by fisherman and is a working fishing village.
Climb up the steps and take the coastal pathway, the panoramic view is just stunning as is all the Pembrokeshire coast line.
Porthgain is a tourist spot and features eating, shopping and art galleries to tempt. The Sloop Inn in Porthgain pre dates from 1743. It’s one of the famous if not the most famous pubs in Pembrokeshire. The interior of the pub is quaint and historic, while the seating area around the front door is an ideal sun trap. The Sloop serve food at lunchtime and evenings. A specialty is fresh crab, which is landed daily at Porthgain harbour, only two hundred yards away.
Another favorite is The Shed serving up at lunchtimes and evenings serving teas, coffees, cakes, fish and chips and daily specials. The building was once the machine shop for the engines that operated the brick works in the industrial heyday of Porthgain. Although The Shed is a little expensive, the portions are substantial.
Car parking at the village is a little hit and miss. It is free to park but with the number of tourist’s you have to wait until a spot becomes available.
Passing through Fishguard making towards a beach we past by the famous Fishguard Fort. The Napoleonic Fort at Fishguard was built between 1779 and 1781. It was armed with eight nine-pounder guns which were fired to warn off approaching French ships during the attempted French invasion of 1797.
Park up the car, take the short walk down to the fort.
If like me you do like a beach make your way past Fishguard and Newport. You will find a beach almost a mile. Traeth Mawr or Big Beach in the English translation. Excellent beach for the family, but follow the rules set out by the lifeguards, they are there for a reason. You can park on the beach when the tide is out, but there is a car park (fee paying). There is an attendant to take the parking fee. Toilets and a small shop is located at the site.
Last port of call for the day was Strumble Head. Now if you want breathtaking, then this is the place for you. Road leading to the head is a little narrow at times, so take your time through the winding road. But the trip is worthwhile. The rocky coast line and the lighthouse is amazing.
Another fabulous day of traveling.