Award winning journalist, Alf Alderson, gives an overview of the outdoor adventure action available in this part of Pembrokeshire…
Just down the road from Asheston Eco Barns is (in my humble opinion) one of the finest instantly accessible beaches in Britain – Newgale. Two miles of golden sands washed by deep blue Atlantic swells with the internationally famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path threading between the two, and it’s right next to the main road – ye gads, you don’t even need to get out of your automobile to enjoy the view (although I highly recommend that you do).
And if you need a bit more than mere views to get the juices flowing, look closer. Most days of the week there will be surfers out in the waves and kite surfers scudding above them, because the combination of consistent swell and wind make this a top location for waveriders of all stripes.
That could be why Big Blue Kite Surfing is based at Newgale and why Pembrokeshire’s longest established outdoor centre TYF Adventure uses the local coastline for everything from surfing and kayaking to climbing and coasteering (which, apparently, they ‘invented’; it’s a claim I can verify since I was a member of TYF’s first ‘exploratory’ coasteering team when we attempted to circumnavigate Ramsey Island way back in the 80s. We failed of course…).
If all this watery madness is new to you, pop into the friendly folk at Newsurf, right above the beach; they hire out surfboards, SUPS (stand-up paddle boards) and sit-on-top kayaks, there’s free parking and hot showers and a café right next door for compulsory tea and cakes after all the aquatic action (I believe it’s illegal not to eat cake after surfing in Pembrokeshire…)
If you don’t want to hit the surf Newgale is still worth a visit – amble along the coast path for superb ocean views, or call in at Nolton Stables and borrow a horse to gallop along the shoreline. Yee-ha!
Or get on yer bike. The 220-mile Celtic Trail between Fishguard and Chepstow runs right past Newgale, and the inland lanes offer lovely, quiet riding where cars are few and far between and good views are ten-a-penny.
It’s perhaps just as well that you can be back at Asheston’s five-star Eco Barns in minutes after all that lot – you’re gonna need the luxury and seclusion they offer in order to be ready for more of the same the following day…