If you missed our last blog article on the ''Top 5 Quick Tips for visiting Mid Wales with Kids' you can find it by clicking here. But since it was so well received, we thought we'd add 5 more different activities you can find in this unspoilt part of Wales.
Heading for Mid Wales with your family soon? It's been a firm family favourite of ours for over 35 years so you might just love these 'Top 5 Quick Tips for visiting Mid Wales with Kids'. This unspoilt region of Mid Wales is so varied and scenic, that one mountain roadtrip between Rhayader and Devil's Bridge is even going to make it into our 'Top 10 Scenic Drives across Europe' So if you want to find out how this area stacks up for motorhomers, campers or families with kids then read on below...
Having already visited in February (read our full article here)... we couldn't wait to return with the wider family on a '3 Generation' (3G) Holiday. As we mentioned on our last visit to the national park resort of Bluestone Wales... if you love 'Free Range Fun' then you'll find everything you need in the well designed resort set in over 500 acres of Pembrokeshire's finest countryside. But once you've exhausted the array of opportunities within the resort, don't forget that it also lies within easy reach of the amazing beaches of Barafundle Bay, Broadhaven South or Freshwater West! Before returning back to one of its 350 individual timber clad lodges that offer plenty of space to relax and enjoy family fun...
I'm sure it is in young girl's genes to love horses and ours are no exception... they have loved horses since they were exposed to them with local riding schools for special treats... But since we've been away this has grown into something of a passion for both girls who have read every single Pippa Funnell's excellent series of horse books from cover to cover. So as we're staying at Bluestone Wales, we've relented and given into the pressure and taken up the chance of a ride through Pembrokeshire's beautiful bluebell woods with the nearby Marros Riding School.
They say that Surfing was invented by the Polynesians at least 4000 years ago. Going onto become a popular sport for all ages... including kids!!! Perhaps the water might be a little warmer in Polynesia, but surely there can't be too many better places to learn to surf than on the vast Pembrokeshire beach of Newgale. So with the sun shining on a brilliant May afternoon, with Road Schooling finished for the day, we headed off to discover just what we could find in Pembrokeshire ably assisted by the fantastic team at Preseli Ventures.
Our girls have tried indoor climbing and even motorised climbing walls... plus a fair few 'adventure climbing walls' in Exeter and Birmingham or 'real climbs' in Norway & Croatia... but today was a real challenge with no brightly coloured hand/feet holds... just solid unrelenting Pembrokeshire stone to find some purchase!!! Thankfully, we had a brilliant instructor in Henry (from Climb Pembroke) who not only helped offer a series of technical challenges but also made us feel utterly safe throughout... So if this type of adventure is something you want to read more about to find ideas for your family, then we hope you might pop along to our European Family Adventures Page or take a peek at some of our growing collection of YouTube clips from our European Roadtrip.
Having visited Pembrokeshire earlier this year, we couldn't wait to grab another midweek break at Bluestone Wales, as we've fallen in love with this picturesque area of South Wales... An area that's jam packed full of adventure opportunities alongside some off the best 'family friendly' beaches we've seen across Europe (in fact, they're that good, we might just have to re-write this article on our top picks for family friendly coasts in Europe)
As for accommodation, if you've missed our earlier article about the quality of the Bluestone lodges, the relaxed setting and the amazing array of activities they offer, then click here, but take it from us... it's the perfect place for a busy active family to explore Pembrokeshire... or even a '3G' holiday with the grandparents!!
You only have to look at the stunning photos of the above, to understand just how special the location was for our first experience of climbing in Pembrokeshire. We'd loved seeing this coastline on our first visit to Pembrokeshire and could see the potential for adventurous, family fun... so what could Climb Pembroke offer?
Firstly, let's deal with the important stuff!!! The safety precautions, attention to detail and general technical assistance was the best we've encountered across Europe. Our guide, Henry, is highly experienced as both a climber and instructor and he had both girls listening attentively to each and every word of advice within minutes!!
Pembrokeshire has been a national park since 1952 and covers an area of over 629 km2 (243 sq mi). In fact it's the only national park that has been granted this status due to it's magnificent coastline! Imagine a varied landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills... plus plenty of places to find some great climbs! (read more here)
It's not Snowdonia, but if you love sea cliff climbs, then there's plenty to choose from... try 4,500 of the best sea cliff climbs in the UK. Most climbers will head for South Pembrokeshire, and the cliffs of Lydstep, Penally and Stackpole. But for those who venture north, there's also some fantastic climbing around St David’s and the coastline to the north east.
Part of the attraction of sea-cliff climbs is that they are difficult to access except by abseil and at some cliffs you can't even get a glimpse of the climb until you've committed to abseil down.... well that's not quite the case at Penally near Tenby... but the scramble down to the slab face takes a degree of courage before you launch yourself into the unknown below you....
But don't worry if you have a family of 'non adrenaline junkies', this place is for you too... there's easy scrambles to enjoy, plus some basic climbing and abseiling too.... just look at the above photographs as it's not too hard... although your muscles might ache a little the next morning!!!
It’s official: Britain has the best sea-cliff climbing in the world just read this article on why.... but we'd honestly not expected to have such a wide variety of techniques on offer for an afternoon climb (3-4hrs) from Climb Pembroke... It proved to be a fantastic learning curve for our budding young climbers... who loved every minute of this brilliant opportunity to test their growing skills... plus we also seized the chance to explore the sea caves that were previously hidden by the high tide too!
But in truth, we loved the climbing and the ability to abseil into another world, enjoying the sunlight dancing on the water below before getting to grips with an absorbing adventure to get yourself out... or even dangling on a top rope to try and spot the barrel jellyfish or dodge the nesting sea birds!!! Something to consider ahead of our Surfing Adventure in Pembrokeshire??
If you read this and are considering taking your kids, it's going to be a test of your courage, fear and determination... perhaps more than your physical abilities!!! But if you have an active family who love a challenge, then this type of early opportunity to develop new climbing skills might even lead to a lifetime love of this brilliant sport.... we're hooked and hope others find the same enjoyment our family has when we grab a new climbing opportunity together.
(To book a climbing session with Climb Pembroke contact Henry Castle on 07732 972 643 or via
Leaving Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire proved harder than we thought!! Both girls have loved the activities on offer whilst the luxury of the lodge accommodation has proved a real change from spending 450+ days living in a motorhome across Europe. But we've loved finding fun & quirky travel destinations and activities for families whilst ensuring we road school our two daughters at the same time...... So the time had come to leave Bluestone Wales!
But before we left Pembrokeshire for the next leg of our 'UK Cities Tour' we'd planned to visit Britain's smallest city in St David's in Pembrokeshire!
Does Your Family Love Getting Active too? So have you seen what Pembrokeshire's Bluestone Wales has to offer for those who love getting outdoors!! Family Friendly Fun for all ages! Climbing, Zip Wires, Adventure Centre, swimming in the Blue Lagoon.... With our motorhome getting a well earned rest from our European RoadSchooling Adventure, we've headed for Bluestone's Timber Lodges for a 4 day stay next to the stunning Pembrokeshire Coastline. The perfect place for a short break to allow the girls to get active in the great Welsh outdoors!!
So the time has finally come.... Years of yearning followed by a single month of planning...... An inverse relationship if ever there was one.
So how did it start?
"If ever there was a time it's now.." A quote from a special person resonated... Were we moving forwards as a family or simply stuck in the inevitable rut created by a 9-5 existence. Could there be something else? Something we simply couldn't let our children miss out on.
After the 451st visit to the motorhome dealership (slight hyperbole) over a 6 year period, it was finally time to do the unthinkable.... We purchased!!!
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