Julia Horton-Powdrill's edible adventures in Pembrokeshire

Julia and her dog, Seaweed, sat on some small rocks on the beach

Julia and her dog, Seaweed, Pembrokeshire

I love being beside the sea. I couldn’t think of anywhere better to live because it has everything here: big skies, freedom and, of course, seaweed. Even my dog’s called Seaweed.

Foraging means you get exercise, fresh air and different things to taste. I meet lots of different people. I hope that they go away with some insight into what you can find in hedgerows and on the beach.

Julia foraging for seaweed and other treats on the beach

Foraging for wild food, Pembrokeshire

There are probably about 700 different seaweeds around our British shores. You can eat any of the ones we can reach. It’s a really good alternative to meat because of all the protein. It’s full of all sorts of vitamins and minerals, iodine and so on. We should really be eating more seaweed and foraged food.

Some people send me photographs of a seaweed dish and their children wearing a look of horror on their faces. But you know that they’re making a difference and they realise that it’s good for you.

I’m incredibly biased but St Davids, where I live, is particularly full of the most amazing things to do.

The cathedral is amazing. By cathedral standards, it’s tucked away a little. Then you walk down under Porth-y-Tŵr, see it all below you and it’s just… ‘Wow’. Then you have nice eating places and good pubs; and it’s close to the beach.

I really like being up on the Preseli Hills, looking down over Newport. It’s very beautiful and totally different. And the Gwaun Valley has beautiful ancient woodland. It’s quite special.

A view of a couple walking across the beach at Caldey Island

The views at Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire

Caldey Island off the coast of Tenby is one of the holy islands of Britain, with Cistercian monks farming the land. I stayed up in the lighthouse cottage there for a few nights, which was fantastic. I discovered a plant there that I hadn’t seen here. I was so excited – it was edible, of course.

If visitors do a little bit of foraging for themselves, or just go away and think: ‘Well, at least I can recognise a few things now,’ that’s fantastic. They become, in their own guardians of the countryside and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in their own way.