Fishguard, Lower Town Harbour

On the old-fashioned harbour wall of Fishguard Lower Town in Pembrokeshire, a pleasing sculpture of a shoal of herrings mounted on a large Preseli boulder pays tribute to the traditional craft of herring fishing that was once the backbone of Fishguard’s economy. Herrings were also the mainstay of the local diet. The sculpture is by John Cleal, who was a Fishguard resident for many years.

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View down to colourful houses on the harbour
Herring sculpture
Fishguard Lower Town

Green Bridge of Wales

Near Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire the splendidly architectural looking arch in this slim limestone promontory was caused by natural wave erosion over millennia. The coast path gets you close enough to see the Green Bridge of Wales clearly, with the waves pounding at its feet. There’s another extremely impressive example, the Church Doors sea arch, at Skrinkle Haven between Tenby and Freshwater East.

Green Bridge of Wales rock formation surrounded by blue sea
Green Bridge of Wales

Borth Sands, Ceredigion

Borth Sands on the Ceredigion coast is a beautiful beach backed by grass-tufted dunes. Nothing too unusual about that, in this part of the world. But it has an oddity – the remains of a 4,000-year-old forest, which was preserved by the nearby peat bog. At low tide, the stumps are exposed like strange sculptures. Just watch your toes when you’re wading.

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Tree stumps on beach at sunset Submerged Forest
Submerged forest, Borth Sands

Col-huw Point, Llantwit Major beach

Geologists love this rugged stretch of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Around 300 million years ago, a continental collision caused its limestone cliffs to be pushed up out of the sea and contorted into striking formations of stacked rock. This is one of the best places in Wales to hunt for Jurassic fossils including giant brachiopods and ichthyosaurus bones. 

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Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

The steep, grassy clifftop banks of Skomer Island look beautiful in spring, when their clumps of wildflowers burst in to bloom. But it’s the seabirds which nest here which make the scene truly extraordinary. A constant relay of puffins fly into their burrows with colourful beaks laden with sandeels, while countless others socialise, spar or just potter about.

Puffin soaring
Puffin on Skomer Island

Llandudno from the Great Orme

The grand sweep of Llandudno’s Victorian seafront looks marvellous from ground level as you stroll along the Promenade. But it’s even better from above. Take the Great Orme Tramway, the cable car or your own two feet up to the summit of the Great Orme headland, a Site of Scientific Interest, for some awe-inspiring views of this graceful seaside town.

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Aerial shot of car on road on the Great Orme
Great Orme, North Wales

Gower Peninsula from the air

Jump into a helicopter from a charter company for unforgettable views of the Gower coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Swoop over long, lovely Rhossili Bay when the tide is extremely low in spring or autumn and you’ll see the jagged outline of a shipwreck, its wave-worn timbers dug into the sand.

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Worm's Head, Gower Peninsula
Aerial view of Worm's Head on the Gower coast

St Govans Chapel, Pembrokeshire

St Govans Chapel, built in the 14th century, blends perfectly with the cliff walls and stacked boulders which surround it. It commemorates Saint Govan, a 6th century Irish Celtic hermit who lived here in a cave. Legend suggests Govan was Gawain, King Arthur’s Knight of the Round Table, who spent his later years in retreat. 

Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Of all the pretty harbours and bays in Pembrokeshire, Tenby, with its neat array of pastel-coloured Georgian houses, is one of the loveliest. Many artists have been inspired by this view, including Augustus John, who was born here in 1878. He and other artists are celebrated at the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.

Aerial view of Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Trwyn Du Lighthouse, Anglesey

Presiding over the waters of Penmon Sound between Dinmor Point and Puffin Island on Anglesey’s east coast, this stocky, black and white lighthouse looks particularly dramatic on a stormy day. It was built in the 1830s after the Rothsay Castle, a paddle steamer braving the voyage from Liverpool to Beaumaris, ran aground in the strait.

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