A little post on a great weekend we spent in Wales a few weeks back – mainly because I want to share the riding photos!
Alex had planned a surprise horse ride along the beach for my birthday, so we started out early from Bristol. What we were expecting to be a 4 hour journey turned out to only take 2.5hours so we arrived in plenty of time! The riding stables in question was Nolton Stables at the very tip of Pembrokeshire.
I rode Amazon – a solid, chunky mare cob. The ride didn’t get off to the best start as we descended en-masse down to the beach at Druidston Haven. There must have been nearly 100 horses of varying sizes all leaving the yard at the same time – it was carnage! Once on the beach however we split off in to smaller groups of 5 or 6 dependant on ability and it was much more relaxing.
The beach is gorgeous – steep cliffs give it a gorge-like feel and it is very sheltered and secluded. We spent about an hour galloping along the sandy beaches and riding into the waves. Amazon was loving being in the sea, kicking up the water and getting me soaked! Whilst it was very enjoyable you could tell the horses did this ride multiple times per week and no rider input was required… That said it was a stunning place to sit back and be a passenger!
That evening we stayed at Coastal Stay campsite. Pembrokeshire is bit of a hot spot for campers and caravanning and we were really keen to avoid staying in a huge holiday park. Coastal Stay campsite was perfect! The owner was welcoming and laid back, the facilities spotless and the tent pitches gave you lots of space and privacy with awesome views over the ocean. On top of all that it was walking distance from the pub at Porthgain. We’d highly recommend it!