The Coastal Path is just two miles from Cuffern Manor. There are five bus services which run around the coastal path. The Park also includes the Preseli Hills and some wonderful offshore islands, home to many thousands of sea birds. The coastal path is 186 miles long. But you can chose to stroll out from the Manor and up onto Cuffern Mountain behind the house, once belonging to the estate and described by Fenton after his stay at the house in 1814 as but “heath grounds, and good for neither pasture or corn”. Also near are Dudwell and Plumstone Mountains, an SSSI due to being a rare example of low level heathland. You can also go low with the atmospheric path through ancient forest at Brandy Brook. www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk is the National Park website with walking maps and transport information - happy trails!
Cuffern Manor is only a mile from the National Cycle Network Route 4 at Roch. We are blessed with 50 miles of traffic-free cycle paths and the council have produced great maps, available from tourist information centres or from us here at Cuffern. For lots more info visit www.cyclepembrokeshire.com. Mikes Bikes of Haverfordwest will bring your hire bikes to Cuffern Manor.
The National Park has some of the best sea fishing in Britain and the path provides some of the best scenic fishing points you could wish for. The beaches are perfect for beach-casting anglers, with good bags of bass and flatfish a possibility. Not far away the Llys-y-fran Reservoir and Country Park offers the largest game fishing venue in West Wales with 212 acres of mixed rainbow and brown trout. There are four main fishing rivers, the eastern Cleddau, the western Cleddau, the Nevern and the Teifi.
Away from the coast a trip to the Preseli Hills is a must, its ancient landscape is littered with some of the finest megalithic monuments in the country. The ancient standing stones and burial chambers, built as tombs 5,000 years ago by our prehistoric ancestors. Use the Preseli Green Dragon Walkers Bus. This dial-a-ride service around the hills allows you to do linear walks. It operates in August and September and connects with other local bus services so you can enjoy a car-free day.
All the Pembrokeshire Islands are accessible by boat with trips from various locations around the coast. Grassholm (owned by the RSPB) is the home of an expanding colony of gannets, the third largest in the world with 32,000 pairs. “One of most outstanding wildlife experiences in the world today.” Skomer has iron age remains, victorian farm buildings and flowers and birds in abundance with the largest colony of puffins in southern Britain and in season 100,000 pairs of Manx shearwaters. Peak time for Puffins is May-July. Skokholm also has large colonies of birds, particularly Manx shearwaters and petrels. Its 247 acres is an exceptional island for wildlife, its summer puffin colony being the second largest, after Skomer, in the south of Britain, its wild flowers being exceptional in May/ June. Grey seals are there all year but the absence of good breeding sites reduces the number of pups born. Ramsey Island is the largest stronghold for the grey seal in southern Britain and upwards of 600 pups are born from the late summer onwards, on the beaches and in caves. Thousand Island Expeditions 01437-721721 are the only company that will land you on the island but others will take you around it.
Newgale is one of Pembrokeshire’s finest beaches and the perfect place for beach and water activities. Surfing gear can be hired 20 Pembrokeshire Beaches have been awarded the very highest EU, Blue Flag, standard. These include Whitesands, Newgale and Newport. Newgale and Whitesands are two excellent surfing beaches close to Cuffern Manor. For swimming we'd recommend nearby Nolton Haven or the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy.
The wild and varied coast and islands provides a home for many sea birds and other kinds of birds as well. Walk close: In May 2005 a guest recorded the following around the house: blackcap, mistle thrush, spotted flycatcher, garden warbler, goldfinches and on Cuffern Mountain – stonechat, linnets, common whitethroat. A survey, by Pembrokeshire Bird Group, found 41 species in the vicinity of the house. On January Ist hen harriers, peregrines and buzzards were seen on Plumstone Mountain, an SSSI due to being a rare example of low level heathland.
GALLERIES AND ARTISTS
Not surprisingly the nature and landscape are an inspiration to many artists and crafts people and the area has a wealth of workshops and galleries. At Solva the Raul Speek Gallery has Cuban/Welsh colourful paintings.The Visitor centre in St Davids has wonderful exhibitions.
FOOD FESTIVALS & FAYRES
Food festivals held in West Wales: End of June/early July - Pembrokeshire Fish week 3rd Week in August - Pembrokeshire County Agricultural Show Last weekend in August - Frenni Food Fayre, Crymych Last week in May Really Wild Food And Countryside festival – St. Davids 3rd weekend in September - Narberth Food Fayre End of September - Haverfordwest Harvest Fayre 1st weekend in December Saundersfoot St. Nicholas Christmas Fair
THEATRES / MUSIC
Two top class cultural venues are within half an hour drive from Cuffern Manor, the Queens Hall at Narbeth and the Torch Theatre at Milford (telephone 01646 695267) offer a varied programme of music, theatre and comedy. We are not far also from West Wales’ finest concert venue, the striking new hall at Rhos-y-gilwen, which has a full programme of top class acts, jazz, folk and classical. In the winter and spring top class music acts can be seen every month in the unique setting of Martletwy Chapel, a small, restored non-conformist chapel with tiered seating.
The following local buses are available. The Poppit Rocket Cardigan to Fishguard The Strumble Shuttle Fishguard to St Davids The Puffin Shuttle St Davids to Milford Haven The Celtic Coaster Pembroke and Angle Peninsula 349, 350/351 Manorbier to Amroth