Q — I am looking at a September/ October break for two around Stepaside, Wales. Any suggestions? Dee
A — Pembrokeshire has proved one of the most popular parts of Wales since the five-mile rule was relaxed in early July, allowing tourism to restart. That’s unsurprising, given the county’s gorgeous coastline, much of it protected as part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Basing yourself in or near the village of Stepaside will also put you within easy reach of neighbouring Carmarthenshire and Carmarthen Bay’s long sweeps of sand, including Pendine Bay and Cefn Sidan, the aptly named “silky ridge”. Without the summer crowds, you will be able to enjoy them in relative peace on dry days.
In Laugharne, you could visit the graveyard of St Martin’s Church to see the graves of Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin, as well as the Boathouse, where he lived for the final years of his life, and Brown’s Hotel, where the writer was a regular. Carmarthen is the oldest town in Wales, its Roman and Georgian heritage still proudly on display alongside legendary links to Merlin.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path traces the shoreline for 186 miles, revealing its most scenic stretches, including volcanic headlands, limestone cliffs, 58 beaches and a rare woodland section between Saundersfoot and Tenby. There are also coastal bus services, such as the Coastal Cruiser, around Pembroke (pembrokeshire.gov.uk).
In Tenby, you can book boat trips to look for dolphins and grey seals, or visit the three sandy beaches. Some attractions, such as the Tudor Merchant’s House and holy Caldey Island, remain closed and those that are open often require advance booking, so do check before your visit.
Q — As lockdown started, I’d already booked to go to Liverpool by train. I’ve always wanted to see Liverpool, for Tate Liverpool, to experience the ferry across the Mersey, and visit Port Sunlight. Sadly both the train journey and hotel were cancelled. I intended later on, in the off season, to go to St Ives mainly for the other Tate gallery. Do you have advice for both destinations? Sue Robson
Groups of people relax on the beach in the sun in St Ives (Photo: