Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards Finalists 2017

Main Awards Sponsor: Burns Pet Nutrition

Best Dog Friendly Beach

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Pembrokeshire Coast
National Park Authority

Freshwater East beach is a ten-minute drive from the historical town of Pembroke. This popular, spacious beach is an accessible wide bay of golden sand backed by dunes and a nature reserve. A stream runsthrough the beach at its southern end and it’s a ten-minute leisurely walk to the striking red sandstone cliffs at the northern end. With Green Coast status, Freshwater East has been recognised for its natural, unspoiled environment and high water quality, and is perfect for a short stroll in all seasons or for a family day out.
You can access the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail from either end of the beach if your dog demands a longer walk, but be aware of stock grazing and follow the Dog Walking Code of Conduct.
There is a pub and restaurant in the village, if you fancy refreshments, with plenty of accommodation nearby.
Freshwater East has a history dating back to the Iron Age, with the remains of a fort at East Cliff. During the 18th century Freshwater East was a stopping off point for coastal shipping requiring water and it also achieved notoriety for smuggling with contraband being stored in the cliffs.
A twenty-minute drive from Tenby, Amroth is an accessible Blue Flag beach with great facilities for the dog walker, whether you want a 10-minute stroll with your pooch in the rain or spend longer on a sunny afternoon. This half-mile long flat, sandy beach with a pebble bank above the tide line is a picturesque sight whatever the season or weather and fully deserves its Seaside Award (Resort) status. To take full advantage of the space and some exercise, Amroth is best enjoyed by dogs at low tide. Dog restrictions apply to central and western end of the beach between 1st May and 30th September.
With cafes, a chip shop, pubs, toilets and a car park there’s plenty to attract the day-tripper and locals alike.
The beach is RNLI lifeguarded from the end of July to the beginning of September.
At very low tide it’s possible to walk to Wisemans Bridge along the shore, and Amroth is also the beginning or the end point of the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail if you fancy clipping a lead on your dog and heading up onto a coastal walk.
Broad Haven South is a beautiful beach on the South Pembrokeshire coast. It has wonderful soft golden sand, clear water and is home to the iconic Church Rock. This beach can lead you to the Bosherston Lily ponds, where you can walk on the paths and enjoy being in a National Nature Reserve,  or  wander along the cliff top to Stackpole head, where you might get a chance to see some Razorbills or Guillemots.

This is a perfect beach for all, with a large car park, toilet facilities, locally produced refreshments sold from Easter to September and some of the most beautiful coastal walks Pembrokeshire has to offer. Access to the beach is a short walk along the sand dunes from the car park, taking in spectacular views of the coast.

This beach is perfect for dog walkers with its large expanse of sand, sheltered bay and relatively calm waters for your pooch to have a paddle.  If you are an early riser then come and experience sunrise whilst strolling along the beach.

On your way to Broad Haven you will drive through the pretty village of Bosherston where you could park up and walk along the Lily ponds taking in the  wildlife, before walking over the little bridge to access the back of the Broad Haven beach.

Best Dog Friendly
Holiday Accommodation

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West Wales Holiday Cottages

COASTAL WOOD HOLIDAYS is hidden away near Amroth, overlooking the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, set amongst 17 acres of meadows and woodland.

Each cottage retains their original character and charm with handcrafted beams and wooden dowels on show. There are high quality furnishings throughout such as four poster king size beds, luxurious Egyptian cotton bedding, snuggly throws and wood burner stove.

‘The Old Wood Store’ sells various local produce and is a relaxing area where guests can borrow maps, guide books and find all the local information to enhance their stay.

At ‘Coastal Wood’, pets are most welcome. We have a 5 acre dedicated dog run field and each cottage has our very own ‘dog guide’ to the area highlighting the very best places to visit. There are stunning walks from the doorstep such as to Marros Sands or along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (named the third best walk in the world). The stunning harbour towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot are within easy reach just along the bay. Within 10 miles from ‘Coastal Wood’ are eight Blue Flag beaches and eight locations with the highly acclaimed ‘Seaside Award’.

There is plenty to do, find and explore at Coastal Wood Holidays.

Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages

Creating Outstanding Holiday Experiences

Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages are tucked away in the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This Welsh hidden gem is a peaceful refuge away from all the hustle of everyday life. A fantastic location to explore the wealth of activities and superb sandy beaches that Pembrokeshire has to offer.

Six wonderful welsh stone cottages offer a modern holiday experience, combined with coast and country charm. Each cottage has its own outdoor area and has been thoughtfully laid out to create privacy. The cottage patios overlook the nature sensitive gardens and are perfect for taking in the unspoilt views of the Preseli Hills and spectacular sunsets over the Irish Sea.

Tucked away, amongst all this natural beauty, is the very modern mini spa, complete with hot tub and sauna. Screened from the cottages, this facility offers guests a chance to indulge in luxurious relaxation and some quality me-time.

A large variety of footpaths lead from Cwm Connell, down through the valley woods to the sea and up over the fields to the bluestone hills. Guests and their dogs love the walks and freedom this location has to offer, and have been warmly welcomed to Cwm Connell for thirty years.

Fron Fawr offers pet and family friendly cottages in Pembrokeshire.  Just 5 miles from the North Pembrokeshire coast and Cardigan Bay, Fron Fawr is a collection of six dog friendly self-catering cottages which have been converted from traditional Welsh slate and stone barns, into bright spaces offering modern holiday living with a contemporary design and feel.

Fron Fawr is ideally situated to explore the three counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire and with 48 acres of fields and woodland, Fron Fawr has plenty of space to roam and play whilst enjoying the fantastic views towards North Pembrokeshire, as well as having easy access to a range of great dog friendly Pembrokeshire beaches.

At Fron Fawr, you’ll also find a children’s play area with swings and sandpit, ride-on toys, a boules court and an outdoor hot-tub with far reaching views. And, as a guest at Fron Fawr, you can also enjoy the facilities and services at the nearby award winning sister resort of Clydey Cottages, where you can experience daily animal feeding and egg collecting, the heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, hot-tubs (both indoor and outdoor), play room and the Decleor Spa Treatment Room.

Best Dog Friendly

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Greenacres Animal Rescue

Amroth with its long glorious beach, is the perfect family retreat. It is a small seaside village tucked away on the southern tip of Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales and serves as the starting point, or end point, of Pembrokeshire’s Coastal Path. Conveniently located just 8 miles from the seaside resort of Tenby, Amroth has plenty to offer both within the village and surrounding area.

Amroth is a Welsh name, meaning ‘On the brook called Rhath.’ Most of the local shops are situated opposite the beach, and there are also a number of restaurants, cafes and public houses nearby. There is also a village shop, a café and beachside souvenir shops.

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Saunderfoot is a large coastal village located within the Pembrokeshire National Park. It is one of the most visited holiday locations in Wales with many things to do and see for both old and young alike.

The locals form the beating heart of village life and the surroundings have been subject of many memories for thousands of visitors over the years.

Saundersfoot naturally lends itself to many activities, with walking being one of the most popular and who better to share the award winning ‘Blue Flag’ golden sandy beaches and many approved paths, but Man’s Best Friend.

It is evident on a daily basis, for all to see, how much dogs love to run and roam in the company of their owners in idyllic settings which are welcoming to everyone, with the vast majority of locals and businesses going out of their way to welcome both our two legged and four legged visitors.

Throughout the year, never minding the weather, you will see many happy smiling faces and an abundance of wagging tails by their side.

Visiting Saundersfoot is showing how much you love your pet, by giving a holiday experience for the one family member who gives unconditional love all year round.

Fishguard and Goodwick are the twin towns at the heart of North Pembrokeshire, the hub the outstanding outstanding natural beauty that blends the allure of sea, towering cliffs, the Preseli Hills, ancient standing stones and delightfully mysterious valleys such as Cwm Gwaun.

Ideally situated for gentle and challenging walks we’re perched right on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, surrounded by Britain’s only Coastal National Park.  You’ll find family owned shops and businesses as well as Galleries, Gift and Antique shops, and two weekly Markets  – and plenty of quality or budget Cafés, Pubs and Restaurants when you need a refreshing break – all offering a warm Welsh welcome – Croeso!

There’s always plenty to do in North Pembrokeshire whether adventuring with sailing, kayaking, coasteering or hiking to sitting on a beach with an ice cream!  For rainy days there’s the gym and swimming pool, Theatr Gwaun’s digital cinema, Goodwick’s prizewinning Brass Band, live music, or one of our renowned music festivals. Famous sculptor Darren Yeadon has his workshop in Goodwick.

Fishguard’s Last Invasion Tapestry marks the 1797 invasion by Napoleon’s French troops defeated by local militia at the Battle of Fishguard. It’s said to rival the Bayeux Tapestry, but it’s certainly more colourful and detailed!

With Stena Line ferries sailing twice a day to Rosslare in Ireland, Fishguard is a favourite stop off point before crossing the Irish Sea. And, encouraging you to stay is wealth of accommodation, from camp sites and self-catering to bed and breakfast, quality guest houses and hotels.

The friendly Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall is always ready to help

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Dog Friendly Caravan/ Campsite

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All Pets Vet Care

COASTAL WOOD CAMPING is a unique camping experience nestled in a beautiful corner of Wales. Located near Amroth and overlooking the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Coastal Wood Camping is surrounded by meadows and woodland.

Each spacious pitch has its own dedicated area of meadow, hidden amongst high grasses and wildflowers with uninterrupted views.  Every camping pitch has its own large canvas shelter, picnic bench and campfire. Within the shelter is a shelving unit, water carrier and many lovely extras. Our campers can relax under the canvas or enjoy all weather outdoor dining. Around the campfires memories are made  – watching the flames dance, toasting marshmallows, making popcorn, gazing at the stars and telling stories.

Onsite are two bespoke shower blocks, a communal area with laundry facilities and a play area. In ‘The Old Wood Store’ there are handy provisions, maps, guides and a comprehensive information area to ensure everyone makes the most out of their stay.

Coastal Wood Camping is perfect for pet owners, with plenty of space and breath-taking walks. There is also a dedicated 5 acre field specifically to allow dogs to run and play.

This ‘bespoke’ style of camping is the reason campers continually return to ‘Coastal Wood’.

Nash Mountain Farm is the place for genuinely dog friendly holidays, with no limit on numbers of well behaved doggy guests.  It’s a family farm where owners Julie, Steve and Robert have created a relaxed environment, where dogs and their humans can enjoy a fabulous holiday together.

We have two beautiful, double glazed static caravans equipped with lots of modern comforts. Both have their own enclosed gardens where dogs can play safely, plus a raised deck area with magnificent views of the Preseli Hills and the Cleddau Estuary. In addition, there is a dog exercise area literally a ‘ball throw’ away. 

Both caravans are equipped with information on beaches, tide time tables and a selection of coastal and inland walks, dog friendly attractions and places to eat

Dogs are also welcomed on our camping and caravan site which has electric hook ups, shower and toilet facilities

Nash Mountain is centrally located; close to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, awesome dog friendly beaches and beautiful countryside, so plenty of opportunities to go exploring.

Our canine guests can also book into Doggy Day Care in our luxury, award winning Boarding Kennels, allowing the rest of their family to enjoy a dog free day.

Welcome to Redford Caravan Park. A dog friendly, family orientated escape on the edge of the National Park. You will find a range of wonderful range of amenities including two children’s play areas, games room, outdoor heated swimming pool, country club and touring caravan facilities.

Redford Country Club’s relaxing environment offers a place where all your family and friends can get together for drinks, entertainment and fun. Spend some time in the games room where you can play with the pool table and arcade machines. Whatever the weather you can take a refreshing dip and spend endless hours in our heated outdoor swimming pool.

Whether hiring a modern family static caravan with central heating, bed linen and duvets all made up for you before arrival, so you won’t have to do a thing! Escaping for the weekend with your touring caravan and never want to leave, or purchasing a new or pre loved static caravan you’ll escape your busy home life and become part of a relaxing and friendly holiday community.

Close to the vibrant market town of Narberth with its boutique shops, quaint restaurants and cafés, you are just 11 miles from the picturesque walled seaside town of Tenby with its golden sandy beaches, blue flag clean bathing water and cobbled streets.

The reception office is open daily from 9am to 5pm so you can pop in to take a look around any time. Alternatively call today on 01834 860251 or email for more information.

Best Dog Friendly
Pub / Restaurant / Cafe

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The Western Telegraph

The Hope Inn is an historic, family run pub on the East End of Pembroke. As well as a sports bar, with the largest screen in Pembroke The Hope also hosts Hunters Lounge which serves up a wonderful selection of homemade cakes and slices and is the only place to enjoy our bespoke Hope Inn Blend of coffee which is roasted for us locally in Pembroke Dock. 

The original part of the building dates back to around 1600 and sits just outside Pembroke’s town wall. Much of The Hopes history has been lost in time although it is thought by some that beer has been served here for the majority of its existence.  

Pembroke has seen many public houses in its day and at one point the East End was home to around eight separate pubs. As it stands today, due to many unfortunate closures, we are the closest establishment to the local train station and as such welcome travellers to and from Pembroke on a daily basis.

In the summer months, The Hope truly comes alive as it boasts the premier beer garden in Pembroke. South facing, multi terraced and with a long sweeping lawn, many an hour has been expertly wasted away here.

Come to The Hope for the beer and stay for the sun, or the cake, or the cinema, or the dog treats, or the… welcome.

The Temple Bar Amroth is positioned right on the sea front with one of the best dog walking beaches in the UK not 25 yards away and easy access to the beach for those who are less mobile. Even in the summer the beach is open to dogs on one side of the entrance.

There’s plenty of free parking adjacent to the entrance to the beach or regular dog walkers know they are welcome to use the car park behind The Temple Bar.

Dog walkers and others visiting the bar/restaurant, often use the permanent webcam on the Temple Bar website to judge the state of the tide and the weather before they go down to the beach.
The bar/restaurant itself welcomes dogs both inside and outside with strategically placed water bowls dotted around for your pet’s convenience.
Our staff enjoy dogs being in the pub and know many of our regular ‘doggie’ visitors by name, so they have access to dog treats, which are given out sparingly. It is not unusual to find more dogs than people in the Temple Bar!

The Temple Bar cannot be considered without including the pub dog Mikey, a golden retriever and the gentlest dog you could meet: welcoming dogs and owners alike; he is a fixture that people come to the Temple Bar to find.

The Brewery Inn in the beautiful village of Cosheston has been run by John and Steven since March 2015. We offer a relaxed dining experience and are dog friendly in our proper country pub with our fabulous log burner in the cosy lounge. Our canine friends get special treats and water bowls are available at all times, we have lots of regular doggy visitors too. We are members of dog friendly Pembrokeshire and hold various events through the year like our great Pug meetings. And we support Greenacres Animal Rescue currently with our weekly fun quiz on a Wednesday as we have done twice now. All we ask is that you mention you are bringing a dog when you book your table. We have built up a great reputation for food using the best of Pembrokeshire produce and our chefs are focused on offering something different.  Our Wednesday theme nights include gourmet burgers, pizza and prosecco, pie ‘n’ mash or curry. And our monthly music nights are very popular especially our Jazz and Gin nights. We have even got a special gin menu offering 12 different gins. 
Best Dog Friendly
Day Out/ Attraction

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The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill’s rich history spans over 2,000 years and tells of knights of the realm, kingmakers, Elizabethan intrigue and Civil War devastation. Today Carew is as perfect for a gentle stroll with the dog and a picnic as it is for an action packed day of family-friendly discovery and adventure!

Set in a stunning location with magnificent views overlooking a 23-acre Millpond, the Castle is one of the most architecturally diverse in Wales; from the west a Norman fortress, yet from the north a splendid Elizabethan mansion. Discover the many rooms, towers and halls as you learn about the Castle’s most famous residents from the beautiful Princess Nest to Sir Rhys ap Thomas, the Kingmaker.

The site also incorporates the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales, an 11th century Celtic cross, a Medieval bridge and picnic area all linked by a mile-long circular walk, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, with magnificent views over the Millpond.

The entire Carew site is extremely dog – friendly, with dogs on leads welcomed at both the Castle and Tidal Mill.

The Castle and Mill are open daily from 25th March to the end of October, 10am to 5pm. It offers free parking, a picnic area with spectacular scenery and drinks and ice creams available from the Castle and Mill gift shops.

Heatherton World of Activities is a magical place, with a range of fantastic and fun activities for all ages. With lots of activities, all on one site that range from Go-karting, Golf and High Ropes to Archery, Paintball and Water Zorbing – it makes for the perfect family day out.

A mixture of Family-fun, Kids Adventure, Adrenaline and Relaxing activities will keep the whole family entertained this year.

The Newest addition, the Giant inflatable Jumping Pillows are Fun for all ages, as you can bounce, roll, jump and play on this hilarious inflatable attraction. Also New – a Dog Agility Course has been added to the attractions on site, to look after your four legged friends. Remember Heatherton is Dog-Friendly!!

All activities are manned by our trained and friendly staff, who are on hand to provide helpful tips and tuition. The park is ‘Free Admission’ and ‘dog friendly’, so no member of the family has to be left at home. Try something new at Heatherton World of Activities – Fun for the whole family.

For more information please contact us on 01646 652000 or via email –

Located in Broad Haven, the Slashpond boardwalk offers 235 meters of non-slip, paw friendly, decking walkway surrounding a serene pond in a habitat that supports a wildflower meadow, a picnic area, willow dens, bug houses and bat & bird nesting boxes. Truly offering something for everybody!

…Reedbeds and meadow grassland, surround the calm water.  Rest awhile and admire the lilies & the view over the Slash Pond ….an excellent vantage point to watch the birds flying over the water. Listen to the house sparrows chattering& willow warblers singing…..

Bring along a small net and enjoy the especially designed pond-dipping deck and then test yourself with the Nature Trail Quiz! The area offers a circular route of approximately 1/2 mile which is accessible to motobility scooters, wheelchairs & pushchairs.

Parking is free at Trafalgar Terrace Car park, Broad Haven. On arrival at Broad Haven, continue along and follow the main road across the seafront. Turn left at the Galleon Inn , the car park is 1/4 mile on the left. Walk out of the car park, turn left, the walk entrance is 30 yards on the left. The Slashpond habitat & Boardwalk can be found using postcode SA62 3JU DOGS: Are welcomed, but as the boardwalk is a safe route to school, used by many children, it is imperative that dog mess is cleared and removed. Thank you. Established in 2014The ‘Support the Boardwalk’ is an independent voluntary group committed to helping to protect, conserve and enhance the ‘Slashpond’ Boardwalk for all to enjoy.