The pretty countryside surrounding Pembroke makes an excellent base for a cottage holiday, and the town itself is well worth visiting, with most tourists drawn by one of the best preserved mediaeval castles in Wales. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of rooms, turrets, battlements and winding staircases, enjoy a picnic and a walk around the castle pond and grounds, and take in the superb panoramic views from the lofty heights of the fortress that was the birthplace of the Henry VII, founder of the Tudors.
Archive for February, 2012
Shropshire’s famous poet, Alfred Housman, called Clun ‘one of the quietest places under the sun’, and many years on, the description still applies. He was not the only writer to draw inspiration in the quiet beauty of the South Shropshire hills, and today Clun offers visitors on a cottage holiday a lovely glance back at a time now long since gone by. The very entrance to the town shields it from the bustle of modern life; a narrow packhorse bridge guides the visitor into town, and to the discovery of its charm and history. Clun castle is one of the finest of the smaller Welsh Marches castles built in Norman times.
The ancient market town of Liskeard is well situated for a cottage holiday, either for heading further inland, to discover Bodmin Moor, or towards the coast, in particular the pretty, unspoilt beauty of the nearby Rame Peninsula. The town’s market still runs each Monday and Thursday, and there are a number of interesting buildings of note, including Cornwall’s second largest church, and the Victorian Guildhall and clock tower. Close to Liskeard, Golitha Falls are a popular local beauty spot, a short half hour or so walk rewards the visitor with a picturesque woodland waterfall.
Dovedale is the collective name for a number of the most beautiful, and consequently some of the busiest of the Derbyshire Dales. The River Dove has gouged out a narrow valley lending itself to gentle walks with superb views and taking in romantically named natural features such as the Lover’s Leap. Whilst on a cottage holiday, Dovedale is a perfect day out for a family stroll or a picnic.
Often described as the prettiest of all the Dales villages, Burnsall and the rolling countryside around this tiny rural community makes a superb location for a cottage holiday stay in the Yorkshire Dales. This really is quintessential Dales country; undulating green pastures dotted with the famous dry limestone walls; sparkling, clear rivers and ancient woodland. The ruined priory at Bolton Abbey and the lovely recreation woodland known as the Strid can readily fill a day’s visit.