Puffins and Bluebells of Skomer Island and the coast of Pembrokshire - Bank Holidat
Time & Location
About the Event
28th to 31st May 2021
Monday 31st May is Bank Holiday!
Spring on Skomer Island is a colourful affair with bluebells and pink campion carpeting most of the island. The colours are so vivid they can easily be seen from the mainland.
Skomer island is also a great place just to sit and watch the comings and goings of the puffins. You won’t need your binoculars here but a camera is a must. The puffin is one of the country's favourite birds and there are few better places to see them up close than on Skomer Island.
The puffin is unmistakable; once seen, never forgotten. With its beautiful markings, strikingly coloured bill and almost comic gait it is a bird that has endeared itself to millions. Though often known as a sea parrot, locally in Northumberland, the bird is known as a 'Tommy noddy'. It is a member of the auk family, alongside guillemots and razorbills - also present on the Islands.We will also make the most of this long weekend by hiking the Atlantic coast side of Pembrokshire and if the weather permits or if you are very brave, take a dip in the sea.
7 pm Meet at Hammersmith near the station (exact location to be agreed nearer the date)
Set off by coach to Swansea to break up the journey the next morning.
9 am Drive straight to meet our ferry to Skomer.
At Skomer island, you will be free to roam alone or as a group for 4 hours!
The island has a lovely cafe where we meet again for lunch and drinks before heading back to the mainland.
Circular walk length: 6km / 4 miles
Ascent: 100 metres
After that, we hike the coastal path of St David's Head circular, via St David's Cathedral in St David's, Britains smallest city.
Length: 14 km
Average Duration: 6 hrs
Total Ascent: 465 meter
Green Bridge to St Govan circular
Length: 15.53 km
Average Duration: 6 hours
Total Ascent: 537 meter
The most spectacular hike of the Pembrokeshire coast with views of Green Bridge, an arch resembling Durdle Door, the Elegug Stacks, the Cauldron, to St Govan's Chapel, a tiny cliff-side chapel accessed by steps & named for a hermit who lived there in the 6th century.
From there, a road trip to visit the idyllic Tenby Harbour is in order where we relax, take pictures, stroll and have an early dinner.
We spend the morning enjoying what we have right at the doorstep of our hostel. Broad Haven beach, coast and Brides Bay!
Drive to London around lunchtime.
Full travel by private coach
3 nights accommodation
Ferry trip and entrance to Skomer Island - £30
Our first night will be one hour away from Skomer Island at Swansea. We will stay in an Ibis Hotel in shared twin rooms (same gender).
The other two nights will be spent at the best hostel in the area, the YHA Broad Haven with Broad Haven beach and Brides Bay just outside.
The hotel serves breakfast at around £10 (to be confirmed)
At the hostel, we have access to a self-catering kitchen where you can prepare breakfast, packed lunches and dinner.There will be the option to join the rest of the group for dinners at local restaurants.
On our return home on Friday night, we will stop at nice service stations where we can have some hot food for dinner.
WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking gear
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof overtrousers
- Water bottle
- Hiking poles
1 - It is your responsibility to ensure you check messages on this event and private messages sent to you before the trip starts and up to the morning of the trip.
2 - As with any road trips, there is a chance of heavy traffic, accidents and break-downs which could force us to skip parts of the trip, or stop it completely. We will make a full refund if the trip is cancelled for any reason.
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