This is Diary of our Easter Weekend Camping & Hiking Trip, walking along the Coastal Walks of Pembrokeshire.
We have been camping in our Mazda Bongo/Ford Freda for the last two years, trying to get away randomly, time permitting which is converted in a home-made style and features another bed option in the pop-up roof.
I hope you enjoy the trip x
As we set off for home at 6:32am on the Easter bank holiday Monday with a 4 hour trip ahead, we leave Angle, South Wales and reminisce over our long camping break in blogging fashion while my fitbit charges.
We are a small minority leaving early but it does prevent wasting hours in inevitable standstill weekend traffic and, must I say, as I type, reduces my fiance to singing (about me being on McDonald’s lookout duty) as it will be the last naughty breakfast we have for a while.
So before I give you a full in-depth list of where we ended up in our Ford Freda campervan, we feel very exercised after getting 30-40,000 steps underfoot, daily. We would trek along coastal paths that offered breath-taking views with rucksacks full of what would normally be unspeakable snacks to keep us going. These were mostly Cadbury’s Easter eggs!
I did film a planned low-fat recipe, Sloppy Joe’s, which is a firm quick camping favourite, but my temperamental camera phone finally packed up a day after filming. I am hoping I can bring it back to life on my return home, but feel that I will have to re-film on another future camping trip.
A week later, reflecting on our trip:
Unfortunately my camera phone would not come back to life, so that was the end to a possible vlogging weekend for my Vikkie’s Vlogs channel and now I will have to re-do the Sloppy Joe’s for another time.
It’s gutting to think our trip was over a week ago, so we are already craving our next camping trip by the sea – our favourite place!
Anyhow, it doesn’t stop me appreciating our trip, reminiscing on our other camera and what route we took; and because it was so beautiful, I thought it was a must to share with you what we saw and did. I am going to share with you a daily breakdown and maybe one day, you’ll want to check it out yourself.
Thursday, 2nd April: 10pm – Pembrey Country Park.
Walked = 17,811 steps, 7.57 miles, Calories burned = 2422
After already packing that day to start our holiday the moment finished work and ate sufficiently, we threw everything in to the camper and got some miles under our belt. Again, avoiding traffic and feeling like we were extending our trip. As we arrived past a sensible hour, we had to look for a nearby safe place to park up. We were hoping to camp the following day at the Pembrey Forest Country Park where we had stayed 2 years prior during a bank holiday. At the time of visiting it had just started trialling wild camping without electric with access to the surrounding Forrest and boasted a 7 mile beach (one half being dog friendly) where we spent most of our time. Unfortunately on this current visit, the closer we walked to it, the more it sounded like a dog’s kennels which ruined our memory. Peeking through, it was a sea of campers within extreme close proximity which really isn’t our cup of tea. However, it doesn’t stop the location being tremendous, but it still didn’t beat the private secluded spot with exclusive access to the beach we found. Here is where we spent two nights as a base and did the most walking I had done in a long time.
Easter Friday, 3rd April – Pembrey Country Park.
Walked = 43,062 steps, 18.1 miles, Calories burned = 3198
Once we woke, I finished making my Bircher Muesli recipe which I had prepped in travel containers the day before and finally shared it with my fiance. I have really been getting in to this at home on my own most mornings – it’s quick, very filling and incredibly nutritious – and best of all, no cooking is needed. I will definitely be doing this in the camper more often!
I then packed a healthy backed lunch of sandwiches, crisps and some cupcakes for energy as we were to set off on a coastal walk from Pembrey to Burry Port. It was rather windy and drizzly in parts but it didn’t stop our collie, Hans loving his freedom, running in every direction, although disappointingly he never aims for the sea.
We stopped on the way to eat and had to take our shoes and socks off and walk sea streams to get to Burry Port itself. Once we got there, we headed to the Co-op and stocked up on weekend snacks and soon found we needed the calories each day we were away. We explored the area more, as we always do and headed back sticking to the roads so I could cook Sloppy Joe’s – it was delicious, I promise and hope to soon share it with you. I felt totally embarrassed as I had to film in front of my fiance – oh, how he thinks it’s hilarious.
Then on the evening we decided to retrace our steps from 2 years ago, walking along the beach. Hans stumbled across something, barking like crazy jumping back and forth but daren’t touch it – a mini dolphin or shark (it was difficult to tell as its mouth was massacred.
It was a beautiful evening, warmer than expected and a full moon – we were loving our large shadows along the sand – almost like more good company.
By the time we got back, and probably a couple more snacks later, our limbs were aching but we were feeling invigorated and knew we would sleep well.
Saturday 4th April
Walked = 32,000 steps, 13 miles, Calories burned = unknown
We were itching to move by our 2nd night in the same spot; we normally only stay in one place per day, then move on to the next. And so, we thought we’d head up along the coast road looking for more inspiration and travelled through some beautiful but quite crowded places. And rightly so, places like Saundersfoot and Tenby were beautiful but parking looked tricky. We then stumbled across a beautiful quieter beach in Manorbier and went on a huge walk and fantastic scenery. We did a big loop but found some spectacular secret bays that can only be accessed by foot. We walked down man-made steps to the beach for a spot of sunbathing and found the tide came in quicker than we expected so had to swim waist deep to dryer sand. Unfortunately our collie Hans does not like swimming so I had to swim back to his dry safety spot to rescue him. I kept reminding myself, “it’s ok, my phone’s waterproof” and “it’s insured”, but when we got back to a dry area and stripped our sea drenched clothes, my phone, although flat would not charge with our emergency back up charger, which later found that it never turned back on, ever. All I can say is that this day was an experience. It was worth its beauty, but just stay on the right side of the beach if you go and it seems to be a popular surfing spot for locals.
When we started heading back, we stuck to the roads to explore the town more itself and finally reached Manorbier, walking past a beautiful castle. Once we returned, I cooked up some pasta for tea, feeling ready to settle, but by 8pm, the beach parking had attracted groups of youths playing loud music so we moved half a mile up the road for something more peaceful and found a hidden parking spot for two vehicles where a father and to children in a VW camper had the same idea with hidden exclusive access to the beach.
Easter Sunday 5th April
Walked = 35,190 steps, 14.67 miles, Calories burned = 2879
Manorbier was incredibly beautiful and once we woke up, my fiance surprised me with a mini galaxy which I had for breakfast which followed with a Cadbury’s cream egg. What the hell, it was Easter Sunday after all! I cooked up some bacon sandwiches, made coffee and off we headed for some new ground. I think this day has been the most memorable for us. I did most of the map reading as a passenger and made suggestions that looked promising. The Angle peninsular looked fascinating and once we reached our destination, we found it as impressive as we were hoping. Each side of the peninsular had some sort of bay, full of surfers but limited parking, full of other campers. We then headed for someone remote and felt we could explore the area by foot, as we had done previously with places with a similar feel, like Fuerteventura. Once parked up, and filled our backpacks with lunch and snacks for the final time, we walked all around by the coastal route. There were a couple of cafes and so we recharged our self with a coffee. It is a relatively quiet place which suited us perfectly, so much so, we starting imagining living there. It felt a shame knowing we were leaving on the Monday. The beaches were terrific and stopped at Freshwater West where we ate the remaining pieces of our Easter chocolate and we sunbathed in our swimwear. We returned back to the camper having parked near an RNLI building and I cooked a random minced meat and onion hot pot. As it got darker, we watched the ships and all the lights twinkling on the water. It was a perfect night. We then woke up early to beat the holiday traffic which is where the blog starts.
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