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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

West Dale Beach #CountryKids

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

Late last Sunday, while feeling a little bit guilty for having spent the weekend away from the kids, we decided to go out together.   I was happy to walk down to our local beach or woods, but Dave suggested driving to one of our favourites, West Dale.

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

The road into West Dale is very narrow with no passing points for a long stretch of it- thankfully I have never came across another vehicle and had to reverse...yet!

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

It is so pretty though, so I always forgive and forget this point until the next time we visit!

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

There a are a couple of bays for parking.  We parked by the field full of sheep (you'll know what I mean if you ever come here!)  There is a path from this field straight down to the beach, but it is quite steep so we walked around the road and steps way, but returned to the car on this cliff path as going up is easier with young kids.


West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

We passed Skomer Island, you can visit here on a boat from St Martin's Haven and see all the protected wildlife.

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

Despite living in Pembrokeshire for most of my life, the  heights and hills don't come naturally to my short legs.  The big kids ran ahead, Dave helped Izzy and I carried the bags steadily (this is a huge improvement, at one point I used to be scared to carry anything when at a height- it was not just an excuse honest!).

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales Whelk Egg Cases

All safely on the beach, we could dump our stuff and start exploring.   Rebecca shows me Whelk Egg Cases. 

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales


West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

This is the smoothest pebble ever apparently. 


West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

I kept spotting surfers riding waves through this frame of rocks, it would have made such a good photo but my lens failed me (yes, I will buy a better lens and take more photos for you- if you insist!).


West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

We had a quick, shop bought picnic on the beach.  That was the best I could muster with having been away. 

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

Mia Tui Matilda Mae West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

This is not a sponsored or a review post, but I spotted my Mia Tui Matilda Mae lying on the rocks and thought it looked quite at home!  I love a bag that I can take anywhere and it never looks out of place.

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

Izzy wanted to climb up here like her older brother and sisters but couldn't work out how.  I took a cute little video of her.


West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

The youngest and oldest have a together moment.  People always ask me if the kids get on and which ones get on best and I struggle to answer.  Honestly we have moments where they all get on, sometimes some get on better with others and sometimes we have "Sibling Wars".  It changes all the time.  I suppose I could describe it as they get on but have  regular fall outs.  Danny loves his biggest little sister, Rebecca but hates how she loves One Direction, but I think this is a fairly typical sibling attitude?

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

Even though we have been expecting Spring and Summer, it has surprised me this year how I need to be all of a sudden leaving off the layers and applying sun screen again.

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

We hadn't packed anything for the beach apart from food (it is so much easier to not be weighed down with bags!).  I just thought this would be a picnic, explore and walk kinda day.  The best days are the ones that you never expect and soon all the kids bar Izzy were down to their pants and paddling.  


West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

Danny looks a bit John Travolta in Staying Alive (minus the white suit) in these photos!

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

 We had insisted that t-shirts stay on for some warmth, but once Danny's was wet, he whipped it off to dry on the rocks.


West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

I love this photo!


West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

Here are their clothes drying on the rocks. 


West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

When I was little and went to the beach, I had fun all day, but dreaded the moment we had to get dry and dressed,  you could never get dry enough and always ended up with more sand on you than before.  I'm sure I used to have a moan and dread the same with my kids.  We had no towels, so they sat on the rocks eating cookies to dry, then I wrapped them all one by one in my coat as Dave calmly helped them dress.  As he chatted and joked with them, I think it took their mind off the wet, sandy socks and slightly damp clothes he was putting on them!  

When I was keeping Danny warm in my coat, two of the girls came to cuddle him to give him their warmth as they know it is harder for him to warm up on the beach.

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales


 I took the easy option off the beach with the bags, while Dave took the more adventurous route with the kids.

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

We then walked up the direct route to the car.  It's a shorter route but  quite wearing, so we stopped to let Danny rest half way (I admit I was grateful for the rest too!).  While we rested and had water, Dave walked back with Rebecca and Caitlyn.  On the step we were sat on I couldn't let go of Izzy, it just felt like she would fall straight of the edge back down to the beach!  She wouldn't have, of course, but I get so irrational around heights.  I'm glad Dave shows them a more reasoned approach, so they don't all end up scared like me!

West Dale beach Pembrokeshire Paddle Surf Family Day Out #CountryKids,Wales

One more glance at West Dales, as we made our way to the car. 

 The girls picked up a little bit of sheep's wool from the field and we reminded the kids of the importance of keeping the farmer's gates closed.  

Who needs a gift shop when you have a shell, a pebble, some wool and a shoe full of sand to remember your day?






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8 comments

  1. Sounds like a nice family trip out :)

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  2. Looks like an amazing place to visit, wish we lived just a tiny bit closer to the sea!

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  3. Coombe Mill (Fiona)30 April 2014 at 19:10

    A lovely video and great happy photos from your day on the beach! It looks like you had a perfect family time there having it all to yourself with lots to keep the children occupied, definitely worth the trek down there. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  4. What a great place to explore!! Amazing you had it all to yourself, it looks beautiful!

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  5. Wild & Grizzly1 May 2014 at 20:05

    This looks like such a great day out, F loves collecting al the smooth pebbles too :) x

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  6. Laura Rocksteady4 May 2014 at 01:07

    Oh wow what an action packed day out - I think it's impossible to not have fun at the beach - especially one as great as this with those rock pools, Whelk egg cases and super smooth rocks and I agree and insist you need a new lens :)


    Laura x

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  7. Merlinda Little4 May 2014 at 23:39

    That place is so lush! Really perfect for a days out! Everyones had so much fun =) #countrykids

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