Recently we enjoyed an evening once again exploring Monk Haven. When we make a day of it we walk to here from St Ishmaels. We add on a play in the park and one day may even pop into The Brooke Inn. As we didn't have so long to explore we drove straight into Monk Haven. I'm not keen on this to be honest as the road is so narrow, it's more of a footpath really and I have a wide car! However, it is worth it for a magical place like Monk Haven.
Right next to the car park, we arrived at Monk Haven Church and Graveyard.
There are picnic tables and a srinking water tap in the Church grounds. It always feels like a very welcoming place.
We walked out the other side of the Church and followed signs to the beach.
The path takes you past a B&B, a private house and a ruin.
Caitlyn used a stick to carry her water bottle!
Izzy enjoyed spotting animal homes.
We then arrived at the walled beach.
It looks pretty quiet in these photos but there were some other families already on the beach, but usually we're lucky and have the beach to ourselves.
We sat down by the unusually calm, serene sea and ate a picnic tea.
Then wandered around to the wooden bridge.
The kids climbed on the rocks.
Then we went back into the woods to find the rope swings.
This used to be a huge clearing. Now there is an old, fallen tree to climb over.
We spotted a wasp's nest on the tree.
We then played on the rope swings, there are three or four there so everyone gets to have a go without queueing (or arguing)!
We then walked on to the Folly Tower.
At first Izzy looks a bit unsure...
...then happy again, bless her! She must wonder where we are taking her sometimes!
We went back up to the fallen tree for a play. I love the serious chat that these two are having. Yesterday, Izzy skipped her afternoon nap and fell asleep before Dave came home from work. He was really sad that she stayed asleep all evening and night as he missed his cuddles and talking to her.
Playing by the bamboo.
Rebecca picking some "flowers". in the Summer we pick wild garlic and herbs down there too. It smells lovely.
I love Monkhaven and one day hope to stay at Monkhaven B&B even though I live really near (it has a hot tub and everything! ;-) ).
I can't believe that we haven't needed our raincoats yet- how long is this fine weather really going to last- definitely making the most of it! :-)