Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

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, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire


Regular readers know that we love our our outdoor family adventures.  We try and get out as much as we can during the week and definitely every weekend.  Over Christmas, however we always have less time for this so during in the New Year we look forward to getting adventurous again.  This year, things have been different and of course Mum has been our priority so we’ve haven’t had any fresh air apart from the school run all year (all two weeks of it!) so at the weekend we decided to amend that and went to one of our favourite beaches, Newport Sands.  

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire
The Free Car Park

 On Sunday morning the kids were all settled at home.  Caitlyn and Izzy were happy playing together, Rebecca was “writing her book” and Danny was playing on his console.  When I suggested going to a beach, they took one look out of the window and decided they were happy to stay home!  I could understand this but also realised the longer they went without “getting outdoors” the harder it would be to get them active again, so with the promise of Danny being able to fly his new Drone, off we went, the hills were alive with music as we drove over the Preseli’s listening to our favourite tunes (which happened to be Guns N’ Roses instead of the von Trapps on this occasion).

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

We got to the beach.  The Sat Nav postcode is SA42 0NR and there was ample free parking (charges apply during the busy summer months).  There is also a Surf and Lifesaving Club.  The toilets were open (yay!) but the shop is only open during the summer months so bring your own snacks (and a flask during winter!). 

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

As soon as we left the warm car we discovered it was far too windy for the drone (as Dave and I suspected it would be) but we were here now anyway so we encouraged the kids to get out of the warm, dry car and have fun on the cold, wet beach!  Hmm…

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

I was so happy to be there.  Knowing mum was on the mend and being visited by my sisters, I felt I had no worries or cares for the first time in ages as I took a deep breath of the fresh air and took in the stunning view.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

After their initial hesitation, the kids finally began exploring the real world again.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

They enjoyed the space to run around.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

We beach combed, finding pebbles, shells, seaweed and cuttlefish bones (reminding me of a childhood memory of my  Nanny and Grampy’s old pet budgie, Twinkle as he loved to nibble these).

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

They played with the breakers.  In the past they’ve used them as football goals, an obstacle course, a net and also limbo-ed under them (with a bit of driftwood going across).  On this day they climbed onto them and tried to jump along (Izzy had help from her big brother!). 

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

We walked along the sand dunes.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

We ran down to the sea, but not for a swim just yet although I know many of our friends enjoyed a swim in the sea on New Year’s Day while we were up the hospital.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

We didn’t fly a kite but we did fly a net!  You can tell how windy it was from the kids hair.  I have to remember to pack a kite in the boot again!

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

Stick fun!  Danny broke a stick in two so Izzy could have one too.  That’s brotherly love as he wouldn’t share a stick with anyone! 

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

A sand storm was brewing here, I only managed to catch it on video but the kids enjoyed watching the “magic sand” swirl across the beach, like smoke from a genie’s lamp.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

At the end of Newport Sands, turning behind the sand dunes takes you along River Nyfer (or the Nevern River).  We walk alongside this and then along the path back to the car park so it makes an enjoyable circular walk.  

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire



We took this photo to show Nanny up the hospital as the kids were missing her lots!  


, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire


 We saw ducks and swans in the river.  From here you can walk across to Newport Parrog and to the old burial chamber, Carreg Coetan Arthur.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire


We wrote in the sand.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

The kids initial reluctance had soon changed to smiles and enthusiasm so I’m so glad we “forced” them to come to the beach.  


, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

We played with driftwood and made shelters.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire



Rebecca has the look of Patsy from Ab Fab here with her windswept hair!

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire


All of the kids had fun as did us parents!

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire


Walking back, we passed the corrugated tin shelter.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire


I enjoyed the stunning views from the coastal path.

, Clearing the Cobwebs at Newport Sands, Pembrokeshire

As we came to the end of our walk, I remembered that I need to “get into the photos” more this year, so I asked Rebecca to take a snap of me and Dave.  Despite it looking like an advert for a gritty drama, I really like it this photo as during a hard start to 2017, it captures one of the rare happy moments (Dave was happy really, I promise! 😉 )

We then told the kids the best news, that after we’d dragged them around a cold, windy beach that now we were heading to the pub for grub on the way home- hooray!  How’s that for a reward?  They’ll miss us really when they begin to stay home from our days out…

This made the perfect ending to a lovely day and meant tea had all been sorted so I could concentrate on visiting mum at hospital during the evening.  

I’m looking forward to more outdoor adventures and free days out in 2017!  What have you been up to so far?


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Read more:

Posts about Pembrokeshire

Newport Sands– a video from 2015- the kids look so little!
Walking and Exploring Driftwood Dens at Newport Sands
Life’s a Beach at Newport Sands, 2013
A Beautiful Day at Nevern and Newport- in which we swim in the sea at Newport Sands, 2015

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