School is out and there is so much to do , see and enjoy in Pembrokeshire – this first weekend of the school holidays offers a mix of festivals, fetes and fairs all over the county – for more details go to Visit Pembrokeshire.
This weekend could be a great time to join the residents of Mathry for their summer festival. Many visitors and residents will have noticed this hilltop village in North Pembrokeshire – from the Fishguard direction it has an air of somewhere rather french, especially when the sun is out! This ancient settlement, first the site of an iron age defensive village, is well worth a stop and a meander around. The small streets and fine church straggle the hilltop and have stunning views across the coast , inland farms and distant Preseli mountains.
Mathry’s most renowned claim to fame is as the birthplace of the legendary Jemima Nicholas, who captured 12 French soldiers with a pitchfork in the 1797 attempted invasion.
Not far away is Melin Tregwynt – woollen mill, shop and cafe , which is also well worth a visit.
Just across the main road at the bottom of the hill is Mabws Bridge and Mabws Fawr – small clusters of cottages and the idyllically located residential and touring mobile home and caravan garden park. ( campers also welcome). Meandering lanes, tracks and fields combine with fabulous views to make Mathry and its surrounds a wild and peaceful place to live and take a holiday.