Dog Lovers on Holiday!
If you’re planning a visit to Solva with your dog(s), then you probably want to know where you can walk, eat, drink and enjoy the beautiful harbour town with your furry friends. Luckily, Solva is predominantly dog friendly and you won’t struggle to find places where you and your pooch are welcomed with open arms.
Dogs and walking, it’s a no brainer. We know that when you bring your best pal on holiday, you want them to enjoy it as much as you do. Pembrokeshire is the perfect place to explore, with its breathtaking coast and charming towns and villages. Here’s our pick of places to walk with your dog in and around the pretty harbour town of Solva.
Harbour to Gribin and Gwadn.
Take the one mile circular route from the harbour over the Gribin headland (a ridge topped by an Iron Age settlement and fort), to the Gwadn beach, before walking up the valley to return to Solva. Gribin headland provides spectacular views over St.Brides Bay and your four legged friend will enjoy some fun in the stream as you make your way over the stepping stones.
This route is part of a beautiful 8 mile coastal walk in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, so if you fancy a bigger adventure, there’s plenty of opportunity to carry on. Remember to come prepared if you’re walking long distances and always keep to the paths.
Access: Cross the footbridge at the rear of the carpark, harbour on the right. Turn left and then right to follow the path over a tunnel. You are now on the path.
For a much shorter walk and a pleasant wander head for Trinity Quay and watch the boats and people at high tide. A picturesque setting for a short stroll.
Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants.
So you’ve had your walk, thrown the sticks and paddled in the cool water. Now you need refreshments. Somewhere for you and your pooch to rest and watch the world go by. Here’s our favourite dog friendly spots for food and drink.
Thirty Five Main street is a dog friendly cafe with a view, serving hot food and drinks with a reputation for good fish and chips.
The Cambrian Inn serves high quality traditional pub food. They happily welcome dogs during their lunch service but it’s two legged humans only in the evening. Located at the harbour entrance, it’s a great spot after a walk.
MamGu Welshcakes is a cafe on Main Street in Solva. As well as welsh cakes it has a great reputation for breakfast, traditional welsh Cawl and light lunches. Dog friendly and currently number 1 on Trip Advisor.
On a non-doggy related note: Solva is a real creative hub, so if you get a chance, be sure to check out its various galleries and artists including Warren S. Heaton, whose work captures gracefully the beauty of the natural world, and Raul Speek a vibrant mixed media artist who often runs day painting courses and photographic workshops. It is the work of local artists that brings such colour to the Solva community.