by Coast and Country Holidays
A charming village on St Bride’s Bay, Solva is a popular holiday destination for friends and family alike.
Keep reading to discover just why Solva is one of our favourite villages in Pembrokeshire…
Solva village lies on the north side of St Brides Bay in North Pembrokeshire just 3 miles from St David’s, 4 miles from Newgale, and within the Pembrokeshire National Park and directly on the Pembrokeshire coastal path.
Solva is considered to be one of the jewels of Pembrokeshire, at high tide the harbour area is often compared to a Norwegian fiord.
The village is split into Upper Solva which overlooks the harbour and Lower Solva which is built along the mouth of the estuary of the river Solva (Solfach in Welsh).
The harbour is tidal and extremely popular with boating enthusiasts. As well as being a safe harbour for local fishing, the rocks at the entrance to Solva Harbour made it one of the most sheltered anchorages in St Brides Bay. At low tide, there is a small sandy beach that is popular with locals and visitors.
The village of Solva boasts a good selection of galleries, craft shops, galleries and pubs, the road also leads to Middle Mill (visitors are welcome at the mill), which is the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire with over 100 years of weaving history.
Just behind the car park at Lower Solva, there is a small sheltered playground for children.
Solva was originally a very busy port and considered the main trading centre of St Brides Bay with the importation of timber and coal it was also important for lime burning, several lime kilns are still preserved around the harbour. As recently as the 19th century, Solva had around 30 registered trading ships.
The spectacular local cliff coast is popular with walkers, and easily accessible from both sides of the harbour, the walk up to the Gribbin is particularly popular and well worth the climb for the fabulous views over the Green Scar Rock and the panorama of St Brides Bay.
If you’re thinking of visiting Solva, be sure to check out our range of holiday cottages in Solva. From cosy cottages to converted farmhouses, you’re sure to find a home away from home with Coast and Country Holidays. For more information on the area, check out our Pembrokeshire Guide.
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