Towering cliffs, wooded estuaries, wild hills and sandy beaches can all be found on the doorstep of Roch holiday cottages. This welcoming village is located in the county of Pembrokeshire, in southwest Wales. It lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, close to a rugged stretch of cliffs and dunes. Once a centre for the region’s coalmining industry, it is now a laidback base for hiking and water-sports on the Pembrokeshire coast. Roch sits on a dramatic ridge, with an imposing castle, built during the 12th century by Norman knight Adam de Rupe, which is visible for miles around.
Self-catering holidays in Roch would be incomplete without a walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which covers the entire coastline, providing breathtaking views across the ocean. This unspoiled stretch of cliffs, sea stacks, blowholes and pristine, sandy beaches is a paradise for surfing, sunbathing and swimming. The park is scattered with ancient sites, imposing castles and pretty towns and villages. A short drive from Roch, Newgale Beach is a sweeping stretch of sand backed by a massive pebble ridge, where surfing and swimming are popular.
There are many fascinating historic landmarks in and around Roch. In the neigbouring Brandybrook Valley, by Roch Bridge, Roch Mill is the last remaining of five watermills along a two-mile stretch of the river. A lovely footpath follows the valley east from the bridge through ancient woods, past derelict mills which are gradually being reclaimed by nature. Nearby, Cuffern Manor is a distinctive country home built in 1770. A ten-minute drive inland from your Roch holiday cottage, Haverfordwest is a market town with a bustling centre and some of the region’s best places to eat and drink. Every Friday, an award-winning farmers’ market is held at the riverside with stalls selling fresh produce from Pembrokeshire’s fields and coast. A scenic drive southward from Roch, Pembroke is a medieval walled town overlooked by a castle, on the estuary of the River Cleddau.