Pembrokeshire Pleasure Flight

By Andrew Wright Tenby Aerial View

I moved to Pembrokeshire 4 years ago and since then a pleasure flight over the beautiful county has been on my bucket list of things to do.

I must have been good last year as I was given a gift voucher for just that last Christmas! So a crisp, still winter’s morning offered me the chance to take to the skies and tick that ambition off my list!

My wife and I headed off to Haverfordwest Airport (just 10 miles from Bluestone) where we were greeted by our pilot. After a quick safety briefing and chat about what we wanted to see we jumped into a four seater aircraft and within minutes we were airborne.

From Haverfordwest we headed for the Preseli Hills via Llys-y-Fran Country Park before following the road down to circle our house, where we could see our son waving at us from the garden.

At this point I was offered the controls, given a quick overview and asked to fly to the coast, within a few minutes I had covered the 12 miles to our closest beach at Amroth before I turned to follow the coast past to Saundersfoot and then over to Tenby.

Inside Aircraft
I handed back the controls just past Tenby due to having to avoid a couple of live firing ranges but I didn’t mind as it gave me the chance to really take in the views.

We then headed inland slightly over Carew Castle and the Cleddau Estuary before heading back to the coast and heading towards Skomer Island. I visited Skomer last year and it was amazing to see it from the air!

We then drifted north over the popular surfing beaches of Broad Haven and Newgale before the picture perfect postcard village of Solva. Then it was on to the Cathedral of St. David’s, Britain’s smallest city.

Pembrokeshire Aerial View Solva Aerial View
Pembrokeshire’s northern coast is beautiful from the ground but from the sky you can appreciate even more just how remote and dramatic it can be.

We continued to hug the coast as we passed the original Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy and over our favourite fish restaurant in Porthgain. We reached Fishguard just as the ferry was docking from Ireland before heading inland and back to the airport where we had the smoothest landing we’ve ever had.

It was a lovely way to spend a morning and great to be given the opportunity to take the controls and experience Pembrokeshire from a whole new level. We were airborne for around 1h15m and in that time we covered almost the entire coastline of Pembrokeshire as well as taking an early detour to see our house.

It was an absolutely brilliant experience and I would highly recommend it. If you are a lover of Pembrokeshire why not book this completely unique experience during your next Bluestone break and see the county from a different angle! Pembrokeshire pleasure flights can be booked via www.flywales.co.uk with different aircraft and time options available.

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