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National Park in top 10 UK travel experiences

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EXPLORING the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has been named as one of Lonely Planet’s 10 best travel experiences in the UK.

Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet has released the Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist, with the new book ranking the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist is the regional follow-up to the bestselling Ultimate Travelist and a must-own book for both travellers to the UK and residents who want to discover their country’s most iconic sights and activities.

Filled with insightful commentary, photos and details of how to visit each place, this is your essential guide to exploring the very best of the British Isles – from tiny pubs and giant cathedrals to world-class coastal walks and rollicking music festivals.

Topping the list was the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, followed by the British Museum and the Giant’s Causeway, with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park tenth on the list.

The Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist read: “If you haven’t been to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in the country’s ‘wild west’, you are missing a trick. Wholly deserving of its number 10 Travelist slot, this ravishing stretch of cliff-flanked coves, thrashing seas, wildflower-freckled moors and hedge-lined tracks leading to one-pub villages still feels like a great escape. Life around here moves in the slow lane.

“You’ve come for the beaches? Wise choice, you’re in for a treat. Tenby in the south offers a classic dose of ice-cream-licking, bucket-and-spade fun. But the further west you head, the wilder it gets, with the likes of crescent-shaped Barafundle Bay, reached on foot through the dunes, surf-hammered Freshwater, and tucked-away Marloes with its high sea cliffs, shipwreck and boats heading over to puffin island, Skomer.

“A terrific base for beach-hopping and coastal-hiking is St Davids. Britain’s smallest city is charm personified, with a whopping medieval cathedral, lanes staggering down to the sea, and a couple of highly stylish, architect-designed hotels, including art-slung former windmill Twr Y Felin and one-time Victorian convent Penrhiw.

“Break up drives by striking out on the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which dips and rises over kissing gates and windy clifftops to smuggler’s coves, wooded hollows where brooks burble, and Neolithic burial chambers.

“To up the adventure, go coasteering with the pros at eco-lodge Preseli Venture. Or turn your focus inland to the lonely Preseli Hills, a windswept range of rocky outcrops, low-lying peaks capped with prehistoric standing stones, and moorland flecked with gorse and heather.”

A total of 47 Welsh locations and experiences featured, with Skomer Island 59th, coasteering in Pembrokeshire 79th, St Davids Cathedral 93rd, Tenby 148th and Barafundle Bay 185th on the list.

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Coronavirus patient being treated at Withybush intensive care unit, say staff

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STAFF working at Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest have confirmed that there is a patient in intensive care suffering from Covid-19.

A Health Board spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “COVID-19 is circulating in our communities and our hospitals are not exempt from this.

“An enormous amount of planning and preparations have taken place in our hospitals and they are set-up to care for both patients who have COVID-19 and those who don’t. Patients will be signposted appropriately through our hospitals.”

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Covid-19 grants for small businesses now being distributed

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Paul Miller, has announced that payments to businesses started today (April 1).
Said Councillor Miller: “The team have been working flat out to get this scheme up and running as we know just how important this support is to business right now.
“Government promised the money would be with us by the 1st April and, now that the first tranche of cash has arrived, we have started distributing that support to our businesses.
“We undertook a short test run yesterday to make sure the system was running correctly and from today we are running daily payment runs so that as many can be processed in the shortest possible time.”

The following grants are available to small businesses to support the costs associated with the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses as follows;
• small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief;
• grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
Councillor Miller added “I know our local businesses are doing all they can to sustain jobs and livelihoods. Our job is to get assistance to them as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

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The Country Food Trust’s helping hand

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Yesterday The Country Food Trust’s amazing Trustee and chef Tim Maddams drove from Dorset to West Wales and, with the help of Founding Trustee Andrew Stone, loaded his van with all the ready meals that we have left and went out on his first delivery run.

He delivered over 1,000 meals to Patch Charity in Milford Haven, run by the amazing Tracey Olin before returning home to Dorset.

Tracey Olin said “We are overwhelmed with the amazing donation from The Country Food Trust. We always struggle most with having meat meals. This will help so many people. Meeting Tim Maddams was also lovely”.

A spokes person for The Country Food Trust said “Big thanks to Simon Hart MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and Secretary of State for Wales for alerting us to the need at this amazing charity.”

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