Things to see & do

Out and about around Solva

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The limekilns in Solva Harbour

Solva's limekilns © Andrew Tuddenham

Limestone was heated here to create quicklime for putting on the fields and making whitewash. Limestone was delivered in flat boats that were unloaded onto carts at low tide.

Porth y Rhaw - an Iron Age fort

Coastal fort of Porth y Rhaw, Solva © Sid Howells

A short walk along the coast in the St David's direction brings you to the spectacular Iron Age coastal fort of Porth y Rhaw, now much eroded by the sea.

Nine Wells Valley - remains of old mill

Nine Wells Valley from Porth y Rhaw, west of Solva © Andrew Tuddenham

Just past Porth y Rhaw is the gentle Nine Wells Valley. There used to be two mills here - corn and cloth. Can you find the foundations? Dye was delivered by steamer once a year.

Download the Gribin circular walk

Download our circular walk over the Gribin, starting in Solva Harbour. It's a 1-hour trail (longer if you sit and enjoy the view, or take a picnic), leaving plenty of time for eating and shopping in the village.

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February. Snipe hunting for small invertebrates, including worms and insect larvae on St Davids Airfield heaths. A skulking wading bird with short legs and long straight bills.

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Coastal fort of Porth y Rhaw, Solva © Sid Howells

March. A coastal promontory fort overlooking Porth-y-Rhaw cove. Remains have been found of 8 roundhouses. Indications are that the site was in use from the 1st to 4th Centuries.

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Kestrel hovering © Stephen Merrill

April. Keep an eye open for Kestrels hunting in the fields alongside the coastal path.