After much planning and some complicated logistics, it’s time to start discovering trail running in Wales!
Blog post and running frequency has lately taken a bit of a nose dive. For good reason though, as my family and I have been busy with a move we’ve planned for a long time – moving to Pembrokeshire, Wales.
I’m now based closed to Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. We’re outside of town in a quiet area surrounded by farms.
We certainly seem spoiled with some spectacular views and scenery. And although we’re nearing the coldest months of the year and have had some dismal stormy weather lately, I have managed to get out on a couple of runs to explore.
Take a look at this spectacular view over the surrounding area with the fading late afternoon sun:
The arduous move
Our move has been difficult to say the least. We first starting thinking about moving in early 2018. The following year (2019) is when we first listed our home in England for sale. At the time we were not fully committed to Wales, and ended up de-listing it for a while. We then re-listed it in 2020. In 2020 and 2021 we drove to Wales (5 hours or so) for various property viewings. Each time we had wake up super early in the morning, do the viewings, then drive all the way home again in the evening due to the pandemic and overnight stay restrictions.
We found three properties over the duration of our viewing and offering phase. The first one we offered on didn’t go any further – the offer was declined. Our offer on a second property was accepted and we paid a fair bit of money having all the legal searches and structural surveys completed, only for the seller to cancel the sale on us.
The third property we ended up getting an accepted offer on has finally come through to completion. We’ve moved! The actual conveyancing process was a complete nightmare though, with our own buyer’s conveyancing company suffering a cyber attack which put them at a complete standstill for weeks on end. This was after they decided at the last minute to request further documentation from our buyer.
Trail running in Wales prospects
So far I’ve just found some local trails that are accessible without needing to drive anywhere.
We’re quite centrally located with great beaches in all directions which should provide some excellent coastal running routes. Just yesterday we drove to Newgale beach which is just 15 minutes away and offers a vast stretch of beach and some potential coastal trail running.
Off to our west is the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park which also has plenty of options.
I’m also keen to venture north in Wales to Snowdonia National Park to see what is on offer there. I’m sure there will be some great official events to participate in there.