Roch is a small village located at the centre of St Brides Bay, the large bay, facing the Atlantic, that divides the North and South Pennisula of Pembrokeshire. Its very central location makes it ideal for exploring Pembrokeshire as a whole, or taking advantage of the close proximity of the local beaches and coastline.
The village of Roch now consists largely of modern development, but there has been a settlement here since the 13th Century and the skyline is still dominated by the historic Norman castle (Roch Castle). There is also a pretty 19th Century church in the village.
Facilities in the village include: –
- Village stores and Post Office
- Local Pub – The Victoria Inn
- Church and Chapel
- Childrens Playpark and all weather tennis courts (free)
- At Newgale (1.5 miles away) – Surf Shop, Family friendly Pub, Cafes, General Stores.
Rochgate originally marked the entrance to the land surrounding the castle and the buildings are shown on local maps going back at least 300 years. The property, which lies just off the main A478 between Haverfordwest and St Davids was once a Farm and the cottages have been converted from the original stone buildings.
Getting Out and About
Most people come to Pembrokeshire because of the coastline and throughout the year, and whatever the weather, the scenery can be truly magnificent. It consists for the most part of dramatic cliff-lines and a series of beautiful bays and beaches. The coast can be walked from North to South, with the majority being part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The walking can be demanding in places and very demanding in others but is always rewarding. In places a head for heights is definitely required.
On days when you have managed enough scenery here’s some suggestions of other things you might do.