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One by one, we become human cannonballs, hurling ourselves off a 15m-high rocky ledge. I keel forward and make a dramatic face-plant into the water, to the mirth of my audience. My second attempt is equally pathetic, and for my sins, I am turned away from the loftier platform, to which everyone has already graduated, in order to master the first. Attempt number three reinforces my future in face-planting. Regardless, I crawl to the higher ledge, and as my guide John whispers a disclaimer in my ear, I launch off the rock and tumble into the sea. A perfect 10. He had little faith.

Bearing bruises from being bashed against rocks, we retire to the lodge to sip hot soup by a log fire. But it’s far from the end of our adventures at Abercastle. By 3pm we are back in the ocean, upon sea kayaks, buffeted by powerful gusts of wind. We paddle headlong into the gale, backwards into a cave, and dabble with ‘rock hopping’, the exercise of catching a swell as it washes over rocky mounds. Miss the wave and you risk a battering. Conquer one, punching the air victoriously before first composing yourself, and there’s every chance you’ll capsize ... just as I did.

Nursing aching limbs, we set off the following day for a spot of hiking, gaining a new perspective of this corner of the world as we traverse sheep fields and bluebell woods, enjoying Britain at its bucolic best. The Pembrokeshire coastal path calls for a total of 6.6 miles of ascent over its 186 miles, which is a lot of ups and downs when you consider Everest is less than six miles high. But for the chance to revel in this pleasure garden, I’ll take it.

Getting There

Catch a train from London Paddington to Fishguard & Goodwick station with Arriva Trains from £39 one-way. The journey is about five-and-a-half hours.

Rebecca did the Adrenalin Cocktail weekend with Preseli Venture Lodge, including two nights, six meals and station transfers. £229


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Wet and wild in Wales: cliff jumping, sea kayaking and hardcore hiking on Pembrokeshire coast
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