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The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

The only UK coastal national park, Pembrokeshire Coast does not disappoint. We enjoy 186 miles of spectacular coastline. A plethora of flora, fauna and folklore. Wildlife galore… and mounds of the undiscovered…The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail hugs the coastline for 186 miles with some of the most breath-taking coastal scenery in Britain – voted by National Geographic as the second best coastline in the world.

 

Beaches

With over 50 beaches in Pembrokeshire and 11 Blue Flag Beaches you definitely want to visit some of them. Tenby’s harbour beach has been voted the best in Europe. Here are some of the most iconic…

  • Tenby – South Beach, North Beach, Castle Beach, Harbour Beach
  • Manorbier Beach
  • Freshwater West Beach
  • Whitesands Bay
  • Newgale Beach
  • Broad Haven North
  • Broad Haven South
  • Monkstone Beach
  • Marloes Sands
  • Barafundle Bay

 

Coastal Adventure

With the sea lapping our shores on all sides Pembrokeshire is a haven for the adventure seeker. The birthplace of coasteering, Pembrokeshire boasts perfect typography for exhilarating water sports and adrenalin-fuelled discovery of our majestic coastline.

Coasteering
The awe-inspiring coastline of Pembrokeshire provides the perfect venue for this exhilarating sport which is ever rising in popularity. Scrambling, rock climbing, swimming and cliff jumping all in one adrenalin driving experience.

Sea Kayaking
A simply spectacular way to discover the marine life in Pembrokeshire. There are many kayaking activity providers with an intimate knowledge of our 186 mile coastline to help you discover the many hidden gems of our county.

Surfing
Our shores are a firm favourite for surfing enthusiasts the world over. The southwest prevailing winds present the perfect conditions for consistent waves. Pembrokeshire hosts the Welsh National Surfing Championships.

Rock Climbing
Whether a proficient rock climber or a novice, we have expert guides to help you develop your climbing technique to maximise your enjoyment of our rugged coastline.

Cycling
Cycling is a good way to explore the lanes and the out-of-the-way hidden gems of Pembrokeshire.  Pembrokeshire has many miles of dedicated cycle routes. Depending how far you would like to go. Choose from 2 miles to 50 miles.

Fishing
Fishing trips for mackerel or deep sea-fishing are offered at many of our harbours and beach fishing is also popular.  There are also many lake and river fishing areas that are accessible with the relevant licences obtained.

Horse Riding
Imagine galloping across the golden sands with the wind in your hair or a steadier trek over the Preseli hills. Pembrokeshire has many well-run equestrian establishments to cater for your needs.

 

Food and drink

Pembrokeshire is a veritable playground for the culinary minded traveller! Lots of wonderful little gems on our doorstep where you can delight in freshly prepared local food.

 

Culture and antiquity

There are stacks of interesting places to visit to learn about the rich historic tapestry of our beautiful county. Here are just a handful we recommend….

The City of St Davids
St Davids is the smallest city in Britain with a population of just over 1,600. City status was awarded in 1995 although the roots of St Davids go back to the 5th century when St David himself lived there. St Davids was designated as a conservation area by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in 1972. The St Davids Peninsula has some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in Pembrokeshire. This is the heart of The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and walking the coast path is simply delightful.

Tenby
Tenby is a multi-award-winning coastal market town, still with its ancient walls intact. Famed for its stretches of sandy shoreline, Tenby Harbour Beach has been hailed Europe’s best beach

Laugharne
The home of Dylan Thomas, Wales’ most famous poet, who called this sleepy nest of 400 souls “the strangest town in Wales”. Thomas remained here until his death in 1953, and his home (The Boathouse) has since been converted into a museum with a superb terraced tearoom.

Carew Castle & Tidal Mill
The impressive ruins of 13th-century Carew Castle lie on one of the many hills surrounding Milford Haven and its adjacent 23-acre millpond. A beautifully carved High Cross, dating from the 11th century, stands at the castle’s entrance and is a fine example of 11th-century Welsh art with the patterns revealing a fascinating connection between Viking and Celtic influences in its design. In addition to the many bats that live here, it’s said to be one of the most haunted castles in Wales, most notably by the spirit of a 12th-century princess.

Manorbier Village and Castle
Surrounded by stunning red sandstone cliffs, the village of Manorbier is well worth a visit due to the medieval Manorbier Castle. Standing alone on a hill, this spectacular fortress offers tremendous views and paints quite a romantic picture as you walk its many excellent trails.

Goodwick and Fishguard
Located in Fishguard Bay are the twin towns of Goodwick and Fishguard. In the old part of Fishguard, Lower Town, you’ll find a huddle of small houses surrounding the beautiful harbour made famous after Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood was filmed here in 1971.

It is also a popular spot for tourists to shop for Welsh handicrafts and other goods. The ruins of a medieval castle dominate the tip of the promontory.

Fishguard also homes a ferry port running between Fishguard and Rosslare.

Caldey Island
Whilst in Tenby, be sure to consider taking a boat trip to the lovely Caldey Island. Located just over a half mile from the mainland the island can trace its history back some 1,500 years during which time it served as one of the most important of holy islands in Wales. The island is, to this day, home to a group of 40 or so Cistercian monks, who produce a variety of goods to purchase, including cheese, chocolate and products, such as perfume, made from locally sourced lavender. There is also a small museum in the post office worth visiting, as the island has its own stamps, which make great souvenirs. In the last few years red squirrels have been introduced into the woodlands which are now thriving and can often been seen from the paths or the tea gardens. You can also take a popular boat trip around the island to see its abundance of wildlife, which includes a large colony of cormorants and seals.

Bosherston Lily Ponds
If you are looking for an easy scenic walk visit Bosherston. The walk takes you around the beautiful freshwater lily ponds. The path leads you to Broadhaven Beach with dunes and the pools of the Mere Pool Valley is also behind the beach. The pathway continues past the beach and back around the ponds. It is a 3 mile long walk that is dog friendly and has parking.

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