Walk on the world famous 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, from St Dogmaels to Amroth. Its craggy clifftops, hidden coves, sandy beaches and meandering estuaries offers walkers the chance experience the extraordinary. It’s one of the highlights of 870-mile Wales Coast Path. There are more than 200 established circular walks that link with the Coast Path, and for those requiring easier access, there are accessible routes to enjoy. For more information go to www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/walking.
With over 80 beaches along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, including flooded forests, blockbuster movie sets, wildlife-watching spots and historic hotspots, Pembrokeshire’s gorgeous coastline is full of surprises and hidden gems. There are fantastic National Park beaches, many with Blue Flag, Seaside Award or Green Coast status accolades. There are also beach wheelchairs available at eight beaches. Search for all the Park’s beaches at www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/enjoy.
The sea around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is one of the best places in Europe for marine wildlife, with much of it protected by a Marine Special Area of Conservation. Some of the wild and wonderful creatures you might spot in these protected waters include:
- Grey seals – seen year-round, feeding or snoozing in the water or basking on rocks. Pups are born August to October.
- Jellyfish – the harmless moon jellyfish is the most commonly seen, with the impressive barrel jellyfish often washed up on beaches.
- Otters – in Pembrokeshire otters love to be in the sea where they eat mostly fish and crabs
- Sunfish – likely our weirdest ocean visitor, identified by their flopping dorsal fin. They can reach over 3m in diameter and fly like a flying disc.
- Cetaceans – small dark porpoises can be regularly spotted in tidal races. Common dolphins can be seen close to shore, but you might spot the larger Risso’s and bottlenose dolphins too.
The spectacular landscape of the Pembrokeshire Coast with its sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and islands, ancient woodland, peaceful estuaries and dramatic Preseli Hills makes it a place to unwind with a gentle stroll or a place to undertake an adventurous outdoor challenge. Epic sporting events such as Ironman Wales and other events incorporating swimming, cycling and running have been attracting thousands to this corner of South West Wales. Watersports opportunities, including kayaking, coasteering, paddleboarding and surfing are second to none in this adventure playground.
History and heritage
The National Park is full of archaeology. Around almost every corner you’ll find some glimpse of the past, but here are a few suggestions of particular places to go. In addition to these, remember that the National Park Authority also manages two important heritage sites which are open to the public – Castell Henllys Iron Age Village (www.castellhenllys.com) and Carew Castle and Tidal Mill (www.carewcastle.com). Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber Probably one of Wales’ most famous monuments, the megalithic tomb dates back to the Neolithic era, a time when people were first starting to live in settled communities and farm the land. Angle The fields, local church and dovecote all echo Angle’s Medieval past. At West Angle Bay you may see the remains of stone-lined burials dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries, called cist burials, eroding out of the cliffs. Foel Drygarn At the eastern end of the Preseli range in the National Park is the fantastic hilltop of Foel Drygarn, dominated by three Bronze Age cairns.