A Guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park


Guide: Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park was designated in 1952 and is one of three National Parks in Wales. The other two are the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.

It is Britain's only truly coastal National Park, covering 243 sq miles (629 sq km) of spectacular landscape around the south-western coast of Wales.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is divided into into four distinct sections. These are the south Pembrokeshire coast, including Caldey Island; the Daugleddau estuary; the St Bride's Bay coast, including the coastal islands; and the Preseli Hills. However, not all of the park is coastal - there are even forests and marshes on the edges of the park.

The National Park includes many sites and areas which are of national or international conservation significance in their own right, including 7 Special Areas of Conservation, a Marine Nature Reserve, 6 National Nature Reserves and 75 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail covers 186 miles (299km) of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Britain. It was Wales' first long-distance route, opened in 1970 by Wynford Vaughan-Thomas and is one of 15 premier long-distance National Trails in England and Wales. 85% of the route is within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

To complete the complete Coast Path is quite a formidable physical challenge - its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is the equivalent to climbing Everest.

Interesting Facts

In 2011 National Geographic magazine voted Pembrokeshire the second best coastal destination in the world.

Electric bicycles have been introduced by the National Park Authority for use by its employees.

The Ministry of Defence's Castlemartin Army Training Area was established in 1939 and covers 2390 hectares (5900 acres) of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Places To Stay

There are a number of great Welsh Rarebits hotels ideally placed for exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park :

Places To Visit

There are a number of great Welsh Rarebits hotels ideally placed for exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park :