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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Pembrokeshire, South Wales

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This is Britain's only truly coastal national park. It is a spectacular landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills, and a place of sanctuary for wildlife. It is a living, working landscape where people and wildlife co-exist. This over the centuries has left it's mark in the form of tombs and Norman castles, Celtic crosses, medieval churches and cottages, Victorian forts, historic towns and villages as well as quarries and quays. There are 262 scheduled Ancient Monuments in the National Park.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts a wealth of places to explore. Its stunning coastline includes the most westerly point in Wales and has been buffeted and broken by thousands of years of raging seas and powerful winds giving  rugged cliffs and secluded rocky coves, but it also offers safe, sandy beaches ideal for families. There are a wide variety of beaches most providing good swimming, but others also available for surfing, windsurfing, boating, investigating rock pools or for those wanting to get away from the frantic day to day living, just take it easy on the soft sand soaking up the sun.

Its rocky shores, cliff-top grassland, estuary mud-flats, ancient woodland, lowland heath and upland moor make up a mosaic of special habitats. These provide sanctuary for many rare and endangered plants and animals.  It's a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast. Offshore lie Pembrokeshire's unique islands, each with its own special character.

Pembrokeshire Coast

Visiting the beaches will show you some of this rich natural heritage.  There's a huge variety of bird life, from puffins to peregrine falcons. The area is unrivalled for seabirds and includes some of the world's biggest colonies of Manx shearwaters and gannets. From the Coast Path National Trail   you'll see grey seals, which breed here in early autumn. Porpoises, dolphins and the occasional whale or basking shark also frequent these seas.

In spring the coastal grassland is a colourful blaze of wild flowers and away from the coast, rare plants and insects flourish in woodland, heath and marsh areas seldom explored by the general visitor.

As well as the mainland it also incorporates the offshore islands of Skomer,  Skokholm Ramsey, Grassholm, and Caldy, with daily boat trips to from Easter to October, to those that allow visitors. Trips to Skomer leave Martins Haven,  Ramsey and islands beyond depart from St Justinians. Rather than take your car to St Justinians there is a bus service running from St David's which runs at times to allow you to catch the island boats.

It is a beautiful but fragile environment is actively and sensitively managed by the National Park Authority, for your enjoyment and that of future generations. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, and whatever you come looking for, Pembrokeshire's beaches are almost certain to provide it.

Look out for other locations in this section of the website for details on specific places within the National Park.

Location: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South Wales

Grid Reference: Ceremonial County: Pembrokeshire

Map Link: The National Park is covered by 3 Landranger OS Maps 157 (St Davids), 158 (Tenby) and 145 (Cardigan)

Aerial photo:

Getting there: By car come off the end of the M4 and head for Pembroke Dock, within this area is Pembrokeshire and the many places you can explore.

Access: Rugged terrain will be difficult for those who have walking issues.

Website: www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk


Other Useful Websites: www.visitpembrokeshire.co.uk 
Email: info@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk
Address: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority,, Llanion Park, Pembroke Dock, Pembs
Postcode: SA72 6DY Telephone: 0845 345 7275
Opening Times: All year round

Charges: None

Nearby Locations: Skomer Island,  Skokholm Island
Other Location Pages: Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail  
Other Relevant Pages:

Notes: Within the local towns and villages there will be basic amenities, eating and drinking places and local accommodation if needed. Walks, sunbathing, boat trips to wildlife islands, Beeches, cliff structures, seascapes, and so much more to see and do. See write up above for more details. Nature watching includes Rocky shores, cliff-top grassland, estuary mud-flats, ancient woodland, lowland heath and upland moor give a wealth of creatures both large and small, and wild flora and fauna.


The weather can change suddenly so take along warm and waterproof clothing. Sturdy footwear with good grip for walking on uneven and rugged ground. Sun cream and a bottle of water for warm days. Take your camera and long lenses may be worth having a macro for the tiny wildlife and flowers you may find in the heathlands. Sturdy walking stick or a monopod to help on rugged terrain.

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By: Tracey Park Section: National Park Key:
Page Ref: pembrokeshire_coast Topic: Routes    Last Updated: 07/2009


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