The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Britain’s only coastal National Park
Where to begin? Any landscape that has been designated a National Park must be special.
But to be designated in 1952 as Britain’s only coastal National Park is extra special, and any trip to the Pembrokeshire coast will show you why.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park covers 612 square kilometres from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south but also includes the Preseli Hills and The Daugleddau Estuary.
So what’s all the fuss about? Pembrokeshire’s preserved coastline looks just as good as it did thousands of years ago. In the south of the county towering limestone cliffs plummet to the sea below with great swathes of golden sands mixed in such as Amroth, Tenby, and Freshwater West.
The further north you travel the landscape becomes more hilly and rugged with volcanic headlands and flooded glacial valleys, but no less impressive. The beaches are smaller, with the exception of a few, and more secluded like Abercastle, Cwm y Eglwys and Porthsele.
The only way to truly experience the incredible scenery is to pull on those sturdy boots, pack your lunch and head out on to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Stretching 186 miles, the path brings you in touch not only with the magnificent scenery but also the plants, animals and birds that live in this protected habitat.
Don’t just take our word for it. National Geographic judged the Pembrokeshire coast as the second best coastal destination in the WORLD! Praise indeed.
There are also some fabulously authentic towns and villages to explore, rest, refresh and recuperate in; essential for getting your breath back after experiencing some of those views.