Car free, care free, Pembrokeshire

On foot, by bike, on horse back and by train are some of the more obvious ways to explore Pembrokeshire without the need to jump in a car.

And with two thirds of the county surrounded by water, we think coasteering, kayaking, sailing or paddleboarding are great ways to get around too! 

Here’s our top 10 travel tips on exploring Pembrokeshire without a car:

1. Walk

With hundreds of miles of inland footpaths, including easy access walks, and the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast Path offering 182 miles of continuous walking around the Pembrokeshire coastline, walking is our top tip for a car free day out. It’s free, it’s accessible to most, and we love it!

2. Coastal Bus

If you’re on the coast and walking sections of the Coast Path then the Pembrokeshire Coastal Bus Services are our second top tip for a car-free day out! Use the ‘Puffin’ buses to cruise up and down the coastline, or hop on the bus and walk back for a carefree day by the sea.

3. Horse Riding

Swap four wheels for four legs and enjoy a day’s horse riding, venturing into woodlands, mountains, bridleways and beaches that you definitely can’t get to by car. All the more enjoyable as your new four-legged friend takes the strain, so you get to hang on and enjoy the scenery!

Car Free - Horseriding

4. Cycling

Pembrokeshire is a web of lanes, cycleways and disused railway lines, lots of which offer traffic-free cycling for all the family. The Celtic Trail National Cycle Network Route 4 & 47 in the South and Lôn Teifi Route 82 in the North connect towns and villages along the way, which means you’re never to far from a cycle route. For traffic-free options check out Brunel Cycleway, the Tramway in Saundersfoot, the Cardi Bach at Cilgerran and Pantmaenog Forest at Rosebush.

Visit Cycle Pembrokeshire for more information.

Car Free - Cycling

5. Train

Pack a picnic, grab a map and jump on a train to explore new corners of the county from Pembroke to Tenby, Narberth, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven and Fishguard. Trains are another great way to get a lift to the start of a walk or explore a new town on foot, not to mention all the new scenery you’ll be enjoying from the carriage windows. Sit back and enjoy the ride. 

6. Coasteering

Coasteering is a sport that was born in Pembrokeshire and involves climbing, scrambling, swimming and jumping your way around the Pembrokeshire coastline at the edge where the water meets the sea. It’s a true adventure sport, so we do recommend you go with an experienced guide. This is one car-free day out you won’t forget in a hurry!

7. Kayak

Pembrokeshire is surrounded on three sides by water, so why not try kayaking as a new way to get from a-b? With at least 220 miles of coastline caves and secluded coves, plus miles of inland waterways, you’ll find plenty to explore as you glide through the water.

Car Free - Kayaking 1

8. Paddle boarding

Take a large surfboard, stand on it and add a paddle and you’re paddle boarding! This gets you to all the same places as a kayak, only you get to stand on the sea rather than sitting on it. If you’ve never tried paddle boarding this is another great way to get out onto the water and explore beaches, caves, estuaries and rivers.

9. Sailing

Swap your car for a boat and go sailing for the day! Whether its joining a local sailing school or taking your holiday on the water getting in a sailboat and on the water will provide a haven of peace, tranquillity and lots of fun! High tide pub visits; offshore islands and a spot of fishing are all possible in Pembrokeshire.

10. Paragliding

And finally, there is one other way to explore Pembrokeshire -  from the air! Join a local paragliding school and learn to fly for a day, soaring to new heights and new perspectives as you float quietly over the Pembrokeshire landscape – what better way to leave the car behind?

Car Free - Paragliding

Exploring Pembrokeshire without a car can lead to some great adventures.

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