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Britain’s only coastal National Park

The Pembrokeshire Coast 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. 

Covering 612 square kilometres from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park also includes the Preseli hills and The Daugleddau Estuary

In the south of the county, towering limestone cliffs plummet to the sea below punctuated with great swathes of golden sands 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, but by no means have less character. Beaches like Ceibwr, Lindsway and Porthsele are more secluded. Almost every visitor has the opportunity to enjoy the National Park but the very best way to experience it is pull on some sturdy boots, pack your lunch and head out onto the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Stretching 186 miles, the path brings you in touch not only with the majestic scenery but also the plants, animals and birds that live in this protected habitat. National Geographic judged the Pembrokeshire coast as the second-best coastal destination in the world.

Read more about what makes the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park so special.

Rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and wild inland hills, these are the elements that define the distinctive landscape of this superb county.

Griff Rhys Jones

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