It runs for 186 miles, takes in 58 separate beaches and 14 harbors, and it is one of the most picturesque settings to be found in the British Isles, it is the Pembrokeshire coastal path. It is also the only coastal national park in the United Kindom.
The ancient name for Pembrokeshire was “Land of Mystery and Enchantment”, and it is certainly still a magical place to spend your leisure time, with National Geographic magazine voting it up to second in a list of best coastal destinations in 2012.
Take in the views, feel the history
The path is not just a walk through some of the most picturesque and breathtaking scenery, but it is also a walk through history too. If you were to walk its entire length, you would encounter majestic castles, Neolithic tombs, fishing villages and quaint little towns.
Walks for all ages and abilities
The great thing about walking the Pembrokeshire coast is that there is a choice of more than 200 walks, ranging from short walks of a mile, to lengthier walks that can take a day or more to complete.
Here are some of the best coastal walks to get you started:
Cemaes Head – Distance: 5 miles
Perfect for a springtime stroll, the walk along Cemaes Head will give you access to some of the most picturesque scenery, as well as giving you the opportunity to see some of the local birdlife. Cormorants, Fulmars and Guillemots nest on the 550 foot high cliffs, and if you are fortunate enough to visit in mid-summer, there is a good chance that you will witness seals and dolphins.
Porthgain to St. David’s – Distance: 13 miles
This is a longer walk, ideal for serious hikers. Starting at the harbor at Porthgain, this route will take you up along high cliffs, which will provide you with stunning views across rocky shorelines. It will then give you the opportunity to explore the ancient ruins at Abereiddy beach, before heading off to Whitesands beach via the mysterious St. David’s Head.
Deer Park to Dale – Distance: 10 miles
This is a circular walk which begins near Marloes, and is a great way to spend a day. The route will take you past rocky and wave lashed headlands, an Iron Age hillfort, as well as providing you with views of Skomer Island, and great place to spot numerous varieties of seabirds.