The county of Pembrokeshire in Wales is home to the only coastal national park in Great Britain, and it contains more Blue Flag beaches (beaches that have been assessed for their cleanliness) than any other county. Its coastal setting makes Pembrokeshire the ideal holiday destination, as there is no shortage of things to do, and in this article, we will take a closer look at some of the activities you can find in the area.
Due to the amount of coastline and natural harbors, Pembrokeshire is an ideal location for those who love to go fishing. There are plenty of places to go sea or freshwater fishing, and there is also the opportunity to charter a fishing boat, giving you the chance to land a wide variety of fish including mullet, bream and mackerel.
Walking the Preseli Hills
When walking the Preseli Hills on clear days, you can see as far as the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. It is said that stone from Preseli Hills was the stone used in the construction of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Man has lived on these hills for centuries, and it is a great area to explore if you have an interest in Neolithic and Iron Age settlements.
Cycling Along the Celtic Trail
Pembrokeshire is ideal for cycling enthusiasts, and is home to Route 4 of the National Cycle Route, which hugs the coastline from its starting point at Fishguard, making it ideal for taking in the coastal scenery. However, it can be a challenging route, with plenty of steep hills to climb, although it is worth the sweat and toil for the views.
Dolphin and Whale Watching
One of the great things about the Pembrokeshire coast is the amount of harbors, and these are a great attraction for harbor porpoises, which can be easily seen from many locations along the coast. There is also the opportunity to go on boat trips to deeper waters where there is the chance of seeing bottlenose dolphins, and it is also possible to spot Minke whales and fin whales too.
Ramsey Island RSPB reserve
A birdwatchers paradise, Ramsey Island is an offshore island close to St David’s that is a natural home for a whole host of birds. Its 120 meter high cliffs are home to all kinds of birds, and you can expect to see Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Ravens and Peregrine falcons, amongst others.