Pembrokeshire in focus

From walking to wildlife spotting, discover everything the Pembrokeshire Coast has to offer.

Pembrokeshire in focus

Clare Willcocks on Feb 18, 2016

Pembrokeshire is Britain’s only coastal National Park, boasting awe-inspiring scenery with a stunning array of variety, from towering cliffs to powder white beaches. This Welsh coastline twists and turns its way along the length of the county, encompassing quiet coves perfect for kayaking, secluded bays where seals and dolphins thrive and expansive beaches safe for bathing and family days out.

With something for everyone, it’s difficult to sum up Pembrokeshire in a single article, so we’ve picked out our top experiences for a memorable visit.

Walking the coast path

Marloes Peninsula

5 miles

Start at Marloes Sands car park and take in the scenic views around the jagged coast, keeping your eyes peeled for seals, seabirds and porpoises.

Stackpole

6 miles

Starting from Bosherton car park, this route passes through sand dunes, across the clifftops of Stackpole Head, past the beautiful Barafundle Bay, on to Stackpole Quay and back inland to the pretty Bosherton lily ponds.

St Davids Head

3.75 miles

Ramble around the headland from Whitesands car park and enjoy awe-inspiring views of Ramsey Island and the Bishops and Clerks. There are a couple of different routes depending on how energetic you feel.

The Gribin

1 mile

This perfect leisurely walk, starts at Solva Harbour car park and leads past some lime kilns up to the Gribin headland which offers wonderful sea views.


Wildlife spotting

Pinpointing one place in Pembrokeshire which is best for wildlife is impossible � wherever you go, you’re sure to find a wonderful variety of flora and fauna. At the beginning of the summer, puffins flock to Skomer Island to nest. Visitors can access the island by boat and there are seasonal sailings on board the Dale Princess from Martin’s Haven.

If you enjoy observing seabirds, a trip to Ramsey Island is a must. The island is an RSPB reserve and is home to ravens, peregrines and buzzards, as well as many others at various times of year. Autumn is the time to see seal pups on the beaches.

Another small island, Grassholm, has 50,000 resident gannets which create quite a spectacle (and smell!). No boats are allowed to land on the island, but trips allow you to observe the birds from the water.

In fact, boat trips are the best way to experience the coastal wildlife, with wales, dolphins porpoises and even basking sharks to be seen in the local waters.


Active and adventurous

Surrounded by the sea, it is no surprise that Pembrokeshire boasts some amazing opportunities for water sports enthusiasts.

Surfing
With over 50 beaches to choose from, Pembrokeshire caters for surfers of all levels, with Whitesands being one of the most popular.

Coasteering
Stretches of rugged coastline lend themselves to this dare-devil sport which involves swimming through caves, jumping from cliff faces and climbing up terrifying crags. Be safe and book with a reputable Coasteering provider, of which there are many in Pembrokeshire.

Diving
The waters around Skomer, Skokholm and Middleholm islands offer wrecks and reefs and are teeming with marine life.

Kayaking
There’s so much wildlife and scenery to see on the coast, and the best way to do it is gliding past on a lovely sunny day!

Other water sports – Kite surfing, sailing, paddleboarding, power boating and paragliding are all on offer in Pembrokeshire too – in fact, you name it, you can probably do it here!

If getting wet isn’t you’re thing, there are plenty of other adventurous pursuits to keep you active on your holiday.

Cycling
Whether you like a leisurely cycle along level paths, or prefer a muddy off road adventure, there’s a trail for you in Pembrokeshire. Choose from the Sustrans Celtic Trail, National Cycle Network Route 47, The Tramway near Saundersfoot or the muddy trails of Llys Y Fran Country Park to name but a few.

Golf
Golfers are spoilt for choice, with eight courses to choose from across the region.

Horse riding
Enjoy the countryside from a different perspective on a trek along one of Pembrokeshire’s many bridleways. The Preseli Hills offer a great off-road option for more experienced riders.


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