The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a fantastic national trail situated along the coast of Wales. Established in the 1970’s, the trail is as popular as ever and is a must-do for any keen walker. Read on for our top reasons to visit this beautiful region and undertake the Coast Path.
It’s a National Trail
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of the UK’s classic national trails. This means you are guaranteed well-maintained trails and excellent signposting. This is ideal for those who are looking to ‘switch-off’ and just focus on the walking, nature and scenery without having to worry about getting lost. At 186 miles long, the trail is quite an undertaking and a must-do for every national trail ‘bagger’. Even for those who are just looking for a great walking holiday, this trail is perfect thanks to its scenic coastal walking, easy navigation, traditional villages and abundance of wildlife.
The Spectacular Scenery
If you are looking for a walking holiday that has spectacular coastal scenery, then look no further! The Pembrokeshire Coast Path offers endless views of rugged cliffs, crashing Atlantic waves, hidden coves, sandy beaches, moorland and geological treasures. Even in bad weather the scenery is fascinating, taking on a moody, dramatic atmosphere. Its beauty has been recognised across the world and even won the accolade of second-best long-distance trail in the world by National Geographic in 2011.
Villages and Towns along the Trail
As well as its natural charms, the trail passes through a range of traditional fishing villages and towns and a short detour from the trail allows a visit to Britain’s smallest city! St. David’s is a conservation city with a population of just over 1,600 people. Named after the patron saint of Wales, who lived there, it is home to a spectacular cathedral and is worth a visit. Another highlight is the village of Tenby which has a lovely harbour area complete with sandy beaches. It also has remnants of its 13th century town walls, and picturesque pastel-coloured buildings.
The Pembrokeshire Coast is famous for its wildlife. Its wild and untouched coast mean it is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Look out for choughs, skylarks and the stonechat in the heathland. Further out you might spot the Atlantic grey seal with its pups, or dolphins and porpoises amongst the waves. Arguably the star attraction of the area is the puffin. Take a day trip by boat to the island of Skomer, the largest puffin colony in Southern Britain, to catch a glimpse of these colourful birds. They are normally visible on the island from April-August.
You can experience all these wonderful things about the Pembrokeshire Coast and so much more on our Pembrokeshire Coast Path self-guided walking holidays. If you would like any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.