Pembrokeshire is one of the most beautiful areas in the UK with rolling hills and amazing coastal areas of natural beauty. Here we take a look at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and all it has to offer visitors to the region.
Britains Only Coastal National Park
When you consider that the coast of Britain stretches for thousands of miles the fact that Pembrokeshire is the only part of the coastline that is designated Britains only coastal national park is a fantastic accolade for the region. It's hardly surprising to any of us who have visited the region that this should be so as it is an area of natural unspoiled beauty as far as the eye can see with many amazing features and treasures to be discovered.
The park covers approximately two hundred and thirty seven square miles stretching from St Dogmaels to Amroth and features the most unspoiled coastline you could wish to see. In the northern coastal area the landscape is wild and rugged with hills and volcanic headlands plus small intimate secluded beaches, while further south are wide beaches with deep goldern sands that are overlooked by limestone cliffs.
Those of us who like to walk will appreciate an amble along the coastal path although the whole path obviously can't be walked in one day as it is over one hundred and eighty six miles long. Walkers will see so many different examples of wildlife and birds plus many beautiful plants that grace the area, it really is an awesome experience!
Villages and Towns of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
There are many beautiful coastal towns and small villages in this region making it a popular holiday destination for many visitors.
Newport, a former herring port is a very picturesque market town on the River Nyfer. Visitors who prefer a tranquil atmosphere will love it here, while adventurers who wish to take art in kayaking will find it a great place to make a start as kayaking down stream and out to sea is very popular here.
Newport has a golf club and sailing club plus offers attractions such as Iron Age forts that will interest those who like ancient history, while there is plenty of great accomodation to be found in this lovely market town.
Named after St David the patron saint of Wales this 12th century city is the smallest city in Britain. St Davids is a conservation area and has the most spectacular coastal scenery anywhere, while there is plenty to keep visitors who stay here occupied. Kayaking, climbing or surfing can be enjoyed along with wildlife watching boat trips or a walk along the coastal path.
St Davids has a beautiful cathedral alongside The Bishops Palace ruin that was destroyed in the Reformation during the reign of King Henry VIII, while on the end of St Davids Peninsula is Ramsey Island which is an RSPB reserve where ravens buzzards and peregrines can be seen.
Tenby is a lovely seaside town where many families love to take thier summer break year after year. Dating back to the thirteenth century Tenby has amazing narrow cobbled streets where Georgian houses stand overlooking the beautiful harbour and three spacious sandy beaches.
Tenby offers many attractions including a golf club, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing and even a scarey ghost walk around the haunted areas of the town. Tenby also has art galleries and museums with many of the exhibits focused on children's interests such as pirates, while trips by boat to Caldey Island where the famous monastery that is still inhabited by monks today can be seen is real adventure.
Saundersfoot is another beautiful seaside town in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park where visitors flock year after year. It's Blue Flag beach is rich and sandy with a wide bay, while Saundersfoot also has a very picturesque harbour and is a designated conservation area.
Activities here include of course walking on the coastal path plus visitors can ride the pleasure boats or take a boat trip out of the harbour, while Colby Woodland Gardens are a fabulous place to spend a few hours with the kids. Saundersfoot has many great restaurants and pubs, while accomodation is plentiful.
Quiet Beaches We Like Best in The Region
Cwm yr Eglwys Beach
This beautiful little beach that holds the Green Coast Award is great for couples with children as the little stream that runs down the middle makes rock pools where kids can spend hours looking for crabs and the like in safety. This beach is very sheltered too as there is a ten foot wall that surrounds it, while determining the tides is essential as visitors don't want to be cut off or trapped if the sea is due to come in.
Other activities enjoyed here include sailing, angling, wind surfing, canoeing, bathing and sub aqua sports, while off the beach there are plenty of eateries and places to get a drink for all the family.
East Angle Bay
This beautiful bay is perfect for bird watchers as it is a wide area of sand and mud flats. Angle is a very very quiet beach but having said that our children loved it as they had a huge area of sand and rock pools to themselves where they could play and make a noise without fear of disturbing other beach goers.
Angle has a slipway for launching boats and does have toilet facilities but visitors are advised to take a picnic and plenty of drinks as there is no cafe or drinks outlet in the bay. Views from the beach are breathtaking especially on a lovely sunny day!
Places of Interest
1. Narberth Castle a ruined Norman fortress
2. Pembrokeshire Pasty and Pie Company in Tenby
3. Bosherston Lakes famous for their beautiful lillies
4. Upton Castle and Gardens
5. Tudor Merchant's House Tenby