Many of us enjoy a stroll in the park but when it comes to walking in Pembrokeshire National Park it is altogether another experience. There are so many routes to follow and with the park covering hundreds of square miles walkers can return year after year exploring new areas of this beautiful part of Wales. Here we take a look at some of the fabulous routes for walkers to consider.
What Does Pembrokeshire National Park Offer?
What doesn't this amazing part of the world have to offer walkers would be simpler to say as Pembrokeshire National Park has approximately six hundred miles of superb pathways and bridlepaths to discover. The scenery in this part of Wales is to die for, while the plants, trees, wildlife and ancient monuments dotted all around the area mean there is something new to be discovered on every walk you embark on. There are many different types of walk catering for all ranges of ability too therefore whether you are a seasoned walker or new to it there is a track to suit everyone.
When walking in a family group the terrain needs to be suitable for the very young and the not so young plus all ages in between, while Pembrokeshire has plenty of trails and tracks where there are no stiles or steep steps plus they vary in length depending how far you would like to walk. Some tracks are even tarmaced making them accessible for wheelchairs and easy for pushchairs, while others are in their natural state offering more of a challenge for the able bodied.
A good example of a great family walk is Amroth to Colby Lodge that mainly consists of wide tracks and gentle slopes and is two and a half miles long. Starting in Amroth the walk passes by Colby Woodland Garden that is owned by The National Trust. Here walkers can enjoy a beautiful array of flowers and shrubs such as azaleas and hydrangeas, while the rhododendruns are a real sight to behold! Walkers who decide to go into the gardens rather than stay on the route will have to pay an entrance fee so bear this in mind.
St Ishmaels to Great Castle Head is another good family walk that is just short of two miles long. The views over Milford Haven are spectacular on this route, while with only slight slopes and the first part of the route being surfaced it shouldn't be too difficult for the less able.
Those who like the ancient history of the area will appreciate the Iron Age settlement at Great Castle Head that features at the end of the walk, while lovers of wildlife and birds will find plenty to see along the way. The easy access part of the walk ends at the viewpoint over Milford Haven, while families who are able bodied may carry on along the coastal path that also offers access to the beach.
St Davids Airfield walk is also great for families as it is a level walk across a disused World War II airfield, which may not sound too good but does offer amazing views with plenty of birdlife and wildlide to see. The walk is surfaced from start to finish, while the site is classed as one of special scientific interest due to the type of heathland it has.
Walkers who are fit and can manage hills plus long distances may wish to take on a more adventurous walk. The Stackpole via Bosherton Lily Ponds to Broadhaven South beach walk is three miles long and offers spectacular views, beautiful lily ponds plus quite steep gradients in parts.
The best time of year to see the lilies in all their spectacular glory is June. The lily ponds are owned by The National Trust and are a national nature reserve where swans and kingfishers can be seen along with many different species of dragonfly. The walk is particularly good for twitchers (bird watchers) as many different species of bird can be spotted at many vantage points along the walk.
Another great adventure walk is from Stacks Rock to St Govan's where the famous chapel is located. This walk is over six miles long and offers awesome views of the sea, while it does go through the Castlemartin Firing Range but obviously isn't open to walkers when the range is in use!
Stacks Rock is home to many species of birds, while walkers will pass an iron age fort plus unspoiled landscape that is the ideal place for the abundant wildlife of the area.
Abereiddi to Blue Lagoon. Three hundred yards, wheelchair accessible
Martins Haven to Marloes. Two miles long crosses deer park, ends on Marloe Beach
Solva. Steep walk of less than one mile
Newport. There are many walks in the Medieval town that are ideal for wheelchair users
Shrinkle to Amroth fourteen miles includes spectacular views of Caldey Island.
Martins Haven to Dale offers ten miles of fairly easy walking through woodland, past the headland, while enjoying coastal views in parts.
Newport to Fishguard is twelve miles long across the cliffs with great sea views.
Whitesands to Solva is thirteen miles long, passes St Davids plus offers the spectacular sight of porpoises in the ocean.
Walking the Coastal Path
The coastal path of Pembrokeshire is approximately one hundred and eighty six miles long therefore offers many hours of walking enjoyment for seasoned walkers or even those who don't have much hiking experience. The coastal walk offers some of the most amazing views walkers will ever see plus an abundance of wildlife, birds, plants, trees, beaches and amazing coastline.
Safety in parts is an issue therefore walkers are advised to make sure that weather conditions and tide times will not interfere with their walk. The path is maintained on a regular basis but walkers must seek advice before setting out on any particular part of the coastal path to ensure all is well. For more information regarding the Pembrokeshire Coast and what it has to offer why not pay a visit to their comprehensive website.