The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park came into being in 1952 and is the only coastal National Park in Britain. The Park is a land of enchantment at the western edge of Wales, internationally recognised as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
For the walker, the Pembrokeshire coastal path is close at hand and for the birdwatcher,
the nearby islands of Skomer and Skokholm are sanctuaries for
breeding sea birds such as guillemots, razorbills, puffins and
kittiwakes as well as colonies of seals.
The nearest beach is at Broad Haven, a 20-minute stroll through
woodland, rich in bird life and wild flowers. For the less energetic,
Broad Haven can be reached in less than 5 minutes by car. Here
you can visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Information
centre with general information on the area, as well as a selection
of maps and books; in addition it offers a programme of field
excursions and lectures.
Other beaches within
this area of Pembrokeshire are Nolton, Druidstone, Little haven,
Newgale and Marloes Sands, all excellent for sandcastles ! Little
Haven is well worth a visit especially for the inns and restaurants.
Fresh crabs, lobsters and mackerel can be bought here in the summer
The old county town
of Pembrokeshire, Haverfordwest, is ten minutes drive away with
a selection of small shops, high street stores and a market hall.
A little further afield
is St. Davids with its world famous 6th century Cathedral and
Bishop's Palace and, slightly more recent marine aquarium, the
largest in Pembrokshire.
Apart from 'seaside'
attractions, there are fifteen castles in Pembrokeshire, about
half of these being open to the public. Rural crafts are in abundance
with woollen mills, pottery, woodcraft, slate, stone and iron
works and cheese makers. There are also several farm parks in
the area, most with indoor and outdoor facilities.
A wide variety of locally
produced food, including organic, is readily available; the Pembrokeshire
cheeses are especially good. Haverfordwest hosts not only one
of the best farmer’s markets in Pembrokeshire but in the
For the more adventurous,
you can catch the ferry from nearby Fishguard for a day trip to
Sports and local
Listed below are some
of the local activities. For further information refer to the Pembrokeshire
Countryside unit at Broad Haven and the Tourist Information Centre
- The Pembrokeshire
coastal path is very close with 168 miles of coastal
path running from Cardigan to Carmarthenshire.
- Boat and Dinghy
hire at Little Haven, Milford Haven, Dale and Burton.
Skiing at Burton on the river Cleddau.
diving clubs can organise diving trips Holiday membership
is available at many of the local yacht clubs for nominal
are held at various points around the coast, including
Little Haven and Broad Haven during August.
ideal for swimming and surfing at Broad Haven, Druidstone,
Newgale and Marloes Sands, although Newgale is probably
the best for surf.
is widely available throughout the area.
There is also a small but well stocked fishing lake
on the site.
and horse riding
is available from several local stables.
(9 hole) is close at hand where equipment is available
- For the
more adventurous, there is the West Wales Gliding Association
at Withybush airport. Tuition is available.
theme park for the more adventurous
available at several local centres
- Island boat
trips to Ramsey