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Latest guidance: National Trails in Wales

Latest guidance: National Trails in Wales

Please check and follow the latest Welsh Government (Covid19) and Public Health Wales guidelines – they may be different to guidelines issued for England and other parts of the United Kingdom.

Follow the Countryside Code and

Plan ahead

  • Check the webpage of the place you’re visiting for the latest local information.
  • Be aware that some visitor facilities remain closed.

Park responsibly

  • Respect the local community by parking responsibly at designated car parks – do not park on verges or block entrances and gateways.

Keep your distance

  • Make every effort to maintain the required social distance at all times.
  • If your destination is too busy when you arrive, please have a ‘plan B’ ready and try an alternative destination.

Tread lightly 

  • Respect the environment and the wildlife around you.
  • Please keep an eye out for any temporary signs – they are there to help keep you safe.

Trail Itineraries

Please just use these for inspiration for the future. Current restrictions mean that you are not able to travel to enjoy the National Trails.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

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DAYS

12

DISTANCE

300km

Trail Information

Find useful facts and learn more about the Pembrokeshire Coast Path below.

About the Trail

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path twists and turns its way for 186 miles (299 km) along the most breathtaking coastline in Britain. It covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.

Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park — Britain’s only truly coastal National Park – the trail displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life, as well as evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present.

In its entirety the Coast Path represents a formidable physical challenge – its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is said to be equivalent to climbing Everest — yet it can also be enjoyed in shorter sections, accessible to people of all ages and abilities, with the small coastal villages strung out along its length offering welcome breaks and added enjoyment.

Exploring the Trail

In its entirety the Coast Path represents a formidable physical challenge – its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is said to be equivalent to climbing Everest — yet it can also be enjoyed in shorter sections, accessible to people of all ages and abilities, with the small coastal villages strung out along its length offering welcome breaks and added enjoyment.

The National Trail is very well way-marked so following the route is easy. But it is always a good idea to take a guidebook or map.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path has something to offer all the year round and many people prefer to walk when it’s cooler in spring or autumn, or even on exhilarating winter days. The best time depends very much on you, your interests and whether you enjoy the busy holiday season or would prefer to come during the quieter months. In summer it can be difficult to find accommodation especially for single nights, so you are advised to book well in advance.

Spring is best for seeing migrating and breeding birds and wild flowers. Autumn is good for migrating birds, and seeing seal pups.

What is special about the Trail?

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path was the first National Trail in Wales – opened in 1970.

As well as offering walkers spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife, the Trail passes through a landscape rich in the history of human occupation and maritime history. Walking the Trail reveals Neolithic cromlechs, Iron Age promontory forts, churches and chapels of the seafaring early Celtic saints and their followers, links with the Vikings through place names such as Goodwick and the islands of Skomer and Skokholm, massive Normal castles such as those at Pembroke, Tenby and Manorbier and later Napoleonic forts along the south coast and the Milford Haven waterway.

Throughout the length of the Trail small quays, lime kilns and warehouses, and sites like the brickworks at Porthgain, are reminders of a industrial tradition. The Milford Haven waterway, whose natural harbour once so impressed Nelson, is still an industrial hub.

But it is in the quieter, remote and wild places peopled largely by birds and visited occasionally by grey seals, that the spell of old Pembrokeshire – the ancient ‘Land of Mystery and Enchantment’ (Gwlad Hud a Lledrith) remains.

Discover the ancient ‘Land of Mystery and Enchantment’

Explore the stunning natural beauty of the coast and discover castles, Neolithic tombs, Iron Age forts, Celtic churches and perfect sheltered harbours.

Create your own trip

Feeling inspired? Build a bespoke itinerary and start planning your visit to this great National Trail here.