Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Follow the most breathtaking coastline in Britain past rugged cliffs, sheltered coves and stunning beaches
Find useful facts and learn more about the Pembrokeshire Coast Path below.
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.
There are Route Descriptions in the Further Information section of this website.
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.
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 populated 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.
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Explore the stunning natural beauty of the coast and discover castles, Neolithic tombs, Iron Age forts, Celtic churches and perfect sheltered harbours.
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