Pembrokeshire is a great destination to enjoy the outdoors, with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offering some beautiful coastal scenery to explore.
The shoreline – from rocky cliffs to sandy beaches – is easily admired from the Pembrokeshire Coast path. This 186 mile route is world renowned and provides access to some remarkable landscapes. Exploring Pembrokeshire on foot can be an excellent way to watch local wildlife. A walk around Cemaes Head can bring you sightings of nesting seabirds in spring and the breeding colony of seals from midsummer. Year round the cliffs are home to ravens, birds of prey and choughs – a rare sighting in the UK. From your vantage point on the cliffs you might even spot dolphins in the bay below.
Elsewhere, you can walk back in time. Pembrokeshire is home to some remarkable prehistoric sites. Stark rock monuments are striking additions to the rugged landscape and many are easily accessible to walkers. St David’s Head is a challenging headland but can offer the walker sightings of peregrine falcons and the chance to take in the prehistoric site of Coetan Arthur is on St David’s Head.
There is also striking scenery to be had away from the coast. Heading inland can take you through calm wooded valleys and perhaps to an otter sighting on the River Solva. The circular route from the city of St Davids to the harbour of Porth Clais and back (available for free from the Visit Wales website) offers a combination of inland landscape and coast, as well as taking in the beautiful cathedral at St Davids and the early chapel and well of St Non.
How demanding a route to walk is up to you. Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in its entirety is a daunting challenge, but it divides easily into many shorter and more manageable walks. To this end, shuttle buses are available, enabling walkers to take on one way walks without becoming stranded. Some routes are more challenging and require walking equipment, others are far more easily accessible, requiring little more than a sturdy pair of trainers. It is worth remembering that whilst walking is free, there are small fares on the shuttle buses.
Many manageable routes are readily obtained online for free. The Pembrokeshire National Park website has a wide selection walks available to download, allowing you to explore shorter stretches of the park. For fully accessible paths, passable to pushchairs, wheel chairs and some mobility scooters, the website Walking Pembrokeshire offers a list of downloadable routes, available in Welsh and English formats. For full details of accessible paths and facilities in Pembrokeshire, published guides can be purchased from tourist information offices.