What it's like
It’s difficult to imagine a coastline more perfect for outdoor activities. With a sumptuous long distance footpath tracing an airy, cliff top line around 180 miles of pristine coast; clear blue seas washing up onto broad sweeps of golden sand; towering cliffs hosting rock climbs of all grades; some of the best sea kayaking in the UK; and rare and often exotic wildlife almost common place. And if that wasn’t enough to send every adventure seeker heading west, the coast in question is presided over by the magical, mystical Preseli Hills – the source of the impressive Stonehenge bluestones and a great place to mountain bike as well as walk.
Walking in Pembrokeshire can be anything from a 5-minute stroll to a windswept bluff or secluded beach, to a full two-week trek around the whole 186 miles of the Coast Path. Most outings fit somewhere in between: either looping around one of the many headlands to make a circular walk; or perhaps an out and back along a particularly stunning section – lets face it, the scenery is completely different if you’re walking in the opposite direction.
Binoculars are essential, and an extra pair of eyes would be useful too. At times it’s tough to know where to look first as falcons swoop above the cliffs, sea birds hop on and off their precarious ledges, and seals, porpoises and even dolphins make regular appearances out in the pounding surf.
Some of the offshore islands are explorable too; with boat trips around them often producing unforgettable encounters with the rich and varied flora and fauna.
- St David’s Head Criss-crossed by a spider’s web of paths and offering wonderful views across to Ramsey Island. If you only visit one headland, make it this one.
- St. Anne’s Head With open ocean one side and the calm waters of Milford Haven the other, this headland offers a great day out from the tiny village of Dale.
- Strumble Head Set off in either direction and enjoy some of the most rugged and remote coastline in the whole national park.
Must see and do
- Sunset from St. David’s Head Is there a more stunning spot to watch the sun drop below the horizon? Time it for late spring and watch countless flocks of manx shearwaters returning to their burrows after a day at sea.
- Ramsey Island You’ll see more from a boat trip around it, but landing on the island is magical too – take your pick.
- Kayak to a remote beach Enjoy a night on your own ‘desert island’ by paddling to a beach with no other access. Not recommended in autumn when the seals are weaning their cubs.
Destination County : Pembrokeshire