People often compare this trail to an Everest climb because its ascents and descents over 186 miles total 35,000ft, 2,000ft more than Everest. But does the world’s highest mountain have sea cliffs, golden beaches and lush hills? Does it have seabirds and seals, ancient chapels, crablines, candyfloss and lovely St David’s? Can you tackle bits after lunch? Thought not.
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Not even your captain can predict exactly what you’ll discover on a fishing boat charter. Bass or bream, mackerel or mullet? In 2011 one holidaymaker reeled in an 8ft shark near Milford Haven. What we will predict, though, is a pure nature experience: pristine seas, a baited hook and all well with the world.
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Elite kayakers need little introduction to The Bitches, a world-class whitewater playground off Ramsey Island. For the rest of us the beauty of Pembrokeshire’s convoluted coastline is that it guarantees shelter. So, don’t dream of big waves, beginners. Enjoy our calm water instead – it means caves, seastacks, seals and porpoises at close-quarters.
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We’re short of flat trimmed fields in the Pembrokeshire National Park. That’s probably why cricket was invented in England while here in the only coastal national park we pioneered coasteering: a rock-hopping, wild-swimming, cliff-jumping, swell-riding, nature-revelling sort of activity.
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Skomer isn’t really a nature reserve. It’s more a Welsh safari. The BBC’s Springwatch came to see the puffins, which nest in thousands from May to July. Many people visit to see seabirds, rare choughs, short-eared owls, seals and porpoises. Wardens help out with spotter’s books and location ideas. The escapism you’re sure to find alone.
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The National Park is great cycling territory and National Cycle Route 4 takes you through the best as it hugs the coastline from Fishguard. The reward for every steep, relentless hill is a quiet back road descent into a magic sunset. And, anyway, what’s a satisfying ride without a little sweat?
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Forget the gold that sank with the Dan Beard off Strumble Head. Variety is the real treasure of diving off the National Park. Go to play with seals in Skomer Marine Reserve or explore one of 350 wrecks? Tough questions. Is Pembrokeshire among the UK’s best diving destinations? Far easier.
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We receive the same swell as Cornwall but with sea on three sides we’re pretty much guaranteed shelter on one of 50 beaches; from sweeps of sand like Freshwater West to coves like Manobier. Our scenery is as spectacular and our surfers friendly.
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There’s sandstone on the north coast and limestone on the south. There are cliffs and crags, stacks and slabs, and everywhere a swirling sea. Why climb the cliffs? Because they’re there, say the experts. Ask beginners who go with guides and it’s for an adrenaline-packed adventure of nerves and nature.
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The lack of road access is part of Druidston Beach’s appeal for riders. Mostly, though, it’s the miles and miles of empty sand. Druidston is just one Pembrokeshire beach that’s ideal for a blow in the saddle. Some are short, some long. All are about a ride with salty air, surf and exhilaratingly space.
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