Walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

People often compare the Pembrokeshire Coast Path 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 Davids? Can you tackle bits after lunch? Thought not.

Wales Coast Path and Pembrokeshire Coast Path sign.

Wales Coast Path and Pembrokeshire Coast Path sign

Fishing adventures

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.

Coasteering in its birthplace

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. 

Woman jumping into the sea, coasteering in Pembrokeshire.

Coasteering near St Davids, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Nature watching on Skomer Island

Skomer isn’t really a nature reserve. It’s more a Welsh safari. BBC Springwatch has visited the island and shown viewers puffins, that nest in their thousands from May to July. Many people visit to see the puffins, 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.

Image of Skomer Island from above.
pair of puffins outside burrow.

Skomer Island from above, and Puffins on Skomer Island, West Wales

Cycling the Celtic Trail

The National Park is great cycling territory and The Celtic Trail 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?

Diving in Pembrokeshire

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 Conservation Zone or explore one of 350 wrecks? Tough questions. Is Pembrokeshire among the UK’s best diving destinations? Far easier.

Surfing in Pembrokeshire

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. 

Male surfer riding wave at Whitesands Bay.

Surfing at Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Climbing the sea cliffs

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 why, and they'll say it’s for an adrenaline-packed adventure of nerves and nature. 

climber climbing 'Kitten Claws' on Carreg y Barcud in Pembrokeshire.

Climbing at Carreg y Barcud near St Davids, West Wales

Beach hacks in Pembrokeshire

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. 

Be safe!

Exploring the outdoors is fantastic fun, but please read up on the risks and make sure you are prepared.

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