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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Britain’s only coastal National Park

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in South West Wales is Britain’s only coastal National Park, home to 240 square miles of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, secluded rocky coves, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills.

The wild open ocean, sheltered estuary waters and secluded bays are perfect for swimmers and water sports enthusiasts. There’s something for all ages and abilities here, from child-friendly rockpool safaris to surfing, coasteering, windsurfing and kayaking for the more adventurous. The Pembrokeshire coast is also home to some of the best diving hotspots in Britain - try the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve or the offshore islands of the Smalls.

There’s plenty to see and do on dry land too. The spectacular 186 mile-long Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail is a favourite with walkers, and its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is said to be equivalent to climbing Everest. If you’re a cyclist, you’ll love the miles and miles of cycling routes featuring everything from relaxing country rides to off-road mountain biking.

Wildlife is another highlight of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The sea cliffs and islands are home to many native species that are rare in other parts of Britain, including rare seabirds, bats, Atlantic grey seals and dolphins. If you’re visiting between May and July, head to Skomer Island, home to the largest colony of puffins in southern Britain.

Top 5 things to see and do

1. Take a guided walk around Skomer Island and walk among the puffins

2. Visit St David’s, Britain’s smallest city, named after the patron saint of Wales

3. Spot dolphins and whales on a boat trip off the coast of Ramsey Island

4. Pick your favourite Pembrokeshire beach and enjoy a beach barbecue at sunset

5. Visit the picturesque harbour town of Tenby, home to narrow cobbled streets and Blue Flag beaches

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