Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Overview

Introduction

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is an area of cliffs, lighthouses, sandy beaches, wildflowers and small resort towns.

The park skirts the coast of Pembrokeshire, beginning to the west of Cardigan and continuing almost to Pendine. It includes St. David's and the picturesque town of Tenby, with its magnificent beaches.

In addition to its coastal features, the park bows inland to include the Preseli Hills, which yielded the famous blue stones used in the construction of part of Stonehenge. The picturesque Gwaun Valley makes a lovely, lazy drive—best reached from the pretty village of Newport.

Small castles at Carew and Manorbier are well worth visiting, as are the lily ponds at Bosherston. A long-distance footpath tracks the coast for nearly 186 mi/299 km—one of the highlights is the miniature stone chapel of St. Govan's, set in a cleft beneath a cliff 10 mi/16 km south of Pembroke. There you can see a striking castle by the river where Henry Tudor, later Henry VII, was born.

Nature reserves on the islands of Skokholm and Skomer can be reached from Martins Haven.

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