Established in 1952, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is one of three national parks in Wales.

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The park, covering 243 sq miles, includes an incredible coastline of natural arches, stacks and sea caves, along with a wealth of sandy beaches and seaside towns – all can be discovered on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Away from the coast, the park also includes marshes, inland forests and the rolling Presell Hills.

Explore the extraordinary Pembrokeshire Coast with our favourite walks in the national park. Each route includes walking directions and a map.

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Pembrokeshire Coast walks

Dinas Head, Pembrokeshire

2.9 miles | 2 hours | moderate

Looking back at Cwm-yr-Eglwys from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path on Dinas Head
Looking back at Cwm-yr-Eglwys from the Pembrokeshire Coast Path on Dinas Head/Credit: Simon Whaley

Head to the west coast of Wales to discover Dinas Head’s cosy coves, romantic ruins and a wheelchair-friendly path.

Route details
  • 2.9 mile (4.7km)
  • 2 hours
  • moderate
Map and route
Dinas Head walking route and map

Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire

5.4 miles | 3 hours | moderate

Rainbow above Wooltack Point on the Deer Park in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK/Credit: Drew Buckley

One of the finest stretches on the Pembrokeshire coastline, the Marloes Peninsula takes in a long sandy beach, dramatic rock formations and clifftops of wildflowers.

Route details
  • 5.4miles (8.4km)
  • 3 hours
  • Moderate
Map and route
Marloes Peninsula map

Dyffryn Fernant Garden, Pembrokeshire

5.5 miles | 3 hours | moderate

Dyffryn Fernant gardens
Mixed planting at the front of Dyffryn Fernant Gardens/Credit: Getty

Few places talk to the landscape quite like Dyffryn – explore these pretty gardens in Pembrokeshire National Park then step into the hills for a seven-mile loop walk.

Route details
  • 5.5 miles/8.8km
  • 3 hours
  • Moderate
Map and route
Mynydd Dinas map

Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire

3.5 miles | 2 hours | easy

Look for cormorants and other seabirds on the cliffs of Caldey Island/Credit: Getty

Explore the historic Welsh island of Caldey and its Cistercian abbey, where woodlands resound with birdsong and path verges blush pink in spring with clumps of thrift.

Route details
  • 3.5 miles/5.6km
  • 2 hours
  • Easy
Map and route
Caldey Island map

Saundersfoot to Tenby, Pembrokeshire

8 miles | 5 hours | moderate

Iconic Tenby faces north towards First and Second Bay/Credit: Getty

Perched on the western fringes of Carmarthen Bay, the charming seaside towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot are designated conservation areas that offer superb Blue Flag beaches and picturesque harbours. Explore the beaches and seaside towns of south Pembrokeshire's sandy coast with a seven-mile circular walk.

Route details
  • 8 miles/12km
  • 5 hours
  • Moderate
Map and route
Saundersfoot to Tenby map

Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire

2.6 mile | 1.5 hours | easy

Guillemots are one of many species that make this island their home/Credit: Getty

Escape to an isolated Welsh island and ramble over a rugged landscape teeming with wildlife.

Route details
  • 2.6miles/4.2km
  • 1.5 hours
  • Easy
Map and route
Ramsey Island map

Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire

5.8 miles | 4 hours | moderate

View of the coast from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire/Credit: Getty

Nordic walking – somewhere between hiking and running – is a great way to explore the British countryside. Try it for yourself with ramble through one of the most captivating prehistoric landscapes in Wales.

Route details
  • 5.8 miles/9.4km
  • 4 hours
  • Moderate
Map and route
Presell Hills map

Porthmelgan, Pembrokeshire

3.4 miles | 2 hours | moderate

Porthmelgan Bay Pembrokeshire
Porthmelgan Bay in summer/Credit: Getty

Sheltered beneath the bulk of St David’s Head and its Iron Age remains is a half-moon of silvery rock and blonde sand known as Porthmelgan – the perfect summer escape.

Route details
  • 5.4km/3.4 miles
  • 2 hours
  • Moderate
Map and route
Map of the route for the Porthmelgan walk, Pembrokeshire

Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

3.5 miles | 2 hours | moderate

Puffin with a catch of sand eels
Sand eels make up a large park of a puffin's diet/Credit: Getty Alamy

See puffins on one of the most accessible and important seabird colonies in north-west Europe.

Route details
  • 5.7km/3.5 miles
  • 2 hours
  • Moderate
Map and route
Skomer Island map

St David's Peninsula, Pembrokeshire

9.4 miles | 6 hours | challenging

Stroll along the blissful shores of Whitesands Bay/Credit: Getty
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This superb coastal walk follows the trails of some of the Dark Age saints, for whom the St David's Peninsula was a place of pilgrimage, and passes beside the wild waters of Ramsey Sound.

Route details
  • 15.1km/9.4 miles
  • 6 hours
  • Challenging
Map and route
St Davids Head map

Authors

Daniel Graham of COuntryfile magazine on a hike with wet hair and blue coat and hills in background
Daniel GrahamOutdoors editor, BBC Countryfile Magazine

Danny is the outdoors editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine, responsible for commissioning, editing and writing articles that offer ideas and inspiration for exploring the UK countryside.

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