Established in 1952, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is one of three national parks in Wales.
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.
1. Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire
Rainbow above Wooltack Point on the Deer Park in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK ©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.
2. Dyffryn Fernant Garden, Pembrokeshire
Dyffryn Fernant gardens ©Alamy
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.
3. Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire
Look for cormorants and other seabirds on the cliffs of Caldey Island ©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.
4. Saundersfoot to Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Iconic Tenby faces north towards First and Second Bay ©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.
5. Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire
Guillemots are one of many species that make this island their home ©Getty
Escape to an isolated Welsh island and ramble over a rugged landscape teeming with wildlife.
6. Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire
View of the coast from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire ©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.
7. Porthmelgan, Pembrokeshire
Porthmelgan, Pembrokeshire ©Alamy
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.
8. Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire
Sand eels make up a large park of a puffin’s diet ©Getty Alamy
See puffins on one of the most accessible and important seabird colonies in north-west Europe.
- 5.7km/3.5 miles
- 2 hours
Map and route
9. St David’s Peninsula, Pembrokeshire
Stroll along the blissful shores of Whitesands Bay ©Getty
This superb coastal walk follows the trails of some of the Dark Age saints, for whom the St Davids Peninsula was a place of pilgrimage, and passes beside the wild waters of Ramsey Sound.