Creating inspiration for when we can travel again – An unspoilt corner of South West Wales, Pembrokeshire features a dramatic coastline nearly 200 miles long with soaring cliffs, small sandy coves and glorious, long golden beaches.
Almost all of this spectacular shoreline is included within Britain’s only coastal National Park. Inland there are quiet waterways, gentle hills and mountains all linked by country lanes and speckled with mysterious standing stones and ruins of ancient castles.
Together, Pembrokeshire’s coast and countryside provides a dramatic backdrop for a myriad of outdoor adventures in the sea and on land, creating inspiration for when we can travel again. Activities cater for all ages and ability levels whether you are seeking challenging, high adrenalin activities or a gentle amble along the seashore.
Visit Pembrokeshire – Walking the Coast Path
The 186mile/299km Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a demanding but very rewarding trail from Amroth to St Dogmael’s; it would take around two weeks to complete but you can choose a section for a day or two’s hike, and there are also plenty of smaller circular routes. What makes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path so interesting is the variety of landscapes you pass through on your way, ranging from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, volcanic headlands and flooded glacial valleys. Most of the route is on the cliff top; at times it drops down to the beach or a road and occasionally passes through towns and villages.
Away from the coast in North Pembrokeshire the 7mile/12km Golden Road is an ancient trackway along the ridge of the Preseli Hills linking long gone Celtic settlements. There are numerous points of interest along the way including bluestone outcrops, the stone that was used for the inner circle at Stonehenge, several sites linked with King Arthur and an abandoned hill fort. There also many scenic circular walks in the Daugleddau Estuary. Visit www.walkingpembrokeshire.co.uk for inspiration.
Visit Pembrokeshire – Cycle Trails
Pembrokeshire offers a wide range of stunning and interesting cycle routes that will appeal to all fitness levels. Opening late spring will be a new 14km cycle trail and pump skills cycling track at Llys-y-Frân Lake, which is being redeveloped by Welsh Water into a recreational park and activity centre. Bring your own cycle or hire at the Bike Hub.
Touring cyclists can follow the Celtic Trail West from Fishguard. Heading south-west, it hugs the Pembrokeshire coastline revealing wide-open expanses of beach and towering cliffs at every turn. Alternatively, follow Route 47 of the Celtic Trail and it will lead you inland on a remote cross country route as it winds across the Preseli Hills between Fishguard and Carmarthen.
Although Pembrokeshire’s lanes are very quiet, sometimes it’s better to follow the family-friendly, traffic-free, or very lightly trafficked, leisure and family routes when out with young or less experienced cyclists. But if its mud and downhill off-road thrills you’re seeking, then the Stackpole Estate’s 4mile (6.6km) route through Castle Dock and Cheriton Bottom Woods features climbs, twists, turns and jumps that are designed to test intermediate mountain bike riders.
Visit Pembrokeshire – Fun in the sea
No part of Pembrokeshire is more than 14 miles from the sea. Atlantic sea breezes ensure some of the UK’s best surfing beaches, while sea kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders can find an area to explore at their own pace. Others might prefer to try kite surfing, harnessing the wind to cruise on the beach and in the sea, or rock climbing while anglers can fish from the riverbanks, beaches and rocks, or charter boats for sea fishing.
Pembrokeshire is also known for the high standards and cleanliness of its many beaches with numerous Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards (for rural beaches), many are also recommended by the Marine Conservation Society.
The adrenalin activity of coasteering is said to have originated in Pembrokeshire. It involves scrambling along the cliffs at sea level and jumping into the water when you can’t go any further on land. Preseli Venture has been offering coasteering sessions on the North Pembrokeshire coastline for over 25 years, locations vary according to the group’s experience and weather conditions. All specialist kit is provided including winter wetsuits, wet-suit socks and even gloves in the chillier months, so you’ll be toasty warm. Preseli Venture also offers surfing and kayaking with tuition as well as yoga and self-guided hiking. Adventure activities can be booked individually for half-day sessions or as part of a short break staying in their all-inclusive eco lodge. Half-day coasteering is also available with Celtic Quest.
Visit Pembrokeshire – Inland water adventures
Water-based activities can also be experienced inland. The tidal river Teifi offers safe, gentle canoeing as the river flows past ancient woodland and wildlife habitats winding towards the sea. For those seeking higher adrenalin activities, the Teifi also has rapids offering various levels of difficulty, particularly challenging after a long period of rain. The gorge’s steep, densely wooded banks form an important habitat to species of otter, red deer as well as peregrine falcon, kingfishers and dragonflies, while the river is known for its salmon and sewin (sea trout) fishing. Guided canoe trips of around two hours can be booked with Heritage Canoes; kayaking on the Teifi is also available from Adventure Beyond as well as white water tubing and rafting on the rapids.
Welsh Water’s new Llys-y-Frân activity centre will also include sailing, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle and pedalboarding on the lake plus fishing from the bank or by boat. And one-to-one wakeboard coaching is available at Pembrokeshire’s only Wake Park, where there also lots of fun to be had in their challenging Aqua Park course.
Visit Pembrokeshire – Along the coast
As well as providing courses in surfing, kitesurfing, body boarding and stand up paddleboarding, the Big Blue Experience offer kite landboarding – the land based version of kitesurfing. Get pulled along the sand on an oversized mountainboard, using the kite for traction a skilled rider can achieve high speeds, become airborne and do all manner of manoeuvres such as grabs, rotations and flips.
Pembrokeshire Paragliding has a range of scenic sites along the coast and some inland too, but where you will go on any given day is dictated by the wind direction and strength, and its suitability for your skills. Join a course or take a tandem experience.
The county’s wide sandy beaches are also ideal for an exhilarating gallop on horseback at low tide. Nolton Stables offer beach and country rides for all abilities from novices upwards so you can also enjoy a gentler walk or canter.
Visit Pembrokeshire – Where to stay – Cliff camping
Pembrokeshire offers a huge range of accommodation from camping and glamping sites and self-catering cottages to B&Bs, country inns and hotels as well as farm stays. More unusual is the new concept of cliff camping offered by the Climbing Company when you spend the night camping on the side of a cliff. Once you’ve settled onto your stable ledge, safe in a climbing harness, you can relax as you watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re lucky you might spot some seals, porpoises or dolphins, and certainly plenty of sea birds. Perhaps you’ll have a glass of wine (just a small one mind!) to go with your evening picnic, before you settle into your sleeping bag with a hot chocolate for the night.