Special qualities in Pembrokeshire Coast
10 reasons why Pembrokeshire Coast is a special place...
From idyllic beaches to stunning coastal walking, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park draws praise from all quarters. Its special qualities include:
- It's the only National Park in the UK designated mainly for its coastline - and the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coastpath has been voted among the best hiking routes in the world.
- The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park covers 620sq km of awe-inspiring scenery but it's not all about the coastline - as well as idyllic beaches the Park includes deep wooded valleys and tranquil estuaries.
- As well as spectacular scenery you'll find clean air and clean seas - 13 of its beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status and 13 have received Green Coast Awards.
- Come to the Park and you'll experience a sense of tranquility and freedom - and you'll see beautiful vistas, wonderful wildlife and wild flowers.
- Pembrokeshire Coast is one of Britain's top locations for outdoor activities - you can enjoy many different sports from surfing and kayaking to climbing and coasteering., as well as walking, cycling and horseriding along the 1,300km of paths within the Park's boundaries.
- You'll find amazing biodiversity in the Park - the coast path, for example, provides wildlife-friendly coastal corridors where bird species such as chough and skylarks thrive.
- There are important historical and archaeological sites in the Park - from Iron Age hill forts and standing stones to the spectacular cathedral of St Davids, the Park is home to a variety of fascinating historical sites. There are 279 Scheduled Ancient Monuments within its boundaries.
- The remoteness of the Park means there is very little light or noise pollution, especially on the more remote sections of the coast path.
- Pembrokeshire Coast is home to 13 Special Areas of Conservation, seven National Nature Reserves and 60 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. It is also home to a Marine Nature Reserve which lies almost entirely within the National Park.
- The Park has a greater variety of geological and landform scenery than any area of the same size in the British Isles.
Keeping it special - the role of the Authority