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Pembrokeshire Coast

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is Britain's only truly coastal national park. It's a spectacular landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills, and a place of sanctuary for wildlife. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only one in the UK with offshore islands.

Pembrokeshire Coast NP

People

Today, 24,000 people live in this National Park. People have shaped the landscape over the centuries, leaving their mark in tombs and castles, crosses and cottages, quarries and quays. The Park includes most of Pembrokeshire's coastal strip, the Daugleddau Estuary and the Preseli Hills and skirts the major oil terminals at Milford Haven. The influence of the sea affects land use far inland and plays a major part in the area’s economy and culture.

Welsh is the main language of everyday life for many communities in the northern part of the Park, and supports a distinctive culture. Throughout the area, there are links with the ancient stories of the Mabinogi and the early Celtic saints.

Landscape

The Park boundary only extends to the mean low water mark. But it's here that you'll see it at its most spectacular.
In the north, wooded valleys cut through wide tracts of exposed moorland on mountains like Carningli in the Preseli range.
In the west, the broad sweep of St Brides Bay dominates the landscape between the islands of Ramsey in the north and Skomer in the south. Venture to the southern coast and you'll discover a limestone plateau, the cliffs of the Castlemartin Peninsula with its military installations, the steep-sided wooded valleys inland and the tourist resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot.
Between the western and southern areas of the National Park lies the Milford Haven Waterway. Here the tranquil wooded reaches of the Daugleddau estuary and Carew and Cresswell rivers, and the sheltered bays downstream, feed into one of the finest natural deep water harbours in the world.

Wildlife

Habitats within the Park vary from estuary mudflats and rocky shores to ancient woodland, lowland heath and upland moor. Pembrokeshire and its islands are unrivalled for seabirds, while Ramsey Island has southern Britain’s largest population of grey seals. Porpoises and one of the UK’s few schools of bottle-nosed dolphins are regular sights off the coast.

Inland there are rare plants and insects and the Park’s website lists a top 20 of best sites to see wildlife.

Protected sites

The National Park has many sites and areas which are of national or international conservation significance, including six National Nature Reserves. Skomer Marine Nature Reserve is the only MNR in Wales. You can visit the island, which has the some of the world’s largest colonies of Manx shearwaters and gannets

Visiting the Park

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail is the main way that people get to know the special features of the National Park . The Park Authority manages its entire length of 300km and there are special public transport services to collect walkers and drop them off at various points along the route.

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