Special qualities in Pembrokeshire Coast

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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.
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park covers 620 sq 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 tranquillity 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 horse riding along the 1,300 km 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.

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