There’s no doubt about it; the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is one of the most stunning areas in Wales. Not only does this exquisite natural haven boast a diverse mix of scenery ranging from bountiful countryside to glorious coast, but it is also the ideal place for wildlife watching, making it the perfect location for those who want to immerse themselves in the heart of nature and experience Wales at its best.
If you’re thinking of enjoying a spot of Pembrokeshire glamping, you may want to find out more about this beautiful region before embarking on your travels. To help you make the best of your stay, we’ve listed just a few interesting facts about this wonderful natural attraction:
1. What Area Does the Pembrokeshire National Park Cover?
Stretching from St. Dogmaels all the way down to Amroth, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park covers an area of around 612 kilometres, meaning there’s plenty explore during a stay here. Not only does the park encompass almost all of the Pembrokeshire coastline but it also includes every offshore island in the area, the Cleddau Waterway and significant areas of the Preseli Hills, as well as some of the Gwaun Valley too.
2. When Was the Pembrokeshire Coast Designated a National Park?
The Pembrokeshire Coast was granted National Park status in 1952, becoming one of the UK’s 15 National Parks as the result of the stunning qualities possessed by this part of the Welsh coastline. Later in 1996, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority was formed separately to ensure the area remained cared for and protected so that future generations could also enjoy its beautiful assets.
3. Who Owns the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park?
Less than two percent of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is owned by the Park Authority, with the majority belonging to private owners. However, many of these landowners such as the County Council and the National Trust work with the Park Authority to ensure that each area within this beautiful National Park remains preserved and protected.
4. What Wildlife Can be Seen in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park?
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is home to many different wildlife species due to encompassing such a diverse range of scenery, making it the perfect place for nature-lovers to spot a wide array of animals. Not only does this coastal haven provide the ideal habitat for marine wildlife such as porpoise, dolphins and an extensive variety of seabirds, but its inland rivers, marshes and woodland also cater to many land mammals including wild ponies!
5. What Attractions are Included Within the Pembrokeshire National Park?
For those who enjoy both coast and country, the Pembrokeshire National Park is the ideal destination. The park contains several of Pembrokeshire’s most popular beaches – 13 Blue Flag beaches and 13 Green Coast beaches – making it an excellent place for beach lovers, surfers and those who just love to be beside the seaside. For those who prefer historical exploration, Castell Henllys and Carew Castle & Tidal Mill will provide hours of enjoyment!
6. How Many People Inhabit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park?
Although Pembrokeshire National Park is one of the smallest parks in the UK, it is home to around 22,542 people, many of whom live in the park’s two main regions; St Davids and Tenby. Otherwise, the rest of its population resides in smaller towns, villages and hamlets, as well as in individual homes dotted along the coast or countryside.
7. What is the Best Way to Explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park?
Hiking along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail is undoubtedly one of the best ways to traverse this beautiful park and makes for a great day out. Stretching for 186 miles and extending all the way around the Pembrokeshire coast, the trail provides fantastic access to numerous parts of the coastline including rugged headlands, secluded bays and picturesque beaches. Opened in May 1970, thousands of visitors have hiked along the path over the years, so why not venture along it during your stay?
8. Why Should You Visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park?
Around 1.1 million holidaymakers visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park every year and for good reason. As well as being one of the most scenic spots in Wales, the park also offers visitors the chance to explore a diverse mix of coast and country, get up close and personal with an extensive array of wildlife and relish a visit to some of Wales’ most historical attractions – what’s not to love?
If you fancy a visit to this gorgeous National Park, here at Quality Unearthed, we have a stunning range of glamping abodes situated in Pembrokeshire that will make the perfect backdrop for your trip. Get in touch with our team today to find out more or visit our blog to read our Pembrokeshire Travel Guide today.