April 12, 2019 4 min read

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – Celebrating 70 years since establishing the National Parks in the UK

As of 2019, there are 15 National Parks in the UK where you can enjoy some of the most breath-taking and treasured landscapes in the country. Each National Park is unique and that certainly applies to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

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From the remote, rugged wilds of the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland and the ancient woodlands of the New Forest in southern England to the Preseli mountains and beaches of the Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales, all the National Parks are truly special places.

FelinFach Natural Textiles is located within a ‘stone’s throw’ of the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park boundary at Pont y Glasier or Crymych, some 2 miles away. Some of the wool used in our Welsh Blankets, throws and other wool products comes from sheep living in the National Park. FelinFach is based in a 200 year old former flour mill in the Preseli area of Wales, designing and making wool products including Welsh tapestry blanketsWelsh blankets, throws, scarves, hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves all with natural dye colours.

National Parks Fortnight

Saturday 6 April marks the start of Discover National Parks Fortnight – a two-week celebration across the UK with events and experiences running throughout the Easter holidays to inspire people of all ages and interests to go outside and explore and learn more about these special places. 

This year’s celebration marks the 70th Anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act that paved the way for the establishment of National Parks in the UK. The fifteen National Parks were created to protect and care for special landscapes across the UK, and to do this on behalf of everyone in the country. So, the 70th Anniversary is a perfect moment for us to encourage people – whether they live in a National Park or in the middle of a city – to discover the extraordinary variety and inspiring stories of the fifteen National Parks.

National Parks in Wales

In Wales there are three National Parks. They are the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog), the Snowdonia (Eryri) and the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Parks (Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Penfro). These three parks contain very different landscapes; the Brecon Beacons is an inland National Park containing rolling hills with Pen y Fan being the highest point at 886m / 2907feet. Snowdonia has most of the highest peaks in Wales and is mountainous, with Snowdon itself being the highest point at 1085m or 3560 feet.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Ty Ddewi St David's Smallest city in the UK

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park was established as a National Park in 1952 and is the only one in the UK to have been designated primarily because of its spectacular coastline.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path was established in 1970, and is 186 miles (299 km) long, much of it at cliff-top level, with a total of 35,000 feet (11,000 m) of ascent and descent. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path twists and turns its way for 186 miles from Amroth in the south to St Dogmaels in the north. During the 186 miles walk are some of the most breath-taking coastline views and landscapes in Britain. It covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.

The Park is managed by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, which has around 130 staff and a committee of 18 members. The Authority’s purposes are to conserve the National Park, encourage the public to enjoy and understand it. In pursuing these purposes, the authority should seek to foster the social and economic well-being of the communities within its boundaries. The Authority also manages the entire length of the Pembrokeshire coastal path, a 186-mile (299 km) national trail which lies almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

FelinFach’s National Park Favourites?

Abereiddi and the Blue Lagoon

There are so many stunning parts to the is National Park that trying to find some favourites is very difficult, but after much deliberation, here are three to consider a visit…

  1. The river Nyfer is part of our garden near to its source but some 11 miles away the estuary at Newport is stunning. A spectacular wild area for birds, a huge beach for families and a small harbour for sailing. And when all is done, there are many pubs and restaurants in Newport to finish your day in style.
  2. St David’s is the smallest city in the UK. The home of the Patron Saint of Wales, the spectacular St David’s Cathedral and with beaches nearby at Whitesands, it is a highlight of the coastal path.
  3. Abereiddi and the Blue Lagoon. A small cove on the north Pembrokeshire coast, between St David’s and Porthgain, it is remote, rugged and beautiful.

 

About FelinFach

Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets, Welsh woollen blankets and throws which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, Global Welsh and Wales International.

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