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    Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - the only Coastal National Park in the UK

    Located in the far south west of Wales, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only coastal national park in the UK. Covering over 600 square kilometres, the coastal path is some 186 miles long from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the National Park also includes inland areas of the Preseli Hills and Mountains and the river Daugleddau estuary. The shape of the National Park is also of interest - at its widest point it’s about 16km wide, but at its narrowest it is only about 100m!

    Established in 1952, this national park has not only preserved its natural wonders but has also played a crucial role in promoting environmental sustainability and biodiversity.

    Pembrokeshire Coast Natural Park

     

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    Words including breath-taking, spectacular, wild and rugged coastlines are often over used and mis-used. However, they all apply to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which is a truly spectacular and a 'must visit'  for anyone visiting Pembrokeshire and west Wales. 

    Coastal Images

    There are too many images that could be taken of the National Park but we have limited ourselves to six of our favourites. FelinFach is based just one mile from the National Park boundary in the inland Preseli Hills and Mountains area. All parts of the National Park are within 10 miles of the sea.

    Although one of the smallest of the UK’s National Parks, the Pembrokeshire Coast Nation Park is stunning combination of a stunning beaches and cliffs, river estuaries and inland wildness's. 

    Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Strumble head lighthouse Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Barafundle Beach Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Tenby
    Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Newport parrog Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Cwm yr Eglwys Chapel Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Preseli Hills and Mountains

     

    St David's City - Dinas Ty Ddewi

    Dominating the cenre of the UK smallest city, St David's, and one of the key historical landmarks within the park is the St. David's Cathedral, a medieval masterpiece that reflects the region's cultural and religious heritage. The city of St. David's, located within the national park boundaries, has played a pivotal role in the history of Wales, and its presence adds an extra layer of significance to the park.

    Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - St Davids Cathedral in St Davids City

    Towns within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

    The main towns with thin the National Park are diverse in their character.

    • Fishguard, the gateway to Ireland via the ferry and to the Gwaun Valley
    • Milford Haven, a fishing port, but also¬†one of the deepest natural harbours in the world, with capacity for a wide range of vessels at anchor. It is a Marine Special Area of Conservation and is popular with vessels up to 220m.
    • Newport - stunning coastal scenery and a vibrant market town
    • Tenby and Saundersfoot, the major tourist destinations within Pembrokeshire
    • St David's, UKs smallest city.

    Facilities, Visitor Numbers, Facts and Figures

    The principal visitor centres within the National Park are, Oriel y Parc (St David's), Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and at the Castell Henllys Iron Age Village. Oriel y Parc has over 140,000 visitors per year, Carew Castle & Tidal Mill over 40,000 and Castell Henllys over 20,000.

    These are figures we are highlighting (source Pembrokeshire Coast National Park) to give scale and context to the National Park.

    • Beaches
      • 10 Blue Flag Awards in 2022, the highest number of any county in Wales
      • 7 beaches were awarded the prestigious Green Coast Award in 2022. The award recognises small beaches that have the highest environmental standards and top quality bathing water

    • Ecological Diversity
      • It is ecologically one of the richest and most diverse parts of Wales and is recognised as of international importance for a wide range of high quality habitats and rare species
      • One third of Britain‚Äôs nesting pairs of choughs are in Pembrokeshire
      • Grassholm has one of the world‚Äôs largest gannet colonies

    • Conservation
      • 13 Special Areas of Conservation (three marine SAC overlap about 75% of the Park coastline and account for about 60% of the inshore area)
      • 5 Special Protection Areas
      • 1 Marine Conservation Zone, Skomer ‚Äď one of only three in the UK
      • 7 National Nature Reserves
      • 60 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
      • 80% of the National Park coastline is within SSSIs.

    • Pembrokeshire Castles
      • Pembrokeshire boasts the highest concentration of castles in the UK, some located within the National Park. Approximately 5% of all castles in Wales are in Pembrokeshire. Two particularly impressive castles are at Carew and Manorbier.
    Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - Carew Castle

     

    About FelinFach

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    Located in Pembrokeshire Wales, our ethos is defined in the three words...

    NATURAL TRADITIONAL HANDMADE.

    We are a proud supporter of Americymru, the Campaign for Wool, Global Welsh and Red Dragon America.

     

    Last updated 7th January 2024

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