The land of mystery and enchantment
Pembrokeshire Coast Path
What is the Pembrokeshire Coast Path?
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail is a long distance walking route. Its 186 miles (300 km) twist and turn through some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain.
Lying almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park —Britain’s only coastal national park – the trail displays an array of coastal flowers and bird life, as well as evidence of human activity from Neolithic times to the present.
The Trail starts in St Dogmaels in the north and ends at Amroth in the south, taking in almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries. Both the Wales Coast Path and the International Appalachian Trail follow the route of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
As well as offering walkers spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife, the Trail passes through a landscape rich in the history of human occupation and maritime history. Walking the Trail reveals Neolithic cromlechs, Iron Age promontory forts, churches and chapels of the seafaring early Celtic saints and their followers, links with the Vikings through place names such as Goodwick and the islands of Skomer and Skokholm, massive Norman castles such as those at Pembroke, Tenby and Manorbier and later Napoleonic forts along the south coast and the Milford Haven waterway. Throughout the length of the Trail small quays, lime kilns and warehouses, and sites like the brickworks at Porthgain, are reminders of a industrial tradition. The Milford Haven waterway, whose natural harbour once so impressed Nelson, is still an industrial hub. But it is in the quieter, remote and wild places peopled largely by birds and visited occasionally by grey seals, that the spell of old Pembrokeshire - the ancient ‘Land of Mystery and Enchantment’ (Gwlad Hud a Lledrith) remains.
How long does it take to walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path end to end?
How hard is Pembrokeshire Coast Path?
Which direction should I walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in?
Who can enjoy the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail?
Taking your dog on Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
What is the best time of year to walk Pembrokeshire Coast Path?
Can I buy Pembrokeshire Coast Path merchandise?
Can I get a Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail completion certificate?
Guidebooks and Maps for the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Pembrokeshire Coast Path Merchandise
Map of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
What are National Trails?
Which trails are National Trails in England and Wales?
Are there National Trails in Scotland?
Scotland's Great Trails are:
- Annandale Way
- Arran Coastal Way
- Ayrshire Coastal Path
- Berwickshire Coastal Path
- Borders Abbeys Way
- Cateran Trail
- Clyde Walkway
- Cross Borders Drove Road
- Dava Way
- Fife Coastal Path
- Formartine and Buchan Way
- Forth & Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
- Great Glen Canoe Trail
- Great Glen Way
- Great Trossachs Path
- John Muir Way
- Kintyre Way
- Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
- Moray Coast Trail
- Mull of Galloway Trail
- River Ayr Way
- Rob Roy Way
- Romans and Reivers Route
- Southern Upland Way
- Speyside Way
- St Cuthbert’s Way
- Three Lochs Way
- West Highland Way
- West Island Way