Introducing Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Sir Benfro), established in 1952, takes in almost the entire coast of Pembrokeshire and its offshore islands, as well as the moorland hills of Mynydd Preseli in the north. Its many attractions include a scenic coastline of rugged cliffs with fantastically folded rock formations interspersed with some of the best beaches in Wales, and a profusion of wildlife. Pembrokeshire’s sea cliffs and islands support huge breeding populations of sea birds, while seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales are frequently spotted in coastal waters.
The park is also a focus for activities, from hiking and bird-watching to high-adrenaline sports such as surfing, coasteering, sea kayaking and rock climbing. There is plenty for the history buff to explore in the area as well, including the great cathedral of St David's (Ty-ddewi) and the massive castle at Pembroke (Penfro), not to mention a host of small towns to linger in such as the foodie haven of Newport (Trefdraeth) and the fishing village of Fishguard (Abergwaun).