Best walks in Pembrokeshire

Explore the rugged cliffs, sweeping bays, rolling hills and extraordinary wildlife of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in south-west Wales
9th May 2018

Established in 1952, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is one of three national parks in Wales. The park, covering 243 sq miles, includes an incredible coastline of natural arches, stacks and sea caves, along with a wealth of sandy beaches and seaside towns – all can be discovered on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Away from the coast, the park also includes marshes, inland forests and the rolling Presell Hills. 

Explore this extraordinary national park with our favourite walks.

Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire

Marloes Penisula

One of the finest stretches on the Pembrokeshire coastline, the Marloes Peninsula takes in a long sandy beach, dramatic rock formations and clifftops of wildflowers. Map and route.

Dyffryn Fernant Garden, Pembrokeshire
Dyffryn Fernant
The peak of Garn Fawr marks the horizon to the east of Dyffryn Fernant’s brickyard ©Alamy

Few places talk to the landscape quite like Dyffryn – explore these pretty gardens in Pembrokeshire National Park then step into the hills for a seven-mile loop walk. Map and route.

Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire
Look for cormorants and other seabirds on the cliffs of Caldey Island ©Getty

Explore the historic Welsh island of Caldey and its Cistercian abbey, where woodlands resound with birdsong and path verges blush pink in spring with clumps of thrift. Map and route.

Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Iconic Tenby faces north towards First and Second Bay ©Getty

Perched on the western fringes of Carmarthen Bay, the charming seaside towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot are designated conservation areas that offer superb Blue Flag beaches and picturesque harbours. Explore the beaches and seaside towns of south Pembrokeshire's sandy coast with a seven-mile circular walk. Map and Route.

St Davids Peninsula, Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire Whitesands Bay
Stroll along the blissful shores of Whitesands Bay ©Getty

This superb coastal walk follows the trails of some of the Dark Age saints, for whom the St Davids Peninsula was a place of pilgrimage, and passes beside the wild waters of Ramsey Sound. Map and route.

Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire
Guillemots are one of many species that make this island their home ©Getty

Escape to an isolated Welsh island and ramble over a rugged landscape teeming with wildlife. Map and route.

St Govan's Head, Pembrokeshire
St Govan's Chapel Pembrokeshire
St Govan's Chapel shelters beneath looming cliffs ©Getty

Bare and wind-bitten, the flat missile-pasture of Castlemartin Firing Range with its red flags and fences and grassy scents gives suddenly to craggy carboniferous cliffs and the tang of ocean. Map and route.

Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire
Preseli Hills
View of the coast from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire ©Getty

Nordic walking – somewhere between hiking and running – is a great way to explore the British countryside. Try it for yourself with ramble through one of the most captivating prehistoric landscapes in Wales. Map and route.

Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire
Sand eels make up a large park of a puffin's diet ©Getty

See puffins on one of the most accessible and important seabird colonies in north-west Europe. Map and route.

St Ann's Head, Pembrokeshire
Marloes Sands Pembrokeshire
The sun sets over Marloes Sands in Pembrokeshire ©Getty

The wild and exposed headlands of the Dale and Marloes peninsulas afford superb walking and glorious views for relatively little effort – this is one of the less strenuous sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Map and route.

Discover more great walks in the British countryside here.


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