Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is one of the country’s most popular destinations for visitors who enjoy the great British outdoors, especially the wild coast of North Wales. There is no better way to visit this unique and breathtaking area than by staying in one of the many hotels here.
Guests can be sure of a warm welcome as well as all the comfort and elegance that should be expected from this kind of establishment. Pristine bedrooms and bathrooms, crisp linen, little added touches and professional, attentive staff will all be provided as standard. From your hotel it is easy to enjoy all that the historic coast has to offer.
The national park was established in 1952 to ensure the survival of the area and to preserve its natural beauty and unique landscape. Without doubt, its main point of attraction is the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, a National Trail that runs around the coast for 186 miles. Along its route, visitors can enjoy the sights of forbidding cliffs, formed during the Ice Age, peaceful coves with wide beaches sheltered by woodland or forest behind, as well as moorland and grassland nearby. Walks along the path have been divided into sections for easy navigation, some a gentle one-hour stroll, others longer and more demanding, yet others a more strenuous hike. This applies, too, to the many walks inland, through grassland or woods.
There are around 200 walks that have been established, measuring around 600 miles in length. Many have been designed with access for all in mind, so are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. The footpaths and bridleways cover a variety of landscapes, from the wild coast to more gentle inland trips.
As well as the unspoilt beauty of the landscape, there is also much evidence of human history to be seen and enjoyed. The area can trace its history back to Iron Age settlers, and to Celtic monks who lived here in around the 6th Century. Remains of settlements, churches and chapels can be seen at many sites, both by the coast and inland. There are also reminders of more modern industrial activities, such as disused lime kilns and brick works, as well as traditional industries. Fishing villages are still doing what they have done here for hundreds of years, landing and preparing the catch for market, while traditional farms have remained unchanged for generations, providing food for the area.
After a hard day’s walking, mountain biking or horse riding, it will be a delight to return to your hotel to relax, shower, gaze at the views and look forward to a first class dinner. Your meal will almost certainly be sourced from local ingredients, chosen freshly from nearby farms or artisan producers crafting their own sausages, venison, game or cheeses. You will find it difficult to refuse a local liqueur, beer, cider or whisky to finish off a great dining experience, prepared by the area’s top chefs. After your meal, take a stroll outside and look up at the sky and see the stars, a view unspoilt by light pollution.