Probably because of its location in the far south west corner of Wales, this beautiful county has been protected from urbanisation. The Coast Path provides access to a wealth of landscapes and wildlife - most of the coast is designated Heritage Coast. The path passes through 17 Special Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSI), one National Nature Reserve and one Nature Reserve belonging to the Wildlife Trust South & West Wales. It also passes alongside Wales' only Marine Nature Reserve. Spring is a particulary amazing time to visit Pembrokeshire, as its coastline is transformed by a colourful blaze of cliff-top wild flowers. For guests looking for a more active pembrokeshire holiday, this beautiful coastline can serve as the perfect setting for a host of other activities, from boat sailing to Golfing holidays.
The Pembrokeshire National Park also includes the Preseli hills and the Daugleddau waterway. The Preseli hills lie in the north of the county, only a short distance from the Pembrokeshire Courtyard Cottages. From these moorland hills can be appreciated superb views down to the coast. Great stones were quarried from these hills and transported to Stonehenge. Many parts of the Daugleddau waterway are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Why not visit Pembrokeshire and enjoy the best beaches in the UK - it has more seaside awards than any other county. The nearest beach, Poppit Sands, pictured above has a Blue flag award and is only 5 miles from the Pembrokeshire Courtyard Cottages. One of the most beautiful beaches of the Ceredigion Heritage Coastline - Mwnt beach, is also only 5 miles from our holiday cottages.
For those interested in a serious walking holiday, the entire route of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path presents a superb challenge. It has 35,000 feet of ascents and descents. But perhaps the best way to enjoy this spectacular coastline is in smaller sections, possibly combining an inland section of footpath to form a circular walk. At this leisurely pace there is time to really appreciate the wildlife, both flora and fauna that inhabit this tranquil haven. Seals with their pups can be seen in the sheltered coves below these majestic cliffs. The cliffs and the uninhabited islands off this distant corner of Wales, provide excellent homes for colonies of many different species of birds, rare flowers and wildlife. All abilities can enjoy using the path, with some stretches adapted for wheelchair use, others with easy gradients and no stiles, and some with exhilarating climbs.
The National Park Authority maintains the path with financial assistance from the Countryside Council for Wales and the European Union.
At either end of the pembrokeshire national park are two developing coastlines, The Ceredigion Heritage Coast and Carmarthen Bay. The cottages are also very conveniently placed for exploring the Ceredigion Heritage Coastline.
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