In October 2010, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path became the first UK National Trailto join the International Appalachian Trail. Wales' first long-distance route, the path covers 299km (186 miles) of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Britain.
Opened in 1970, it is one of 15 premier long-distance National Trails in England and Wales, all waymarked by the acorn symbol. In May, 2012 it joined with other Wales trail and countryside partners to form the Wales Coast Path.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail twists and turns its way through 186 miles of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain.
From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.
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.
In its entirety the Coast Path represents a formidable physical challenge - its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is said to be equivalent to climbing Everest — yet it can also be enjoyed in shorter sections, accessible to people of all ages and abilities, with the small coastal villages strung out along its length offering welcome breaks and added enjoyment.
The management of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, the Countryside Council for Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. The Pembrokeshire County Council manages urban sections of the route outside the National Park.
Most of the route is on private land and the Authority acknowledges the support of many landowners including the National Trust and Ministry of Defence.
Both the Wales Coast Path (WCP) and the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) follow the route of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path through Pembrokeshire.
.....or walk the magnificant coastal cliffs and beaches of Wales' Pembrokeshire Coast!