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Fact File

Pembrokeshire Coast Path Statistics

Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail fact file.

National Trail fact file.

Name: Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail.
Location: Pembrokeshire South West Wales.
Length: 186 miles. 299Km (Route Approved July 1953, Opened 16/5/70)
Users: 10% road, 7% MOD road alternative *, 2% high tide road alternative *, 0.3% BOAT.
(Off road) 77% footpath, 2.6% Bridleway, 0.4% cycletrack.
* = Careful timing can avoid some road sections
Number of days to complete: 10- 15
Highest Point: Pen yr afr – 175m
Lowest Point: Sandy Haven crossing – 2m above low water.
Total rise and fall over entire Trail- approx 35,000 feet.
Total stiles to cross: 540 in 1993, 400 in October 2001, 298 in 2003, 181 2006, 108 in 2008

Landscape: The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park was designated in 1952 and it has almost (no chalk) every coastal landform to be found in the UK. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is the best way to appreciate the astounding landscape of this spectacular coastline. Some 75% of the Trail traverses Sites of Special Scientific Interest, SACs or SPAs. In early summer the coastal slopes are a stunning blaze of wildflower colours. 85% of the Trail is within the National Park, 100% is managed by the National Park’s dedicated Coast Path team.

• Over 50 quality bathing beaches.
• Over 40 Iron Age promontory forts.
• Norman/ medieval castles/ towns (notably Tenby, Manorbier & Pembroke).
• Chain of Napoleonic and later forts.
• Scores of lime kilns and other industrial archaeological remains.
• Series of picturesque ports (eg Tenby, Solva, Porthgain).
• Innumerable secret coves.
• Bosherston Lily Ponds.
• Birds & flowers.
• Bilingual Culture / Landsker Line.

Famous Associations:
• Hubba (Norse warrior defeated by King Alfred).
• Gerald Cambrensis.
• Henry VII.
• Black Bart (pirate).
• Last invasion of UK (1797).
• Admiral Nelson.
• Gordon of Khartoum.
• Brunel.
• 1st flight to Ireland.
• RM Lockley.
• 1st footfall of Prince Charles on Welsh sand (1955).
• Sea Empress.
• Razorbills and chough.
• David Grey.

Nearest Towns: Saundersfoot, Tenby, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Neyland Milford Haven, Broad Haven, Solva, Goodwick, Fishguard & Newport Pembs are all on the Trail.
City of St David’s 1 mile, Haverfordwest 6 miles, Cardigan 2 miles, Carmarthen 30 miles Swansea 50 miles, Cardiff 90 miles.

Access: Road- M4, A40 & A477. Cardiff to Carmarthen 2 hours by train (Cardiff to Tenby 2.5 hours, bus back to Amroth 40 mins). Trains also go to Haverfordwest, Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven and Fishguard Harbour. Bus: Carmarthen to Amroth via Pendine –1 hour. Bus Carmathen to Cardigan 1.75 hours. More buses to parts of the Trail from Haverfordwest. Walker or service busses cover most of the coast. Details from website or Pembrokeshire County Council enquiry line 01437 775227.
Start / Finish Points: The bridge east of Amroth Castle, the slipway north of St Dogmaels, Cardigan (the north plaque is at Poppit Sands)

Information: National Trail guide by Brian John – Aurum Press ISBN =978-84513-563-8. Further National Trail specific information and guides (accommodation, circular walks etc.) – price list from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park education department.
Contact for all info - Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Llanion Park, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, SA726DY. Tel 08453457275. For walker information ask for Education, for route care information and reports ask for Recreation. Links to the Ceredigion Coast Path in the North and the Carmarthen Bay Coast Path in the South,
part of the Welsh Coast Path and the International Appalachian Trail.