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Pembrokeshire Panorama

With 260 miles of spectacular coastline, Pembrokeshire is one of Britain’s most eye-catching counties. Norman Wright explores the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

As you look down on the wide golden beach at Tenby and along to the pastel-coloured buildings of the old town clustered around the harbour, it’s easy to see why Pembrokeshire is recognised worldwide as one of the loveliest areas in Britain.

Beautiful old seaside towns like Tenby and its near-neighbour Saundersfoot as well as smaller coastal villages are just part of the story of this, one of the most westerly of our counties.

Two hundred and sixty glorious miles of coastline also provide limestone cliffs, rocky headlands, superb sandy beaches – there are 11 Blue Flag beaches and 14 Green Coast beaches – as well as wildlife-rich estuaries and islands. Several historic castles and the ancient St David’s Cathedral reveal heritage as rich as the natural beauty and wildlife.

In contrast to the coastal landscape, the Presili Hills in the north of the county add wild moorland and heath.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail hugs the coastline for 186 of those miles. From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape: from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays and volcanic headlands to beaches, estuaries and flooded glacial valleys.

The coast path winds through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, one of the smallest of our National Parks and certainly the most unusual shape. At its widest it is ten miles and narrowest barely 100 yards.

With great names such as the Puffin Shuttle, Poppit Rocket, Strumble Shuttle, Celtic Coaster and Coastal Cruiser, bus services run up and down the National Park coastline.

This means the entire length of the coast path is accessible by public transport and that you can walk and enjoy the coast in chunks that suit you.

The buses run seven days a week from May to September and two days a week in winter. It’s a hail-and-ride service so just flag the buses down along the coast road and hop on. You can take dogs and buggies on board, too.

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