Walking & Hiking
With over 950 km of public footpaths, and bridleways, walking is an ideal way to discover the spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and fascinating history of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. What more excuses do you need to get out there and explore?! Have a look at the picture gallery on our Facebook page to find out what you’re missing by staying at home!
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Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail – (link opens in new window) – A spectacular 186 miles (299 km) long National Trail covering some of the most varied coastal scenery in Britain, stretching from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south.
Walks in the Park – a selection of over 200 circular walks, ranging from a one hour stroll to an invigorating 9 miles (15km) cross-country hike. Also listed are a selection of short walks, gentle strolls, and wheelchair and easy access walks.
Walks for All guide – this guide contains 16 walks, of varying length and difficulty, that have no stiles or steps. The walks are ideal for families with young children or pushchairs, less able bodied people, and anyone that just wants a leisurely stroll. You’ll also find information about accessible beaches and viewpoints, as well as a list of relevant publications and organisations.
Walkability – a project which helps people of all abilities who live in Pembrokeshire to enjoy the spectacular countryside & coast around them.
Steps2Health – a project offering guided walks in the Park and surrounding urban areas, aiming to encourage more and more people to enjoy the health and social benefits of regular brisk walking.
Footpaths and Bridleways – provide access and enjoyment to all the areas of the Park. The National Park Authority is improving more each year to give walkers, horse-riders and cyclists even greater opportunities to get out and enjoy the countryside.
Easy Access Paths – for those with limited walking ability because of age, infirmity or disability – paths with better surfaces, easy slopes and no stiles or difficult gates.
Access to the Countryside – Government legislation introduced on May 28th 2005 has given the public greater access, sometimes referred to as the right to roam.
Countryside Code – please remember, most of the land in the National Park is privately owned and often part of a working farm with valuable animals and crops. Please read this so that everyone can enjoy your visit.
The network of public footpaths and bridleways generally cross privately owned land but are maintained by the National Park Authority and form the basis for a wide range of walking and horse riding opportunities.
The walks promoted on the website are distributed across the National Park, taking in the ever changing coastline and the secluded Daugleddau waterway as well as the ancient woodland and magical Preseli Hills of North Pembrokeshire.
The National Park offers bridleways and a choice of walks for all ages and abilities ranging from rugged stretches of Coast Path to leisurely strolls, ideal for families with young children or pushchairs and less able-bodied people. We have an extensive section on Easy Access Walks for you to explore. Most of our promoted walks are circuit routes so that you can return to your starting point without having to retrace your steps.
Walking is of course very good for your health; it can help to relax you and best of all, it’s free! Our website can help you find your nearest walk so that you can get out and about and appreciate Pembrokeshire’s wonderful coast and countryside. So have a look at our interactive walking map just for starters!
If you want to contact us regarding the condition of a public path or a problem you have encountered when using public rights of way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more walking opportunities and ideas, follow the link to the Walking Pembrokeshire website.
Source: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park