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60 Things to do on Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - The GO Outdoors Guide

As the only coastal National Park in Britain, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offers something different for lovers of the great outdoors. Situated on the west coast of Wales it covers a total area of 612 km² and was first opened back in 1952.

Since then the National Park has grown into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of the United Kingdom. The beautifully preserved coastline appeals to those looking to spend time at the beach while there are also plenty of mountains and hills to go walking or cycling in if you’re looking to get some fresh air and exercise.

The area to the north of the National Park is more rugged and tends to appeal to those with a love of hill walking and mountain biking, while the western coast is great for lovers of fishing and watersports.

There are countless beautiful and picturesque towns and villages that are dotted around the National Park, many of which are linked by the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path that you can either tackle in part or in its entirety. However you choose to do it you are guaranteed to come across spectacular scenery and some of the local wildlife.

From family holidays packed full of activities to quiet camping trips in the tranquil surroundings, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has something that will appeal to everybody and here at GO Outdoors we’ve compiled this in-depth guide that documents a number of the best activities and campsites so you can plan your trip in advance.

We’ve put together a number of the best walks, mountain bike trails, fishing spots, campsites and family-friendly activities so that everyone is catered for; it’s just down to you to plan your trip and to purchase your essentials before you go.

At GO Outdoors we’ve got all that you could possibly need for a trip to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park including durable, comfortable walking boots as well as stylish waterproof jackets, the latest family tents and much more.

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10 Pembrokeshire Coast Walking Routes

A selection of 10 walking routes in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, recommended by us.

  1. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path: St. Dogmaels to Newport Coastal Route

    The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of the longest walking routes in the UK covering a grand total of 186-miles. Obviously, this walk is going to take many days to complete and is definitely one for the more experienced walkers, but for those looking to tackle a section of it during your stay in the National Park the route between St. Dogmaels and Newport will provide plenty to see and takes in various hills and valleys along the 15-mile stretch. The rugged coastline makes it a difficult route but one that can certainly be tackled in one go depending on your ability (and the weather!)

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  2. Tenby

    As one of the most popular tourist spots in the National Park, Tenby offers a lot for walkers in the south of the region. The beautiful town features historic ruins and the further you venture into the countryside the more and more wildlife you’re likely to encounter. The 4.6-mile walk will take you around two hours to complete depending on your ability and the way you want to tackle it. There is a combination of terrain including solid tarmac, gravel tracks and grass routes that can turn muddy in poor weather; so be sure to pack different types of footwear and waterproof jackets before you head off. There is also the potential to come across livestock on the route so be careful if you’re taking a dog or small children.

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  3. The Preseli Ridge Line: Tregnyon Cottages to Foeldrygam

    This particular route takes you to the highest point in the Preseli Hills with spectacular views that stretch on and on for miles on clear days. Due to the nature of this walk it’s best to be a relatively experienced walker, although there are guided walks available if you’d prefer to go out with a local expert who can talk you through some of the sights and the history of the area. One of the best historical walks as well as a great choice for sightseeing, walkers will come across an Iron Age fort about halfway through the 8-mile walk.

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  4. Moylegrove to Newport Coastal Path

    If you like coastal walks then they don’t come much better in this particular area. Considering that the whole park is based around a coast that’s some statement, but the 10-mile walk between Moylegrove and Newport is truly spectacular with fantastic views out to sea as well as inland. Walkers will see the famous Witches Cauldron and head through Ceibwr Bay. The whole walk should take around 3.5 hours depending on your ability, and there are some very steep sections which is worth noting before heading off.

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  5. Dinas Island

    There is a lot of scenery packed into this 3-mile short walk around Dinas Island. Long distance walks aren’t for everybody, and sometimes you might not be prepared for a walking holiday but you go where the mood takes you. If this sounds like your family then this is the Pembrokeshire National Park walk for you. It is a 2-hour circular route that’s completely dog-friendly too. While there are a couple of steep inclines along the way, it’s a relatively easy walk to blow off some cobwebs and see the scenery.

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  6. Foel Eryr

    Another popular short walk in the area, Foel Eryr is perfect for novice walkers who don’t own plenty of equipment or specialist walking shoes. It takes less than an hour to complete which is perfect for families packing a lot into a short break in the National Park and it’s another walk that is pet-friendly. There is quite a steep incline but the sea views from the top make it worthwhile, just prepare yourselves for the stiff breeze on windy days.

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  7. Foel Dyrch

    The Foel Dyrch walk is one for experienced walkers and those willing to dedicate most of their day to completing the section of the coastline. Covering a distance of 7.5 miles it’s only a moderate walk in terms of difficulty, but that can vary according to the weather conditions. The ground can become quite unstable in the wet and there’s plenty of mud to slow you down. On a good day you can expect it to take between three and four hours but go prepared for any weather as you’re a long way from your campsite or hotel if you get caught out by the rain.

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  8. Foeldrygam / Camalw

    A very rural walk so be sure to take good quality boots and other walking equipment with you – and have some dry clothes ready to change into! Spanning 5 miles and passing the Iron Age fort at Camalw you’ll be able to see the best of the Pembrokeshire countryside on this off-road walk. You’ll have to walk through moorland with loose livestock around so be sure to check that you can take pets with you and, if so, keep them on a lead at all times. It is a moderate to difficult walk that will take around three hours to complete with a total ascent of around 200 metres.

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  9. Newport Millennium Trail

    To celebrate the millennium back in 2000 the Newport Millennium Trail was opened to attract walkers to the area and it has gone on to become one of the most popular in the National Park. It is a circular route that starts and ends in Newport with walkers taking on a 5-mile loop through wooded, mountainous terrain. It’s a walk that is suitable for beginners right through to more experienced walkers but one that the whole family can enjoy.

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  10. The Golden Road

    Many describe The Golden Road as the most picturesque in the country, so you just have to see it for yourself. Heading up the Cardigan Bay towards Snowdonia you’ll get some incredible views of the Welsh countryside if you’re willing to do the full 7-mile section. There are plenty of gentle undulations but nothing too strenuous so all abilities would be able to tackle it, just be sure to take durable walking boots with you as the long walk can take its toll on some.

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10 Places to Cycle on Pembrokeshire Coast

If you want to take in this stunning National Park on two wheels, here are 10 places we recommend cycling on Pembrokeshire Coast.

  1. Gellifawr Woodland Retreat

    Located in the very heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park, Gellifawr Woodland Retreat is described as “a mecca for cyclists” with some of the most testing climbs and beautiful scenery anywhere in Britain. The location is great for both amateur and experienced mountain bike riders looking to get off the road and out into rural Wales. Bike storage and hot food are also available for when you reach the end of your days’ riding, and there is great access to a number of road trails too if you fancy mixing it up a bit.

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  2. Lon Teifi: Aberystwyth to Fishguard

    As part of the Lon Teifi trail, the route between Aberystwyth and Fishguard is a popular one among the road cycling fraternity. Starting off in the town centre you’ll ride out into a number of beautiful Welsh valleys, seeing plenty of picturesque scenery before hitting the coastline. Of course, with every valley section comes a hill and there are plenty to test you throughout the duration of this 100-mile stretch, including a killer incline to finish as you exit Newport before heading down into the valley at Fishguard in the Gwaun Valley.

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  3. Celtic Trail (West): Fishguard to Chepstow

    The Celtic Trail is a real beast of a ride and one that is certainly for experts only. Covering a distance of more than 150 miles, riders will start out at Fishguard on the western edge of Wales and head inland towards the English border before arriving at Chepstow. With plenty of steep gradients you’ll be glad of a brief rest when a valley comes along, but you’ll soon be back on the leg-busting pedal. While it might sound like a true test of your cycling ability, and physical fitness, it’s a ride that is doable in a day for seriously competitive riders. Make sure that you take plenty of fluids and snacks to keep you going.

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  4. Mountain Biking on the Preseli Hills (Full Ridge)

    The Preseli Hills are a collection of rugged hills within the National Park that present some of the best mountain biking around. Wales is jam-packed with off-road trails, but the full ridge section in the Preseli’s is one for serious mountain bikers to test themselves on. The weather can change in an instant so be sure to pack plenty of waterproof clothing ahead of your ride, and the trails themselves are predominantly across moorlands so you’ll need your off-road tyres and plenty of concentration. The routes are around 6-miles long taking four to five hours depending on your ability.

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  5. Mountain Biking in the Gwaun Valley

    Depending on your ability, your confidence, the time available and – probably most importantly – the weather, you have a couple of great cycling options in the Gwaun Valley. If you fancy getting off-road and pushing yourself and your bike to the max through the rugged terrain then there’s a 2.4-mile trail that works its way through the undulating woodland. Alternatively, if you just fancy a more relaxed ride around the beautiful Welsh countryside there is a 7.9-mile circular route that will take you around two hours to complete and follows the main road around the area.

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  6. Cycling at Pantmaenog

    One of the most family-friendly, but challenging cycling trails in the National Park, Pantmaenog Forest is great for all ages. For beginners looking to get into mountain biking or experienced riders after a new thrill, the Forest offers a number of wide open trails that are easy to navigate but – depending on your chosen trail – not always easy to tackle. With a total of 8-miles’ worth of trails to ride out on you have plenty of opportunities to work your way up to the more challenging runs.

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  7. Llys-y-Fran Reservoir Trail

    Some will describe the Llys-y-Fran reservoir trail as an easy route for mountain bikers, but if you don’t mind what kind of trail you’re on this is a must for any visitors to the area. Like most Welsh reservoirs, Llys-y-Fran is a beautiful part of the countryside and that adds to the quality of the riding. The trail itself covers 7.5-miles and the off-road circuit is predominantly stone and gravel with the odd bit of genuine off-road mud and dirt thrown in for good measure. There are two steep downhill sections but these are clearly signposted so they won’t catch you out if you’re relatively new to mountain biking.

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  8. The Brunel Trail

    Starting out in Haverfordwest and covering the 8.25 miles to Johnston, the Brunel Trail follows a shared path that runs along what was Brunel’s Great Western Railway line. The railway line is no longer in use and has become a popular cycle route, and there are a variety of different ways that you can follow it. Mountain bikers can follow an off-road trail or you can stick to the full route which takes in the Cleddau Estuary and the Westfield Pill Nature Reserve giving you plenty to see on your journey.

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  9. Castlemartin Range Trail

    The Castlemartin Range Trail is a stony bridleway that follows the stunning coastline, so if you plan on making a day of it be sure to take your camera with you to capture the views. If you’re more into the challenge of a tough ride then you’ll eat up the 6.5-mile route in no time if you’re confident in your off-road riding ability. For those who aren’t into the adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking approach there are plenty of sights for you to stop off at including the remains of an Iron Age fort and the sandy beach at Broad Haven where you can jump off an go for a paddle! There is now an extension to the route that takes you through a tank range (yes, a tank range) but make sure that it’s open before you venture out. This route takes the total distance up to more than 9-miles.

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  10. The Dramway – Stepaside to Saundersfoot

    The Dramway is a popular cycle route in the south of the National Park that runs right along the coastline. At 3.5km it is one of the shortest trails in the Park, but there is still plenty for you to see and it’ll help to blow away some cobwebs after a big dinner around the campsite the night before! The trail utilises a disused railway line and passes through a number of the old railway tunnels, but it’s vital that cyclists dismount before passing through. If you do wish to push on a bit further, The Dramway eventually joins up with National Cycle Route 4 so you can plan a longer ride if you’d like to.

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10 Places to go Fishing on Pembrokeshire Coast

As the UK's only coastal National Park, it's no surprise that Pembrokeshire Coast is a wealth of fantastic places to go fishing. Here are 10 spots that we recommend for keen anglers.

  1. Yet y Gors Fishery and Campsite

    With a new lake opening in 2017 Yet y Gors fishery and campsite is expanding to cope with the demand of keen fishermen and women looking for a secluded spot to hone their skills and try out coarse fishing. The lakes on the site are filled with carp and eels with no designated spot for guests to fish from. There’s an on-site tackle shop to stock up with all you need and you can even camp on-site should you wish to fish on late into the night or get up with the larks in the morning.

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  2. Sea Fishing at Poppit Sands

    If you’ve never tried sea fishing then now’s the time! Down at Poppit Sands you can put your wellies on and venture out into the sea in an attempt to catch mullet, flounder and cod all year round; or sea trout and salmon between March and October. As you’re out at sea it’s worth remembering that the tide can change quickly and here it can come in very quickly indeed so make sure you’re aware of when it’s time to call it a day and to pack up and head back to shore!

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  3. Sea Angling in Dale

    Fishing at sea, as you might expect, is a completely different challenge to fishing on a river or lake. Depending on the time of year the types of fish that you could catch varies and the weather conditions can make it a fantastic experience. Sea angling from Dale is a great way of getting into this form of the sport and there are 2 or 4-hour trips available for both beginners and novice sea anglers. You’ll be helped by experienced guides and you could catch cod, wrasse, mackerel or herring. It’s also a great chance to work on your suntan!

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  4. River Fishing at Nevern Bridge

    Part of the fun of river fishing is being in a beautiful location away from the noise of the traffic so you can relax on the riverbank and enjoy a day’s fishing. Down at Nevern Bridge you have the opportunity to do just that, with plenty of great spots for visitors to try with good rates available from the Nevern Angling Society. Sea trout start to make their way into the river from May and salmon are present between August and the end of the season in October.

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  5. Sea Fishing at Newport Sands

    Newport Sands beach is one of the most beautiful in the whole country – and that’s saying something! With gorgeous sandy beaches it’s often hard to tear yourself away on a sunny day, but when sea fishing is the alternative it’s a good option to have! If you know what you’re doing and are an experienced sea angler then you can venture out on a rented boat or as far as you’re comfortable in your waders. If you do decide to head out on a boat, and this is the best option by far, then you have the chance to land mysterious creatures like rays when the water is choppy.

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  6. Saundersfoot Harbour

    Saundersfoot Harbour is a popular destination for those wanting to try out some sea angling, and with two different types of days out at sea on offer you have the chance to try whatever appeals most. The first option is a short experience fishing for mackerel that is ideal for amateurs and families in particular so that you can get the kids involved; while the second is a longer sport fishing trip for the more experienced where you could catch eel, bass, ray and more.

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  7. Ian Heaps Fishing Resort

    A purpose built fishing resort in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park? What more could any keen angler ask for? The Ian Heaps resort has been designed for complete beginners right through to more experienced fishermen and women and features three different lakes for you to fish on. There is no need to book a place at the resort so you can just turn up on the day and as it is open all year round you can go back again and again if you wish. There’s even an on-site tackle shop so you can take the bare minimum in terms of equipment and buy the rest when you arrive should you wish.

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  8. Amroth Beach

    When you go sea fishing you want to be assured that there are plenty of fish out there, and off Amroth Beach you’re almost guaranteed to land something each time you venture out. The beach itself is sandy and welcoming, and the seas can be beautiful on a clear day. This particular location is the perfect place to try sea angling if you’re a beginner because of the many secluded sections, while experienced anglers can venture out further in an attempt to land flounder and bass.

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  9. Sea Angling – Milford Haven Waterway

    It doesn’t matter if you head out for an hour or two or the whole day, you stand a fantastic chance of landing something on the Milford Haven waterway. Bass, mackerel and wrasse are all commonly caught off this section of the Welsh coastline and there are numerous trips out to sea on a daily basis throughout the fishing season. The sea angling here is billed as the best in the region and some operators even provide all day sharking charters at specific times of year.

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  10. Ginger Hill Camping and Fishery

    When Ginger Hill was opened as a campsite and fishery it was instantly popular and it has since grown into one of the best fishing spots in the Pembrokeshire National Park. Today there are more than 400 fish in the three lakes providing plenty of opportunities for children and amateurs to land their first catch. There are also plenty of good spots for more experienced anglers to enjoy themselves, with bait and tackle available to buy on-site. If you’re going with a group of angling friends then camping is available on the site enabling you to fish as early or as late as you like.

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10 Campsites at Pembrokeshire Coast

If you're looking for a short holiday break, why not try one of these campsites in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

  1. Gwaun Vale Caravan Park

    One of the best campsites for couples, families and groups on a walking holiday with hills and valleys all around, Gwaun Vale Caravan Park is a scenic and pet-friendly site just outside Fishguard that offers spaces for caravans with electric hook-ups and pitches tents. There is a laundry area and showers so you can have a wash after a long day walking, (great if you’re caught in the rain), and it is perfectly located for anyone catching the ferry over from Ireland. Maybe the best point, however, is that there’s a great little pub nearby!

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  2. Tycanol Farm

    As a real working farm, Tycanol Farm is the perfect site for a family to visit – especially if you have young children who just love animals and tractors. With pitches for as many as 60 tents it can get quite busy in peak seasons but that just goes to show how popular a site it is. There is also space for four caravans and campers have access to toilets, showers and a laundry area so you can give your clothes a good scrub if you get muddy out walking or cycling. The farm is situated in the very centre of the Pembrokeshire National Park so there is easy access to a wide range of activities and popular tourist spots.

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  3. Llwyngwair Manor Holiday Park

    Open from March to October each year, Llwyngair Manor Holiday Park has a friendly and fun atmosphere in the peak season and even features its own children’s playground so the kids will have plenty of entertainment even when you’re trying to relax back at the tent. There is space for as many as 80 tent pitches and both caravans and motor homes are permitted. Guests can even bring as many as two dogs (who must be kept on a lead) with them for a truly family-friendly holiday and its central location makes it ideal for walkers and cyclists to venture out into the National Park. There’s even Wi-Fi and electricity if you’re stuck in your caravan or tent because of the bad weather! You can even pre-book a breakfast for a small fee!

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  4. Conifers Pentraeth Camping

    Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside, Conifers Pentraeth has some incredible views on a sunny and clear day with guests able to see out to sea. Pets are welcome on the site if kept on a lead and there are electric hook-ups for those who need it. There are also showers and washing facilities if you need to get yourself clean after walking the dog or mountain biking. The farm itself is less than a mile from the town of Newport meaning that you can walk into town to find a range of activities or a bite to eat in a restaurant or some good old fashioned pub grub.

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  5. Fishguard Bay Camping Park

    Fishguard Bay camping park is situated right on the cliff top meaning that you’ve got some incredible views out to sea. There are top class facilities available for guests to use including clean toilets and hot showers, and there are even heated floors to warm your feet up! All pitches have electric hook-ups meaning that you can connect your caravan for the full luxury camping experience. Pets are permitted on-site for a small charge and there are also some additional expenses for items such as awnings and gazebos so be sure to find out about these when you book.

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  6. Tir Bach Farm

    On the working Tir Bach Farm you’ve got a number of different options when it comes to accommodation, including traditional yurt holidays! They offer a glamping experience and each comes with its own private space and even a balcony so that you can thoroughly enjoy the peaceful surroundings. If you’d rather opt for a more traditional camping experience then you can bring your own tent to stay in the levelled fields for a comfortable night’s stay. The owners have listened to a number of suggestions from past guests and have provided great facilities that even include a pizza oven! Pets are permitted on-site but must be kept on a lead because of the free-roaming animals.

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  7. Kitewood Camping

    Described as a spacious family hideaway, Kitewood Camping is a woodland campsite set in 60 acres of beautiful rural Wales, within a stone’s throw from the beach. What more could you want? In fact, that’s one of the factors that makes it such a popular site so you need to ensure that you book your place early to avoid disappointment. There are 11 “hideaway” camping pitches where guests can have plenty of privacy and space to enjoy themselves, or if you don’t want to haul your own tent with you there are a number of refurbished Dragon Tipis that you can stay in instead.

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  8. North Lodge Eco Holidays

    If you want to be “at one” with nature during your stay in the great outdoors then North Lodge Eco Holidays is for you. With traditional eco-friendly accommodation including campsites and log cabins in the beautiful countryside you can switch off from the world of cars, work and technology for a few days of peace and tranquillity. Each pitch is separated by long grass and hedgerows to ensure that you get your privacy, and group bookings are welcome.

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  9. Top of the Woods

    Located next to 325 acres of Pembrokeshire National Park woodland, Top of the Woods has everything you need for a fantastic camping holiday. There are a variety of different camping experiences available ranging from eco-friendly lodges to glamping with a range of on-site activities to keep the whole family entertained. There are wild beaches all around meaning they’re often quiet which is great for families, some secret waterfalls nearby and hammocks and yoga to really chill out.

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  10. Hill Fort Tipis

    The Hill Fort Tipis campsite is a holiday unlike any other in the Pembrokeshire National Park. The unspoilt land which even includes the remains of an old Iron Age fort presents the perfect spot to stay in a traditional Tipi with no traffic noise, plenty of fresh fruit and veg available, local smoked fish, even milk and eggs on request. There are panoramic views that stretch out for miles around on a good day, perfect for watching the sunset over the sea from your site, gathered around the fire.

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10 Family Days Out on Pembrokeshire Coast

If you're heading to Pembrokeshire Coast for the day, or if you're in the area for a short break, it's always good to find some activities that the whole family can enjoy. Here are 10 activities for all ages.

  1. Llys-y-Fran Country Park and Reservoir

    Country parks and reservoirs can present a whole range of opportunities for families to enjoy themselves how they wish. At Llys-y-Fran you can pay £2 to park your car, or you can take a bus or train that stop nearby, and then take advantage of the wide open spaces, beautiful scenery and peaceful Welsh countryside. If you enjoy walking, cycling, having a picnic or just spending time outside then this is the venue for you. If you’re looking to tire the kids out then there’s a playground for them to run around in. There is a shop on site and a café that’s open between April and October serving up hot and cold food and drink so it’s not vital that you take your own food.

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  2. Dinosaur Park, Tenby

    Open between February and November each year Tenby’s Dinosaur Park has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Pembrokeshire National Park. Packed full of indoor and outdoor activities as well as educational elements, the Dinosaur Park enables families to get up close and personal with the dinosaurs to see how they lived and get a feel for their immense size. There are a range of brand new activities for 2017 that include cars for kids to race around in, miniature golf and a Jurassic Journey

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  3. Blue Lagoon Water Park, Narberth

    It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside when you’re at the Blue Lagoon Water Park. Open from 12 noon every day, the park is great for any water-loving families with plenty of slides and flumes to fly down as well as a smaller pool that’s perfect for the little ones. If you want something more relaxing and subdued then you can sit on the wave seat as the gentle waves lap against your feet on the shore, or take advantage of the indoor or outdoor spa pools. There are also plenty of places on-site to grab a drink or bite to eat making it the perfect family day out whatever the weather.

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  4. Go Karting at Carew Karting

    Located 5-miles outside the town of Tenby, Carew Karting is great for adrenaline-loving families and even has a number of junior karts available for younger drivers (aged 8+) to have a go in. The circuit has been open since 1999 and there is no need to pre-book, just turn up and have some fun! The track itself is 500 metres long meaning it’s big enough to provide some good racing and short enough that you can rack up the laps and get a feel for the corners and where you can accelerate. There is even a tricky new ‘S’ section on the circuit, and families can be pitted against each other on the grid if you wish.

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  5. Heatherton World of Activities

    With free admission all year round, Heatherton World of Activities is the ideal place for an active family who can’t decide what to do together. There are plenty of outdoor activities to try for the first time including Zorb football, archery and paintballing; or you can do something on water in the bumper boats or walk on water in the giant bubbles. There are a number of different zones on the site, each offering different types of activities including a family fun zone that includes adventure golf, tree-top trail, a maze and more – including a brand new escape room for 2017.

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  6. Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort

    Travel back in time by 2,000 years to experience life in the Iron Age. A lot of the Pembrokeshire National Park features some kind of recognisable Iron Age settlements and here you and the family can learn about what went on in the area and how people lived. At the Fort there are a range of exhibitions and regular activities for you to get involved in such as learning to be a warrior or how the wooden buildings were made. There is also a children’s play area if they need to get rid of some energy before the trip back to the campsite or hotel.

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  7. Carew Castle and Tidal Mill

    With two attractions in one place there’s a great chance to experience Welsh history at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill. The major renovations on the Castle were completed in 2013 and it is now back to its former glory, complete with its own bat population, and guests now have a visitor centre where they can learn everything there is to know about the ancient fortress. While no longer in operation, the Mill is one of just five in the UK and is open to the public enabling guests to see how the water flowing by was used as a sustainable energy source through the ages. The two attractions are ideal for educating and entertaining children, helping them to understand both history and engineering, and you can even try fishing for crabs outside the Mill!

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  8. Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo

    See some amazing animals up close down at Manor House Wildlife Park in Tenby. Set within 52 acres of parkland this park is described as being “zoonique” in the sense that it has been built like a zoo but with plenty of free roam for the animals allowing guests to get close enough but still keeping the animals safe and calm within their single and multi-species enclosures. The aim of the park when it was first opened was to help people to understand the animals and their habitats, and the range of animals to see and learn more about includes monkeys, rhino, tigers and meerkats.

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  9. Manor House Wildlife Park

    See some amazing animals up close down at Manor House Wildlife Park in Tenby. Set within 52 acres of parkland this park is described as being “zoonique” in the sense that it has been built like a zoo but with plenty of free roam for the animals allowing guests to get close enough but still keeping the animals safe and calm within their single and multi-species enclosures. The aim of the park when it was first opened was to help people to understand the animals and their habitats, and the range of animals to see and learn more about includes monkeys, rhino, tigers and meerkats.

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  10. Pembroke Castle

    Explore the beautiful Pembroke Castle and discover the secret passageways and iconic towers that open up to present views from up high out over the wonderful National Park. Set on the banks of the river this is the perfect example of a traditional British castle with its high stone walls and vantage points, coupled with a few modern innovations that have made it a must-visit location for tourists and history lovers. The birthplace of Henry VII, there are plenty of exhibits and things to get involved in to make it into an interactive, engaging day out for the whole family.

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10 Alternate Activities to Try on Pembrokeshire Coast

Looking for something a little different? Here we've compiled a list of 10 activities for you to try something that may be new and different to what you usually do.

  1. Geocaching Pembrokeshire Coast

    Think back to when you were younger and treasure hunts were the best thing, ever. Well in today’s age when all things are based around technology, geocaching has become the modern day treasure hunt and the best thing is that you get to explore the countryside as you do it. Following a series of instructions and map references you hunt down items that have been hidden away in secret locations for other geocachers to find, and you need to leave one in its place when it has been located. Of course, you have to speak to the National Park authorities before leaving a geocache. You need very little equipment, just the handheld device and some sturdy walking boots!

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  2. Geology Hotspots at Abereiddy Bay

    If you like looking at, learning about and identifying historical artefacts then you’ll love some of the geology hotspots down at Abereiddy Bay. The Pembrokeshire coastline is dotted with all kinds of rock formations, fossils and ancient ruins meaning that there are plenty of things to catch your eye and – who knows – maybe plenty more that remains undiscovered! It is worth remembering that you can’t actually collect any fossils without a permit, so make sure that you put anything you do find back where you found it.

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  3. Rockpooling at West Angle Bay

    We never quite know what lies beneath the surface of the ocean, but rockpooling close to the shore is a great way of finding out, or at least gaining a rough idea! West Angle Bay is a beautiful part of the Pembrokeshire coast and an area where there are all kinds of sea creatures to discover. Rockpooling gives you the chance to segment a particular area so that you can look closely at a number of small fish, plants and other mysterious creatures under the sea!

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  4. Wildlife Watching at Marloes Mere

    If you can excuse the pun, birdwatchers from all over the UK flock to Pembrokeshire all year round to see a range of native and migrating birds that come to the region. There are countless breeding seabirds who come onto the mainland to lay their eggs and plenty of other small and large birds that can be studied from hides dotted around the National Park. In addition to the numerous native birds, puffins often visit the area between April and July each year which is a rare sight for many, with plenty of guillemots and peregrines also popping into the area from time to time. You don’t need the elaborate equipment to go bird watching in the early days, just plenty of patience and some binoculars will suffice.

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  5. Kayaking at Newgale

    If you’ve never tried kayaking before then the waters at Newgale in the Pembrokeshire National Park are a great place to start learning. You can head out onto the water with an experienced instructor who will show you all the basics, and you can then use your paddles to go with the flow or direct yourself along the coastline towards specific vantage points where you can see some spectacular parts of the coast from a different angle. At Newgale there are two tours per week where you can be guided down the coastline so be sure to book on. If you like the water and going along under your own steam you’ll love it.

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  6. Diving at Stackpole Quay

    Diving is a perfect way to learn more about what lies off the coast of Wales, exploring life under the sea and uncovering a variety of fish and marine life you might not normally get chance to see. Off Stackpole Quay there are plenty of rocky gullies where sea life will congregate away from the rough waters making them ideal places to explore. If you’re trying it out for the first time it’s always best to get plenty of training in the shallow water before heading out into the deep, so be sure to book yourself a course where you’ll be provided with the essential safety equipment and briefings.

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  7. Seal and Porpoise Spotting off Ramsey Island

    Home to one of the largest breeding colonies of Atlantic Grey seals in Britain, Ramsey Island is the ideal place to get a glimpse of these majestic and intriguing creatures. Being able to see animals like this in the wild is a real privilege and one that cannot be missed if you’re visiting the Pembrokeshire coast during your stay in the National Park. You can book the whole family onto a specialised boat trip to see seals – and even porpoises if you’re lucky – with boat trips taking place all year round.

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  8. Celtic Quest Coasteering, Abereiddy Bay

    One of the newest and most exhilarating activities to make its way onto the Welsh coast, coasteering is a unique way to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the country – if you’ve got a head for heights and don’t mind getting the adrenaline flowing. You’ll be jumping from cliffs into the water and facing the tough terrain head-on with qualified instructors who know the areas and what lies beneath the water, ensuring that you’re as safe as possible.

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  9. Spa Day at Celtic Haven, Lydstep

    After some exhausting weeks at work, and a few tough days exploring the Pembrokeshire terrain on foot or on a bike you deserve to put your feet up for a bit. Treat yourself to a clifftop spa day at Celtic Haven in Lydstep near Tenby on the south coast. With seven different massage rooms and a range of treatments available you’ll be able to forget about the stresses of daily life and return home revitalised. Booking is advised due to the popularity of the venue so visit the website before you go

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  10. Havard Horse Riding Stables

    If you love horses and you love seeing the countryside then Havard stables make it possible to combine your two passions. With some truly beautiful horses available to go for a short or long ride on you can try riding for the first time in an enclosed paddock before you head out into the countryside for a walk with your instructor. It’s a great activity for the whole family and the perfect way to introduce children to these majestic animals.

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