18 Fascinating Facts About Pembrokeshire
We know how lucky we are to live in such a scenic part of Wales, but did you know that our lovely county is pretty interesting too? With so much to discover when you come and explore, we thought we’d give you a head start for your 2019 holiday with some fascinating facts about Pembrokeshire!
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- The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is Britain’s only mainly coastal national park and covers over 1/3 of the county, that’s over 200 square miles.
- Wherever you go exploring in the national park, you’re never more than 10 miles from the sea.
- The Pembrokeshire Coast Path was opened in May 1970 and stretches for 186 miles along the shoreline between Amroth in the south and St Dogmaels on the northern border with Ceredigion.
- The Coast Path is sometimes known as the ‘Welsh Everest’ because its ascents and descents are said to total 35,000 feet.
- The National Park is only around 100 metres wide at its narrowest point, at its widest it’s around 10 miles.
- The highest point in Pembrokeshire is Foel Cwmcerwyn at 1759ft which has incredible views across the dramatic moorland of the ancient Preseli Hills.
- Our county flower is the ‘thrift’ or ‘clustog fair’ in Welsh, which translates as Mary's pillow. A coastal plant with pretty pink flower heads, it can be seen scattered along saltmarshes or clinging to the miles of rocky cliffs along our wild shores.
- Most of Pembrokeshire’s coastal islands are home to vast colonies of seabirds but Grassholm Island in particular has one of the largest gannet colonies in the world.
- On nearby Skomer Island, you’ll find the breeding ground for 45% of the world’s Manx shearwaters.
- There are over 50 beaches to visit in Pembrokeshire, with their cleanliness and quality earning our spectacular shores 56 Coast Awards in 2018.
- If you want to walk the Coast Path all in one go, it will take you around 2 weeks, although in summer 2018 a local athlete ran the entire trail in less than 3 days.
- The Pembrokeshire Coast was voted Countryfile Magazine’s Holiday Destination of the Year in 2018.
- Although it looks more like a small town, St Davids is Britain’s smallest city with a population of around 1600 inhabitants.
- In 2012, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path became part of the Wales Coast Path which is the first uninterrupted route along a national coastline in the world.
- It’s the home of coasteering - the wild cliffs in the north of the county are still one of the best places in Britain to have a go at this exhilarating sport.
- Pembrokeshire is home to Wales’ biggest theme park, Oakwood, where you’ll also find the highest sky swing in the UK.
- You’re closer to Ireland than you’d think and can take day trips to the Emerald Isle on regular ferries that run from the ports of Pembroke and Fishguard.
- It’s estimated that around 7 million people visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park every year.
Plan your 2019 holiday on the Pembrokeshire Coast
Of course, the most important fact you need to know is that you’re always assured of a warm Pembrokeshire welcome at Warpool Court Hotel. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a holiday in 2019, why not come and join us at our historic country house hotel on the peaceful St Davids Peninsula? It’s the perfect place to unwind and get away from it all or to use as a base for enjoying a range of activities and adventures.
We’re open from Easter to autumn 2019 and whatever kind of vacation you’re planning, we’ve got a range of luxurious accommodation to suit your needs. Just book online, send us an email or give us a call on 01437 720300.