Publisher: Bradwell Books
Released: Spring 2017
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Diane Davies
Written by Diane Davies, Walks for all Ages Pembrokeshire features 20 circular walks of up to 6.5 miles that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day for all the family.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks Pembrokeshire is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
Pembrokeshire is nothing short of a paradise for ramblers, offering some of the best coastal walking in the British Isles. With dramatic cliffs, islands and tiny inlets, sweeping bays and stunning beaches, its coastal scenery is justly claimed to be among the most beautiful and varied in the world. The magical skies over successions of glorious headlands are accompanied by an abundance of wildlife throughout the year.
Most of the Pembrokeshire coast was designated a National Park in 1952, with the aim of protecting its unique character. The park covers almost a third of the county and incorporated within it are three inland areas of outstanding natural beauty: the Preseli Hills, the Gwaun Valley and the upper tidal reaches of the Daugleddau. These, too, are wonderful places to walk and shouldn’t be missed.
In spring and early summer wildflowers carpet the sunny slopes along the coastline, and huge numbers of nesting seabirds can be seen on the islands and great stacks. May and June are the best time to see puffins on Skomer Island, where thousands of Manx shearwaters fly in after dark to their burrows during July and August. The autumn is the time to look out for seals and their pups in the more secluded inlets and coves. A third of the world’s population of grey seals are drawn to Pembrokeshire’s nutrient-rich waters, as well as dolphins, porpoises and occasional whales.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path was opened in 1970 and meanders for 186 miles (300km) between St Dogmaels in the north and Amroth in the south. Linking with the Wales Coast Path, which opened in May 2012, it offers some of the most challenging routes. With a good level of fitness, it’s possible to walk the whole Pembrokeshire stretch end-to-end in fourteen exhilarating days. Of course, most walkers experience the trail at a more leisurely pace and in more manageable sections, either making use of the excellent coastal bus service to do linear walks or doing circular ones linking coastal routes with the many interesting inland paths.
The walks in this book combine the wonderful scenery with a chance to learn about the history of Pembrokeshire and those who have shaped the place through time: from Celtic tribes to Christian saints, Viking raiders to Norman lords; from quarrymen, farmers, boatbuilders and guardians of coastal defences to wealthy landowners, pioneering naturalists and today’s heritage and wildlife organisations.
Walk 01. Cemaes Head - 5 miles
Walk 02. Teifi Marshes - 2 miles
Walk 03. Pengelli Forest - 3 miles
Walk 04. Foel Drygarn - 4¼ miles
Walk 05. Rosebush - 5 miles
Walk 06. Cwm Gwaun - 3 miles
Walk 07. Newport - 4 miles
Walk 08. Dinas Island - 3 miles
Walk 09. Fishguard - 3½ miles
Walk 10. Treffgarne Gorge - 4½ miles
Walk 11. Llys y Frân - 6½ miles
Walk 12. Porthgain - 3½ miles
Walk 13. St Justinian’s - 5½ miles
Walk 14. St David’s - 3 milesp
Walk 15. Solva - 2 miles
Walk 16. Marloes Peninsula - 5 miles
Walk 17. Angle Peninsula - 4 miles
Walk 18. Stackpole - 5¼ miles
Walk 19. Carew - 2 miles
Walk 20. Lawrenny Quay - 3 miles