Uniquely, the whole of Pembrokeshire’s coastline is designated a National Park, and as Pembrokeshire is bounded by the sea on three sides, it has a lengthy shore. Facing east, and sheltered from the prevailing winds are the popular resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot. From Tenby, boats take visitors to the Priory on Caldey Island. There are small coves and beaches on the southern coastline at Lydstep, Manorbier, Freshwater, Stackpole separated by high cliffs, but linked by a coastal path.
The large estuary of Milford Haven cuts into the coast, offering a sheltered mooring, used for oil tankers discharging at the oil refinery and for ferries to Rosslare in Ireland. In the far west of the county lies St Brides Bay, a quiet and remote stretch of coastline with some lovely wide beaches. Off the coast are three islands, Skomer, Skokholm and Ramsey; all designated as nature reserves, particularly for the number and variety of sea birds there, including puffins, peregrine, razorbill and guillemot.
The westernmost city in mainland Britain is also the smallest - St David’s. Its cathedral nestling in a hollow, and less than two miles from the sea to north, south and west, it is the ecclesiastical capital of Wales, and holds the remains of its patron saint. There are impressive ruins of the medieval Bishop’s Palace, the 13th century Tower Gate and the Celtic Old Cross.
In the north of the county is the ferry port of Fishguard, set among cliffs and a rugged coastline. Inland are the Preseli Hills, from where the stone was taken to build Stonehenge, over 150 miles away, 4,000 years ago.
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