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    History and Culture

    Pembrokeshire Coast is one of three National Parks in Wales, the other two being Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. It is the UK’s only truly coastal National Park. For centuries the Park has been a living, working landscape where people and nature co-exist. Its spectacular patchwork of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills makes it a place of sanctuary for wildlife.

    The Park is also home to Britain’s smallest city, St Davids. Situated on the edge of mainland Britain, the St David's Peninsula is an unspoilt and liberating landscape. Its wild rugged coast, volcanic rocks, rare wildlife, ancient archaeological sites and rich cultural history make it unique. Pilgrims have travelled to this westerly point for hundreds of years to pay their respects to Wales’ patron saint. Explore the elegant cathedral with its soft purple sandstone or take a walk to St Non’s Bay, where St David is said to have been born.

    Today’s landscape is a living record of changes through time – both natural and man made. Sea levels in this area have risen and fallen, creating islands, submerging forests, such as that at Abermawr, and exposing sea floors.

    People have also made their mark on the landscape. Cromlechs and Iron Age forts, old field patterns and abandoned industrial sites, such as the limekilns at Solva, are testimony to man’s influence.