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Taking the route less travelled on the Coast Path

North Area Warden Manager Geraint Harries recently escaped his patch to explore a different stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

I had a very enjoyable weekend recently when a couple of university friends came to stay. We had a great time walking around the Pembrokeshire Coast on the National Trail, although not in the north as I wanted to get away from the area where I usually work.

The weather was ok but the company and scenery were second to none. All the sections of the Coast Path that we walked were in good condition and easily passable. A number of times our friends commented positively on the condition of the Path, which gave me a good feeling even though I wasn’t directly involved in looking after the sections that we walked.

A National Park Authority Warden cutting vegetation along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
A National Park Authority Warden cutting vegetation along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

It made me appreciate again the work that goes into looking after the Coast Path, which at this time of year for the Wardens at the sharp end, means cutting vegetation to keep it clear. This is a task which seems to be never ending especially as there is 186 miles to look after with many lengths needing more than one cut.

The Wardens often mention to me the numbers of people who complement them on their work whilst they walk past them on the Path. This is both a very positive indication that people are very happy with their work, but also gives the Wardens helpful encouragement to continue the work of looking after the National Trail.

A boost helps us all now and again, so next time you see some Wardens hard at work then give them a boost by letting them know how they are doing.

Also if you have some visitors coming to stay, take them on a walk on our spectacular coastline and get a boost yourself from seeing your visitors appreciating the amazing sights that we have on our doorsteps around our Pembrokeshire Coast.

If you want to discover a stretch of the Coast Path you've never visited before, you can find more than 200 walking routes on our website.

National Park Warden Blog
Published 26/09/2018


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