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Do you live locally?

If so have a look at the questions below….

What could the National Park Authority do for you? Read through the answers below to find out!

Do you have children?

The Authority works with most schools in Pembrokeshire plus many visiting schools to provide a mix of environmental and conservation education to encourage children to realise the special character of the county and the Park.

Last year we worked with thousands of children at our popular sites, including our Landscape Gallery and Education/Information Centre at Oriel y Parc, Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and Castell Henllys, our Iron Age Fort.

We also have a project called Go4It!, which aims to get inactive young people to become more active outdoors. Currently the scheme covers Pembroke and Pembroke Dock and links in with the work of the National Park Rangers and Education Team, who help to get young people out and about more, right across the Park.

If you’re a parent or a teacher interested in finding out about educational opportunities for pupils, you can contact the education team by sending and email to the following address:

Cerrig MarchogionAre you a local farmer or landowner?

We recognise that the landscape on which the National Park depends was created and is sustained by managing the land.  We provide various forms of assistance to over 170 farmers and landowners in order to make the most of the wildlife on their land.

Further details are available in the flier “Help for wildlife on your land” which you can download by clicking on the link in this passage and below. Or, please visit the Farming & Agriculture page in the Looking After section, to find out more.


Do you like to go walking?

Walking to Cwm Cerwyn Our surveys suggest that around 30% of the local population regularly go for walks in the countryside. In the last ten years we’ve opened 172km of rights of way and have free walking information on over 200 walks on our website.

There is a wide range of walking opportunities distributed across the National Park, for all ages and abilities taking in the coast and the Daugleddau waterway, as well as the woodland and hills of North Pembrokeshire.

Additionally, most of our promoted walks are circuit routes so that you can return to your starting point without having to retrace your steps. In fact within the Park, 42 of the largest 50 villages have a walk within 500m.

Have you just bought a house you’d like to develop in the National Park?

Conserving our past and looking after our wildlife is central to the planning system. Within the National Park’s Planning department we advise on how you can access and make best use of the service you can expect from us. Further information relating to all these issues can be found within this website on the links below:

  • Planning Advice- when is permission needed, how to apply and more information about development management.
  • Planning Policy - the plans which set out the framework for development in the Park.
  • Building Conservation- information and advice about historic buildings and structures in the Park, including Conservation Areas.

If you have bought land and want to know about public rights of way, contact our Access Officer Anthony Richards.

Do you run, or are you a member of, a local community group?

We work closely with a large number of community groups in and around the National Park. Our staff are happy to give talks about the Park and the special character of the area. We often put on guided walks for community and special interest groups and like to find opportunities for local people to get involved, both in using and caring for their local facilities.

Recent examples include:

  • Site visits and walks for visually impaired and carers’ groups
  • Ranger talk to Shalom Hospice
  • Helping to support the Newport Footpaths Group
  • Supporting Llanychaer to purchase and construct a footbridge on a village walk
  • Building a bridge between Angle School and the nearby play area
  • Supporting the Preseli Bluestone Challenge (Rotary Club) with staff time and expertise
  • Working with community councillors in Sandy Haven to restore the limekiln and ???

For talks contact Joanne Rossiter or for practical involvement talk to your local ranger in the first instance.

Are you planning on starting a sustainable development project in the National Park?

If your project will test or develop new ways of living a more sustainable lifestyle in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park then the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) could help you.

The fund supports projects that provide social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits for local communities. Nearly 100 projects have received support and they range from tidal stream turbines and the provision of renewable energy advice to education on climate change and oral history initiatives. To find out more about SDF follow this link to the SDF pages.

Do you work in a business which benefits from tourism?

A major survey of visitors in 2007-8 identified landscape, tranquility and wildlife amongst the top four reasons why people choose Pembrokeshire for their holiday. For over 50 years the National Park Authority has sought to maintain these qualities for both visitors and local people. The latest statistics informed us that over one million user days are spent on the Coast Path every year injecting millions of pounds into the local economy.

Coast to Coast, our visitor newspaper, which has been running for nearly 28 years, is the market leader in Pembrokeshire’s visitor publications. It is distributed to over 500 outlets across Pembrokeshire and has a print run of 225,000, including free website listing. Many local businesses advertise with us year after year.  Have a look at our page turning tool to virtually flick through the pages of our most recent Coast to Coast.

No one has a greater long term interest in the success of the National Park Authority than the tourism industry. Does your website make the most of the National Park? Feel free to provide links to our website.

You can also get involved with Pembrokeshire Tourism who work closely with the business community, organisations and local authorities to support and promote tourism in Pembrokeshire.

We are all helping to build a better tourism destination.

Do you find it hard to get out and about?

The National Park offers a choice of walks for all ages and abilities ranging from rugged stretches of Coast Path to leisurely strolls  which are ideal for families with young children or pushchairs and less able-bodied people. We have an extensive
section on Easy Access Walks for you to explore.

Beach WheelchairThe National Park Authority has removed or replaced (with gates) more than 400 stiles on the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path since the early 1990s and is continuing to remove them wherever possible. Around 107 are left to cross, and there are now many long stile-free sections for Path users to enjoy, including:

  • Amroth to Rowston Cliff - 5 miles
  • West Moor Cliff (1 mile East of Freshwater East) to Stack Rocks - 11.5 miles
  • SheepIsland to Bullwell Bay - 7 miles
  • Milford Haven to Madoc’s Haven (excluding high tide routes) - 32.5 miles
  • Newgale to Penberi - 23 miles
  • Aber-pwll (west of Abereiddi) to Porthgain - 3 miles
  • Aberfelin, Trefin to Penbwchdy - 9 miles
  • Garn Llwyd to Hescwm - 3 miles
  • Newportand estuary - 3.5 miles
  • Dale to Musselwick – 33 miles 

Additionally two more beach wheelchairs are available to help people with mobility problems to enjoy the National Park’s spectacular beaches.

These beach wheelchairs are available at the following locations in the National Park:

  • Saundersfoot (managed by Pembrokeshire County Council and available from the Tourist Information Centre near the harbour, 01834 813672)
  • Poppit Sands (available from P.I.P.P.A. call 01437 760999, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm or email
  • Whitesands  (available from P.I.P.P.A. call 01437 760999, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm or email
  • Broad Haven (available from Haven Sports near the beach, 01437 781354)
  • SouthBeach, Tenby (available from Kiln Park reception, call 01834 844121)

Do you value our traditional buildings and towns?

The National Park contains nearly 1240 listed buildings, recognised for their architectural or historical value. Many more ‘ordinary’ buildings are not protected, but make a vital contribution to the character of the National Park. We are keen to give advice about them all, not just those which are listed.

Visit our Building Conservation pages to find out how you can get advice about historic buildings and structures, and meet our Building Conservation Officer Rob Scourfield who also provides advice to various organisations such as Community and Town Councils, the Ministry of Defence and the National Trust. The National Park also contains 14 Conservation Areas, places of historic and architectural importance which we are working to protect and enhance.

Are you without a car?

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority sees better public transport as a key way to provide a better, greener experience for our visitors and local residents.

We are a partner in Pembrokeshire Greenways, a project to develop the use of sustainable transport for recreation in the countryside and to promote walking, cycling, bus and train travel.