Coronavirus

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As the Welsh Government has eased travel restrictions, some visitor facilities around the National Park have re-opened. However, life has changed, so a visit now will be different and we must all continue to take action to stop the spread of Coronavirus and keep Pembrokeshire safe.

Please note travel in to Wales is not allowed without a reasonable excuse, for example travelling for work purposes. You are allowed to go on holiday within Wales if you live here, but not to enter Wales from elsewhere for that purpose. For further details visit the Welsh Government website.

We are asking anyone considering a visit to the National Park to respect the land, community and each other, and play your part in moving out of lockdown safely together.

If you are going to visit the Pembrokeshire Coast please plan ahead before you come.

While we were away, nature reclaimed our National Park. We want to keep our part of Pembrokeshire’s paradise safe as we begin to explore outdoors again, so we ask you to tread lightly. Follow the Countryside Code and leave only footprints.

Quick links to information and advice

►What do I need to do

►What to expect when you get here

►Car Parks

►Footpath Network

►Virtual Nature

►Development Management (Planning)

►Visiting Park Authority headquarters

►Contact Us

What do I need to do?

Know the latest guidancecheck the Welsh Government website for the up-to-date advice and be sure to follow social distancing and hand hygiene measures at all times.

Plan ahead before you travelcheck the Welsh Government website for the latest travel restrictions and for any disruption to your planned route and destination.

Adapt to the situation – Have a back-up plan in case you are unable to visit the place you want to.

Be kind to our communities and each other – be mindful of local residents and communities who live and work in the areas you are visiting, please be kind and remember the three ‘R’s:

  • Respect the Land

  • Respect the Community

  • Respect each Other

Follow the National Park Authority on Twitter and Facebook to be kept up to date of the latest developments in the Park.

Coronavirus Plan Ahead

What to expect when you get here

Things may take longer than usual. Be prepared for queues at toilets, car parks and other facilities as people will need to following social distancing and hand hygiene measures.

New signage and guidelines will be in place at key locations to help you enjoy your visit safely. Please read and follow them carefully. Remember to keep your safety, that of your families and our communities as a first priority.

Social Distancing graphic

Car Parks

All National Park Authority-managed car parks are now open. For more information visit our parking page.

 

Footpath network

The footpath network is open in line with Welsh Government guidelines. For more information visit our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Walking Guidance section.

 

Tread lightly in the Park

Please ensure you enjoy the outdoors responsibly and follow any on site advice and adhere to the Countryside Code.

 

Connect with nature virtually

If you cannot leave your home or travel to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park you can still connect to the nature of the Park through our social media channels, our website and our online version of Coast to Coast.

Like the National Park on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

Development Management (Planning) Service

The Authority’s Development Management service has continued to operate as far as practicable during the Coronavirus restrictions.

Our website is operating as normal with access to Development Management Committee agendas, papers and minutes as well as normal public access to the detail on planning applications.

As of 1 September 2020 and until further notice we will no longer be able to offer planning advice over the phone or via email and our planning surgery is suspended. This is to enable officers to clear the backlog of planning applications and pre-applications that has built up as a result of Covid-19 and IT issues.

Appointments will be available, however, to view planning documents. The Authority’s offices will be open to members of the public on an appointments-only basis from Wednesday 2 September 2020. All planning applications since April 2019 are available to view on our website via the Search Planning Applications page. Please view applications on our website where possible.

As an added safety measure, those accessing the building will be required to wear a face covering and sanitise their hands when entering and exiting. Anyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus, or has been asked to self-isolate, should refrain from booking appointments or attempting to visit the Llanion Park headquarters until their period of quarantine has been completed.

Appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, between 9am and 4pm, and can be booked by calling 01646 624800 or by emailing info@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk.

Development Management Committee meetings will be held virtually and can be viewed via a live video stream with details of how to watch on via the Committee Papers page.

The Development Management Committee will not undertake site visits while the Coronavirus restrictions are in place. Decisions by the committee will be based on the information supplied with an application and presented to them in reports, representations and other presentations.

 

Visiting Park Authority headquarters at Llanion Park

 

Face masks

Wearing a face mask is compulsory in all indoor areas. Children under 11 and people who cannot wear face coverings for health or medical reasons are exempt. For further details visit the Welsh Government website.

 

Booking your visit

Appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, between 9am and 4pm, and can be booked by calling 01646 624800 or by emailing info@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk.

Phone lines will be open Monday-Thursday between 9am-5pm and 9am-4.30pm on Friday.

As an added safety measure, those accessing the building will be required to wear a face covering and sanitise their hands when entering and exiting. Anyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus, or has been asked to self-isolate, should refrain from booking appointments or attempting to visit the Llanion Park headquarters until their period of quarantine has been completed.

 

Test, Trace, Protect

You will be asked to give contact details for purposes of tracing people in the event of an outbreak being linked to the building. For further details visit the Welsh Government website.

 

Contact Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Staff

The Authority’s offices are open but members of the public must book an appointment before visiting.

Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre has reopened. The Authority’s visitor attractions at Carew Castle, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village have closed for the winter but are still able to accept bookings from groups and schools.

If you wish to contact the Authority, please phone 01646 624800 (manned between 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-4.30pm Friday), email info@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk or use the form on our Contact Us page.

Enquiries for Carew Castle: enquiries@carewcastle.com.

Enquiries for Castell Henllys: enquiries@castellhenllys.com.

Enquiries for Oriel y Parc: 01437 720392  info@orielyparc.co.uk.

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