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Living in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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

Do you have children?
The Authority works with 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.

Every year we worked with thousands of children at our popular sites, including our Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids, Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and Castell Henllys Iron Age Village.

National Park Youth Rangers
National Park Youth Rangers in action.

We also have a Youth Ranger scheme, which gives young people the chance to visit exciting and virtually unexplored wild places in Pembrokeshire and be heavily involved in conservation and community projects that will really make a difference.

If you’re a parent or a teacher interested in finding out about educational opportunities for pupils, visit the Learning About section.

Are 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 farmers and landowners in order to make the most of the wildlife on their land.

Further details are available in the Looking After section.

Do you like to go walking?
There is free walking information on over 200 walks and local walking groups on our website. 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.

Preseli Walkers
​A family walking in the Preseli Hills.

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 in the Planning section.

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.

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. 

Do you work in a business which benefits from tourism?
The 2013 Valuing Wales’ National Parks report indicated that the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the surrounding area attracts 4.2million visitors a year, supports over 7,000 jobs and contributes £187million Gross Value Added to the Welsh economy.
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.

Coast to Coast, our visitor newspaper has been running for over 30 years. It is distributed to over 500 outlets across Pembrokeshire and has a print run of 225,000 and is available online and as an app. Many local businesses advertise with us year after year.
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.

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 Wheelchair at Freshwater East.
Beach Wheelchair at Freshwater East.​

The 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 30 are left to cross, and there are now many long stile-free sections for Path users to enjoy. Additionally beach wheelchairs are available to help people with mobility problems to enjoy the National Park’s spectacular beaches.

Do you value our traditional buildings and towns?
The National Park contains more than 1,200 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. 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?
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.