National Park survey highlights importance of Pembrokeshire Coast for mental and physical wellbeing

Posted On : 09/07/2024

A survey seeking community input on the management of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has resulted in a chorus of voices echoing the importance of safeguarding its unique qualities for future generations.

The National Park Management Plan is a partnership plan for the National Park area, which is developed and reviewed every five years. It’s a way of co-ordinating the effort of many organisations and individuals who work together to support National Park purposes of conservation, enjoyment and understanding.

As part of the current review, members of the public were invited to share what makes the National Park special for them, and suggest what needs to be done to protect and restore these distinctive features.

Unsurprisingly, landscapes and seascapes featured strongly in the responses, with one participant describing the Park as “a massive and priceless resource for people’s mental and physical health.”

The spectacular coastline, offshore islands and big seascapes also gained a special mention, with some stating that the beaches in Pembrokeshire are better than many of those found abroad.

For many, the panoramic views and breathtaking vistas of the county and further afield from hills and headlands, such as the Preselis, St David’s Head and St Govan’s Head, were listed as some of the most special features of the National Park.

Walking featured as the most popular activity in the Park, supported by the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and an extensive network of paths and rights of way, which allow users to explore secret valleys, ancient woodlands, and tranquil rivers.


The headland at Treginnis, looking out to Ramsay Island on a fine summer's day, with wildflowers in the foreground.

“We need spaces like this where we can recharge our physical and psychological batteries,” said one respondent, once again highlighting the Park’s importance for mental and physical wellbeing.

The Park’s tranquillity was also listed as one of its special features, along with the eight fully accessible designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites, where the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye on cloudless, moonless nights.

The Pembrokeshire Coast means more to its residents and visitors than spectacular scenery and a place to unwind, though. According to the survey, the heritage and culture of the area, including the Welsh language, are something to be cherished and safeguarded for future generations.

One of the respondents noted: “Pentre Ifan, Carni Ingli and Cwm Gwaun. These places have deep cultural significance to Cymru. They still retain the Welsh language and culture… we can still connect with our deep past by being mindful in these beautiful places.”

All comments made as part of this consultation have been used to inform a draft Plan, which sets out proposals and identifies key partners who need to be involved.

Consultation on this started earlier this month and will end on Monday 30 September. Members of the public will be able to comment online at

There will also be a number of opportunities to feed into the consultation at events throughout the summer.

Proposed changes will be presented to Authority Members later in the year, in order for the new Partnership Plan to be in place for 2025-2029.