On the far south-west tip of Wales, closer to Ireland than London, lies the seaside and outdoor paradise of Pembrokeshire. This is a region of the UK that offers all the beautiful beaches you could ever require for a Great British beach holiday yet with room to escape too many tourist trappings. The cold grey slate of the Valleys has given way to Pembrokeshire ‘s little white-washed fishing cottages and small holdings, the close sided hills exchanged for vertiginous cliffs and far reaching sea views.
Pembrokeshire is a fantastic destination. Pembrokeshire is also the perfect holiday destination for young families seeking a compromise between keeping the kids happy with sandcastles and ice-cream and hitting the walking trail. Undeniably its main attraction is the 299km of the undulating, cliff-hugging, beach combing Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, with all manner of basking seals, leaping dolphins, seabirds and secret beaches to be found along the way. From the gentler, sandy south to the wild west coast and the rugged, jagged and dramatic north, this is an exciting and varied long distance trail with sections to suit all walkers.
Pembrokeshire’s coastline is not the only attraction though. The beautiful Stackpole estate in south Pembrokeshire has acres of inland grounds to explore, with walking trails taking in lakeside strolls where otters are reputedly making a home for themselves. North Pembrokeshire offers a completely different vista with the wild moorland landscape of the Preseli hills. Packed full of a rich prehistoric history, the 8 mile Golden Road walking trail runs right across the top of the Preseli hills on a track believed to have been followed by our ancient ancestors nearly 5000 years ago on their way to and from Ireland.
For those with tots in pushchairs or looking to combine a stroll with a family day-out, Pembrokeshire as plenty more to offer. From country parks to coastal town strolls, castles to formal gardens, there are lots of family friendly walking options.
For some tried and tested Baby Routes walks, take a look at the posts below. If you need some more inspiration then here are a few links to some useful walking sites for Pembrokeshire:
- Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail site lists everything you need to know about walking this excellent long-distance path, including some ideas for accessible walks.
- Walking Pembrokeshire have loads of information on exploring Pembrokeshire on foot. They also have some ideas for accessible and short walks and list details of the areas excellent bus service which helps walkers retrace their steps the fast way.
- Pembrokeshire Greenways have compiled a list of accessible walks, principally designed for scooters but which work equally well for pushchairs or easy strolls for little walkers. You can download individual walks in PDF format from the website or buy the guide.
- Wales Coast Path site offers ideas for some short walks in Pembrokeshire along the seafront of 1 or 2km.
- Visit Pembrokeshire has a good section on walking, including information on the sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, public transport information and links to other walking sites.