West Wales is truly a special place, home to counties such as Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Swansea bay, Mumbles and the Gower. Many of these rural counties host beautiful untouched countryside and coastal walks that you will not find anywhere else. Pembrokeshire for example is the UK’s only coastal National Park, with a coastline walk that measures around 186 miles from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south. It offers a variety of coastal paths for all ages and experience with stunning coastal scenery to enjoy. With over 300 self-catering holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and The Gower Peninsula, FBM Holidays have accommodation to suit all tastes.
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Featured Path – The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
This path is one of the most varied paths you could walk. It hosts a variety of landscapes, such as cliffs, bays and valleys. On top of this you can view some of Pembrokeshire’s native wildlife. Along the coastal route lie a selection of attractive towns and villages for you to visit and enjoy. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path lies almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park — Britain’s only coastal national park – and passes through stunning scenery. Throughout its 186 miles it covers a huge range of maritime landscapes, from rugged and steep limestone cliffs and volcanic headlands to sheltered red sandstone coves, flooded glacial valleys, winding estuaries, and wide-open beaches. In total the path passes 58 beaches and 14 harbours. As far as possible the route runs close to the cliff edge and coast, but this is not possible at all times; on occasion the coast is barely in sight where it detours industrial or military areas. These deviations, however, are brief. The walking is not strenuous, but there are constant undulations throughout, and there are narrow sections of the path. There are also many stiles en route. In its entirety the Coast Path represents a considerable physical challenge — its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is said to be equivalent to climbing Everest. There are two low-tide crossings, at Dale and Sandy Haven, which require lengthy detours if not timed suitably. There are a handful of seaside towns and coastal villages along the path, such as Tenby, St Davids, Solva and Newport and the backpacker attempting longer parts of the trail will consequently find enough shops and campsites along the way, but may need to carry food and water for a couple of days in one or two places. There are also a number of small hotels and guest houses en route, invariably family-run. There are also cottages for hire, often built in traditional styles. For the vast majority of walkers, the coastal path is enjoyed in shorter sections, and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park lists some 130 shorter circular walks on its web site . Access to the coastal path (by bus or car) is easy in dozens of locations. The whole coast is served by a number of dedicated walkers’ bus services, which operate over the entire length of the path; these include the Puffin Shuttle, the Coastal Cruiser, the Celtic Coaster, St David’s Peninsula Shuttle Service, the Strumble Shuttle, and the Poppit Rocket – See link below for the bus timetables. Since the construction of the Cleddau Bridge across the Milford Haven Waterway it is possible to walk the whole route of the trail without a break. The path, however, is not continuous in that it is not designated through built up areas, such as Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock, Tenby and Saundersfoot.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of only three National Trails in Wales. It is almost entirely within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is managed throughout by the Park Authority.
The Forestry Commission Minwear Wood Walk
Beneath the historic shelter of ancient Oaks, Ash and Hazel trees and more recent additions of Fir and Spruce, are gems of trails lined and bordered by magical Bluebells, Foxgloves, Wood Spurge, Wild Thyme and many other beautiful hedgerow plants with butterflies flitting from flower to flower. The perfect setting for those of you who are looking for a dog friendly holiday, what could be a better way of entertaining Fido than with a relaxing short break for you both! For those of you really wanting to step off the beaten track and get away from it all whilst on your coastal holiday in Pembrokeshire – Steeped in history, betwixt the south west of Narberth and the north west of Templeton, lies the ancient woodland of Canaston and Minwear. Historically important and noted for hundreds of years, some of the smaller trees within the woods were once used as firewood for the Slebech estate, but the mighty oaks were left to grow so that they could be used for building ships in the harbours of Tenby and Saundersfoot Bay. Some of the timbers were burned to make charcoal to fuel the iron foundry, which at that time existed near Blackpool Mill. The ideal setting for a walking holiday! Blackpool Mill is where your trail begins, Follow wooden posts circled with blue just to the south west of Blackpool Mill. Dating as far back as the 17th century the woodlands were formally part of the Slebech Estate and were at one time home to Wild Boar, which were introduced by ‘Baron De Rutzen’ in the early 19th century. He had them imported from Hamburg in order to satisfy his thirst for hunting! But fear not explorers – the only wild animals that the woods are home to now are grey squirrels, badgers and foxes. The epitome of tranquillity and a vision of calm and peace, perfect for an after dinner stroll on romantic weekend break… or for the wildlife watchers amongst us, many species of birds including Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-Tailed Tits, Robins, Wrens, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldcrest, Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Buzzards, Jays and Carrion Crows can be spotted amidst the leafy canopies.
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