Pembrokeshire Coast, National Park, Wales

   

Most of the Pembrokeshire coastline is a designated National Park.There are dramatic cliffs, sheltered coves and small seaside resorts. Off shore islands with thousands of breeding seabirds. English settlers put roots down here after the Norman conquest, which explains why "little England beyond Wales" has so many English rather than Welsh place names

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Look below for further information on any of the town shown on the map

Bosherton A village, back from the sea, on a 3 mile lake created when a sandbar separated the area off from  the sea. In June thousands of white water lilies bloom, with swans, kingfishers, dragonflies and herons adding to the interest.

A mile to the south is St Govan's Chapel, a tiny (20ft by 12 ft) church, built by a 13th century hermit, perched half way up the cliffs and accessible by cliff steps

Half a mile west is Huntsman's Leaf, a narrow gap in the rock, over a 130 foot chasm. It is said to be named after a  rider who jumped across, but died of fright when he saw what he had done.

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Broad Haven A small seaside resort on St Bride's Bay, with a sandy beach at low tide, and good sea fishing offshore
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Cilgerran A large village on the River Teifi, which offers good salmon and trout fishing. The main attraction is Cilgerran Castle owned by the National Trust, the ruins were immortalised by Turner in his painting that hangs in the Tate
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Dale Near the tip of St Ann's Head, this is a popular yachting centre, in a sheltered bay with two beaches, one sand, one shingle.

Marloes, a  couple of miles north has a mile long sandy beach, nestling under the cliffs

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Fishguard

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Port for regular car ferry sailings to Rosslare in Ireland. A picturesque port, with a great sweep of a bay surrounded by cliffs.

Fishguard was the site of the last invasion of Britain, when a small French force, intent on attacking Bristol, were driven north by the weather, landed at Fishguard in 1797. Fishguard was undefended, but the French thought the red cloaked women were British Guardsmen, and surrendered without a fight.

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Haverfordwest The main town of Pembrokeshire, it has a Norman castle ruins, a 13th century church and a museum
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Manorbier The ruins of the mighty Manorbier Castle dominate the lovely sandy bay. Gerald Cambrensis, the 12th century writer, who wrote vividly about life in both Wales and Ireland, was born in the castle.

Just south of the village is King's Quoit, a 5000 year old burial chamber with massive standing stone

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Milford Haven Now believed to be the starting point of the journey of the vast stones for Stonehenge. They were floated from Milford Haven, across the channel, and up the English rivers.

The deep water port was founded by Sir William Hamilton, best known as the husband of Nelson's Lady Hamilton.

It is now an important port and oil refinery, taking oil tankers up to 250,000 tons

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Nevern A picturesque village near the coast. The Norman church has some 5th and 6th century inscriptions from earlier churches on the site. It was a stopping place for pilgrims on their way to St David's
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Pembroke The largest and most impressive of the Norman castles in Britain, Pembroke Castle is surrounded on three sides by the sea. It saw much action in Norman times. Henry VII was born here in 1457. It deteriorated after the Civil War, but has now been sympathetically restored.
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St David's

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Site of the smallest cathedral city in Britain. The 12th century cathedral was built in a hollow to hide it from the gaze of marauding Vikings sailing by. The impressive ruins of the medieval Bishop's Palace are nearby.

St Non's Bay, named after St David's mother, is where the saint was believed to have been born around 500 AD

Ramsey Island, just offshore, is a privately owned nature reserve. There are boat trips round the island to view the birds

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Skomer Island a mile and a half off shore, Skomer is a National nature Reserve. Home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, gulls,   puffins (6500 pairs), Manx  sheerwaters (100000 pairs)

You can get a boat to Skomer between April and September from Martin's Haven, and follow a four mile marked nature trail round the island

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Tenby A Welsh seaside resort, with the ruins of 13th century town walls. There are two sandy bays and a charming harbour to see.

Offshore Caldey Island can be reached by boat. There you can see the remains of an old monastery, and perhaps surprisingly a modern, inhabited monastery

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