Celebrating 2017 With 17 Pembrokeshire Facts

By Kathryn Slade Green Bridge of Wales

Here at Bluestone we are very proud to be based in the county of Pembrokeshire. With its rolling hills, spectacular coastline and beautiful beaches it’s easy to see why we are happy to call it home!

To celebrate the start of 2017 here are 17 facts about Pembrokeshire: 

1. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park covers 232.5 square miles (602 sq km).

2. There are 15 National Parks in the UK. The Pembrokeshire Park is the only one that is mainly coastal.

3. It is one of the smallest UK National Parks, but has one of the most diverse landscapes – sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and islands, quiet wooded estuary and hill country with spectacular sea views.

4. Around 22,500 people live within the National Park.

5. If you are in the National Park you are never further than 10 miles from the sea.

6. The Park covers about 39% of the county of Pembrokeshire.

7. The Pembrokeshire Coast was voted second in National Geographic Traveller magazine’s 2011 poll of the world’s best coastal destinations.

8. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail opened in 1970 after 17 years of consultation and construction.

9. The Coast Path is 186 miles long, winding its way from Amroth in the south to St Dogmaels in the north.

10. The total rise and fall of the entire Coast Path is 35,000ft – greater than Everest.

11. The Coast Path attracts around one million user days annually and is one of the county’s most important economic assets.

12. The Park has 279 Scheduled Ancient Monuments and is home to more than 1,200 listed buildings.

13. In 2012, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path became part of the 870-mile Wales Coast Path – making it part of the only footpath in the world to trace the entire coastline of a nation.

14. The National Park is home to 13 Special Areas of Conservation, 5 Special Protection Areas, 1 Marine Nature Reserve, 7 National Nature Reserves and 60 Sites of Special Scientific Interest!

15. Common porpoise, dolphins, sunfish and basking sharks can sometimes be spotted off Strumble Head and around the north Pembrokeshire Coast. In 2016 some orca whales were sighted too!

16. The Milford Haven Waterway is the second largest natural harbour in the World (after Port Philip, in Australia).

17. The Park includes Britain’s smallest city, St David’s, with its impressive cathedral.

St Davids Cathedral
If you are yet to explore Pembrokeshire and all that the county has to offer why not book a break to Bluestone in 2017!

The resort is based in the heart of Pembrokeshire so it‘s the perfect place to explore from.

With luxury accommodation where you can unwind after a fun day exploring, to the Blue Lagoon Water Park and the Adventure Centre, which are complimentary for our guests, there is something for everyone.

Why not click here to start exploring and see what you could discover this year!

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