The Welsh winter walk named among the most scenic in Britain
For many who love the outdoors there's nothing better than a winter's walk, and now one of Wales's coastal paths has been named among the most scenic walks in Britain for this time of year. There's 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire coastal path, taking walkers through some of the UK's greatest scenery, but a small section of it has been included in a list of some of the best walks to do this winter. According to Country Living, the section of the route along the coast of St David's Peninsula is one of the most spectacular sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
The peninsula is home to St David's, the smallest city in Britain. From here, you can look out across the dramatic sea from a wild landscape of rocky outcrops and fascinating historic monuments that teem with coastal wildlife.
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The lighthouse at Strumble Head along the path (Image: Joe Dunckley/GettyImages)
While there are several different routes you can take along the huge stretch, a four-mile circular walk from Whitesands Beach will take you past the remains of a Neolithic burial chamber, the twinkling lighthouse of Strumble Head, and to an Iron Age coastal fort at the end of the peninsula.
The route is moderately challenging with some rocky parts, slopes and steps. At its highest point you'll be rewarded with views of Pen Beri and Cardigan Bay in the distance. Opened in 1970, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path was the first National Trail in Wales.
75% lies within designated conservation sites and 85% within the boundaries of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. As well as offering walkers spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife, the Trail also passes through areas where communities have lived for centuries, with areas largely formed on the activities of fishing and farming, as shown by the small coastal settlements and the farmed landscape. Along the path you can see many reminders of this maritime tradition from the Neolithic cromlechs and Iron Age promontory forts to the churches and chapels of the seafaring early Celtic saints and their followers.
The Vikings took interest in the area, reflected today in a legacy of place names such as Goodwick near Fishguard and the islands of Skomer and Skokholm. It's no wonder the path has become a cult favourite among walkers, should you choose to cover the entire route you'd take in over 50 beaches over 40 Iron Age promontory forts and a chain of Napoleonic and later forts. And that's not to mention the picturesque port towns and villages of Tenby, Solva, Porthgain among others - which draw thousands of visitors every year.
And rightly so.
So while it's a beautiful part of the world all year round, why not brave the elements for a brisk winter stroll.
Country Life's Top 10 scenic winter walks
- Richmond Park, the Tamsin Trail
Peak District - Higger Tor and Carl Wark
Bournemouth - Hengistbury Head
Leicestershire - Melton Mowbray
Yorkshire Dales - Bolton Abbey
The Cotswolds - Painswick to Slad
Edinburgh - Arthur's Seat
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path - St David's Peninsula
West Sussex - South Downs National Park and Arundel Castle