Pembrokeshire Coast National Park 60th Anniversary

Pembrokeshire features a dramatic coastline nearly 200 miles long with soaring cliffs, small sandy coves and glorious, long golden beaches covering 243 sq m.  Almost all of the shoreline is included within Britain’s only coastal National Park, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary today.  It was designated on 29th February 1952 primarily because of its spectacular coastline.  It is one of three National Parks in Wales, the others being the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.  In 2011 National Geographic magazine voted Pembrokeshire the second best coastal destination in the world.
Serious walkers will enjoy the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010, and is a demanding but very rewarding trail from Amroth to St Dogmael’s, which would take around two weeks to complete and part of which passes by the dramatic coastline shown in the image below.  From next May it will link to the Wales Coastal Path, the world’s first national coast perimeter walk.
 

Porthlysgi Bay

Although I had visited Pembrokeshire before, having spent holidays there in my youth, my first photographic trip was in early Autumn 2007 and only then for 3 days following a visit to the Gower. This trip was one of the first I undertook in starting my journey around the British Isles.  My base was just down the road from Whitesands Bay where one evening I managed to capture this sunset image.
 

Whitesands Bay

My time in Pembrokeshire was too short to do it justice only having the opportunity to walk and photograph some of the coastal areas around St.David’s so I have already planned to revisit the National Park in this its anniversary year.  This time I hope to spend more time in the area and looking at my list of potential photo locations it looks as if I may be there for a while.
 
Make sure you follow my photographic journey to ensure you don’t miss this revisit.
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