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19 Facts About Pembrokeshire: Q&A

19 Facts About Pembrokeshire: Q&A

What is the smallest city in the UK? 

St. David’s in Wales has a population of only 1,800. City status was originally granted to St. David’s in 1994 on the anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne. She awarded this status to St. David’s because of its cathedral and Christian heritage.  

Cities in the UK no longer need a cathedral to have a city, and city status is usually decided on size.  

What is Wales’ biggest theme park? 

Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire is Wales’ biggest theme park. It also has the highest sky swing in the UK.  

When did the Pembrokeshire Coast Path open? 

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail opened in 1970. It was Wales’ first national trail. In 2012, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path became part of the Wales Coast Path, the first coastal walk in the world stretching an entire country’s coastline.  

How many beaches are there in Pembrokeshire? 

Pembrokeshire has over 50 beaches. Pembrokeshire won 39 Wales Coast Awards in 2019 for its clean, high-quality beaches. 11 Pembrokeshire Beaches earned the Blue Flag – an international sign of high-water quality, services, safety, environmental awareness and protection. Wales has more Blue Flag beaches than anywhere else in Britain.  

Where are the largest gannet colonies in the UK? 

Bass Rock and St Kilda in Scotland have the UK’s largest gannet colonies with 75,000 and 66,000 pairs respectively, followed by Grassholm Island in Wales with 39,000 pairs. Bass Rock has the largest gannet population in the world.  

How close is Ireland to Pembrokeshire?  

Ireland is only about 100 miles from Pembrokeshire. There are regular ferries to Ireland from Pembroke and Fishguard. It’s even possible to go to Ireland on a day trip from Pembrokeshire.  

Does Pembrokeshire have a flag? 

It most certainly does! It’s a yellow and blue flag based on the flag of St. David.  

Is there a logo for the Wales Coastal Path? 

Yes! The logo for the Wales Coast Path uses the blue and yellow of the St. David’s flag and has a design that incorporates the Welsh dragon and a shell.  

How many National Parks are there in the UK? 

There are 15 national parks in the UK – 10 in England, 3 in Wales and 2 in Scotland. Pembrokeshire Park is the only national park that is primarily coastal. It was the fifth established national park in the UK and the second in Wales after Snowdonia.  

How big is the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park? 

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is one of the smallest in the UK at 232.5 square miles. Its widest point is approximately 10 miles wide and it is 100 metres wide at its narrowest point. The national park covers 39% of Pembrokeshire county and a third of Wales. 

Pembrokeshire National Park has a particularly diverse landscape, including beaches, estuaries, islands, and cliffs as well as woodland and hills.  

How many nature areas are there in the Pembrokeshire National Park? 

There are 13 Special Areas of Conservation, 5 Special Protection Areas, 7 National Nature Reserves and a Marine Nature Reserve. There are also 60 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. 

What is the population of Pembrokeshire? 

The population of Pembrokeshire is approximately 125,000, with 22,500 people living within the national park.  

What is the highest point in Pembrokeshire? 

Foel Cwmcerwyn is the highest peak in Pembrokeshire at a total elevation of 1759ft. The views from the top are spectacular, looking over the rest of the Preseli hills and wild moorlands. The Preseli hills is home to a plethora of wildlife including numerous rare species.  

How long is the Pembrokeshire Coast Path? 

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is 186 miles long. It begins in Amroth in the south and St. Dogmaels in the north. It forms part of the 870-mile Wales Coastal Path – the only continuous waymarked trail around the entire coast of a country.  

The Wales Coastal Path is sometimes referred to as ‘Welsh Everest’. Its ascents and descents are thought to total a sum of 35,000 feet! 

Which animals can you see in Pembrokeshire? 

In North Pembrokeshire and off Strumble head you can spot basking sharks, the common porpoise, dolphins, and sunfish. On land, you can see badgers, voles, roe deer, and red foxes. Birds include gannets, guillemots, choughs, fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills, peregrine falcons, shags and storm petrels. At Sweet Home Alpaca you can even see alpacas. 

On nearby Skomer Island, you’ll find the breeding ground for 45% of the world’s Manx shearwaters. Orca wales were spotted in Pembrokeshire in 2016.  

Is there an official flower of Pembrokeshire? 

The county flower of Pembrokeshire is the thrift – clostog fair in Welsh, which means Mary’s pillow because it has leaves that look like a cushion. It’s a pink flower found along the coast in cliffs or saltmarshes.  

What is the largest natural harbour in the world?   

Port Philip in Australia is the largest natural harbour in the world, followed by the Milford Haven Waterway in Wales. 

What is the best pub in the world? 

The Sloop Inn! The Sloop is a superb traditional pub in Porthgain harbour between St. David’s and Fishguard, on the Wales Coast Path in Pembrokeshire. You can sit outside and enjoy freshly caught seafood, and most importantly, the picturesque view. 

Disclaimer: This one is more opinion than fact, but you should definitely pop in for a visit! 

Do you have any questions about Pembrokeshire that we haven’t answered? Comment below with your questions!  

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