When you come to a National Park the experience is largely about landscape and tranquility and this means that facilities may be limited in the more remote areas. However, in Pembrokeshire, there’s a good range of the facilities that you may need to enjoy a day out on the Coast Path or in the hills.
Bus route map
Even if you never normally use public transport, we would like to encourage you to leave your car at home and come into the Park by bus wherever possible.
We work with the County Council and other partners to provide additional coastal buses through Greenways. Even if you drive to the coast and walk on the Coast Path you may find it really useful to use the bus for one part of your day. So, try taking the bus to the far end and walking back to the car! But of course check out the timetables first.
Car parks Car Park map
Most places that you need to visit have car-parking facilities but these may be too small during the busiest days throughout the peak summer season (another good reason to catch the bus!). We don’t want to build new car parks that may only be used for a few days a year, so this is an even better reason to use the bus at peak times. Car parks tend to be managed by the National Park Authority, the National Trust and the County Council and there are a few privately owned or local community facilities as well. For locations and basic information check the facilities page.
The National Park Authority manages around 40 car parks and parking areas; we charge on ten of these and use the income to help us maintain the car parks and paths in the Park. A season ticket for National Park car parks is available if you email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. some areas the authority owns the beachhead and dunes as well as the car park. These are often very popular areas because of their natural beauty and need to be used with consideration so please do not camp or leave litter. Leave only Footprints!
Public Toilets map
Pembrokeshire has a large number of public toilets but it’s worth checking your destination if this is an important issue. The toilets are generally managed by the County Council. Because of financial constraints, facilities which tend to get lower levels of use in winter may well be closed from October.
Many beaches in Pembrokeshire have access ramps but often they lead onto areas of fairly soft sand. Conditions vary greatly from beach to beach and it is as well to take local advice about their use.
Check out the ‘Enjoy Pembrokeshire’ website for beach and watersports information. Most harbours are run by the County Council, like Tenby and Fishguard, or local associations and make a small charge for launching, which helps to meet local management costs. On the Milford Haven Waterway there are numerous slipways and access points. Check out the boatlaunch.co.uk for more details.