Wales' first long distance route, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, was opened in 1970, since then it has been extended to cover 186 miles of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Britain. Redlands is only 1 mile from the path near Little Haven.
Much of the route is at cliff-top level, providing superb views of the cliffs, beaches, and offshore islands, with their wealth of marine and bird life.
Elsewhere it follows gentler shorelines, including the outer reaches of the Milford Haven estuary, one of the finest natural harbours in the world according to Admiral Nelson.
The entire route represents an impressive physical challenge to the walker, including 35,000 feet of ascent and descent, whilst for those who would prefer something a little less demanding, it offers a tremendous variety for shorter day walks. An excellent coastal bus service operates throughout the area offering a useful transport link between walks.
With its diversity of scenery and wildlife, its colourful blaze of clifftop wild flowers each spring, and its wealth of cultural and historical diversity, stretching from the Iron Age to the present time, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path provides something for everyone - and a surprise around every headland.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has the job of directly caring for the path. The fact that the path runs along the majority of the length of the coastline of the National Park reflects the magnificence of the landscape through which it passes. Only areas of landscape of the highest quality are designated as National Parks.
Each Spring the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park organises a two-week-long guided walk of the Coast Path, led by National Park staff and voluntary wardens, which gives a unique opportunity to do the whole path in the company of other walkers and experts on the area. The walk coincides with the colourful spring flowering of many of the cliff top wild flowers and the nesting of many species of seabird.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park also organises a variety of guided walks incorporating sections of the Coast path throughout the year. Details of all organised walks are available in the Coast to Coast paper available free from most outlets. Walkers who complete the whole Coast Path will have had the opportunity to pass through 17 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), one National Nature Reserve and one Wildlife Trust - West Wales Reserve. They will also have passed the first Marine Nature Reserve in Wales - the waters Around Skomer Island. The SSSI are areas of national wildlife importance which contain a wide variety of habitats including sea cliff, sand dunes, estuaries, heathlands, woodlands and scrub.
Further Information can be obtained from
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Pembrokeshire SA72 6DY
Tel : (0845) 345 7275