Open Water Swimming Coaching in Pembrokeshire, Wales

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Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pembrokeshire is one of the most beautiful and rugged counties in the UK and the only county to have a fully protected coastal national park.

Beautiful beaches in Pembrokeshire UK
There's nothing quite like sea swimming at sunrise

There are numerous castles and ancient neolithic settlements dating back thousands of years, some of them right next to the coast path overlooking the ocean as with the burial chamber at Manorbier.

Pembroke castle is an impressive castle in Pembrokshire
Pembroke Castle, birthplace of Keing Henry VII

The Preseli Hills, in the centre of the county are a range of low level hills, great for hiking and exploring. This area is where the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge come from, also known as 'blue stones'. To this day archeologists debate on just how the ancients transported the stones the long distance to construct Stonehenge.

Pembrokeshire sea swimming in the UK
The Green Bridge of Wales at Stack Rocks, Pembrokeshire

Spectacular 'stacks' can be seen at Stack Rocks near Castlemartin, resulting in stacks in various stages of erosion and some amazing cliffs and sink holes on the cliff edge, just be careful if you are walking at night! These stacks are home to thousands of nesting seabirds in the spring and summer months and are very impressive to look at.

Tenby is a popular beach side town in Pembrokeshire
Tenby harbour

If you enjoy surfing, Pembrokeshire rivals Cornwall both in terms of quality of beaches and waves as well as number of surfable beaches, but best of all, without all of the crowds Cornwall can get. Most popular beaches include Freshwater West and Manorbier, but if you have the will you can take your board along the coast path and scramble down to pretty much any beach and have a go.

Beaches and water sport activities in Pembrokeshire
One of many secluded beaches in south Pembrokeshire

The seas around Pembrokeshire are abundant in marine life including all manner of marine fish, ,jelly fish, crabs, lobsters, as well as seals, porpoise, dolphin, and even sharks and whales.


There are numerous islands around Pembrokeshire that are accessible by boat on day trips or longer: Caldey Island, Skokholm, Skomer and more. Many are nature sanctuaries and are great places to see puffins or seals during the breeding season.

Things to do in Pembrokeshire - hiking along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Spring flowers along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Couple all of this with Pembrokeshire's attractive and bustling seaside towns such as Tenby, Saundersfoot and St. David's, the UK's smallest city with its impressive and ancient cathedral, and you'll soon fall in love with this amazing part of the UK!

Ancient monoliths in Manorbier Pemberokshire Coast Path
An ancient tomb overlooking Manorbier Bay - over 5000 years of history

Getting There

Pembrokeshire is accessible easily by road and rail from anywhere in the UK; or by sea from Ireland, with the ferry landing at Pembroke Dock.


From London

Take the M4 all the way into Wales and then continue as far as you can go, to Carmarthen.

At Carmarthen you turn left and continue west. From the Tenby turnoff/roundabout you will see signs for Tenby, Saundersfoot, Pembroke, St. David's and other key destinations in Pembrokeshire.

From the North

Perhaps easiest would be to get to Neath and then head west on the M4 to Carmerthen. From there follow the signs for Tenby, Saundersfoot or Pembroke. One alternative and very scenic route os via Llandeilo in mid Wales.

From the South West

Head up the M5 to the Severn Bridge, from there into Wales on the M4. Head all the way to Carmarten then follow the signs for the west - Tenby, Pembroke, St. David's etc.

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Contact Us

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