JORDAN WYLIE’S 15x15x15: DAY TWELVE – PEMBROKESHIRE COAST
Day 12 saw me head to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in West Wales. This National park has a varied landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy and stone beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills. I’m not sure how many people come here to run as it is quite some drive to get to but I can promise you the journey was worth every mile indeed.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path’s hills – my chosen running trail – may not be too long, but they are short, steep and plentiful and it’s quite hard to avoid this and believe me I did try! The landscape is almost like a roller coaster of terrain with small dips and loops on every corner but looking to the left over my shoulder realises some of Wales’ most breathtaking views. For some reason, I have always found coastal running much more fun, easier and good for the mind. There’s something about that fresh sea air that makes everyone’s day better in my opinion.
I was quite surprised by how remote this area was. I only saw a handful of people over the 6 hours of running, it felt like I was the last person left on earth at times, which was very peaceful. From my limited exposure to this region, I would say its somewhat an undiscovered beauty in the UK and would actively encourage you to come and visit to run, walk, camp, or even surf!
You are unlikely to find a Starbucks or McDonalds for miles, or cues of tourists to reach a summit which makes this one of my Favourite National Parks so far. Well done Wales for keeping this little gem in such good shape. I salute you!