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Pembrokeshire section of Wales Coast Path opens

The 5.5-mile path is part of the Castlemartin Range Trail

Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson today officially opened the latest section of the Wales Coast Path.

The 5.5-mile (9km) route is part of the Castlemartin Range Trail and brings the assembly government a step closer to achieving its goal of creating a coastal path that spans the entire Welsh coast by 2012.

Other parts of the path opened this year include a 27-mile stretch between Llandudno and Prestatyn.  

Castlemartin Range, on the south Pembrokeshire coast, is used by the Ministry of Defence for the pre-deployment training of crews operating heavy armoured vehicles in Afghanistan.

The trail provides a marked route, access gates and fencing to provide a safe and enjoyable walking and cycling route around the range.

“I am delighted to officially open this stretch of coastal path that improves access for walkers to this part of the world famous Pembrokeshire Coast National Park,” said Davidson.

“The area enjoys spectacular sea cliffs, home to the largest concentration of breeding seabirds on the Welsh mainland, grassland which supports many rare inspects and a wide variety of flora. 

“I was very pleased when the coast of Pembrokeshire was recently voted the second best coastal destination in the world by the National Geographic Society.

“This recognition illustrates the international significance of our spectacular landscape and I am sure that, when completed, the path will be a draw for tourists from all over the world.”

Colonel Richard Howard-Gash added: “Supporting our Armed Forces is the top priority for Defence Estates and training areas, such as Castlemartin, are vital elements in helping our troops prepare for operations in Afghanistan.

“The Castlemartin Range Trail allows us to balance the pressing need for military training with the desire of walkers, cyclists, horse riders and others to enjoy this area of spectacular beauty.”


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