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Fascinating Pembrokeshire Facts.

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What is it about this place?

Pembrokeshire is unique – its spectacular coastline and unspoilt inland areas make it a truly special place to live and work – or visit. However, there are many other unusual aspects of our county that may surprise the resident and intrigue the visitor…here are some fasinating Pembrokeshire facts.

To begin with the most obvious delights, Pembrokeshire has 2% of the UK’s ancient woodlands, 94% of the heritage coast and 37% of national park ( 620 sq km), so that immediately tells us how treasured and precious this area is.

Within Pembrokeshire, there are 38 conservation areas and 35 historic parks to explore as well as 2868 listed buildings and an amazing 527 ancient monuments. The first time visitor is often stuck by the feeling of openness and the vast skies, but down at ground level this county is unusual and possibly blessed (depending on your point of view) with having no motorways and a mere 75 miles of trunk roads. With only 98 miles of main road and 660 miles of minor roads and meandering lanes, Pembrokeshire is not a place to hurry. New residents soon adopt a laid-back approach to getting anywhere at a very specific time and you can sometimes save some driving time by getting to know the minor roads, but that can also mean some regular slowing down behind tractors, cows or just awestruck tourists!

Pembrokeshire has the lowest crime rate in the UK and some may say the lowest wages too, but insurance is cheaper than elsewhere and council tax also the lowest in Wales. Pay is significantly lower and there are also more part-timers than in many other regions.In terms of business there are a very small number of employers with over 250 staff and 90% of businesses are micro in size. It is common for those wishing to live here to take a pay cut, maybe work in a field with less status that their previous roles or to hold a few different jobs according to the season Having over 50 beaches within 30 miles can more than make up for any perceived downgrading in lifestyles and most of us who have chosen to make Pembrokeshire our home revel in the relaxed pace and clean environment With only 71 people per square kilometre and most of those in the small towns and villages it is an ideal place to find peace and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Biodiversity in Pembrokeshire is the richest in the UK and the natural environment is of the highest quality. .these fascinating facts go some way to explaining the magical appeal of Pembrokeshire. The National Park Coast magazine included the statistic a few years ago that 85% of first-time visitors to the county will be back – again and again. For me 45 visits over 22 years made me pretty sure that I wanted to be here and I consider myself so fortunate to have lived here for four years now.

These are just some of the most recent statistical data available and if you want to delve deeper have a look on the Pembrokeshire County Council website or on the government statistical tables on NOMIS.

 

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Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne is now enjoying realising her long-held ambition to work as a Community Photojournalist and to celebrate her passion for the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire. Usually accompanied by her Pembrokeshire border collie, Cwtch.

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