Stepping up to National Park Trail Officer role

It sounds like a walk in the Park, but it’s a challenge taking care of one of the world’s most iconic walking trails in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Stepping up is Theresa Nolan, who was recently appointed as National Trail Officer for the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, established in 1970 and a key link in the Wales Coast Path. The post is funded by Natural Resources Wales via the Welsh Government.

Theresa Nolan, newly appointed National Trail Officer with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Theresa Nolan has recently been appointed by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority as National Trail Officer for the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail.

Theresa was appointed to her new post this summer, having worked as Public Rights of Way Officer within Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority since 2002.

Theresa said: “The Path has been an incredible success story in recent years, and is a major achievement in terms of partnership working with landowners and Authority staff who work hard to keep the Path accessible all year round.

“As the National Trail Officer for Pembrokeshire Coast Path I will be responsible for balancing the safety of the walker with the quality of their walking experience. One of the most important parts of my job will be to carry out an annual condition survey of the entire Coast Path and be responsible for guiding the future development and management of this fantastic coastal path.

“I look forward to building on a strong foundation of maintenance and development by the recently retired National Trail Officer of nearly 26 years, Dave MacLachlan, who saw through many changes on the Coast Path, including the removal of over 400 stiles, thereby improving ease of access for walkers.”

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