Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Walks
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|Abermawr Woods||2 miles (2.5 km)||This short walk takes you along Abermawr Beach and through Abermawr Woods on the Pembrokeshire Coast. You'll pass along the pretty shingle beach and enjoy peaceful woodland trails in the adjacent wood. It's a lovely spot with great coastal views and bluebells in the wood in the spring. Parking is available at the turning circle near the beach from which this walk starts.|
|Amroth and Colby Woodland Garden||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a walk along the lovely coastline at Amroth and visit the National Trust's Colby Woodland Garden. |
The walk starts near the sea front in Amroth and follows a footpath north to the delightful Colby Woodland Garden. Here you will find 8 acres of woodland, widlflower meadows and gardens with a variety of plants and flowers such as azaleas, bluebells, camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons. In the walled garden there is a Victorian Gothic inspired gazebo and fine Japanese maples. The wildflower meadow has pretty streams and ponds and there are peaceful woodland trails in the woodland garden.
The secluded wooded valley is home to a variety of wildlife. Look out for Dippers, bats, otters, frogs and toads.
After leaving the gardens you can return to the sea front on the same path and then enjoy a stroll along the prom in Amroth.
|Caldey Island||2 miles (4 km)||Follow the walking trails around this fascinating and beautiful island off the Pembrokeshire coast, near Tenby. You can catch a boat from Tenby Harbour to the island. A short stroll from the jetty takes you to the attractive monastery, village green and pretty cottages of the inhabitants. There is also the fascinating Old Priory and two medieval churches to explore. Caldey is one of the Holy Islands of Britain and has a history stretching back 1500 years.|
There are good footpaths to follow to the south of the island where you will find a lighthouse and wonderful views of the Pembrokeshire Coast. There is also a lovely beach at Priory bay on the north of the island.
Caldey is also rich in interesting flora and fauna. The country's largest colony of cormorants is located at St Margaret's Island at the western end of Caldey. It is also covered in pretty, rare flowers.
|Canaston Woods||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle around these pretty woodlands in Pembrokeshire. There's 420 acres to explore with a good mountain bike track running through the centre of the woods. It's a fairly easy path so it's suitable for families. There are also numerous footpaths to follow through the ancient mixed woodland.|
The route begins near Canaston Bridge next to Blackpool Mill. There is a lay-by immediately south of Canaston Bridge where you can park. You then pick up the Knight's Way into the forest and follow various waymarked paths around the heart of the woods.
If you would like to continue your outing then you could head to the nearby Picton Castle Gardens and Slebech Park where you will find more excellent walking trails.
|Carew Castle||1 miles (2 km)||This fine castle in Pembrokeshire has a lovely one mile circular walking trail taking you around the pretty 23-acre Millpond. It's a good footpath which starts at the car park and takes you along the southern side of the castle to the interesting Tidal Mill. The present building dates from the early 19th century and is the only restored tidal Mill in Wales and one of just five in the UK. There are interactive displays which describe the operation of the mill machinery. |
You then cross the causeway over the Carew river on a little bridge before picking up the path along the mill pond on the north side of the castle. You can stop and rest in the picnic area before returning to the car park by crossing the Carew road bridge.
You can also tour the castle and see the pretty Elizabethan walled garden with herb garden and several interesting buildings and architectural features. These include three gatehouses, the 12th century Old Tower and the Great Hall which saw the gathering of most of the Welsh nobility for the Great Tournament of 1507.
If you would like to continue your walking in this area then you could head to the nearby Lawrenny Quay and enjoy riverside walking along the Cresswell River and the Daugleddau River.
|Dinas Island||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy stunning coastal views on this circular walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast. Dinas Island is actually a peninsula with a wonderful 466ft (142m) viewpoint at the high point known as Pen-y-fan. It's a steep climb but you are rewarded with wonderful views of Cardigan Bay, Fishguard Bay, Snowdonia and Llyn. The headland itself is very attractive, covered with a variety of plants and flowers including gorse, bracken, hawthorn, blackthorn, heather, foxglove and orchids. There's also good birdwatching opportunities as you may see choughs, peregrine falcons and various other sea birds.|
The walk starts at the car park at Cwm Yr Eglwys at the south eastern end of Dinas Island. You then follow the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Pen-y-fan passing the Old Sailor Pub on the way. You can also reach Dinas Island by following the Pembrokeshire Coast Path from nearby Fishguard.
|Foel Cwmcerwyn||4 miles (6 km)||Climb to the highest point in the Presili Hills on this challenging walk in Pembrokeshire. The hill stands at 1759 feet and commands wonderful views of the surrounding area.|
The walk starts at the Bwlch Gwynt car park on the B4329 and follows a woodland trail through the northern end of the Pantmeanog Forest before picking up a mountain track to the Foel Cwmcerwyn summit. Here you will find a trig point, a number of cairns and fabulous views. You can also reach the hill from the little village of Rosebush in the south-west.
From the same car park you can also easily climb Foel Eryr. It's only about a half a mile climb from Bwlch Gwynt and makes a nice extension to the walk. Alternatively you could extend your walk by following the wonderful Preseli Hills Golden Road east.
|Garn Fawr||1 miles (2 km)||This short circular walk climbs the spectacular Garn Fawr viewpoint on the Pembrokeshire Coast. There is a parking area just opposite a grassy path which leads to the high point and an OS trig point. A little scramble is required to climb to the 213m (699 feet) summit where there are wonderful views over the surrounding coast and countryside. The Pen Caer peninsula and the lighthouse at Strumble Head are clearly visible. The area is also the site of a very fine 2,500 year old Iron Age Fort. It is still possible to make out much of the layout of its ramparts. |
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head north along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to the nearby Strumble Head where you can look out for porpoises and seals.
|Landsker Borderlands Trail||59 miles (95 km)||A super circular walk through the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire countryside visting the River Cleddau estuary, the Ogham stones, the Norman castles at Llawhaden and Carew Castle as well as the prehistoric remains at Llawhaden.|
|Lawrenny Quay and the Daugleddau River||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy woodland trails and riverside paths on this walk in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Although most of the park lies on or near the coast this area is unusual in that it lies several miles inland. |
The little village of Lawrenny lies on a peninsula of the Cleddau estuary. The walk starts from the pretty Lawrenny Quay where this is a yacht club, pub and the popular tea rooms. The walk then picks up the Landsker Borderlands Trail and passes through Lawrenny Wood with views of the Daugleddau River. There are also nice glimpses through the trees to Benton Castle on the other side of the river. You continue along the Daugleddau to Garron Pill where you can either head south to Lawrenny village or you can just return the same way. At the end of your walk you can reward yourself with food and drink at the splendid Lawrenny Quayside where you can sit outside and enjoy great views of the river.
If you would like to continue your walk then you could head east along the Cresswell River to Cresswell Quay, using the Landsker Borderlands Trail. Carew Castle is also nearby, just a few miles south of Cresswell Quay.
|Manorbier Castle||2 miles (3 km)||This Norman castle near Tenby is well worth a visit. It includes pretty gardens and sits next to the coast so you can easily extend your walk to the nearby Manorbier Bay. After you have explored the castle grounds, the gardens, the dovecote and mill you can enjoy a short stroll to the delightful Manorbier Beach.|
|Martin's Haven||1 miles (2 km)||Explore the beautiful Marloes Peninsula on this circular coastal walk in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It's a wonderful area with great views towards the nearby Skomer Island, spectacular cliff tops and fields with pink wildflowers and heather in the summer.|
The walk starts at the Martin's Haven car park near the excellent Lockley Lodge Visitor Centre. You then head towards the coastguard hut and Wooltack Point for great views across St Bride's Bay. You continue along the coast with more splendid views towards Skokholm and Grassholm islands. The area is wonderful for wildlife with wild ponies, gannets and seals to look out for in the autumn months.
To continue your walking in the area you can catch the boat from Martin's Haven to the wonderful Skomer Island from April to October.
|Pembroke Castle||2 miles (3 km)||This is a short walk around the fascinating medieval Pembroke Castle. It's an attractive area with the castle surrounded by a large Mill Pond. This walk starts near the castle at a parking area in the town and explores the castle grounds before crossing the mill pond bridge for a great view across the water to the castle. You can return the same way or head through the town.|
|Pentre Ifan||2 miles (3 km)||Visit the largest and most well preserved neolithic dolmen in Wales on this fascinating walk in Pembrokeshire. |
The walk starts from the Pentre Ifan car park and follows footpaths and country lanes to the burial chamber. It's an impressive sight with 7 principal stones including a 5 metre long capstone. Built around 3,500 B.C it is classed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
After leaving the dolmen the walk then heads to the delightful Pentre Ifan Wood where you can enjoy several woodland trails. Here you will find ancient oak trees, a variety of plants and around 400 species of lichen. From the woods it is a short stroll back to the car park.
|Picton Castle Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||Explore the stunning gardens surrounding this 13th century stately home in Pembrokeshire. There's well laid out footpaths taking you through 40 acres of gardens with some woodland trails to try too. Highlights include rhododendrons, peaceful woodlands, an exotic jungle garden and a pretty walled garden. There also two nice ponds with fish, frogs, eels and dragonflies to look out for. It's great for families with an adventure playground, jungle boardwalk and maze.|
If you feel like extending your walk you could visit the nearby Slebech Park Estate where you will find miles of woodland trails.
|Preseli Hills Golden Road||6 miles (10 km)||This splendid walking trail runs right along the spine of the Preseli Hills giving wonderful views of the area. On a clear day you can see Cardigan Bay, Snowdonia and even Ireland. You will also pass two quarries which are believed to have provided the stones for Stonehenge. The road is thought to date back to Neolithic times. |
The walk starts at the Bwlch Gwynt car park on the B4329 and heads east following the trail past the northern end of the Pantmeanog Forest. Here you have the option to take a short detour south to Foel Cwmcerwyn, the highest point in the Presili Hills. You continue east to the Bronze Age burial cairn at Foel Feddau and then on to the rocky tor Carn Bica, which overlooks Bedd Arthur, a Neolithic ring of stones in the shape of an eye. The final section takes you past Foel Drygarn Iron Age fortress before finishing near Crymych. On the route you can look out for wildlife such as buzzard, red kite and wild ponies on the grassland.
|Ramsey Island||4 miles (6 km)||Explore this beautiful island and RSPB Nature Reserve on this circular walk off the Pembrokeshire Coast. There are great walking trails running from the ferry landing taking you around the southern and middle section of the island. Ramsey is run by the RSPB so it's wonderful for bird watching with guillemots, razorbills, kttiwakes and fulmars to look out for. The island also has 120m high cliffs where you may see choughs and peregrines. In spring and summer Ramsey is covered in pretty flowers including bluebells, spring squills, pink thrift and purple heather. |
To reach the island you can catch a boat from St Justinians from April (or easter if it comes sooner) to October. See the RSPB link below for details.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could try the Treginnis Peninsula walk.
|Skomer Island||4 miles (6 km)||Visit this beautiful Island on the Pembrokeshire Coast and enjoy wonderful coastal views and thousands of breeding seabirds. The island has lovely walking trails along the coast and down the centre of the island. |
You can visit the island from April to October by catching a boat from Martin's Haven near Marloes village (Click here for information on sailing times). The island is fantastic for wildlife watching with Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Razorbills, Gannets and Fulmars to look out for. In April you can see the Atlantic Grey Seal as they gather to moult at North Haven.
The island itself is lovely with fields, cliff tops and interesting coastal rock formations. In the spring and summer months it is covered with pretty flowers such as Bluebells and Campion. Look out for the Skomer Vole and the multitude of Rabbits as you make your way across the reserve. It's a special place and a must see if you are visiting the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
To continue your walking in the area you could explore the wonderful Marloes Peninsula on the Martin's Haven Walk.
|Slebech Park||2 miles (3 km)||This 600 acre estate is covered with miles of footpaths making it an excellent location for walkers. It sits on the Dau cleddau river Estuary and consists of Bluebell covered Beech wood, wildflower meadows and riverside paths. This circular walk starts from the car park and follows a very good path around the estate passing woodland and ponds. You finish with a riverside stretch along the Dau cleddau river.|
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head a mile or so west to the wonderful Picton Castle Gardens.
Slebech Park is located a few miles east of Haverfordwest.
|Solva Harbour||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a walk around the beautiful Solva Harbour on the Pembrokeshire Coast. There are good walking trails on the east and west side of the harbour with the rocky headland of the Gribin giving wonderful views of the coast and St Bride's Bay. There are also great views of the River Solva and of the pretty Solva beach.|
This walk starts from the car park and follows good footpaths to the Gribin on the eastern side of the harbour. At the Gribin summit you will find an Iron Age fort and really wonderful views of the harbour and the coast. You can descend to the pebble beach at Gwadn where you may see breeding chough. After returning to the village you could stop for refreshments at the lovely Harbour Inn which has outdoor tables overlooking the river. The walk then continues along the western side of the harbour where there is more lovely scenery.
If you would like to continue your walk you could pick up the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and head west towards St David's or east towards Newgale.
|South of the Landsker Trail||62 miles (100 km)||This circular walk explores the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park around Pembroke. The walk begins at Narberth and includes a fantastic coastal section through Tenby, Saundersfoot, Manorbier and the beautiful National Trust owned Stackpole Estate. The estate consists of 12 square kilometres of farmland, lakes, woodland, beaches, and cliffs including the spectacular Stackpole Quay. The video below shows the coastal section from Freshwater East to Stackpole|
The route then heads inland where you can enjoy riverside sections along the River Creswell and the River Cleddau. You will also pass Carew Castle on the River Carew and the charming Landshipping Quay before returning to Narberth.
|St David's Head||3 miles (5.5 km)||Widely considered to be the most spectacular coastal headland on the Pembrokeshire Coast, this stunning area is a must see when visiting the National Park. This circular walk makes use of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and other public footpaths to take you on a tour of the St David's Peninsula. You'll enjoy great views over the beautiful Whitesands Bay towards the nearby Ramsey Island.|
The area is also geologically fascinating. You will pass Carn Llidi, a huge jagged tor, towering above the coast. You can climb the tor for stunning views to the east. The route also passes the Neolithic burial chamber of Coetan Arthur which dates from about 4000BC.
|St Govan's Chapel||4 miles (6 km)||This fascinating 13th century chapel is situated by the side of a spectacular limestone cliff on the Pembrokeshire Coast. This circular walk takes you from the delightful village of Bosherton to the coastal chapel, passing through the beautiful Stackpole Estate on the way.|
The walk starts in Bosherton with it's fine pub, pretty cottages and 13th century Norman church. You then follow a nice country lane through the countryside to the coast where you can climb down the 52 stone steps to the little chapel. There's a doorway into the chapel on the north side, where you will find low stone benches and an empty bell-cote in a single chamber. The view out of the window towards the sea is wonderful.
After leaving the chapel and climbing back up the steps you continue to St Govan's Head for more great coastal views. Look out for a variety of seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes.
The next section takes you from St Govan's Head to the sand dunes at Broad Haven. You then pass along the lovely Stackpole Lily Ponds where you can look out for waterlilies in the summer and wildlife which includes the resident otters. The final waterside section along the ponds leads you back into Bosherton.
|Stackpole Estate||6 miles (10 km)||Explore the wonderful National Trust owned Stackpole Estate on this circular walk in the Pembrokeshire National Park. In the estate you'll find miles of coastal footpaths, woodland trails and waterside sections along the beautiful, large lake. |
Stackpole is located near Freshwater East on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. There's 12 square kilometres to explore on a variety of good footpaths. This walk starts at the Stackpole Quay car park and takes you along the coast path to Stackpole Head with wonderful views of Barafundle Bay. You'll also pass the striking natural stone arches known as the Lattice Windows.
The route then heads towards Bosherton passing the delightful Stackpole Warrens. This area of grassland is great for wildlife watching with butterflies and birds visiting the wildflower meadows in the summer months. At the little village of Bosherton you can enjoy refreshments at the pub and visit the fascinating Norman church of the late 13th century.
From Bosherton you continue along the lovely Stackpole Lily Ponds. Look out for waterlilies in the summer and wildlife which includes the resident otters. The final section takes you along the deer park track, returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in this area then you could head along the coast to the fascinating, 13th century St Govan's Chapel.
|Strumble Head||2 miles (3 km)||This circular walk takes you to this wonderful rocky headland on the Pembrokeshire coast. Strumble Head is a great place for wildlife watching with porpoises and seals regular visitors to the seas below. It's a lovely area with the well known Strumble Head Lighthouse and a beautiful coastline with views towards Dinas Head and Cardigan Bay.|
This walk starts off at the Strumble Head car park and takes you along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Porthsychan before returning through the countryside on a country lane. The final stretch back to the car park has great views of the lighthouse for most of the way.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could head south along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to the rocky volcanic outcrop Garn Fawr where you will find an Iron Age Hillfort and spectacular views of the surrounding area.
|Treginnis Peninsula||6 miles (9.5 km)||This circular walk explores the beautiful coastline and fascinating geological features of the Treginnies Peninsula in the Pembrokeshire National Park. You will pass the oldest volcanic rocks in Wales, formed over 600 million years ago. It's a particularly beautiful stretch of coast with wonderful views over to the nearby Ramsey Island. It's also a great area for wildlife watching. Look out for birds including Peregrine, Oystercatcher, Kittiwake and Shag. You may also see porpoises in the water below and deer on Ramsey Island.|
The walk starts at the Porth Clais car park and follows country lanes towards Treginnis Lodge where there are super views towards Skomer Island and St Bride's Bay.
Just past Treginnis Lodge you turn right off the country lane at the sign for Pencnwc Farm, and head north towards Porthstinian/St Justinian. At St Justinian you will pass the RNLI station, the Grade I listed ruined chapel and the small harbour where you can catch boats to Ramsey Island.
At St Justinian you pick up the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and head south passing the Iron Age hillfort of Castell Heinif and Seal Bay where you can look out for seal pups in late summer and early autumn. You then head east along the coast passing Porthlysgi Bay with views of Skomer Island, Midland Isle and the Marloes Peninsula in the distance. Finally you pass around the pretty Porthclais Harbour before returning to the car park. It's a lovely area with wild horses and stunning coastal views while in the summer many of the coastal fields are covered with pretty heather.