5 Wonderful Woodland Walks in North Pembrokeshire
What better season to explore the woods than autumn? Crunching your way through a golden, leafy carpet as the sun peeks through what’s left of the canopy is one of the highlights of the year. Whilst much of North Pembrokeshire is rolling fields and open moorland, we also have some beautiful ancient woodland for you to explore during your stay. Here are a few of our favourites.
South of St Davids near the coastal village of Broad Haven lie Haroldston woods, where you can enjoy a short to medium walk depending upon whether you take a direct route or plump for the circular trail. This ancient woodland is stunning in itself but also links up with the Pembrokeshire coast path and the wide sands of Broad Haven beach, so you’re sure to enjoy some incredible scenery along the way. A haven for badgers, birds and even the rare slow worm these unspoilt woods are teeming with wildlife, so look out for animals while you stroll.
Heading north, turn left off the coast road half way between St Davids and Fishguard and you’ll come to Abermawr woods. Part of the Abermawr Valley cared for by the National Trust, these pretty woods line the scenic trail down to a secluded shingle beach. One of the more isolated coastal walks, Abermawr is a peaceful place to enjoy a leisurely stroll and some stunning coastal views. Although well-known for its bluebells in Spring, it’s equally beautiful in autumn when the landscape turns from green to gold and rains swell the bubbling streams.
Turn inland from the town of Fishguard and you’ll find yourself in the steep-sided, densely wooded Gwaun Valley. The picturesque river Gwaun runs along the valley floor and as you walk the shady woodland trails you’ll pass through some lovely water meadows and marshland. Though home to many species of tree, an abundance of beech creates a riot of colour as the leaves turn in autumn and if you head up to the top of the valley there are some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll probably see a few buzzards and red kites hovering above.
Pentre Ifan Woods
Just off the A487 east of Newport, a short distance below the famous Pentre Ifan Neolithic burial chamber is Pentre Ifan wood. The unique landscape and weather conditions here have created the perfect environment for lichens to thrive and throughout the woods you’ll see trees and boulders swathed in these velvety, richly-coloured plants, giving the woodland an other-wordly air. Surrounded by stunning heath land and archaeological sites, this is a charmingly atmospheric place to spend a few hours stretching your legs.
On the hill above the village of Felindre Farchog you’ll find the ancient oak woodland of Pengelli. There are a variety of trails to follow here - though there are easier walks in the area nearer the entrance to the woods, some of the other paths can be a bit more challenging so it’s best to make sure you’ve got the right footwear on before attempting the steeper, muddier tracks. A great place to go if you like a spot of bird watching - not only can you see a wide variety of species but their cheerful calls provide the perfect woodland soundtrack as you walk.
If you’d like to come and explore our wonderful woods, why not treat yourself to an autumn break at Warpool Court? Once you’ve worked up an appetite on the leafy trails you can enjoy a meal and admire the spectacular views from our Sea View restaurant before relaxing in one of our luxurious rooms. With our October promotion running until the 28th of the month, you can also save 10% on your total bill! So, if you’d like to join us this autumn, get in touch!