Today, we’re venturing off the beaten path to explore the enchanting inland walks that Pembrokeshire has to offer. Far from the crashing waves of the coast, these walks promise a different kind of magic – rolling hills, ancient woodlands, and a sense of tranquility that only the heart of Wales can provide. Here are five of the best inland walks in Pembrokeshire, each with its own unique charm and a delightful pitstop along the way.
Cwm Gwaun Valley Walk
‘A Step Back in Time’
Nestled in the heart of Pembrokeshire, this circular Cwm Gwaun Valley walk is a journey through history. Meander through the picturesque valley, surrounded by lush greenery. As you stroll, you’ll encounter semi ancient woodland and picnic spots. After soaking in the natural beauty, head to the town of Fishguard for a drink and lunch at The Royal Oak – a traditional Welsh pub serving hearty meals and local ales.
Preseli Hills Circular Walk
‘Mystical Moors and Ancient Stones’
Embark on a mystical adventure through the Preseli Hills, where the air is tinged with ancient tales and the landscape is dotted with mysterious standing stones. The circular walk starts and finishes in Rosebush, taking you across moorlands and offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Along the way, keep an eye out for the old slate quarries. Wrap up your day with a visit to the Tafarn Sinc, a charming 19th-century pub in Rosebush, known for its warm hospitality and local brews.
Llys-y-Frân Reservoir Walk
For a family-friendly day out, head to Llys-y-Frân Reservoir. The circular walk around the reservoir provides stunning views of the water, woodlands, and surrounding hills. Break up your stroll with a visit to the on-site cafe, offering a tempting selection of snacks and refreshments. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out the water sports available at the reservoir – a perfect way to add some excitement to your day.
Solva Valley Walk
‘A Riverside Ramble’
Experience the tranquility of the Solva Valley with this delightful riverside walk. Starting in the picturesque harbor village of Solva, wander along the meandering riverbanks, surrounded by lush greenery and the soothing sounds of flowing water. Admire the charming stone cottages that line the village and feel the sense of history in this idyllic setting.
Cap off your day with a visit to The Cambrian Inn in Solva, a welcoming pub with a traditional atmosphere. Enjoy a well-deserved meal and savor the local flavors of Pembrokeshire while recounting the memories of your charming Solva Valley walk.
Bosherston Lily Ponds Walk
Our final recommendation takes you to the serene Bosherston Lily Ponds. Explore the winding paths around the lily ponds, surrounded by a symphony of nature’s sounds. As you continue, you’ll encounter the Fishpond Camp, a 3000 year old coastal fort. Conclude your day with a visit to the Boathouse Tearoom at Stackpole, where you can savour delicious homemade treats.
Venturing beyond the coastal paths of Pembrokeshire reveals a world of hidden gems and natural wonders. These inland walks not only showcase the diverse landscapes of the region but also provide an opportunity to connect with its rich history and vibrant communities. So lace up your walking boots, pack a picnic, and get ready to explore the heart of Pembrokeshire with these unforgettable inland walks. Happy wandering!