Short walks in West Wales
Our short walks in West Wales are only up to three miles long but are packed with things to see and do.
You may see seals at Martin's Haven, wetland wildfowl at Marloes mere or ancient White Park cattle at Dinefwr. Be impressed by the geology of Garn Fawr and the rugged coastline of Pembrokeshire and take a few steps back in time at the gold mines at Dolaucothi.
Just some of the short walks on offer in West Wales.
A short but spectacular walk around the end of the Marloes Peninsula. You won't see any deer, but there are lots of seals (pups in autumn), heather and wildflowers, and spectacular rocks and sea views.
An easy walk around Bosherston's beautiful lily ponds, with options to explore the dunes and pools of the Mere Pool Valley behind Broadhaven Beach.
This short walk at Solva is at the centre of the unspoilt coastal scenery stretching from Newgale to St David’s. The Gribin is a rocky headland that guards the entrance to Solva Harbour, giving spectacular views along the coast and across St Bride’s Bay.
On this walk there's the chance to explore the amazing landscape and parkland designed by the Cawdor family as a backdrop to their grand house, Stackpole Court, which was demolished in 1963.
Take this short walk to Ragwen Point and discover some secrets from the Second World War.
A glorious walk through flower-rich meadows at Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire. In midsummer you'll see orchids, ox-eye daisies, bright-eyes and yellow rattle. The abundance of these flowers means the meadows are alive with insects too. Look out particularly for the pretty ringlet butterfly, which flourishes here.
Walk along the coastal path for magnificent island views and seascapes, as well as a very fine Iron Age coastal fort. Inland there's the Mere, with its breeding and migrant wetland birds.
There are nearly 300 ancient trees at Dinefwr, half of them in the deer park. The path you'll follow on this 1.5-mile (2.4km) walk was designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown when he visited Dinefwr in 1775. As well as seeing views of the park and house framed by specimen trees, you might catch sight of the fallow deer that live here.
Climb a rocky volcanic outcrop on this walk for magnificent views of the North Pembrokeshire coast. It contains one of the most spectacular Iron Age forts in Pembrokeshire. Three-thousand years later it was a Second-World-War lookout point.
A great clifftop walk for wildlife watching. The grassland is rich in wild flowers and butterflies, while the cliffs are home to choughs, fulmars, razorbills and gulls. There are marvellous views out to sea. On clear days you can see Lundy Island and the Somerset coast, and you might be lucky enough to spot dolphins or porpoises offshore.
Moo-ve along the trail on this short walk and see why the White Park cattle love Dinefwr so much. The Dinefwr Estate in Carmarthenshire has been home to this ancient breed for hundreds of years. They perform a vital service in managing the grassland.
A circular walk through bluebell woods and meadows, shingle beach and marsh. Abermawr offers a gentle interlude on one of the most rugged sections of the coastline.
Enjoy a short stroll for magnificent views over the Carmarthenshire countryside from Paxton's Tower.
Rail buffs and lovers of the romantic days of train travel will enjoy this walk down memory lane at Llanerchaeron. Follow in the footsteps of the family who lived on an estate that had its very own railway station.
Retrace the steps of gold miners through the ages on this walk. From the mine entrances used by the Romans to the remains of the crushing mill used in the 1930s. See some great views and unusual plants along the way.
If you fancy something a bit more challenging take a look at our longer walks in West Wales.