Garn Fawr viewpoint walk, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

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The coast at Garn Fawr © Sid Howells

The coast at Garn Fawr

The lookout on Garn Fawr © Jonathan Hughes

The lookout on Garn Fawr

Chough in flight above Garn Fawr © Annie Haycock

Chough in flight above Garn Fawr

Route overview

Climb this rocky volcanic outcrop 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 First World War lookout point.

Route details

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Map showing the route of a 1-mile walk round Garn Fawr on the St David's Peninsula, Pembrokeshire
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Car park at Garn Fawr, grid ref: SN898387

  1. Follow the grassy path opposite the car park entrance uphill between the hedge banks.

    Show/HideVolcanic mound

    Garn Fawr is a high point of hard volcanic rock that's been left exposed due to the softer rock eroding around it over millions of years.

    The coast at Garn Fawr © Sid Howells
  2. At the junction in the path, continue uphill on the right-hand path. You'll soon see the OS trig point (triangulation station) ahead of you.

  3. Go through a gap in the stone wall on your right and scramble up the rocks to the summit for spectacular views.

  4. Just below the summit you'll see a First World War lookout with names carved into the concrete.

    Show/HideThe First World War lookout

    The First World War lookout commands fine views in all directions.

    The lookout on Garn Fawr © Jonathan Hughes
  5. Descend by the steps from the lookout to rejoin the path a little further on. All around you are banks and ramparts of the Iron Age fort. Continue right.

  6. The path drops steeply towards the youth hostel at Pwll Deri. Turn left at the junction, following the path as it skirts the hill back towards the car park.

    Show/HideChoughs

    When you reach section 6 of the walk, look out for choughs. They live on the clifftops here.

    Chough in flight above Garn Fawr © Annie Haycock
  7. Follow the path over two stiles and some stone steps. Don't cross a third stile; remain above the wall. The path climbs briefly behind a small cottage before returning to the car park.

End: Car park at Garn Fawr, grid ref: SN898387

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 157
  • Terrain:

    Short, steep climb to spectacular view point followed by short circuit back to car park. Very rugged and steep, several stiles. Walking boots advised. Dogs on leads are welcome.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: NCN Route 4 goes close to the walk start. See Sustrans website for details

    By bus: St David's to Newport, bus stops by car park. See Traveline-Cymru website for details

    By train: Station at Fishguard 4 miles (6.4km) away

    By car: A487 St David's - Fishguard road, 1 mile (1.6km) north-east of Mathry take the turning to Tregwynt Wool Mill and Abermawr. Continue past turns to the mill and Abermawr, and after 2.25 miles (3.6km) take the left turn signposted Strumble Head. Car park is 0.25 miles (0.4km) on your left

     

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