Walking

Walking trail

Lawrenny walk

Walking trail

Upstream from the busy port of Milford Haven lies a world of drowned wooded valleys with a wide expanse of salt marshes and mudflats. This scenic circular walk takes you through the steep-sided ancient oak woodland of Lawrenny, overlooking the main Daugleddau River and along the tidal creeks of Garron Pill and the Cresswell River. This is a great walk to do in any season.

Ancient trees in Lawrenny Woods

Map

Start:

Lawrenny Quay, grid ref: SN015065

1

From Lawrenny Quay turn left, passing the Quayside Tea-room on your left. Follow footpath signs through the boat yard and into the trees, passing the caravan site on your right. Cross a National Trust stile into the ancient woodland. The path threads through the gnarled oak trees, with glimpses down to the river below.

2

In spring, see if you can spot or hear the redstart, a bird which breeds in old oak woodlands. A few small, scattered wild service trees grow in the shrub layer below the path, indicating that this is ancient woodland.

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3

The path swings to the right, passing a Scout hut. The point at the corner of the wood is a good place to scan the mudflats opposite. The village of Llangwm can be seen across the river to the north-west.

4

After 545yds (500m) the path descends to the shore of Garron Pill and continues along the high tide line. Ancient oak trees, their roots partly undercut by the tide, overhang the shore. At low tide deep channels in the mud are used by feeding shorebirds.

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5

Joining the road, walk uphill towards Lawrenny village. Pass a youth hostel on your right before descending to the centre of the village and the church.

6

Bear right through the village to rejoin the road to Lawrenny Quay.

7

With woodland either side of the road once more, now mixed broadleaf, return to Lawrenny Quay.

8

Look across the mudflats (or water, depending on the state of the tide) to West Williamston in the east. A system of narrow rocky creeks give way to salt marsh and mudflats.

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End:

Lawrenny Quay, grid ref: SN015065

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Lawrenny walk

Terrain

Varied terrain with narrow woodland path, firm upper shore (can be slippery/muddy) and some road walking. High tide alternative route at Garron Pill.

Lawrenny walk

Contact us

Lawrenny walk

How to get here

Address
Lawrenny Quay, Pembrokeshire, SA62
By road

From A4075, follow back roads from Whitehill (SM054048) or Cresselly (SM064063), via Cresswell Quay.

By foot

Landsker Borderland Trail runs along walk route and joins Pembrokeshire Coast Path, 0.75 miles (1km) from start of walk.

By bus

Bloomfield Walkers Bus, Tuesdays and Fridays only, not yet in operation. Go to www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

By bicycle

From A4075, follow back roads from Whitehill (SM054048) or Cresselly (SM064063), via Cresswell Quay.

Lawrenny walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome under close control