Southwood Estate coast to coast walk

Walking trail

Enjoy sweeping coastal views, wildlife-rich farmland and charming woods on this circuit around Newgale beach.

Walking boots on the coast path


Southwood Estate coast to coast map


Maidenhall Car Park, grid ref: SM857202


Starting from Maidenhall car park (Ordnance Survey Landranger 157 map, SM857202), cross over the road and turn left through the field gate, following the edge of the field. When not growing oats and scarce arable plants, these fields are grazed by sheep.


Continue through the metal inset gate and along the edge of the next field, following the waymarkers. You’ll pass one of our newly reinstated hedgerows in the arable field – we’re returning more than 1km of this habitat to the farm thanks to a grant from the SITA Trust Enriching Nature fund. The large farm in the distance to the right is Southwood Farm. At the bottom corner of this field is a wooden hand gate – pass through this and follow the edge of the lower field round to the left.


Follow the waymarkers to reach a wooden hand gate in the fence. The path descends down the bank of bracken and bluebells to reach a bridge across the stream at the bottom. You’re now crossing onto Southwood Farm. Sheep may be present in this field.


Drop down a small bank and through the gate by a shallow stream, entering the woodland and turning left to head towards the sea. Beside the stream crossing is a magnificent ash tree, coated with moss, ferns and lichens. It's one of many characterful trees in these woods.


Follow the waymarkers across the field beyond the woodland, crossing a small stream valley before climbing into the next field, passing through a marshy area to reach a metal inset gate in the field boundary. The path then heads towards the coast along a fenced corridor.


As you cross onto Pinch Hill you’re leaving National Trust land. Skirt round the edge of a small quarry site and follow the path north, to the right, descending the coastal slope to reach the middle car park immediately behind Newgale beach.


Head back along the road or, subject to tide, along the beach or pebble bank.


Take advantage of the café and public toilets at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park car park at the south end of Newgale beach before climbing the hill using the road.


Follow the coast path off this road. You re-enter National Trust land at the next hand gate. The clifftop land around Maidenhall Point is occasionally grazed by our ponies and cattle to keep the coastal vegetation in good shape.


Continue along the coast path, heading south, before taking a left turn inland. The coastal slope here is peppered with small hollows – the remains of Victorian coal workings. Pass through a wooden hand gate and cross the wildflower meadow to return to Maidenhall car park.


Maidenhall Car Park, grid ref: SM857202

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Southwood Estate coast to coast walk


The route has some sharp gradients, steps, gates and a stream crossing.  The coastal route includes a well-maintained but naturally uneven coastal path which can get muddy after heavy rain.  A short section follows a road, or along the beach if the tide allows. Cliff edges and rocky terrain near point 6 and between points 9 and 10 – keep children and dogs supervised.

Southwood Estate coast to coast walk

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Southwood Estate coast to coast walk

How to get here

Southwood Estate, Pembrokeshire
By train

Haverfordwest train station 9 miles (14.5km). See National Rail website for more details.

By road

A487 to Newgale. Take turning to Nolton Haven, head south, passing three beach car parks. The road climbs up a hill. Maidenhall car park is a small National Trust car park at the top of the hill.

By bus

411 Haverfordwest - St David's, stops at Newgale.

Summer season Puffin Shuttle bus service from St David's to Milford Haven stops at
Newgale and Maidenhall car park.

By bicycle

On NCN Route 4, see Sustrans website for more details.

Southwood Estate coast to coast walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome, but must be kept under close control as the walk passes through grazing areas for cattle, sheep and ponies.
  • Toilets, including disabled toilets and cafes are at either end of Newgale beach.